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How to Skate Bowls – Guide to Pumping, Carving, and Maintaining Speed

You can have any type of skateboard like huber skateboard but do you have the right skills. I’m going to show you the basics of riding a skateboard in bowls and pools. So, before we get started, first take a moment to check your trucks and make sure that they’re loose enough to be skating in a bowl. You can do this by standing on the board and leaning on your heels and then on your toes. If you’re able to lean a little bit to both sides without the wheels coming off of the ground, you’re probably in good shape, but if not you may want to go ahead and loosen up these bolts before you get started in the bowl. Now, when you’re ready to get started, you can drop in if you know how, or roll in if your bowl has a feature like this one, but if not, you can simply go down to the bottom of the ramp and start your run from down there.

Once you’ve got enough speed to go around the first corner, you can set up your feet in a normal riding position, with your front foot over the front wheels and your back foot over the tail, and then you can pretty much leave your feet that way for the rest of the run. Alright so the first technique that we’re going to learn is how to carve around a tight corner like this one. If you do this move properly, you should be able to roll away with much more speed than you had when you started the carve. Now, if you already understand how to pump when you’re riding back and forth on a half pipe, you know that you can bend your knees and push off of the ramp at certain, particular points along the way that will allow you to increase the amount of speed you gain when you transition from going downhill to flat, and decrease the amount of speed you lose when you go from flat to uphill.

Now when you go to carve the corner of a bowl, there are actually three places where you can pump: transitioning from flat to the side of the ramp, again as you go around each corner, and then once more as you transition back to flat ground. Alright, so now as you approach the corner of the bowl, ride up the side of the quarter pipe right before it and just as your front wheels are about to make contact with the corner, bend your knees and push off with your legs so that as the board continues around the corner, you’ll add momentum in that direction and come out the other side with more speed than you started. Now, some tips I have for you as you learn this technique is to start out carving these corners slowly and just hitting the bottom part of them at first, then slowly increasing your speed and height as you get more comfortable with it.

The faster you’re riding, the higher up you’ll end up going in each of the corners of the ramp. Also, a lot of people find that the back side carve is easier to learn than the front side carve, since you’re able to look down at the bottom of the ramp the entire time, so you may want to start with that one first. Alright, so now, that technique will work great for quick 90 degree turns, but it doesn’t quite hold for big flowy circular ramps like this one. The best technique for this case is to treat it like somewhat of a hybrid between a straight quarter pipe and the corner of a bowl. Approach the ramp diagonally this time, so that you have some upward momentum and some sideways momentum as you perform the carve, as opposed to pure sideways momentum like you had when you went around the corner and keep your eyes focused on where you want to go.

Wherever your head is pointing, you and your board are naturally going to follow in that direction. As you enter the uphill part of the ramp, bend your knees and push off of the ground, and then allow the board to follow the shape of the ramp, keeping your body perpendicular to your board for the duration of the carve. Now unlike before, during this carve you won’t feel like you’re getting that big of a boost as you go around the corner, but rather, just maintain your posture as you ride around it, and then on the way back down you can add in another pump to help increase your momentum again as you transition to the flat part at the bottom of the bowl. Once you have these two techniques down, you can experiment with different lines through the bowl to find out which ones will give you the most speed.

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