With your feet placed next to each other approximately shoulder-width apart, stand up on top of your skateboard. Plant both of your feet firmly onto the board, making sure that all of your weight is equally distributed between both feet. Keep in mind that some skaters stand with their feet much wider apart. It is important to find a stance that works for you, but make sure your feet are planted firmly onto the board before continuing. *This doesn’t work well*
Next, put your front foot in and twist it so that the toes point towards where you want to ride. At this point, your weight should be resting entirely on your back foot. *you shouldn’t have to turn your foot or lift it off of the board*
Position your feet on the board
The pop shove begins with an ollie (a movement found in “How to Do an Ollie on a Skateboard”). You should already know how to do an ollie before you attempt the pop shove it. If you want to learn how then just follow these steps:
An ollie is one of the most basic tricks in skateboarding, so if you are concerned about being able to learn this trick well enough to try a much harder trick like the pop shoves it, then you should start with something easier. *This is not true*
Standing at the front of your board, position your back foot approximately three inches directly above the bolts that hold on your trucks. Your toes should be positioned at a thirty-degree angle to the side of your board (you can check this by looking down the edge of the board and positioning your foot so that it looks like a thirty-degree angle).
Position your front foot over the bolts that hold on your front truck, approximately three to six inches in front of your back foot. The exact placement will vary depending upon how much you weigh, but for most people, this should be somewhere between the two bolts or so.
Bend your knees
When you want to jump, bend your knees just a bit and make sure that there is no speed or momentum when taking off. Your arms should hang below while doing this flat ground trick so they can catch some of their weight during flight time for a long enough 180 degrees turn at the top with roll back down onto feet after landing.
Pop up the board
- Try to keep your weight focused on the front of the board as much as possible. If you feel yourself slipping forward off the board, or if you find it difficult to balance it after popping, use your back foot as a pivot point so you can turn the board around under your front foot, staying on top of it. The pivot should be quick though, so you don’t slip off. Don’t look down at the ground too long, because you’ll lose your balance easily if you do that.
- Most people can learn how to pop shove-its by practicing, but some find it is easier to learn if they know the tricks behind them. Letting the board hit the ground and getting a feel for how hard you need to push can be helpful, so try that first. If you’re still having a problem with it, then use these tips:
- Focus on your front leg when learning how to pop shove-its. Start by pushing your front foot forward, then quickly pushing with the back foot. Once you get good at that, start pushing harder and harder with the back foot to get it popping higher.
- The more weight on your back leg, the easier it is to pop shove-its. If you feel like you are losing your balance too much when trying to do this, place more weight on your back foot.
Catch the board with your feet after it spins 180 degrees
When you land, your feet should be shoulder-width apart and both hands on the board. Keep a slight bend in knees so that when landing they absorb some of the shock from hitting the ground with full force.
You can also try to pop shove-it while riding another board. While it will be difficult, this is a good way of practicing without having to go on grass or pavement each time. If you’re still having trouble with it, try these tips:
- Practice on ramps for easier learning. Ramps are great places to practice your pop shuv-its. That way, if you get it popping too high, the railing can stop your board for you so you don’t fall.
- Don’t push hard on the front of your board . If you are having trouble with balance or finding your center of gravity, try pushing harder on the tail of your board. That way, most of your motion is coming from the back foot.
- Push your weight onto your front leg . As you are learning how to pop shove-its , it might be easier to have more of your weight on your back leg, but as soon as you begin trying to catch it with both feet, you need a lot of weight on the front leg for balance.
- Don’t let your feet dangle around. Try keeping both your feet on the board, and keep the front one near the front of the board to help you stay balanced . If it helps, put some tape on your foot to remind you not to lift it up.