How to Ride Fast on an RipStik
When avid skateboarders are seeking a new challenge, they often turn to the RipStik. The RipStik, defined as a casterboard, requires increased balance compared to the four-wheeled skateboard. Casterboarders must balance on two wheels while executing high-speed turns and maneuvers. According to the casterboarding experts at RipStik, you must swing your hips from side to side to increase the momentum of the board. Riding down small hills will help increase the speed of the RipStik.
Carry the casterboard to the top of a small hill in your neighborhood. Lay the RipStik on the ground with the nose pointing down the hill. Place your lead foot onto the front platform to lift the casterboard onto its two wheels.
Propel the casterboard forward by pushing off the ground with your back foot. Lower your back foot onto the rear platform of the casterboard. Rotate your hips in a rhythmic motion to increase the momentum of the board.
Bend your knees as the casterboard begins to progress down the hill. Extend your arms parallel to the ground to increase the balance of your riding stance. Apply pressure to the edges of the front platform to steer the casterboard.
Extend your legs as you reach the bottom of the hill. Jump off the RipStik as it slows to a stop. Practice the downhill ride to increase your casterboarding speed.
Philip Foster has been writing professionally since 2010. His work has been featured in the literary-arts magazine "The PEEL" and the weekly newspaper "The Mountain Xpress." Foster is an expert in various extreme sports. He cooked in a restaurant that offered organic and vegetarian cuisine for over three years. Foster received a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Appalachian State University.