Should I Skateboard Goofy or Regular Footed?

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Figuring out if you are a regular or goofy footed skater is a very common beginning skateboarding problem!

(The answer is also part 3 of the Just Starting Out Skateboarding article.)

The two different ways to stand on your skateboard are called stances - Goofy (skating with your right foot forward) and Regular (skating with your left foot forward).

Here are three tricky ways to figure out how you will most likely feel most comfortable standing on your board:


- go get a ball or something like that, and sit it on the ground in front of you. Now 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.


- go to a staircase, and walk up it. What foot did you use to step up the FIRST step? That's likely your back foot.


- this one's hard, because once you read it you'll know the trick. So just read this first spot and then stop when I tell you to stop. Go find someone, stand with both your feet close together, and ask them to shove you from behind. Go do this now -- STOP READING! Ok, so hopefully you didn't just fall over. You should have caught yourself with one foot. The foot you used to catch yourself is likely the foot you'd put in back.

Just like most people are right handed, most people are regular footed. That's why it's called regular. Just remember 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!


Ok, so I made that word up. But sometimes I get e-mails from skaters who 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 actually not all that rare of a situation!

But it isn't really a problem. 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? Or, perhaps you're just weird. Either way, it's not really a big deal!

Just 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 - meaning that you are going to want to try riding the opposite from whatever stance you normally use (see Switch in the Skateboarding Dictionary). And even before you get that good, you are going to want to ride fakie - for example, when you ride up a ramp, and then ride back down backward (see Fakie in the Skateboarding Dictionary). For both of these, you are going to be more comfortable than most people when you get to this point!

But either way, you might still be bugged with the question of which skateboarding stance you want to pick as your "usual" stance. I say, why pick one!? Why not change it up? If, eventually, one feels better, then do that one more! 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!

Also, 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. Don't stress about it - just go skate and have fun!