The Best Methods on How to Hold a Skateboard
Do you know how to hold a skateboard? If not, then it’s time to learn! You might think that the way to hold a skateboard is obvious, but there are actually many different ways of holding a board.
Knowing which technique is proper for you will help prevent injury and make skating much more enjoyable. In this blog post, we’ll be discussing the right way to hold a skateboard so that you can get out on the road or sidewalk with confidence!
If you have a skateboard backpack, you don’t need to worry about anything. Just put your board in it, and you’re ready to go. That’s what I personally prefer. But if you don’t have one, you should follow any of the techniques below.
4 Different Ways on How to Hold a Skateboard
There are four different ways to hold a skateboard correctly:
- Mall Grab
- Holding with Grip tape In
- Holding with Grip tape Out
- Pinching the Board
Let’s explore each of them one-by-one.
1. Mall Grab
If you’re looking to hold your skateboard properly and remain low-profile simultaneously, then mall grabbing is a technique for you. With this style of holding, one hand reaches through the back truck holes while the other goes under or inside of it depending on how high off the ground your board is (lower boards are more accessible than higher ones).
Place your fingers on the board’s base, then wrap them over the truck and rest your thumb by the hanger. Your fist should be resting atop the board. Holding your board is all your preference, but mall grabbing is a quieter and cleaner way to hold the board.
2. Holding with Griptape In
This style of holding creates an even more stable grip for you by utilizing your fingers on both sides of the deck’s base. This technique is similar to how you would hold a surfboard.
The board should be resting on the palm of your hand while your fingers are wrapped around it and gripping tightly so that there’s no risk of the deck slipping out from under them. Holding a skateboard using this method can be tricky, but it’s pretty easy when you get the hang of it.
3. Holding with Grip Tape Out
Holding your board with the griptape out is how you’ll hold a deck if you’re planning on doing any tricks that require footwork.
The grip should be done by placing your thumb in between the nose and tail of the skateboard, then wrapping your fingers tightly around it to keep it from slipping away. The way you grip the board with your fingers will depend on how you plan to use it.
While holding a skateboard this way is more complex than when using the palms of your hand, it can help perform footwork that requires gripping the front and back of the deck at once.
4. Pinching the Board
When you use the pinch grip, your fingers will be placed between the nose and tail of the board. This is how most people hold a skateboard when they aren’t performing any tricks that require footwork.
The way that you pinch your fingers around the deck should depend on what type of terrain or surface you’ll be riding it on. The tighter your grip, the better control you’ll have on rough surfaces.
My Recommendation: Skateboard Backpack
If you ask me to recommend the best way to hold your skateboard, I would highly recommend you to buy a skateboard backpack as it is the most convenient way to carry your skateboard.
Carrying your skateboard in a backpack will allow you to carry your skateboard while ensuring it is secured easily. This way, you can be sure your skateboard will not get scratched or damaged while being carried around! It is also perfect for carrying a spare set of wheels in addition to the deck.
I hope this blog post has been helpful and if you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below!
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