Introduction: How to Ripstik/waveboard

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Here we will show you how to ripstik or waveboard (whatever you want to call it). We will also show you how to do some tricks!!

Step 1: Getting On!

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The first picture is how you should look when you try to get on and the you push with your back foot and put it on the board and just try to stay on the first time. As you get better you can start faster but for now just go slow. when you start you should have a friend to help you out with it so you can hold their shoulders.

Step 2: Pumping

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Pumping is very hard at first so get a friend and hold their shoulders, as they walk with you you should try to pump. Pumping is basically moving the front section in one direction and the back in the other. When you get better you should be able to pump faster and pump uphill even! The picture is where you should be when you're pumping or just riding, it is a little bit different stance when you are getting ready to ollie.

Step 3: The Ollie!

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The ollie is very, very hard so make sure you are ready before you start to try the foot position is in the pictures below. To ollie you need to pop the tail of the board with your back foot and slide your front foot up the nose of the board and bring it back to land. This will take twice as long as learning to ride so don't give up! The video is kinda crummy but I did ollie about an inch or more off the ground. It is very hard so I am still learning to make a higher ollie.

Step 4: Hang 10 and Hang 9

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The hang ten is when you have both feet on the front half of the board and you are still moving. The hang nine is the same thing on the back of the board. To do this you must find FLAT ground and get up some speed. Make sure you are going straight and then pull your back foot to the front of the board. If you pick your foot up too high you will fall off. It is the same thing with a hang nine, but hang nines are harder because you cannot steer the board from the back.

Step 5: Conclusion

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If you bought a ripstik they come with the instructional video. I recommend that you watch it. It is pretty cheesy but they have some helpful tips. Thanks for looking at my instructable and please leave a comment.


Thor007 (author)2009-05-11

I've got a smaller one, about 2/3 the size of this one and its so much better for carving and a lot more portable. I think that these are a lot more clumsy and are a lot harder to use than mine. however I can't do tricks on mine. so you compromise.

bylerfamily (author)Thor0072009-07-11

You can't do tricks on yours?!What hinders you from doing tricks?

Thor007 (author)bylerfamily2009-08-04

its just so small its about 2/3 the size of that. so my weight has to be more centerd over the wheels.

bylerfamily (author)Thor0072009-08-27

You must have the wave ripple.My friend has one of them and I can still do tricks on it.

the_burrito_master (author)2009-05-22

Wednesday I went to my friends house and he had a ripstik and I got on (for the first time) and road it.

yah hey knexpert um yah they arent that hard

they are at first ,but yeah.

radiorahim (author)2008-09-14

longboarding is cooler

XkidXhavocX (author)radiorahim2009-06-01

way better

Xander da gr8 (author)radiorahim2008-09-14

Longboarding is completely different.

bylerfamily (author)2009-05-15

Great instructable!I just received my ripstik.(bought it off eBay)I learned how to ride and its great fun.

anarki121 (author)2008-12-30

well globe u should try different positions with ur body, such as bending and leaning and also make sure u completely mastered the boared

snowpenguin (author)anarki1212009-04-20

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Jake Morton (author)2009-03-14

how do you go uphill

you have to get up some speed first and keep pumping! its very difficult!

anarki121 (author)2008-12-30

well once u really master the real way to ride it then this can be pretty simple

globe (author)2008-10-18

when i do a hang10 or ollie i mostly lose control, what should i do bout it

Xander da gr8 (author)globe2008-10-19

I still haven't perfected an ollie yet, so I can't really help THAT much. If you turn in circles when you hang 10 or 9 go slower and try to distribute your weight evenly along the front or back of the ripstik. Tell me if you need more help, I can post a video to help if you need me to.

globe (author)Xander da gr82008-10-19

can you post a video

Xander da gr8 (author)globe2008-10-19

There you go, I posted a new video in the step Hang 10 and Hang 9. I hope it helps. All it is, is me doing hang tens from 5 different angles. You should look at my foot position and weight distribution to help you.

Flumpkins (author)2008-08-29

I'm soooo mad. I got a green ripstick for christmas... And I've been to a few stores... they have super cool ripsticks with decals and stuf,

Xander da gr8 (author)Flumpkins2008-08-29

Most of those were probably waveboards, I don't like waveboards as much because they are heavier and not as good for tricks.If you use it to go to school or something like that you should probably get a waveboard, but otherwise i reccomend a ripstik.

Flumpkins (author)Xander da gr82008-08-29

No, they were Ripsticks

Xander da gr8 (author)Flumpkins2008-08-30

Now your making me want one, I have yet to see it in the store. What store did u see it in??

Flumpkins (author)Xander da gr82008-08-30

Mal-Wart I think. LOL Mal-Wart

Xander da gr8 (author)Flumpkins2008-08-30

lol, I go mine from K-mart

Flumpkins (author)Xander da gr82008-08-30

There used to be local K-marts where I lived, they all dissapeared and turned to Wal-mart

Xander da gr8 (author)Flumpkins2008-08-31

I dont even know where my nearest Wal-Mart is... How much did your Ripstik cost?? I got mine for $80

Flumpkins (author)Xander da gr82008-08-31

I think mine was too.

Xander da gr8 (author)Flumpkins2008-09-01

I looked a few days ago at where i bought my ripstik and now they are $120!!! It turns out mine was on sale...

Flumpkins (author)Xander da gr82008-09-01


Sceptre22in (author)2008-07-27

I thought your Instructable was great, but I think you should have shown the different ways to put your feet on the ripstik when you are starting it. I'm "Goofy Footed", so I start with my left foot at the back of the board and push off with my right foot. One of my friends starts with his left foot on the front of the board and pushes off with his right foot and then puts his right foot on the back. There are multiple ways to ride the Ripstik/waveboard, I picked the way that was most comfortable to me. It all depends on which of your legs is dominant. (My right leg is dominant I think)

Actually, it doesn't matter which foot is dominant. I don't know how it works. I have a righty friend whos "regular" also. It is just what's comfortable.

Gjdj3 (author)2008-07-25

This is a pretty good instructable. I love ripsticking and this explains how to do it pretty well.

downhilldman (author)2008-06-20

cool!!! now i no how 2 ride this dang thing

I'm glad this actually helped!!

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