Your mello board is so versatile you can even do some simple tricks on it – here are four of our favourites, but once you’ve mastered these, why not try some of your own?
As with anything new, you might find these tricks difficult at first, but the more you practice, the easier it will become. Find that persistent voice within you – then one that says “I CAN do it, I WILL do it! And don’t listen to the voice that says “This is hard, I can’t do it, I’m never going to get it”. Everyone has these two voices, the difference is which one you listen to. And remember, It’s not essential to master tricks on a mello, but if you do you can really have some fun mixing it up whilst out riding. Hang in there!
- Jump On
This is basically jumping on the mello board while it is moving. Start by placing your board on grass, and jumping on to it while stationary. Ideally you want your rear foot on the back bolts as close to the crease of the kicktail as possible, and your front foot somewhere over the front bolts, whatever works for you. It might take a few goes before you can do it comfortably without overbalancing.
Once you have mastered this on grass, progress to a hard surface like concrete or tarmac. It’s a bit trickier to get your balance on the harder surface as the board may move. Got it? Great! Now to try it while the board is moving. Gently push the kicktail with your rear foot (not too hard or it’ll outrun you!) run with the board a few steps then try jumping on. It can take a while to get your balance just right but persevere and you will soon master this trick.
Ok, now you can jump on, let’s try this neat trick which is basically to jump up and do a half-turn mid-air and place your feet in the opposite position on the board. So, if you naturally have your left foot in front and your right foot in the rear (i.e. regular stance) you will land goofy (right foot in front and left foot in the rear). And vice versa of course.
Start the same as before, that is, stationary on grass. Once you can switch comfortably, practice it stationary on a hard surface as before. Once you can do it once, keep switching back and forth until totally comfy with it. Now try it with the board moving! Remember to switch back to your regular stance so you can continue skating.
- 180 Turn
This is where you put pressure on the kicktail with your rear foot to tip the board up and then use your bodyweight to turn the board right around so you are facing the other way. Start with your feet in the right position; rear foot on the kicktail and front foot in the middle of the board (over or just in front of the mello logo). First, push down with your rear foot so the nose tips up in the air – do this a few times so you get your balance right (don’t press the tail right down to the floor). Then, while the nose is in the air, twist your upper body either right or left and the board will come around with you. You might not get all the way round 180 to begin with.
As with the previous tricks, practice this stationary on grass, stationary on hard surface then when you’ve got that down, try it with the mello board rolling! Once you can do a 180, why not try a 360 turn? It’s done the same way, but with more upper body twist to give you more momentum to get you all the way around.
Yes, you can even ollie on a mello board! It does require co-ordination and persistence to get this right, but it’s very satisfying when you get it down. As before try this in three stages: stationary on grass, stationary on hard surface then try it moving. The first thing to do is get your foot placement right. Your front foot should be in the middle of the board and the rear foot on the kicktail. Crouch down and as you rise into a jump, push down really hard on the kicktail with your rear foot, so the tail hits the floor and the board pops up. Flick your front foot toward the front of the board – this will level the board out. Land it with your knees bent to absorb the impact, and your feet over the bolts. It all happens pretty quickly so it might help to focus on one element at a time until you get it down, then move onto the next element.
Hopefully this post has shown how versatile your mello board really is, and even possibly inspired you to have a go at one or more of these tricks or even try some of your own. Happy riding!