START BY LEARNING SHORT "PENGUIN WALKS”
LEAD EACH ROTATION BY SWINGING YOUR ARMS AND SHOULDERS
ONCE YOU ARE COMFORTABLE, BEGIN LEANING FORWARD INTO EACH STEP TO.
Monster walks are consecutive 180 degree turns done on the leading wheels, in alternating directions. They are called monster walks because the rider looks like they are taking large Godzilla-like steps with each turn.
Before learning monster walks you should already know how to do tictacs. You should also be comfortable pushing and rolling on your board.
Begin rolling forward at a medium speed with your front foot in the center of the nose – In the pocket or slightly farther forward. Your back foot should be in a similar position on the tail of your board. Bend your knees slightly to maintain your balance. Each “step” of the monster walk begins with your arms and shoulders. Start by turning your shoulders in the frontside direction. As you turn, press down slightly on the nose of your board and attempt to pivot 180 degrees over the leading wheels. Try to bend your knees and keep your feet on the nose and tail as you complete this pivot. Now, you should be rolling backwards or “fakie”. From this position, begin turning your chest and shoulders frontside, back to your original position. Press down on the tail of the board (this should now be the leading end of your board), and attempt to turn 180 degrees back to your regular stance. Boom! You just did 1 monster walk!
If you are struggling with monster walks, try this: Keep your knees bent! If you stay low, it will be easier to keep your weight centered with each pivot. Take your time in between each step. Pivot 180 – pause – adjust your feet if necessary – pivot 180 again. Don’t rush this one.