What is Dropping In?
Dropping in is the act of riding your skateboard down a ramp or lip and into the transition of a half pipe. It is considered one of the most technical tricks in skateboarding and can be dangerous if not done correctly. There are a few things you need to know before attempting to drop in, and this guide will help get you started.
The best way to Drop-In on a Skateboard for the first time is by skating around the bottom of the ramp first. This will help you get a feel for the transition and make sure you are comfortable with it. It is also important to wear a helmet before attempting this, as it can be easy to mess up and injure yourself. Wearing a helmet will protect you in case of an accident.
How to Drop In on a Skateboard is by using the following steps:
One of the hardest skating tricks to master is dropping in, whether at a skatepark or going down a ramp on a skateboard. This isn’t because it requires a lot of skill, but because it takes a lot of courage. However, if you want to learn to skate at the skatepark or on a ramp, you’ll need to get comfortable with dropping in on your skateboard.
If you’re new to skateboarding on different materials, it’s important to get a feel for the different surfaces before attempting to drop in. Concrete, wood, and metal all have different textures and require different wheels to get the best ride possible. If you plan on skating mainly at the park or drop in on a mini ramp, invest in some park formula wheels. However, if you want to skate both park and street, that’s fine too. Experimenting with different kinds of terrain will help you figure out what kind of skateboard setup works best for you.
The best and easiest way to drop in on a skateboard is by starting at the bottom of the ramp or park. Skate around the bottom until you get a feel for the transition, then head to the top of the ramp.
Setting Up A-Line:
When you’re ready to drop in, stand at the top of the ramp and take a look at where it leads. If there’s a large flat area at the bottom, that’s ideal. Otherwise, you’ll want to be aware of what you’ll be skating towards once you reach the bottom. Once you have a general idea of where you’re going, find your starting point. Place your front foot on the tail and your back foot near the center of the deck. When you’re ready, lean forward and push off with your back foot to start rolling down the ramp. As you reach the bottom, keep your eyes up and look ahead to where you’re going. If you’re comfortable with it, start to lean back and let the momentum carry you up the other side. If not, just keep rolling until you reach a stopping point.
Set Up You Tail:
When you’re ready to drop in on your skateboard, place the tail of your board on the coping – the rounded edge or pipe that runs along the top of the ramp where the ramp and platform meet. Your back wheel should be hanging over the edge of the ramp. Hold your skateboard there with your back foot, placing it straight across the tail of your board.
Placing your front foot:
When you are ready to drop in, approach the lip of the bowl or ramp with your skateboard pointing straight down. Place your front foot at the center of the board, just behind the trucks. You want your foot to be as close to the middle of the board as possible so that you have more control when dropping in.
Try To Stomp And Lean:
When you put your front foot on the board and stomp it down with all your weight, you are creating momentum that will carry you into the ramp. As you lean into the ramp, trust that your skateboard will support you and help you safely land. Remember to be committed to the drop-in 100% – this is key to making it work. With each attempt, you will get better and better at it. Soon, it will become second nature.
Skateboarding is all about confidence. It’s more important to believe in yourself than it is to have skill. If you can face your fears and do what you’re afraid of, you’re already ahead of the game. So when you’re ready to drop in, just go for it. Yoda was right – there is no try, only do. So lean into it and enjoy the ride.
Just Ride Away:
Now that you know how to drop in, you can use this technique to get enough speed to ride around the park or skate up another ramp and do a trick. Just remember to keep your knees bent and stay relaxed, and you’ll be shredding in no time.
Finally, in skateboarding as in most things in life, if you want to get better you have to commit. That means regular practice, learning new tricks, and pushing your boundaries. If you’re not ready to commit, then perhaps skateboarding isn’t for you.