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How To Stop On A Skateboard? Already Explained

First, how to stop on a skateboard?

In order to lift up the front of the board, push down hard on the tail, shifting some of your weight backwards while bending your front leg. In order to turn the board away from the direction of travel, you can also use your front foot, shoulders, and leg. You’ll come to a stop with the help of your heel and tail.

Please read on for more information on stopping on a skateboard.

Here is a step-by-step guide to stopping on a skateboard that is both quick and safe. We are using the drag method, sometimes called the foot brake, best used on flat surfaces where you are not traveling at high speed.

How To Stop On A Skateboard For Beginners?

  1. To begin, position your front foot so that it faces the front of your board and pushes in the same manner as your back foot.
  2. As you get ready to place your foot flat against the ground, lower your back foot off the board close to the last set of wheels.
  3. Beginning with very little force, place your foot lightly against the ground. (As always, skateboarding and longboarding require shoes!)
  4. Increase the force on your back foot as you slow down and regain balance.

With both of your feet flat on the ground, you want to gradually slow down until you stop completely. Your safety will be increased if you apply pressure to your back foot and stop gradually.

Brake With Your Foot

As a result, there is one drawback to using your foot to brake that I want to address right away: you will wear out your shoes a little bit more quickly. Although you’ll lose some life from your shoes, this is a really simple way to stop on a skateboard.

Beginners will probably find this to be the simplest way to brake.

  1. Point your dominant foot forward (the one that will stay on the skateboard)
  2. Bring your back foot to the ground and shift your weight to your front foot.
    Pro Tip: Try to put your heel down on the ground first.
  3. Permit your back foot to drag on the ground.
How To Stop On A Skateboard Already Explained
How To Stop On A Skateboard? Already Explained

Tail Scraping

Utilizing your tail as a brake is another simple skateboarding technique. Your board’s tail will slow you down until you stop if you put more weight on it and allow it to scrape the ground.

The one drawback to dropping by a tail scraping operation is that you might get a razor tail. When the tail is that worn down and chipped, the wood on the tail almost becomes sharp.

However, if you skateboard frequently, you might go through a lot of boards, so it might not be a big deal.

  1. Position your weaker foot on the skateboard’s tail.
  2. Your back foot should apply pressure to the skateboard’s tail.
  3. Maintain equilibrium while maintaining a straight nose.
    Pro Tip: Wait until you have completely stopped before stepping off the board.

Control Side-stopping

When you’re skating downhill, a controlled side stop is a great way to brake. Before trying this advanced stop and braking technique on a busy street, put it through a lot of practice.

When trying controlled side stops, I strongly advise wearing a helmet, knee, elbow, and longboard gloves. Purchase some high-quality safety equipment.

  1. Onto the front bolts, place your front foot forward.
  2. Turn 180 degrees with your upper body.
    Pro Tip: To make room for the quick turn, shift your weight to the side. Leaning forward while doing that will help you avoid falling over and causing injury to your back.
  3. On the road, use your hands to balance yourself. (Please use longboarding gloves)

Drag Your Tail Along The Ground As You Let Go Of It

Here is another technique for stopping your skateboard. I don’t advise using this stopping technique because it damages the tail. Even worse, as time passes, this technique gradually reduces your board’s pop.

The tail scrape is exactly what its name implies. You do this by dragging your skateboard’s tail across the ground for a while.

The tail scrape stop uses friction, like the foot braking we discussed earlier, to slow things down.

The issue with dragging the tail on the water is that it’s simple to lose control of your board. Because of this, tail scraping isn’t the best method for reducing your speed in an emergency.

When skating on a skateboard on a sidewalk or other surface for fun, use the tail scrape to stop. Furthermore, avoid using this technique for stopping when going quickly downhill.

Roll Off The Board As You Jump Off

The best course of action for you may occasionally be to safely jump off your skateboard and roll away from a problem. The jump-and-roll-off technique may be necessary in certain circumstances, such as an emergency.

Everyone who skateboards occasionally finds themselves in a precarious situation where they must immediately dismount to stay safe. Like when a crazy driver rides their vehicle too closely to you while you’re skating down a road. When this happens, safely jumping off your board can save your skull. Or life.

Even though the jump-and-roll maneuver sounds simple, it’s actually not that simple. To ensure that you can perform this correctly and safely each time, practice as often as you need to.

In order to perfect this technique, find a soft surface, like your lawn, and practice there. Maintain a slow skating pace at first while you practice. Try jumping off your board when skating at faster speeds once you’ve had enough practice and are able to do so comfortably.

Jump off your board while keeping your arms and legs at ease. Get into a roll once in the air, then land on your feet. Avoid trying to catch yourself with your arms because doing so will cause your wrist bones to break very quickly.

You can better withstand the impact of a fall by rolling into a ball as you descend to the ground. Additionally, reaching out your hands to catch yourself almost always results in pain and broken bones.

Use The Heel-braking Technique

Both the heel and the tail scrape stops are similar. You should be taking care of things, but in both strategies you’re doing the opposite. Both can damage your skateboard and your shoes if used excessively.

I don’t advise using this skateboarding-stopping technique unless you absolutely have to.

Executing the heel brake stopping strategy is a little trickier than the tail-drag tactic. That’s because you need better balance to keep the front of the deck and the tail partially down.

Bring the board’s back down, but avoid letting it touch the ground, to brake with your heel. The nose must rise excessively as the rear descends.

After that, plant your heel until it makes contact with the ground. You begin dragging your back foot as soon as its heel touches the ground. You generate the friction necessary to stop by doing this.

You will be stopping your vehicle with your heel. So, you need to wear the most durable skate shoes you have. But nobody ever purchases durable skateboarding footwear with the intention of wearing them out through improper stopping techniques.

Roll To A Rougher Surface To Slow Down

It’s not too complicated with this one. Start skating on your skateboard at a medium speed to get the hang of this technique. Two surfaces with various degrees of roughness are required. Imagine a slick concrete sidewalk that changes into a green field.

So you’re skating reasonably quickly on a smooth surface. It’s likely that you’ll spill if you roll really quickly and suddenly go from smooth to rough.

You just roll to the rougher surface rather than utilizing any of the methods mentioned above. That should cause you to naturally slow down, but you probably won’t stop right away.

This is more like a slow-down-your-skateboard strategy. When traveling too quickly, this isn’t the best method of stopping.

Ollie, Grab Your Board And Simply Leave

Beginner skateboarders shouldn’t attempt this. Beginners still don’t know how to pop their board or Ollie. Beginner skaters cannot or should not use this stopping technique for this reason.

Even though this stop isn’t recommended for beginners, you shouldn’t make it when riding very quickly. Instead, use this technique to stop when skating at a moderately fast pace.

Pushing your skateboard and picking up speed will help you execute this stop. Jump an Ollie next, and then grab your board with one hand. As soon as you have the board in your hands, walk in the same direction you were skating after you descend and land.

It takes a lot of practice to become proficient with this technique.

By the way, I’ve heard some skateboarders calling this approach the board pop. No matter what it’s called, that’s how you do it.

Long Turns Will Slow Your Skateboard Down

This skateboard stopping strategy involves three steps namely carving, popping the board, and walking way.

As you can see, the carve-long-turns-to-slow-down method is similar to the board pop technique discussed above. Only the addition of carving makes this approach different.

So, begin pushing on your board to gain momentum. If you’re a beginner, don’t skate too quickly. Then, launch a series of long, full turns.

You should be able to skate more slowly with the aid of carving if you want to simply walk away while holding your board in your hands. You should, of course, move your feet in the direction of your forward momentum.


The article’s main emphasis was on skateboard stopping techniques.

For escape from peril or to learn tricks like powersliding, stopping on a skateboard is crucial. Different stops will suit your needs best depending on whether you’re a novice or an experienced skateboarder. Before you put them to the test while riding faster, practice each stop a lot. Once you’ve got these tricks in your muscle memory, you’ll be able to perform advanced stops just as well as basic tricks

I appreciate you reading.

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