Start with your back foot on the tail and roll forward. You must be rolling forward in manuals (though if you have trouble, you can modify variations of exercises by adding weights or stretching). When you feel confident, try to manual across a larger distance. Remember to keep your back straight and use your legs for balance. If you are going over bumps, be sure to jump slightly beforehand so that you can clear them easily.
Bend your knees and balance is critical when performing a manual. You must be able to make minuscule movements in order to be able to hold your manual. You will also be constantly adjusting your weight distribution as per your manual. If you are having trouble, try using a smaller board or skateboard with softer wheels.
Now, begin leaning forward by shifting your weight onto your back foot. Start out slow and cautious as you gradually and carefully bend down. Remember to keep your back straight, and focus on using your legs for balance rather than your arms.
To manual, you need to be able to apply weight evenly on both trucks. This is why it is important to have soft wheels, as they will compress when you lean into them. If your wheels are too hard, they will not compress and you will not be able to manually.
As you get more comfortable with manuals, you can try different variations, such as one-footed manuals or no-handed manuals. You can also try doing manuals on different surfaces, such as rails or ledges. Just remember to practice and be safe!
What Is a Manual in Skateboarding?
A manual is a skateboarding trick where the rider balances on the back two wheels of the skateboard and propels themselves forward using only their front foot. This can be done by either pushing off of the ground or by doing an ollie (jumping) into the manual position. Manuals are often used to link together with other tricks or to simply travel around on the skateboard without having to put your feet down.
Manuals can be done on any surface but are most commonly done on flat ground or on ramps.
How to Manual on a Skateboard in 4 Steps
Following are the key steps to manual on your skateboard:
Choose the right location
A good location to start practicing manuals is on a flat, smooth surface like a driveway or parking lot. You might even want to put down a layer of cardboard or plywood to protect your board in case you fall.
Warm-up: Before you start attempting manuals, it’s important to warm up and stretch so you don’t pull any muscles. Take a few laps around the block on your skateboard to get your blood flowing.
Get in position: To start, position your feet in the middle of the board in an ollie stance—that means your front foot should be behind the front trucks and your back foot should be behind the back trucks.
Bend your knees: When you’re in position, bend your knees slightly and lean forward so you’re balanced on the board.
Variations of the Manual in Skateboarding
Manual variations are a type of skateboarding trick in which the skater ollies while spinning the board. The most common variation is the double manual, in which the skater ollies and spins 360 degrees.
There are a few different ways to perform manual variations. The most common is the double manual, in which the skater ollies and spins 360 degrees. Other variations include the half-cab manual and the fakie manual.
The skater ollies and then places their front foot on the nose of the skateboard.
Cross foot manual: The skater ollies and then places their back foot on the nose of the skateboard.
Fakie manual: The skater ollies and then places their front foot on the tail of the skateboard.
Half-cab manual: The skater ollies and then places their back foot on the tail of the skateboard.
360 double manual: The skater ollies and spins 360 degrees.
540 double manual: The skater ollies and spins 540 degrees.
English manual: The skater ollies and then places their back foot on the nose of the skateboard.
Swedish manual: The skater ollies and then places their front foot on the tail of the skateboard.
Hang ten manual: The skater ollies and then places both feet on the nose of the skateboard, hanging ten.
Performing a Basic Manual – The Easiest Way Ever
Performing a basic manual is easy and only requires a few basic steps:
Start rolling forward and place your back foot on the tail
To manual on a skateboard, you must first be moving. Start by rolling forward and then place your back foot on the tail of the skateboard.
Next, lean back and press down on your front foot.
As you lean back, press down on your front foot to raise the nose of the skateboard up off the ground. The higher you can get the nose, the longer your manual will be.
Once you have the nose of the skateboard raised, it’s simply a matter of keeping your weight balanced and rolling. If you can do this, then you’ll be able to ride out a manual for as long as you like. Just remember to keep your front foot pressing down on the nose of the board.