Ways to Ride the Wave Board

By: Derek Cladek

The waveboard offers you more ways of riding then any board out there. The wave board is not limited to just a few riding styles. Yes you can always cruise around or bust out some sweet tricks, but there are so many more ways you can enjoy your waveboard. Let us talk about some of the more common riding styles first and then we will get into some of the more creative riding styles.

Cruising: simply riding your waveboard on flat surfaces just cruising around the streets can be a ton of fun. I took my waveboard out and rode a bike trail with my two brothers and had a complete blast. If cruising is not enough for you then try riding some hills. I started with some small hills and gradually got to larger hills the more comfortable I became. I found the best hills were long gradual sloping hills. It feels like your shredding through the snow as you carve down the hill on your waveboard. Racing: Racing is a blast on the wave board. We would set up turns and corners and race for hours. If you have many friends with wave boards you can all race at the same time. If you only have two waveboards but four people you can do relay races where you must switch the board to the other rider half way through the race.

Obstacle course: Because the wave board can turn in such tight corners you do not need a lot of space for an awesome obstacle course. My brothers and I made an obstacle course that you needed to ride over a ramp, weave through cones, do a super tight figure eight, step over a piece of wood a couple inches off the ground and the board would go under the wood, lift the waveboard wheels over a piece of wood on the ground, ride the board over a broomstick laid out the long way and cause the stick to go in between the two wheels, and all this was set up in a garage.

Ramps and freestyle: You can ride the waveboard on ramps. Try dropping in or scale the walls of a bowl. Many cities have local skate parks and I often see wave boarders out tearing it up with the skaters and bikers. You can also try some freestyle tricks like riding on one wheel, try an ollie or a kickflip. 180's and 360's are popular and very fun tricks on the wave board. One of my personal favorite waveboard games is waveboard chicken. Because your feet never have to touch the ground the game works like this. Each waveboard rider starts out ten to fifteen feet apart. Start riding the waveboard and when you say go you must hold your hands together behind your back and simply try to knock the other rider off of his board. The two ways you lose the round is falling off your board or letting your hands go. Holding your hands behind your back makes balancing more difficult and keeps players from using your hands to pull someone off their board.

Shoulders are legal to try and push the other riders with. Play this game with many riders and it is a blast, or just play one on one. I have also seen online where waveboard riders formed teams and played lacrosse on their boards. They set up a net and each team had to advance the ball to the other side and score. Goalies did not have boards. So in just this article I have shown you that you can cruise, ride hills, race, run obstacle courses, ride ramps and freestyle, play waveboard chicken, and if you have enough riders you can come up with great team waveboard games. Be creative in how you ride your board. The wave board is very versatile and you can ride it however you like.

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