How to ride your surfskate skogging style
In fact I would go as far as to say that Skogging is a really convenient way to ride a surfskate, if you want to commute some longer distances with it. Maybe it is even the best way to use your surfskate for riding distances.
Most of us might think, that pumping is the best way to propel a surfskate. It is true that surf skates can be pumped quite easily, even from a standstill, but the very loose truck systems are not optimized for efficient pumping that will allow you to keep a constant pace over longer distances. Eventually you will end up consuming too much of your power and get exhausted.
Then what about the good old pushing technique? Though you can propel any skateboard by pushing it, it is not as easy with a surfskate as the very responsive trucks will require a lot of balance if you want to push in a straight way. You will always have to make sure your foot is positioned right in the middle of the deck and constantly keep the balance when pushing.
This is where surfy skogging can be of advantage. Of course it also requires a lot of balance to ride in a one footed way while pushing with either leg. But it allows you to keep your stance more sideways in a surfing position while carving around. This way you can go conform with the characteristics of the surfskate, which is constructed to easily turn from rail to rail. With some practice it will become easier and feel better, to keep your balance in a one footed position while pressing the rail to one side and riding a curve you can finish by putting your foot on the ground to push out of it. The real difficulty will be to learn to push with your non dominant leg. But trying to keep your balance while pushing straight forward on a surfskate could be much more annoying in the long run.
So my hope is that this will inspire more surfskaters to look into the art of Skogging, so they can feel the flow that comes with it. Once you master it, you will already have become addicted for sure.
Here´s the article on Surfertoday:https://www.surfertoday.com/skateboarding/the-beginners-guide-to-the-art-of-skogging
And here's my new video on surfskogging:
It shows how to do one footed surfskog infinity loops to train for surfy skogging.
The second part shows the basics of commuting with a surfskate skogging style. But please be always careful not to impede others on your way when carving from side to side.