6 Intermediate Tricks You Can Do On a Scooter
So if you’ve already mastered the beginner tricks, you should be ready to move on to the more intermediate stunts. Pay close attention to the method involved here. Just like with any other skill, learning tricks follows a pyramid. You need to build up a strong base in order for you to get to the top. In this segment, we will be focusing on becoming familiar with ramps (or at least less intimidated by them) We will also be working on deck positioning. If you master both of these skills throughout this list, you should be ready to advance to the next stage. Anyways, let’s get started with our list!
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1. How to Footjam on a Scooter
Starting out the list of tricks is the footjam. This trick might seem a bit familiar but it is different than anything you have tried before. What you need to do is build up some speed and go up a ramp and then once you get to the apex, instead of stepping on the back wheel and balancing, this time you will balance on the front wheel. This is much harder for a variety of reasons, not the least of which being that you need to turn the wheel in order for it to be stepped on. Make sure to do all of this while you are in the air rather than while you are grounded.
At first, start out simply doing the landing. This is the hardest part but alone it is much easier than all together. Once you have perfected the landing, you can move on to the pivot. Once you have finalized the pivot, then you can try to go back down the ramp after you have everything else mastered. By breaking this trick up into pieces, you can learn it more easily.Don’t forget to wear your pads!
2. Must Practice Needed to Do Icepic
This trick is very similar to the foot jam but much more challenging. In order to perform this trick, you will not only need to have a scooter with pegs, but you will need to balance on one of those pegs for under a second. For some of you, the first par may even be more difficult than the second part. Fear not, the pegs can be easily installed on a scooter. This method can easily be found online and many people have done it before successfully. The second part of doing this is learning the actual trick itself.
This may not be easy, but it is certainly not as difficult as it appears. The key is the position of your deck. It will be very difficult to pull this trick off unless you land with a correct horizontal position on the edge of the ramp. The you will put some pressure on your back foot. Just enough to support your landing, but not too much that it throws the positioning of your scooter off balance. It takes some practice but you’ll get the hang of it eventually. Safety First!
3. Land Perfectly Horizontal For Double Peg Stall
I thought it would only be appropriate to follow the icepick with the double peg stall. The reason for this is that if you have mastered the icepick, the double peg stall should present little to no difficulty at all. This is when you balance on the forward and back pegs of one side of your scooter at the same time. The deck positioning I mentioned in the last trick, is even more crucial here.
You want to land perfectly horizontal, otherwise it will not work as well. The reason it will not work as well is because if you land with your back peg and then try to land on the forward one, gravity will slam your scooter down with so much momentum that it will be difficult to stop on a single peg. This makes the trick difficult and even dangerous. To fix this, just make sure you have the deck positioning perfected before you attempt this trick. Elbow Pads are also helpful.
4. Practice the Previous Tricks Once Again
Okay I’ll admit it. All of the tricks on this list are stalls. This may make you anxious to try more variety and more difficult tricks, but be patient, there is a method to all of this. Stall are a great way to practice deck positioning as well as built up confidence on ramps. All of the tricks from now on will involve a ramp in one form or another, so it is important to become comfortable with doing this. The feeble stall may be easier or harder than the last few tricks, depending on the type of rider that you are.
It is most similar to the double peg stall because it involves two points of contact, but instead of two pegs, you will be making contact with the back peg and the front wheel. This is almost a combination of everything you’ve learned so far so as long as you dissect each of the other tricks you should be able to pull this one off. Watch a few of the pros do this trick before attempting it. If it looks or feels to difficult, it may be time to go back to the top of the list and practice the previous tricks once again.
5. As Same As Other Tricks
This trick is the inverse of the feeble stall. It requires the same basic sills with one minor twist that makes it a tad more difficult. The twist is you will be fighting gravity a bit more on this one than on any of the others. The way you combat this is by braking hard with your back foot. This may be a lot to remember, but just think of it as one fluid motion.
As you land on one peg, your foot will land on the back wheel at the same exact time. Just like with all the other tricks, the deck positioning will be key. You will be slightly diagonal on this one, leading with your front wheel by less than an inch. This is to compensate for the ramp. Your back will be just above the ramp, and your front wheel will be just below it. Practice this one and then you should be ready for the next one on our list!
6. Toothpick is incredibly difficult
So basically, take the Smith Stall and take the back wheel out of the equation. Easy right? Wrong. This trick is incredibly difficult and only those who have mastered the deck positioning can pull this off. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to end this list than a trick that requires you to master deck positioning and ramp coordination.
In order to complete this trick, you will need to run through the process you did with the smith stall up until right before the landing. You will need to lead with the front wheel by almost twice as much this time. The back wheel of your scooter will be way up in the air and you will land at the corner of the scooter. Your handlebars will form an obtuse angle with the ground as you land. This is important to keep in mind for the dismount.
You need to be leaning forward so that you have enough momentum to head back down the ramp. Just like with all the other tricks, if you feel like this trick is too intimidating, try to break it apart into pieces. Try just balancing on that peg and don’t worry about the dismount until later. If you practice enough you should be able to master all these tricks before you know it!
I hope you had fun attempting all these tricks. Remember that by practicing enough, almost anything is possible. Just make sure you have all the safety precautions you need. The last thing you want is an injury, and that could also discourage you from learning in the future. If you have all the padding that you need, you should be safe while practicing all these tricks. Just make sure you follow all of the safety measures at your local skate park and listen to people when they give you advice. I hope you enjoy your tricks!