Surf balance board safety instructions


Balancing on a balance board is a learned skill, with practice you will be shredding in your home. The great thing about our surf balance boards is you never have to wait for a sunny day, in fact these are perfect for the lay days. Having a balance board is a great first step to learning how to balance on a skateboard or surfboard. Learning how to balance on a balance board will fatigue your legs but with practice it will become second nature.

Surf board balancing tip video

This video is just a basic guide. Please read the written instructions below as it includes important information we have skipped. Please forgive the quality of the video as you can tell filming ourselves is not our strong point.

 

Precautions

Riding a surf balance board, especially using the medium roll can be dangerous.  Always ride it according to your ability, learning slowly is the best way to learn. Falls and injuries can occur, this is a part of learning, just like a bike. Never try tricks or moves that you are not ready for or that are above your skill set. Please read and follow the below instructions and precautions to ensure safe use of our board.

As like a surfboard or skateboard you ride this at your own risk. It is your responsibility you follow all safety recommendations. Don’t be a kook! Do it the right way!

If you have not received and email copy of our instructions with a link to an instruction video that demonstrates a technique we use to teach young children but is a little tricky to describe in text. Please contact via email at barefootandsaltyaus@outlook.com, our contact form on our website or via social media. We also do have the instructions linked in the listing, tap on the like that says ‘surf balance board safety instructions.

RIDE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Much like a bike, surfboard, or skateboard these have a risk. You must follow our instructions.

Helmet, elbow, wrist, and knee pads must be worn

Always start with our beginner pole and do not move the next pole rider is confident. Remember it’s not a race and slow is best forget the rest.

Shoes MUST be worn for beginners. Shoes that have good grip are best (no thongs or sandals). Intermediate rider can ride the board barefoot, but you do so at your own risk.

Children and beginner must be supervised at all times, a spotter behind them holding under their armpits will encourage best results. They can also stand in front of the rider while holding their hands but do not step to far away as this can cause the rider to lean forward making it much harder for them to learn. Only adults should be spotters.

For adults we recommend you hold onto the back of a chair for stability.

Keep others away. Apart from the spotter no one is to be within 1.5 meters of the riding area. Especially at the nose/tail ends.

Only ride in an open, clean area. Remove all furniture, objects, and hazards within 1.5 meters of the riding location.

Children and beginners are to only ride on thick shaggy carpet or thick, soft carpet, The softer the surface of the ground the slower the roller moves which makes learning easier and safer. If you do not have a soft surface a thick blanket will work.

You MUST ride the board one of the following surfaces carpet, shaggy rug, non-slip surfaces, grass (although this may stain the wood) or thick/soft rubber matting.

Under no circumstance are our balance boards to be ridden on hard surfaces, tiles, concrete, or wooden floors.

Do not ride on concrete or rough surfaces as this will damage the board.

Do not ride till fatigue. Short rides with long breaks are best for riding.

Keep hands away from the board while riding. Placing hand near roller while riding may cause pinching.

Do not ride while intoxicated or under the influence of other substances. A clear, well rested mind is a must.

Do not use the board if you have any back or knee conditions. Always consult your doctor before being a new physical activity.

Do not jump or bounce on the board.

Do not use the board for any other purpose other than to balance on the rollers we provide. This board is not a multi-function toy, do not allow your children to play with it.

Do not leave board unattended. Once you have stopped using the board store in a safe place away for children or beginners. Adults must always be present and within arm’s reach while board is in use.

Do not ride your board if it has been damaged

Care

Store your board in a dry place away from the sun, any water and away from a area the has extreme temperature changes. Keep board away from oils or chemicals

Do not change the board in any way. If you would like a custom board, contact us via our website.

Any alteration or non-intended use will void the warranty.

Instructions

Always start with our beginner roller, even if you are confident on the roller. Starting on the beginner roller helps you remember where to place your feet and how to move your body.

Keep good posture – remaining a strain centre of gravity. Look straight ahead of you, looking down at your feet can cause you to lose balance.

Stand on board with one foot at a time. While keeping your weight to once side adjust feet width to just outside your hip width. Keep your feet in the position while riding the board. Placing your feet too narrow will cause you to lose balance and too wide will make the board move too quickly. Only intermediate riders should adjust their feet.

To move on the roller, shift your weight to the side that isn’t touching the carpet. For beginners we recommend you aim to touch the ground straight away and repeat till the movement is smooth. Ensure you have mastered this movement before you advance.

For advanced and intermediate riders when you feel comfortable you can then add a sliding movement.

Grip Strips (clear)

We have included free grip strips to place along each side of the brown strip. This tape is strongly recommended if you are a beginner, it does don’t hinder the riding experience more, so it improves it. Please note that they are clear and the white you see is just the backing of the tape.

Simply remove backing and place on board. Firmly press down on tape to ensure it is secure.

Please note the removal of the tape may damage the varnish of the board.

That’s it!

The best way to learn to watch others so head to our Instagram for videos or jump on YouTube and search balance board for beginners. Please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to chat and give balancing advice.

Also don’t forget to tag us on our socials of you or your groms shredding!

Have the raddest time and be safe!

Stay balanced, stay Barefoot & Salty!


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