Symmetrical Skateboard Pushing Mode
I might have
found a new and different way to push on a skateboard that
was overlooked. It involves pushing with the front foot,
then half way through the push the back foot is shuffled
up into the front foot position; the pushing foot is then
placed in the back foot position. This switches the stance
as the foot steps. When the action is
repeated continuously, each foot can push off the
ground in alternation. It's a gait which distributes the
forces symmetrically and continually across the body.
It is not as powerful as the traditional mode of pushing
is, but building up speed more slowly puts less strain on
body over time.
on a skateboard with both legs in alternation, or
sliding the back foot up, in themselves are not new.
But, if these two motions are synchronized it becomes
something else. The schematic shows the back
foot sliding up around stage 3-4. I
didn't discover how to push in alternation with this
particular shuffle step until about 25 years after
getting my first skateboard. I have been practicing this
new way of pushing since 2013. Now I find the most
energy efficient way to push on a skateboard to be
about 2-4 steps at a time with each leg before
switching stance on the last step. The benefits of this new mode are
mostly seen at lower speeds and long distances.
May 15, 2014
Image 1 : ink on paper, digitally inverted. May 17 2014
Approx. Actual size.
Image 2 : ink on paper, May 17 2014 Approx.