How to Skateboard with a Running Start

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Get a running start is a way to gain speed on a skateboard without pushing off. Learn how to get a running start in this free skateboarding techniques video lesson.

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I wanted to talk to you about a basic way of getting speed while skateboarding without pushing off and that is getting a running start. This involves dragging the skateboard along the tail and then jumping on it. Learning how to do this is important for setting up for tricks in an area where you don't have much room. You want to run keeping your skateboard parallel to your body, dragging the tail, move the skateboard in front of the body as you drag the tail, then jump on and ride away. With a little work, this can be an effective way to get speed in a very short distance, let's try it. Notice with just a few running steps I got a tremendous amount of speed. The key to this trick is timing. Make sure that you drag the tail and jump above the skateboard before the skateboard falls to the ground. The gravity of your board and your feet meeting will cause the board to propel forward and it's a good way to get speed with very little room. Let's try it one more time.

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