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Skating Basics: How to Drop In on a Skateboard Ramp

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Last updated: Jun 22, 2020 • 1 min read

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What Is Dropping In?

In skateboarding, a drop-in is the act of going from a flat platform into a steep transition, beginning at the top edge of a bowl or ramp with the tail of the board resting on the coping.

How to Drop in on a Skateboard

The tips below are best practice for attempting a frontside drop-in.

  1. Get into position. Place your board with the wheels sticking out over the coping at the edge of the drop, supporting the board by putting weight on the tail with your back foot.
  2. Drop in. To begin the drop, put your front foot on the board and lean in, committing fully.
  3. Shift your body weight. As your front wheels hit the wall, shift your lower and upper body weight evenly across your board so it’s balanced between your front and back feet—if you keep your weight on your back foot you’ll fall backward.

4 Tips for Safely Learning How to Drop In

There’s risk involved for new skateboarders in learning any trick, so take the proper precautions to ensure that you’re being safe your first time.

  1. Wear a helmet and pads. If you're a novice skateboarder, falling or tripping is part of the process. Ensure that you have the right pads to break your fall—specifically knee pads, elbow pads, and a helmet.
  2. Read and follow official rules. Every skate park will have a list of rules to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment. Do your part and check them out anytime you skate a new park.
  3. Observe before joining in. To avoid collisions, park skaters take turns skating. This is especially important when a park is busy. Notice when other skaters take their turns so you can understand the order and flow, then claim your spot and take your turn.
  4. Start small. Before dropping into a large pool or halfpipe, get comfortable dropping into smaller ramps. Slowly work your way up to larger vert ramps until you've mastered the technique.
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