Waveboards are small yet intuitive alternatives to traditional skateboards that are much easier to master.
A wave board has only 2 wheels instead of 4 and a board that can bend while riding.
The flexibility of a wave board appeals to those who want to relax and ride a flat street or those who want to participate in obstacle courses with difficult obstacles.
Watch this instructional video on how to ride it, or read this in-depth post for more details:
What we discuss in this comprehensive post:
- 1 Learning to ride the Waveboard
- 2 Trying basic tricks
- 3 Riding your Waveboard in different ways
Learning to ride the Waveboard
get ready with a helmet and protective pads.
Always wear a helmet and protective pads when riding a wave board, doubles as a beginner.
Secure your helmet so it fits snugly on your head and make sure your padding is not loose.
Tilt the waveboard forward to step on it
- Tilt the waveboard forward so that one edge of both panels touches the ground.
- Step back on both panels and push your heels back so that both panels flatten and you are now hanging above the ground and on the wave board.
Stand quietly on your wave board before you leave.
First, put your left foot in front (known as standard style) and then your right foot (known as goofy style).
Consciously consider which foot feels stronger in the front.
- Once you choose a style, every foot you put in the front is called your 'dominant foot'.
- Whichever foot you placed at the back of the board is known as your 'non-dominant foot'.
The only way to know which method is best for you is to try it out for yourself.
Everyone's dominant foot can vary, so choose the method that makes you most comfortable.
Move by pushing with your non-dominant foot.
After you have chosen your dominant foot, plant it at the front of the wave board and make sure you are stable.
Then gently push yourself forward with your non-dominant foot by pushing against the floor.
Once you've done that, put your non-dominant foot on the tail of the board.
Don't start wiggling just yet, just enjoy the short movement and get a feel for the board under your feet.
Gently move your non-dominant foot to gain speed.
Once you are confident in your balance, you need to move your non-dominant foot to gain speed.
Slowly move your non-dominant foot back and forth as you move forward as if you were a snowboarder.
Once you are able to confidently wiggle your non-dominant foot, try moving your hips with your non-dominant foot so that your lower body is now also wobbling left and right.
This will propel the board forward and speed you up.
Practice turning forward
Practice turning by pushing your feet in opposite movements.
Now that you know how to gather some speed when moving on the wave board, gently tilt your dominant foot to the right and your non-dominant foot to the left.
This makes you turn right. If you tilt your dominant foot to the left and your non-dominant foot to the right, you will go to the left.
Practice wiggling to get speed, then do slow turns, followed by more wiggling until you can do a basic circuit.
Learn to brake
Stop the wave board by leaning forward. Stop wiggling to slow your speed, then lean forward on the wave board and tilt your feet forward.
Stops the wave board.
Alternatively, you can just jump off the wave board and it will stop by itself.
Trying basic tricks
Dive down while riding for your first trick.
As you continue to drive, slowly bend your knees until you are squatting but still moving forward.
Then, once you've held the position for a few moments, get up again.
Skate on ramps or ramps for airtime
After you are confident on a wave board, the next step may be to learn a few tricks and practice achieving airtime.
Most cities have a skate park with bowls, large pits in the ground that you can use to propel yourself up.
Try to gain some speed and go over slopes first to get an idea of how the wave board functions in the air.
Once you have more confidence in the air, you can try going up on the side of a bowl.
In the air, grab the top of your board with your closest hand and bring your knees to your chest.
Once you reach this position, return to your normal position and try to land the trick.
This is called a grabber.
Grab the middle bar of the waveboard for a technical trick.
As you move forward, slowly bend your knees and grab the center bar securing the nose and tail of the waveboard and keep moving.
Once you've held the position for a few moments, gently get up again.
Test your agility by picking up buckets while riding.
Before you step on your wave board, put several buckets on a track.
Then get on your wave board and try to ride in a smooth motion past the buckets and pick them up while you collect them.
Try filling the buckets with water for more of a challenge.
The amount of water you spill from the bucket indicates the level of control you have on the wave board.
Riding your Waveboard in different ways
Glide through the streets as a relaxing pastime.
If you just want to relax on your board, hit the local streets and ride them up and down to explore new areas.
There's no pressure to go fast, so this method is ideal if you're just getting started.
Learn to race on waveboards with friends. Grab some friends who also have waveboards and with a set of cones you can build a track to race around.
This is an explosive form of wave boarding and is a great practice for turning and building speed.
With a set of cones, set up a typical 8 figure in your race track. Have a few practice rounds first to get a feel for the turns before challenging a friend.
Have someone tell you when to start, then race around the track for a specified number of laps until someone wins the race.
Experiment with the angles and route of your track so that you always challenge yourself to develop a different skill.
If your group of friends only has 2 waveboards, you can set up a relay race where the original rider jumps halfway through the race or after a full lap.
Ride down some hills for an adrenaline rush. Waveboarders drive down big hills to gain great speed.
Start on a shallow downhill hill and drive down it, winding side to side like a skier would descend a mountain slope.
Once you've gained confidence by cutting smaller hills, try some bigger ones.
Protective gear is crucial when it comes to speed.