How to Do the Slug on a Hoverboard

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Updated October 15, 2022

Time to Complete: 5 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Tools Needed: None

Steps: 6

If you’re looking to up your hoverboard tricks game on your new top-rated hoverboard, then learning how to do the slug on a hoverboard is an easy place to start. Once you’ve mastered this easy-to-learn and entertaining trick, you’ll be sure to amaze your friends and family.

How to Do the Slug on a Hoverboard

Follow these simple steps to learn a new trick on your board. Remember, you should know how to ride a hoverboard properly before you try to learn tricks. Additionally, you can customize the hoverboard by adding a kart attachment, The same principles apply, you should learn how to control a hoverboard with a kart attachment before you try any tricks or long-distance riding. Thankfully a lot of hoverboards come with a beginner mode so you can get comfortable with your ride. Once you do get comfortable, you can read about how to change your hoverboard mode so you can get the most out of it.


The easiest way to learn how to do the slug on your hoverboard is by starting with these steps.

  1. Place Your Hoverboard on a Flat, Stable SurfaceAlways start with your hoverboard on a flat and stable surface. This way, you won’t accidentally fall off or become unbalanced before you’ve even started the trick. While you’re first learning how to do hoverboard slugging, it’s helpful to have the board powered off until you get the hang of the trick.
  2. Kneel on the Ground Behind Your Hoverboard
    Once you have your board in the appropriate starting place, kneel down about 8-10 inches away from the board. We recommend kneeling on the carpet or something soft to start, if possible. This way, you stay comfortable.
  3. Place Your Forearms on the Foot Pads
    Next, place your forearms directly onto the footpads of your hoverboard. Position your arms as close to the wheels as possible to give your chest plenty of room to rest in the next step.
  4. Lay Your Chest on the Foot Pads
    After bracing your forearms on the footpads in one swift motion, lay your chest on the space left between your arms. If you don’t perform this step quickly after the previous step, your hoverboard may take off without you and ruin your trick.
  5. Stretch Out Completely Prone
    Now you can take the full slug position with your legs stretched out completely behind you and your entire weight resting on your hoverboard. You can lean forward a little bit and have the hoverboard’s movement do the work for you, or you can simply push your legs out behind you.
  6. Ride
    Finally, it’s time to ride! When you’re slugging, the hoverboard’s controls function in the exact same way as if you were riding standing up. Lean slightly forward on your forearms to go forward and back to stop or go backward. Be sure to wear pants instead of shorts so you don’t scrape up your legs during this trick.


Most hoverboards can travel at a maximum speed of around 10 miles per hour.


How to Do the Slug on a Hoverboard FAQ

What can you not do on a hoverboard?

In general, you shouldn’t ride hoverboards in wet conditions or on rough surfaces where there may be debris. This can damage your hoverboard which is why it’s also important to keep your hoverboard clean. You also shouldn’t use them on incredibly steep surfaces, as they generally lack the power to handle significant inclines.

How do you jump on a hoverboard?

Most hoverboards aren’t built to withstand any kind of jumping, so we recommend avoiding jumps with your hoverboard. It’s also important to learn how to fix your self-balancing scooter in the event something does break.

How do you get good at riding a hoverboard?

Ultimately, the best way to get good at riding your hoverboard is with lots of practice!

How do you customize your hoverboard?

There are many ways you can customize your hoverboard. Things like custom paint jobs and stickers are the easiest modifications to make. However, if you’re feeling adventurous and have the appropriate tools and skillset, you can also swap out LED lights for different colors or install Bluetooth speakers on your self-balancing scooter.
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