** Safety First **
We highly advise all riders to wear appropriate safety equipment starting with a proper helmet.
1) Place your glider height adjustment to the lowest deck level
The lowest setting is the easiest riding position and is the best position for first time riders, but it reduces carving angle significantly.
2) Inflate your tire!
It doesn’t have to be rock solid, in fact we find inflating the tire as much as possible and then letting a little out gives the best ride. * Remember a tire that is rock hard is more agile and requires a little higher skill level.
3) Start on a slope!
You need to be on the slope face to get rolling right away. We advise new beginners to start towards the bottom of the hill. If you start from the top as a beginner, it’s pretty intimidating, so get accustomed to the ride first, and then slowly move up the hill as you gain confidance.
4) Firmly hold the brake and put your back foot on the deck.
Tilt the board away from you while holding the brake, then put your foot on the back of the board while the board is still tilted, resting on the back wheel.
5) Hunker down!
If you’ve ever watched a hockey player stance it’s the perfect position to get gliding – bend the knees and keep a low center of gravity.
6) Keep your weight back behind the wheel!
We find that keeping your back shoulder in line with your back foot is the perfect place for weight distribution.
7) Place your front foot on the glider and release the brake
Keeping about 80% of your weight supported by your back leg with the remaining 20% supported by your front foot gives the best weight distribution. You place your front foot on the deck – it’s like your accelerator, quickly release the brake, and use your back foot to level the deck and turn.
8) And away you go!
As you start to descend the slope, look in the direction you want to go and the glider should start to point you towards your goal.
* Once you have the basics down, spend some time practicing and getting your “legs”, and then once you’re comfortable, raise the deck to the second level and increase your carving capability.
While descending the hill or during the run out, give a little push down on your front foot just enough to lift your back wheel off the ground, then with a twisting motion in your hips, you’ll turn the board virtually on a dime. That’s a kick turn. Once you master this move, you have the basics of the sport under your belt.
Read Your Hill
Depending on the sun’s direction, lots of sub slopes blend into the hillside and are often overlooked. When climbing the hill, constantly look at how the light angles highlight different sub slopes. Once you’ve mapped out all the dips and humps available you can link them together in different patterns to create the longest glides possible.