A Powerslide is one of the most basic braking techniques in skateboarding. But this is also a trick in itself.
Learn how to master it.
One of the first things most novice skaters need to know when embarking on a skateboard for the first time is how to slow down and stop the board.
The most common and basic technique is foot stop.
Nevertheless, the PowerSlide is also an option for skaters and intermediate riders who move at higher speeds.
It is also a basic braking technique used by downhill skateboarders and street riders who like to bomb hills.
The trick is to apply enough force to allow the wheels to slide sideways.
During a powerful slide, all four wheels will stop spinning and instead slide on asphalt or concrete.
Powerslides requires a lot of speed. The result is a 90-degree rotation of the skateboard, while keeping all the wheels in contact with the ground.
The position of the skater’s legs is crucial when performing a flawless drag.
How to do a Powerslide
1. Place your front foot near the front truck;
2. Place your hind leg near the tail of the skateboard;
3. Bend your knees and take a low position;
4. Push the legs and the board forward;
5. Keep your shoulders straight and bend your upper body slightly back;
6. Open your arms to help balance;
7. Let the board slide on the ground;
8. As the skateboard loses speed, start centering your body back on the board;
9. To exit the powerslide, bring your hind leg back to reverse the 90-degree rotation;
10. Resume skating;
Although both legs are expected to do their job, the back is the one that pushes the powerslide – this is the control leg.
Your front leg will balance things and turn the rotation.
Depending on the type and quality of the surface you ride on, you may feel the wheels get caught or caught on the ground.
In addition, if you do not bend your upper body back enough, the weight distribution will project you forward and you may fall and injure yourself.
As with all skateboarding tricks and techniques, the more you train, the better you will make a slide.
You can start by turning your board 90 or 180 degrees at low speed. While you feel more comfortable with the turn, try to slide and bring it back.
How hard you press depends on your speed, wheels and ground surface – smoother surfaces are easier to slide.
And last but not least: the harder your wheels are, the easier they will slide because they have less traction.
Soft wheels have better traction and will not slide well on asphalt.
The disadvantage of powerslide are the flat spots, which will slowly appear on your wheels, gradually making them smaller and smaller and uneven.