When you’re learning how to land with both feet on the board, it’s best if you have a good skating buddy. Your buddy should be patient and know what they are doing because at first, it’ll probably take a lot of effort before your feet start landing where they belong again. This is why having a patient friend or parent is important. If you are serious about learning how to properly land with both feet on the board, do it.
The very first thing you need to do is push yourself away from your buddy and get a running start. When you’re pushing away from them, put less effort into pushing with your right foot and more effort into pushing with your left. When you get up to speed, go ahead and push hard with both feet. This is where it’ll start getting difficult. Your left foot will want to go one way and your right foot another, but if you push with enough force, they won’t be able to separate that much. The main thing here is that you need to keep pushing with both feet until your left foot lands on the skateboard. It’s very hard to do, but it’ll be easier if you try again. Practice makes perfect.
The next step in learning how to land with both feet is when you’re not at full speed yet. Let’s suppose you are trying to learn how to land ollies. Ollies are probably the trick where Chickenfoot is most common. When you start learning how to ollie, push off with your right foot to get yourself rolling and then take your left foot off the board (yes, it’s okay if you’re wearing Vans). Once both feet are off the board, put your left foot back on the board and your right foot back on the ground. Now, you should be rolling with only one foot on the board. This is a good way to learn how to land with both feet because if you mess up or lose control of it, both feet will stay in the air until they regain balance and grip again.
After a while of practicing ollies with only one foot on the board, you’ll get pretty good at controlling it. When you start putting your left foot down, don’t stop. Instead, take the right one-off and repeat this process until all of them are gone! Don’t worry about balancing because ollies are pretty easy to balance on.
The last step in learning how to land with both feet is learning how to revert into the regular position that you’ve been practicing all along. This method works for just about any trick that will get your feet in the air. Let’s say you are nailing the kickflip that you’ve been trying to learn for weeks now, but when you land it, both feet go up in the air instead of staying on the board. When this happens, just try pushing your left foot down with force while putting your right foot back on the board.
This will send your left foot back on the board and your right foot down to the ground. Practice this until it is easy for you, then try doing it without having to think about it so much.
If you want to be good at skateboarding, remember to stay calm and don’t get frustrated with yourself because it’ll slow down your learning process. If you get too frustrated, just take a break from the trick for a while and come back to it later.
Now that you know how to land with both feet on the board, your tricks might start getting better. The only problem is that you might start landing your tricks with both feet on the board, but when you do this, your knees might cave in. This is where Chickenfoot comes in.
It’s very easy to do and usually gets screwed up when people are learning how to land with both feet on the board. Chickenfoot happens because when you land a trick with both feet on the board, it’s very easy for your knees to cave in. Your legs will be somewhat bent when they should stay straight because you’ll be leaning too far forward. When this happens, you look like a chicken walking around, hence why it’s called Chickenfoot. To ensure that your foundation is strong, do this:
- Land your trick the regular way that you usually do it.
- 2. Look straight forward and bend your knees a little bit so they are a tiny bit past a 90-degree angle from your feet. Your legs should be almost straight, but not quite because you have to lean back when you ollie.
- Now, lean back about a quarter to half an inch and straighten your legs out as much as you can (your legs don’t have to be completely straight).
- When you do this, your weight should shift from leaning forward to leaning back and it’ll feel like nothing happened, but you’ll start landing your tricks with both feet on the board again.
4a. If you had to lean past a 90-degree angle and it started bending your knees too much (if they’re bent more than 90 degrees), then just don’t bend them as far and lean back another quarter or half an inch until they feel comfortable. Take your time and don’t get frustrated!
- After you do that, the Chickenfoot problem should be fixed and you should be landing with both feet on the board like a pro again.
- Repeat steps 2-5 until it feels natural and becomes second nature to you. It’ll always feel weird when you first try something new, but if you keep practicing it enough, it’ll feel normal in no time.
6a. Another thing that helps is to push your knees toward the outside while pushing with your feet and putting all of your weight on one foot at a time. This will help teach you how to bend over without falling over and give you a general idea of how to fix the whole Chickenfoot problem.
- Another good idea is to try and balance on your board with both feet off the ground so you can get a feel for how it will be when you land back down on the board, but this isn’t necessary…it’s just a good idea.
- Keep doing steps 2-4 until you get the feel for landing with both feet on the board. When this happens it’ll be second nature to you and you won’t have to think about it anymore when you’re learning tricks with your friends.
Keeping a good balance is one of the most important things in skateboarding, because if you can’t stay balanced then that’s an automatic fail when you’re trying to learn a new trick that requires balance. That’s why having a good balance and knowing how to keep your balance under control is so important in skateboarding, and it can make or break your learning process when you’re starting.