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Walk the Dog

  • ROLL FORWARD SLOWLY

  • KEEP YOUR FRONT FOOT AND CHEST FACING FORWARD

  • LIFT THE HEEL OF YOUR FRONT FOOT AND PIVOT ON THE BALL OF YOUR FOOT

  • DON’T RUSH! TAKE YOUR TIME

Walk the dogs are consecutive 180 pivots done over the leading wheels while keeping one foot in the center of the board. Done correctly, the rider looks like they are stepping forward with each pivot or "dog walk".

Before learning walk the dogs we recommend learning monster walks and tail stop shuffles.

Walk the dogs involve two foot positions. See photos for reference.

First PositionSecond Position

 

Begin rolling forward slowly with your feet in 1st position. Without moving your front foot, lift your back foot and place it on the nose of your board. You should now be in 2nd position. Press down on the nose to turn your board 180 degrees over the front two wheels. Pivot on your front foot and attempt to end this turn with your feet in 1st position. See if you can do 3 dog walks in a row. You can do it! Take your time, focus on the two foot positions, and have fun with it.

You may find that your front foot doesn’t stay in the center of the board as you walk the dog. Maybe it drifts up toward the nose or falls off the side of the board. One way to avoid this is to lift the heel of your front foot as you turn your board. You should only be pivoting on the ball of your front foot.

Try to keep your chest facing forward (in the direction you are rolling) as you walk the dog. This will help you to stay balanced as you step into each dog walk. We don’t want you to get pretzelled up and trip over your own legs.

For a challenge, try swinging into your dog walks. Begin stationary with your front foot in the center of the deck. Kick turn 90 degrees in the frontside direction. As you turn, pivot your front foot inward to enter 2nd position. Get stylish with it! 

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