Skateboarding Goofy Versus Regular Footed

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Figuring out if you are a regular or goofy footed skater is a common beginning skateboarding problem. When you are just starting out with skateboarding, there are two different ways to stand on your skateboard. These are called stances and involve a goofy stance or a regular stance. Goofy stances involve skating with your right foot forward while regular stances are when you are skating with your left foot forward.

Getting Comfortable Standing on Your Skateboard

There are three tricky ways to figure out how you will most likely feel most comfortable standing on your board. Try one of these three tricks:

  1. The Ball Trick: Get a ball or a similar shape, and sit it on the ground in front of you. Then, kick it. Whichever foot you kicked it with will likely be your back foot. You want the balancing foot in the front and the kicking foot in the back.
  2. The Step Trick: Go to a staircase, and walk up to it. Take a look at which foot you used to step up onto the first step. Whichever one you chose is likely your back foot.
  3. The Friend Trick: Find someone and stand with both your feet close together. Then, ask them to lightly, and safely, shove you from behind. Before reading the rest of the trick, perform this action for the best results. If you caught yourself with one foot, the foot you used to catch yourself is likely the foot you would put in back.

Just like most people are right handed, most people are regular footed. That's why it's called regular. Keep in mind that there's no right way to do it. If all of these tricks tell you that you are regular, but you just like riding goofy, then ride goofy.

Do What Feels Natural

Some skaters have a hard time nailing down if they should skate regular or goofy. For example, it might feel more natural to cruise and push regular, but to ollie goofy. This is not all that rare of a situation and not necessarily a problem, either. Some people are ambidextrous, meaning they can use either their right or left hand, just as well as the other. Perhaps you are the same, but with your feet.

Keep skating whichever way you want to. The truth is, once you get fairly good at skating, you are going to want to ride switch, which means that you are going to want to try riding the opposite from whatever stance you normally use. Even before you get that good, you are going to want to ride ​fakie, for example, which is when you ride up a ramp and then ride back down backward. For both of these, you are going to be more comfortable than most people when you get to this point.

Default Skateboarding Stance

Either way, you might still be bugged with the question of which skateboarding stance you want to pick as your "usual" stance. Change it up until, eventually, one feels better. If not, then do both. If nothing else, it'll be nice for when you are cruising, because you won't tire out just one leg.

If you find that skating with one stance is comfortable, but ollying with the other stance is good, then give the nollie a try. There's no rulebook for skateboarding, so you can learn tricks in whatever order you feel like.