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The Top 3 Flatland Scooter Tricks

Posted on: April 13th, 2014 by Pulse

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Freestyle scootering is one of the fastest growing sports around today. In the last ten years, the sport of freestyle scootering has evolved and grown in popularity in ways that continue to excite and inspire its enthusiasts. Like any popular sport, freestyle scootering has its own celebrities, such as Jon Reyes, who rides for Phoenix Pro. There are several different types of scootering, and they vary based on a number of factors, which are primarily centered around the terrain on which a rider rides.

One very popular type of riding, which is employed by Reyes, among many others, is flatland riding. Flatland riding occurs on flat surfaces, usually those that can easily be found in city surfaces, such as basketball courts or parking lots. One benefit of flatland riding is that it allows the rider to engage in a number of tricks which can be strung together to formulate combinations of tricks. Here are five of the top flatland scooter tricks.

1. Tailwhipping

Tailwhipping is a popular trick because it is visually impressive and can be learned fairly easily. This move has its roots in BMX biking but can be adapted very well to scootering. To learn how to tailwhip, the best method is usually to start out by mastering what is called a bunny hop.

To bunny hop, a rider should get used to hopping in the air with both feet on the scooter and then sticking the landing. Next, they can practice the tailwhipping motion by kicking the scooter away from them on the ground. Finally, they can combine the two movies by getting airborne with a bunny hop, kicking the scooter away in the air and then bringing both feet back to land.

2. Sliders

Sliders are popular tricks because of the fact that they can provide a great foundation for a number of exciting combinations and can be done at a variety of speeds. Sliders are also tricks that are perfect for flatland riders of all levels. To begin a slider, a rider should start by checking their body positioning.

The ideal position for a slider is low. Next, they should put their back foot on the brake. (Which foot is in the back will depend on which foot a rider favors. Those who ride regular will stand with their right foot back and vice versa.) After placing their foot, a rider will brake and use the momentum of their body to spin left, being careful to keep their front wheel on the ground.

3. No Hands

Because of the fact that freestyle scootering is so influenced by both BMX biking and skating, many popular tricks are reminiscent of those two sports. No hands uses similar skills to skating. One main difference, of course, is that the board on a scooter is much more slim and may be more challenging to balance on.

To successfully mastermproves  a no hands trick, riders should work on their balance by getting used to quickly taking one hand off of the bars at a time. When ready to try the trick, it’s best to start at a slow speed and make sure that one feels balanced and steady. Next, they should lift both hands off of the bars and use the weight of their feet to balance and maneuver the scooter.

The key to performing impressive flatland tricks is mastering basics like these. This gives riders a chance to begin to put together impressive combinations, which can be customized based on any rider’s strongest skills. All tricks should always be learned at low speeds to start and then sped up as a rider improves on them.

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