Skateboarding tricks can take street skating and competitions to the next level. Power sliding is a fun way to bring your braking, throwing, or transition to life. As with some other intermediate skateboarding tricks, learning how to power slide will help you prepare for more advanced tricks to add to your repertoire.
What is power sliding?
Power slides are a stylish way to slow down your board. Power slides rotate the board sideways while moving, causing the wheels to slow down or slip and stop. After learning how to break regularly and kick a turn, you can try the power slides.
Power slides rotate the board sideways while moving, causing the wheels to slow down or slip and stop. The front side powerslide is when the skater faces forward and uses his hind legs to slide the board. The backside powerslide is when the skater uses his hind legs to move the board forward and twist his body in the opposite direction.
How to bring the power slide to the front?
If you already know the nose manual and how to stick out, learning the front side power slides will be a little easier. If you are looking to add a little flare to your braking, the following steps can help you pull off the front side power slides:
Collect speed. Give momentum before pulling the power slide to the front. Its purpose is to slow down or stop when driving at high speeds.
Use proper foot placement. The forefoot should be on the bolt of the skateboard and the hindfoot should be on the tail.
balance. The wider your stance, the more control you have over the board. Balance your weight properly, keep your stance in the center, and be careful not to put your forefoot too close to the nose of the board.
Jump and shift. Power slides are easier when you are not pushing down on the board at full weight. Bend your knees and lift slightly just before sliding (rather than a full jump) to reduce friction between the ground and the board. After lifting it up a little, use your hind legs to slide the rear wheel sideways.
Slide back. Suddenly slowing down the board while riding can affect balance if you are not used to it. When using power slides for slowdowns and transitions, it is important to maintain balance when sliding the board back to its natural skate position. This allows you to keep moving instead of falling to the ground.
How to turn the power slide to the back?
Once you understand how to bring the power slide to the front, you can try it in the opposite direction.
Gain momentum. Get on the board in a place where you can get some speed (downhill, etc.). The power slide on the back side is a little easier with momentum.
Use proper foot placement. The forefoot should be on the bolt of the skateboard and the hindfoot should be at the end of the tail. Bend your knees as you would with a front side power slide.
Push and twist. Place your head on the board and keep your weight in the center. You need enough force from your hind legs to push the board. The forefoot is heavy enough to hold the board in place as it spins. Slide the board 90 degrees with the force of your hind legs and twist your body forward so that you can see the front of your back heels by riding a little behind.
relax. If you want to move on to another trick without stopping, relax on your hind legs, relax your body a bit, and return your electric skateboard to its original riding position.
Power slides are one of the most basic braking techniques on skateboarding. But it’s a trick in itself. Learn how to master it.
One of the first things a novice skater should know when starting skateboarding for the first time is how to slow down or stop the board.
Nonetheless, power slides are also an option for intermediate level skaters and riders to run faster.
It’s also a basic braking technique used by downhill skateboarders and street riders who enjoy bombing hills.
During the power slide, all four wheels stop spinning and instead glide on asphalt or concrete.
Power slides require a lot of speed. This will rotate the skateboard 90 degrees, keeping all wheels in contact with the ground.
The position of the skater’s foot is important for performing a perfect power slide.
Power slide 101
- Place your forefoot near the front track.
- Place your hind legs near the tail of your skateboard.
- Bend your knees and take a low position.
- Push both your feet and the board forward.
- Align your shoulders and tilt your upper body slightly back.
- Open your arms and balance.
- Slide the board across the ground.
- When the skateboard slows down, start returning your body to the center of the board.
- To get out of the power slide, turn your hind legs back and reverse the 90 degree rotation.
- Resume skating.
Both feet are expected to do their job, but your back is what pushes the power slide-it’s the foot of control.
Your forefoot balances things and spins the rotation.
Depending on the type and quality of the road you are riding on, the wheels may get caught or caught on the ground.
Also, if you do not tilt your upper body sufficiently backwards, you may fall forward and injure yourself due to weight distribution.
As with all skateboarding tricks and techniques, the more you practice, the better you will be at power sliding.
You can start by rotating the board 90 or 180 degrees at low speed. As you get used to the turn, slide it back in.
How difficult it is to push depends on speed, wheels and the surface of the ground. For power slides, it is easier to have a smooth surface.
Last but not least, the stiffer the wheel, the less traction it has and the easier it is to slide.
Soft wheels have a good grip and do not slide well on asphalt.
The downside of power slides is the flat spots that slowly appear on the wheel, and the wheel gets smaller and smaller.