Subtlety Is the Key When Riding a Hoverboard
You hear a lot of people talk about how it takes time to learn how to ride a hoverboard. This isn’t surprising. Think about how long it took you to learn how to drive a car; you had to take a course and pass tests before you were ready to go. Consider the learning curve on a bike or a skateboard. This is no different.
Riding a hoverboard can be like riding a bike. It takes time to learn, but, once you get it down, it comes very naturally. You don’t have to ride around thinking about what you’re doing and how to do it. You just ride and your body reacts the way you’ve trained it to react; it feels instinctive. Since you’re standing straight up — unlike you are on a bike — it actually ends up feeling more natural to ride a hands-free scooter. So, while you’re learning, make sure you keep this end goal in mind. You’re going to get it down and proceed to love it!
Experts agree that one of the main things to focus on when riding is making subtle movements.. They’re the key to successful riding. Want to slow down or stop? Slowly lean backward and the board will respond. Want to speed up? Subtly tip your feet forward, and you’ll feel the speed increase under you.
Subtle movements are also key when turning. To do so, you actually don’t put pressure on the same side toward which you want to turn. You put the pressure on the board’s opposite side. This takes a little getting used to, but it allows you to lean in the direction that you want to go. You’ll find that this does feel more natural and instinctive. However, you don’t want to hammer down on that side of the board, either. Just a little pressure will do it. These boards are responsive and move smoothly, so you don’t need to overdo things and send it careening out of control.
One of the main reasons that people feel like riding a hoverboard is tough is because they don’t fully grasp these subtleties. They want to move quickly. They’re excited about the board, and they’re used to things that take a lot more brute force to turn — like a bike. They assume the hoverboard is going to work the same way, and they end up in trouble when it doesn’t. Don’t make this same mistake. Reign things in, get the hang of it, and increase the quickness of your movements over time.
Careful Movements Also Help When Getting On and Off
The number one problem new riders have is getting onto the board — or off of it. Look up a video or two of people crashing, and you’ll find that it almost always happens at this stage. People just jump on too quickly, they don’t know how to balance, or they step in the wrong direction when dismounting.
All of these falls are avoidable if you mount and dismount the board properly. Remember that it is going to move when you first get on. Try holding something — like a doorframe — to give yourself more stability. When you get it down, you’ll be able to step on and off with ease, without a second though. At the beginning, though, you want to step on carefully and slowly, balancing with an outside source.
Here are a few tips that can help you get on and off the board:
— Don’t tense up as soon as you get on. This only makes you more unstable. Try to be as loose and relaxed as you can.
— Don’t look down at the board. This can also throw your balance off. Look out in front of you. This is similar to how your instinct, when carrying a full cup of coffee, is to look down at it the whole time, but that just makes you spill it; instead, you’re better off to look where you’re walking.
— Put one foot on the board, with the other on the floor. Then step up with your other foot, moving it into position as if you’re doing nothing more complicated than stepping up onto a flight of stairs.
— Never jump on or off the board. Most people have this problem when dismounting. They think jumping will be faster and easier — and safer. The reality is that jumping sends it shooting out from under you. Just step off.
— Try not to think too much. This is a lot of information, but one of the best tips is to relax. Don’t overthink the process. It’s designed to work easily and naturally, and it’s going to if you let it.
Think About Where You’re Going
The ultimate in subtle movements happens when you’re on the board and you finally want to move. You don’t even have to make much of a conscious effort to do it. Look at the spot you want to go and think about going there. You’re body will naturally lean forward just slightly, toward that spot. This is going to rock the hoverboard into motion. It won’t go too fast, which is good at first. Keep your eye on your destination, and you’ll naturally straighten back up — and stop — when you get there.
Much of the riding process is about doing as little as possible. People who think too hard, who act too quickly, and who try to do too much are the ones who crash. Those who are relaxed and move subtly on the board have the most success. Try to keep this general mindset while you ride, and you’re going to do a great job. Eventually, it will come so naturally that you won’t have to think about it at all.