If you’re a fellow trend-setter who’s evidently recognized the ways in which hoverboards are now blowing skateboards out of the water, you know just how incredible these devices can be. Just stepping on it for the first time alone has one feeling like one is stepping into the future, and it’s a rush current to the times. Kids, teens, and even adults are really discovering just how awesome they can be.
However, as exciting as it is to just generally ride your hoverboard frontwards and back, there’s a lot more you can get out of it. As these devices have become increasingly popular over recent years, many people are innovating and sharing their own rad hoverboard tricks and hoverboard stunts online for others to try out with their own boards.
We hoverboarders are a friendly community, as well as daring. As great as it feels to show off, there’s something to be gained from having camaraderie with other riders looking for the same fun.
Check out these five awesome tricks to do on a hoverboard, starting with easy hoverboard tricks, then working our way up to the hardest. Don’t miss it, in spot #5!
1. The Spin
If you’re ready to stand up to the task of perfecting some tricks on your hoverboard, let’s start with the most basic of all the easy hoverboard tricks, suitable for beginner hoverboard riders – yet still impressive to onlookers. This one is dubbed simply “The Spin”.
To do it, all you have to do is press one foot down on one of the footpads, while keeping your other foot flat on the board. You’ll start spinning in a circle with increasing momentum – that is, until you get dizzy and stop.
To make this a little more exciting, why not try the Hover-Spin challenge, which involves seeing how many times you can spin around in 30 seconds? Here’s a video to show you what this might look like:
2. The One-Sided (or One-Legged) Spin
More advanced than a basic spin, a one-sided spin is where you spin with both feet planted on one side of the board (or balance on just one of them). This might take a little practice, so don’t feel discouraged if you don’t get it on the first try.
To attempt, press down on the footpad side based on the direction you wish to turn, and as you start to spin, move your other foot over onto the same side. You can then readjust your feet so that one is on the wheel cover while the other is on the foot pad of the same side, or just keep them both on the same pad.
Note that you could also have the spinning side as either the inside wheel (the one doing a small circle) or the outside wheel (the one making the big circle). Just play around with it and see what you can do!
Or, even you’re even more talented (such as the guy in the below video), you can even balance on just the one leg which is controlling the spin.
3. The Sitting Spin
Standing on a hoverboard can be intimidating. But instead of sitting out on the fun, try sitting down – and while you’re at it, take your board for a literal spin!
To be frank, attempting a sitting spin can be a bit difficult just because it requires you to get down on the board comfortably. This can be a challenging feat for riders who are taller, broader, or just plain bigger.
To try though, you will need to first make sure your bum is situated on the sensor plates. Next, have your feet planted on the wheel protector or sticking out sideways. Then, to start spinning, tilt your body sideways – and have at it. See how this kid had a little fun with it:
Now, if you are feeling particularly daring:
4. 180-Degree Hoverboard Jumps
Here’s one move that’s super easy to master on a skateboard, but you may find a little harder to perfect on your hoverboard due to the clunkier size and heavier weight of the hoverboard.
There are two variations of the 180-degree jump. In the first, you will start to spin the board, jump up, and land back on the board once it has spun around. Do it twice to bring your board around 360 degrees.
In the second version, YOU will physical jump up, spin 180 degrees, and land back on the board.
This awesome young rider shows us both ways, and note that this trick is not as easy as you may think (and can even cause damage to your board if you’re not careful!)
5. The Hoverboard Handstand
Alright, so this one probably isn’t for beginners, and regardless of whether or not you have attempted a handstand even on solid ground in your life, it’s probably best to take precautions…and have ice ready on standby, just in case.
To attempt a handstand on your hoverboard, you will need to first place each hand in the middle of the sensor plate. From there, you can kick up and do a handstand on the board and try to maintain balance.
Check out this video example:
Now that you’ve seen these five tricks on a hoverboard, are you ready to try some of them for yourself? If you aren’t quite ready for tricks yet, see my more basic guide to riding a hoverboard, or if you’re just starting to think about buying a hoverboard, here are my top recommended ones!