Got my XR this afternoon and began my learning. I live in SoCal and it was hot today.
So I started out with mission mode. helmet, knee, elbow, wrist/hand pads, high top Vans skater shoes. 100 degrees outside. did it in my grassy, but very lumpy backyard. I wisely asked my neighbor to spot me. He wants to eventually try it as well.
IMPRESSIONS: starting the board requires not just covering the front pads, but stepping hard on them..putting enough weight like you are trying to balance yourself. I tried balancing with the board turned off first, and I am glad I did. While the wheel is a very flat go kart wheel, I did have some trouble balancing sideways while moving across the grass. I am sure it would have been easier on a more flat surface, but I had to keep compensating for the uneven ground while moving. I actually starting picking up a little carving.
Now my neighbor stayed with me for support, but I did have moments where I felt totally in control. Also, when I sped up a bit, it was easier to control.
Probably spent 1/2 hour just going back and forth and turning wide circles. Practiced stopping and deactivating a few times, too.
DEACTIVATING TIP: I have read how a lot of newbies have trouble doing the heel lift deactivate motion and just jump off. But I figured it out pretty quick. I think the reason is that in lifting my heel I tended to shift my weight to the back and the board thot I wanted to go that way before I could fully deactivate. So I tried to push down hard with my front toe as I lifted my front heel. That worked great. I never had to jump off to stop.
Now I know I can do this and it is just a matter of practicing some every day. Can't wait to be able to carve and float independently.