Skateboarding Stances: Goofy-Foot

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Goofy, goofy stance or goofy-foot all refer to a skateboarder, snowboarder, surfer or wakeboarder riding with his or her left foot in back, toward the tail of the board. Goofy stance gets this name because most people put their left foot forward, which is called regular.

There is no right or wrong way to stand on a skateboard (or snowboard, surfboard, etc.), but most people feel more comfortable riding a skateboard regular, instead of goofy.

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I've known some new skaters to try to force themselves into a goofy stance because it's more unique and has a cool name, but wouldn't recommend trying to force yourself to change! Just like writing with your right or left hand, it's important to go with what comes naturally to you.

Knowing Your Stance

In order to ride a board of any variety more easily, it's important for beginners to understand which stance they can use to the greatest effect — they'll pick up skateboarding much quicker once they do. 

The important goal of a boarder's stance in riding successfully is to place the rider's dominant foot at the back of the board in order to provide more precision in movement. The dominant foot will, therefore, do most of the power steering while the less dominant foot provides direction and balance in the front of the board.

In order to determine your own preferred stance, try standing with your eyes closed with equal weight distributed to both of your feet, then have someone attempt to push you over and see which of your feet you instinctively put out to stop yourself from falling. This foot will likely be the front foot on your snowboard as it centers your balance most.

Goofy Versus Regular

It's hard to determine why exactly left-foot-forward is determined to be the "regular way" to ride a board, but this commonly accepted version has led to the creation of the term "goofy stance" to describe when a boarder leads with his or her right leg instead.

The only marked difference here is in the position of the foot, with neither regular nor goofy providing any added benefit for every rider. Truly, the way you position your stance on the board is entirely up to your own internal balance and the power of your left versus your right leg.

If you're just starting out in any board sport but have been finding it difficult to achieve control or forward motion of your board, you may have been using the wrong stance from the very beginning. If having your left foot forward feels unnatural, chances are you're just a naturally goofy rider and should switch to steering with your right foot and providing precision with your left!