Backpedalling, walking backwards

  BACKPEDALLING, OR WALKING BACKWARDS

Backpedalling
Kicking backpedal step

 

Backpedalling

Many skaters and surfers complain that walking backwards is harder than walking forwards. Here is a breakdown of a five step backpedalling walk from the tip to the tail.

At the end of a nose ride, it's time to get off the nose and go back to the tail to set up a kickout to end a ride down the hill. You don't want to shuffle backwards, you must walk backwards. This is the way to keep the most control. Also by stepping, there is a pacing off going on that tells you exactly where you are on your board. You know without looking down that four small paces will put you on the tail, with your back foot on the tail tip, the stance for a pivoting kickout.

The following sequence demonstrates this pacing off the board without looking.

From the tip ride, I take a half shuffle step with the the back (right) foot onto the front truck to stabilize the board.

This picture shows the first cross step back, left behind right. I have picked up my front foot and have begun to uncross it into the next step.

I extend my arms out for balance and walk backwards while looking straight ahead. The steps are done by feel and not by looking.

 

Kicking backpedal step

Here I take a very tight cross step, kicking my left toe around my right foot. This is done to save space and get into a tail stance that will not be too narrow, but just right.

Now I'm in a tail stance and can easily perform a kickout 180 to end the ride.

 

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