How to Powerslide on a Skateboard

If you’ve been watching pro skaters, or even just others at the skate park, you probably know that powersliding is one of the coolest looking ways to stop your board. It’s kind of like drifting in a car, or like stopping your snowboard.

No doubt, powersliding looks great. But if you don’t do it right, you can end up with some pretty gnarly injuries. Ready to learn how to powerslide? Take a look at these skateboard powerslide instructions:

Know the Basics

Before you even begin to learn how to powerslide, you’re going to have to be super comfortable on your skateboard. Be sure you’ve been practicing for a while, and that you know how to stop in other ways, including the footbrake.

You’re going to need to know how to kickturn, too. Don’t know what that is? Go back to the basics and learn this trick first. It's not just about skateboard tricks, either, as foot placement is very important with moves like this and that's something that you will learn in time. The more familiar you are with your board, the more control you will have and the easier it will be to control your body and feet.

A complete beginner should be looking elsewhere for their first tricks.

Get the Right Speed

If you’re going too fast on your board, you’re probably not going to nail the powerslide. If you’re going too slow, you’re likely to eat dirt.

Find a comfortable speed, where you can control your board and balance well. Then, and this is important, put one foot over each of the trucks on your skateboard--your front foot over the front trucks and your back foot over the back trucks.

Shift Your Body Weight

Now, it’s time to use your body weight to powerslide. Put most of your weight on the front foot, but leave enough weight on the back foot to be able to control your board.

Then, use that minimal weight on your back foot to gently slide your board out to a 90 degree angle beneath you. You can do this by straightening your leg while keeping your foot on the board.

To stop, lean back just a bit. Keep your wheels on the ground, front and back, and just let your board slide!

Tips and Tricks for the Powerslide

As with any trick, you’re going to need to practice the powerslide. You may need to do a couple kickturns as you practice, but you’ll get the hang of it!

Remember your speed. It’s critical that you’re not skating too slowly when you attempt a powerslide. Your front foot and back foot placement are also key when attempting powerslides.

Don’t shift your weight too quickly. When you turn your board 90 degrees, your body may naturally shift forward. Counter this by leaning back slightly, but not too fast.

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