While proper stance and propulsion are all necessary parts of perfect SlingBoard performance, riders must master turning on an all terrain skateboard like the SlingBoard as well if they want top results. There are two proper SlingBoard stances that have been discussed in previous articles. Both are acceptable, and both come with their respective advantages and disadvantages. The first is the skateboard stance which is more common. This is when the rider’s body is turned to the side, but his head is facing forward. The other is the paddleboard stance which is when both head and body are facing forward. In this position, the rider’s feet will be more or less parallel.
With Skateboard Stance
A skateboarding stance will probably feel most comfortable to the large majority of SlingBoarders. Therefore, it is important to understand the turning techniques involved. There are two major parts involved in turning with a skateboard stance. The two are tilting at the ankles and leaning the entire body. Both seem simple, but overestimating either can result in the rider losing balance. Ankle tilting is simple. A rider will either point toes downward to turn the way he or she is facing or upwards to turn to the rider’s back. As simple as this is, every SlingBoarder must understand that standing perfectly straight up and down while turning with an ankle tilt will cause the rider’s body to be pulled in the direction he or she was already heading. This is because wheels control the board but the only thing directing the rider is the friction between shoes and deck. This is where the lean comes into play. Similar to the methods of turning on a bike, leaning into a turn balances the centrifugal forces which would throw a rider from the board. However, if a rider only uses the leaning technique, he or she will lean too far when trying to make sharp turns and will actually fall off the board. So, a mixture of both leaning and tilting at the ankles needs to be used to obtain an ideal turn.
With Paddleboard Stance
Using a paddleboard-like stance requires a different method for turning. Tilting the ankles or leaning forward and back will not accomplish anything since the rider’s toes are pointed forward. So, the way to turn with this stance type is by placing more weight on one foot or the other. Leaning left or right will help balance a rider as it does with the skateboard technique. Aside from shifting weight to one side, a rider may also reposition his or her feet to add even more weight to one side of the board. This is a bit more complicated of a process since adjusting one’s footing can easily cause an undesired imbalance, but with practice the technique can be mastered.