How to Skate Bowls – Guide to Pumping, Carving, and Maintaining Speed

How to Skate Bowls – Guide to Pumping, Carving, and Maintaining Speed


My name is Justin Lauria, and today I’m going
to show you the basics of riding a skateboard in bowls and pools. So, before we get started, first take a moment
to check your trucks and make sure that they’re loose enough to be skating in a bowl. You can do this by standing on the board and
leaning on your heels and then on your toes. If you’re able to lean a little bit to both
sides without the wheels coming off of the ground, you’re probably in good shape, but
if not you may want to go ahead and loosen up these bolts before you get started in the
bowl. Now, when you’re ready to get started, you
can drop in if you know how, or roll in if your bowl has a feature like this one, but
if not, you can simply go down to the bottom of the ramp and start your run from down there. Once you’ve got enough speed to go around
the first corner, you can set up your feet in a normal riding position, with your front
foot over the front wheels and your back foot over the tail, and then you can pretty much
leave your feet that way for the rest of the run. Alright so the first technique that we’re
going to learn is how to carve around a tight corner like this one. If you do this move properly, you should be
able to roll away with much more speed than you had when you started the carve. Now, if you already understand how to pump
when you’re riding back and forth on a half pipe, you know that you can bend your knees
and push off of the ramp at certain, particular points along the way that will allow you to
increase the amount of speed you gain when you transition from going downhill to flat,
and decrease the amount of speed you lose when you go from flat to uphill. Now when you go to carve the corner of a bowl,
there are actually three places where you can pump: transitioning from flat to the side
of the ramp, again as you go around each corner, and then once more as you transition back
to flat ground. Since I’ve already gone over the first and
the third one in a previous video, today we’re just going to be looking at the second one,
but if you still want to review the other two, I’ll make sure and leave a link to that
tutorial right at the end of the video. Alright, so now as you approach the corner
of the bowl, ride up the side of the quarter pipe right before it and just as your front
wheels are about to make contact with the corner, bend your knees and push off with
your legs so that as the board continues around the corner, you’ll add momentum in that direction
and come out the other side with more speed than you started. Now, some tips I have for you as you learn
this technique is to start out carving these corners slowly and just hitting the bottom
part of them at first, then slowly increasing your speed and height as you get more comfortable
with it. The faster you’re riding, the higher up you’ll
end up going in each of the corners of the ramp. Also, a lot of people find that the backside
carve is easier to learn than the frontside carve, since you’re able to look down at the
bottom of the ramp the entire time, so you may want to start with that one first. Alright, so now, that technique will work
great for quick 90 degree turns, but it doesn’t quite hold for big flowy circular ramps like
this one. The best technique for this case is to treat
it like somewhat of a hybrid between a straight quarter pipe and the corner of a bowl. Approach the ramp diagonally this time, so
that you have some upward momentum and some sideways momentum as you perform the carve,
as opposed to pure sideways momentum like you had when you went around the corner and
keep your eyes focused on where you want to go. Wherever your head is pointing, you and your
board are naturally going to follow in that direction. As you enter the uphill part of the ramp,
bend your knees and push off of the ground, and then allow the board to follow the shape
of the ramp, keeping your body perpendicular to your board for the duration of the carve. Now unlike before, during this carve you won’t
feel like you’re getting that big of a boost as you go around the corner, but rather, just
maintain your posture as you ride around it, and then on the way back down you can add
in another pump to help increase your momentum again as you transition to the flat part at
the bottom of the bowl. Once you have these two techniques down, you
can experiment with different lines through the bowl to find out which ones
will give you the most speed. Alright guys so I hope you learned something
from this video, and if you did, go ahead and hit the like button and the subscribe
button before you go, and as always, never stop improving.

34 thoughts on “How to Skate Bowls – Guide to Pumping, Carving, and Maintaining Speed

  1. Nice video ! I prefer to keep my backfoot more on the board than you personnally because one day I landed a backside air in your foot position and I did the best Split you could ever see in a skateboarding life lol

  2. Dude this was a fantastic tutorial! Subbed. Come check out some of our edits and how to videos and let us know what you think man.

  3. Do you have a chrystal ball? I'm learning to skate a bowl right now. Unfortunately still haven't got the drop-in, it's 1,6m high, and that's still a lot for me. The good part is it's a very mellow bowl, so even being so high it's not vert at any point. And being wood it doesn' hurt that much when I slam.

  4. This is what I need , because my timing is off while carving bowls and lose speed . I’ll try this and see , thanks!

  5. Yeah I'm glad u said that I was watching my pro friend and it looks like he doing three pumps like us said,to me he's just pulling speed out of know where I'm just so freaking jealous because u really good when u can carve fast,and it looks so damn fun too

  6. Austin! Love it. Come up to Northeast Metro skatepark. Also a good spot. Just subscribed. Great info…learning this as we speak.

  7. Hello love your video, I have always struggled to generate speed at the bowl corners, do you simply straighthen your legs while you pump at the corners?

  8. Cheers for this video mate it really helped! Was struggling with maintaining speed but now it's all good cheers legend

  9. When you go around the corner you actually lose momentum since momentum is a vector. You gain speed tho. 😉sorry for being pedantic

  10. 50 years old ,I have been longboarding for awhile now but have not been riding any Vert or bowls since 17  y/o .I want to do it again .I am in great shape and still athletic .Just need to get going on this . Thanks for the info .I Needed a refresher. Just subscribed

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