Pop Shove-it weight distribution

Last updated: 2023/05/26

Is it because of my foot placement?

No, it's not a direct cause.

Spinning is not the hardest part of pop shove-its. It is to land back on your deck. Sometimes your board flies away, flips after you think you caught it, spins too much, or your backfoot does not land on your deck. This time, after talking about the basic physics of pop shove its, we will talk about the science behind those problems.

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The board lands in front of you.

According to the physics, it lands on your toe side. One of the wheels become the first contact point with the ground, later replaced by the tail. Whether it's a normal shove it or pop shove it, the board lands on the toe side.

Shift your weight on the toe side before jumping

You can't jump up AND move forward. Instead, try shifting your weight on your toe side and jump. By doing this, you can naturally jump toward the toe side even when you try to jump straight upward.


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Where does the board land?

According to the physics, it lands on the toe side.

First of all, let's see where your board really goes when you pop shove it. First, as you start popping, one of the wheels becomes a pivot point and send your board to the toe side. Soon after that, the tail becomes a contact point with the ground. This will allow your board to go to the same direction.

As you know, your board lands on your toe side eventually and the same thing can be said whether it's a pop shove it or just it's a normal shove it

How to land

So the board lands in front. Your body goes...?

Now, let's talk about how to land it. Preparation is everything in such a simple trick as a pop shove-it.

This may vary depending on your preference but try this: Try to shift your weight diagonally forward BEFORE popping. This will allow your body to be floating over a place where your board will be after popping. In this case, the model's weight is described in lime green.

And it moves before the board leaves the ground. After popping, the board, whose center is described in orange, slips under the body. As a result, the board and the body align by the time they meet.

You can jump forward by jumping straight up

And by doing this, you can just focus on popping as hard as you want to, without having to think about jumping forward, because your body weight is located in front of your back toe.

Which means, as you try to pop straight down, you will eventually be shoving your board to the heel side, while at the same time bringing your body to the toe side.

Adjust how far forward you jump

But, your body weight keeps on moving in the same direction while you are in the air, don't try to shift your weight all the way to the landing point before popping.

In my case it seems like I'm moving my weight around 20cm diagonally forward before popping.

What could go wrong?


Sometimes, you may encounter the "catch and flip" problem, which is caused by your weight not being located over your board. As a result, even when you think you catch your board, since the center of gravity of your body is not aligned with that of your board's, you can't bring it below your feet.

So if you encounter this, try to shift your weight a little bit further to the toe side.

Too much of a good thing

If you overemphasize the transition of your weight, you will wind up spinning your board too much. With the more weight on the toe side, it becomes harder to pop straight down making it easier to accidentally scoop the tail, spinning it too much.

And it gets even worse is when you rush into it. By suddenly crouching down without paying attention to your weight distribution, you may tilt your body axis which further exacerbates this problem. so before popping, try to keep your body axis straight up, don't rush into it, and gradually shift your weight forward.

The problem your backfoot doesn't land on your deck

Why do I land behind the board?

We also have to think about the left-right weight distribution. When you pop, the majority of your weight is on your backfoot. So if you try to simply shift your weight to the toe side without jumping forward, your weight will stay on the rear side of your board.

So try to shift your weight a little bit toward the front foot. once again, preparation is everything. whether you can land it or not is already decided by the time you pop.

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