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There are many different techniques of riding stairs. I don't know them all, but only the one that I feel most comfortable with: When riding st...

There are many different techniques of riding stairs. I don't know them all, but only the one that I feel most comfortable with:

When riding stairs, it is easiest going backwards or fakie – although it might look easier going forwards it is not…believe me! If you're beginner at riding stairs, it is a good idea to find a staircase with a handrail next to it, so that you can grab it if you loose your balance, or go too slow. Don't attempt one in the beginning longer than 10 steps or so – choose long and flat steps.

You can't ride stairs going slow, since it is your speed that makes the stairs seem like a 'flat' surface. You will stop and fall forwards or backwards, depending on which way you are going, if you are riding them with too slow speed. So just find a comfortable speed, not too slow, and not too fast – don't be afraid to speed up.

Your body should be just as it is when you skate normally, since you are going to ride them as if they were 'flat' ground going down.

Remember to spread your feet according to how big the steps are. No matter what stair you ride, you have to spread the legs. If it's a high staircase, spread your legs more than riding a flat. The longer the step the farther you have to spread your feet. You'll have to hit the stairs with both feet at the same time.

If you go forward, one way to do it is to lead with your front food, and have the back foot trailing. Keep your front foot lower than your trailing foot. You need to bend your knees and relax your stance as much as possible.

When you feel comfortable with this, you can add variations. For instance start going forwards and then make a 180 or 540 into the stairs. Or go backwards and make a 360 into the stairs. It also looks better, the more speed you have.

27 Comments

  • 1

    you said one way to do it is to lead with your front food

  • 2

    cess slide it!!

  • 3

    ive been skatin for about 10 years and to me i think forwards would be easier for beginners form what ive seen

  • 4

    i don't gettit, how is riding them backwards easier?

  • 5

    fakie is easier because it forces you to lean forward into the stairs more as you roll down them.. it feels more natural and if you fall you fall into the stairs instead of down them. speed and confidence is really the key to this…

  • 6

    backwards is the easiest way!!!:D

  • 7

    you crazy muthaf*ckers. if you can ride stairs UR stupid. just jump 'em.

  • 8

    i can ride stairs its so easy and i can jump them too u muther fuckers sorry i had to say that

  • 9

    Surely all you skaters can find something better to do down a set of stairs then ride down them. Come on guys where's the imagination.:):)

  • 10

    can sum1 tell me how many stairs i should try with the handrail cuz im a newb

  • 11

    i dont get it!

  • 12

    wtf r yous talking about forward is eayser for a begginer yous just whant them to belive you so they will fall on there @$$

  • 13

    nah its esier going backward trust me but also depending on ur angle of ur shoulders coz wen u spin ur legs pull u the same way and it does the soin for you

  • 14

    ya i totally dont get how going backwards is ezier :P

  • 15

    I agree with inliner99. Just jump those mother fuckers. But learning stair rides would be good to improve your trick list.

  • 16

    wow… ive only been skating for 3 or 4 months… and i think that u all sound extremely bad at sk8ing… still riding stairs at 2 years of skating… i can 720 down them… o maybe it helps that im a black belt…

  • 17

    just jump the mother fuckin stairs man forget ridin em

  • 18

    hmm after watching a million vids online of people riding stairs backwards im gonna say it is easier that way youtube.com/watch?v=dGhzPS2YTOk

  • 19

    well, yeah, you COULD jump them, but hey, some people might ask, "Where's the challenge?" Besides, stair-bashing looks REALLY cool to someone who can't skate.

    But I will admit, jumping is fun too.

  • 20

    im beginner only 2 year of sk8ting…..

    i think both are easier….

    but the backward landing much FEEL better than landing forward…..

    first time i learn this trick…im just land with my soft as pillow ass…

  • 21

    ...hi dudes i'm new here and i also think that backwards stairbashing is the easiest way.

    can you see ,put some movies on the site?

    greetz

  • 22

    picture plz…...........

  • 23

    I saw someone doing this and it's really easy (backwards) and i will try it too, wish me luck :)

    Btw i'm a beginner and started doing aggressive about 4 months ago :)

  • 24

    Backwards is much much much easier.. Believe me, i'm a begginer too… ;]

  • 25

    first of all, you're going to be falling into the stairs when you start doin handrails & when you start doing cess slides down stairs. get used to it, it doesnt hurt as much as you think it will. it just feels like a bumpy ramp. ive flipped off a ledge upside down and rolled down stairs on my shoulders and back… the only thing that bothered me about it was the dirt that fell in my mouth when i stuck in mulch lol.

    dont overcomplicate it, its incredibly simple in anti and flat rocker wheels. i wouldnt recommend doin it much in anti-anti rocker though because they sometimes stick. i find it simpler to stagger my feet. keep one in front and one in back, and just roll with equal weight on each foot. youll feel CLACK CLACK CLACK CLACK and youll be at the bottom.

    dont be afraid to let your hand slide on a handrail the first couple times.

  • 26

    would anti-rockers mess it up?? or it wouldnt matter with speed?

  • 27

    Learned this going forward, but found out that backwaards was alot easier, but imo its all about balance

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