@Kerltop06 said in What riding mode is best for beginners?:
@keithers I'm also a beginner and the best way to do the heel up technique, at least for me, and it was a bit of an "ah-ha" moment, was when I realized, when I lift my heel, I have to put pressure on the heel of the opposite foot. Essentially, if you have to maintain balance, you need weight on the exact opposite place on the board. EX - If you're riding with your right foot forward and you wanna lift your right heel (moving your front weight from a balanced front to forward leaning), you'll need to apply weight to your left heel (moving your back weight from balanced back to back leaning).
^^^ this is what I found helped me too and to teach a few friends so far.
My first day I went to a church parking lot. I used the parking lines like cones and carved back and forth around the lines to practice toe side and heel side turns. At the end of the parking row I dismounted. I then got back on the board and rode switch and repeated the exercise the other way. Back and forth, over and over. I did practice riding for 3 rides in that vacant parking lot untill I felt comfortable going elsewhere.
I recommend practicing switch riding. This will make riding more fun, safe, and responsive to you.
Also after my first ride on some rougher terrain (grass and mountain biking trail) my carving skills and balance really took off. But don't rush into off road riding right away.