How to Drift on a Hoverboard

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Updated February 13, 2023
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So you got a brand new hoverboard and want to perform some tricks to amaze friends and family. One such trick is called drifting.

Hoverboard colors aren’t a big deal for tricks, but they’ll look cool while you’re performing them. So, what you really want is to choose a hoverboard that’s capable of handling any tricks you do, including drifting.

How to drift on a hoverboard? Keep reading to find out.


  • Drifting is a popular trick with hoverboards, self-balancing scooters, and electric scooters of all stripes.
  • To start, gear up by getting on your hoverboard and putting on the appropriate safety items, such as a helmet and knee pads.
  • Use the hoverboard to reach a good speed and then tilt your knees, shifting your balance to one side at the same time. You will go into a spin or drift.

What is Drifting on a Hoverboard?

Drifting is an action taken by a single-wheel hoverboard in which the rider reaches a max speed and then spins. This is a popular and relatively simple to-perform trick on most electric scooters, free-style hoverboards, and self-balancing scooters. You could technically do this on an electric unicycle, but you might have a higher chance of hurting yourself.

How to Drift on a Hoverboard

Here are the steps to take to successfully pull off a drift on a hoverboard, though specifics may vary slightly depending on the make and model of your electric scooter, self-balancing scooter, or hoverboard. Can you try this trick with rocketskates instead of a hoverboard? Maybe.

STEP 1 Gear Up

The first thing need to do is to gear up. Get your favorite hoverboard ready to go, but also prepare for some safe riding. Put on safety gear, including knee pads and helmets, to reduce the risk of injury while pulling off the stunt. Some hoverboards that operate as a drift board include the aptly named Segway Drift, the Hover-1 H1 Hoverboard Electric Scooter, the Swagboard Pro T1 hoverboard, any Gyroor hoverboard, and any Tomoloo hoverboard. Tomoloo hoverboards particularly excel at pulling off drifting.

STEP 2Speed Up

Get on your hoverboard of choice and use a powerful performance motor to reach a decent max speed. Once the speed has been successfully achieved, it will be time to drift and spin until your heart’s content. If you have one of the more expensive hoverboards that can go more than 10 MPH, you may want to limit your top speed so as to reduce the risk of accidental injury.

STEP 3Spin and Drift

Once you are moving quickly, bend your knees slightly and shift your balance to the right or left to create a spindrift. You should immediately head into a lengthy spin, which is known as a drift. Repeat the trick over and over again to amaze friends and family.

Other Types of Drifting

It is not just standard hoverboards that excel at drifting. You can perform the move with electric skates, a go-kart drift kit, and more. The sky really is the limit when it comes to pulling off amazing tricks with today’s modern recreational vehicles. However, be sure to practice safe riding techniques.


What to look for when buying a hoverboard?

When shopping for a hoverboard, look for a long-lasting lithium-ion battery, a powerful motor, a solid form factor, and a fun, pleasing design.

How do you fix an unbalanced hoverboard?

If your hoverboard becomes unbalanced, you should recalibrate the sensors via the instructions provided in the manual. In most cases, it requires pressing the power button down for five to ten seconds.

Why did my hoverboard go crazy?

If your hoverboard suddenly started spinning and moving of its own accord, it is likely that you did not enough weight on the footboard.

STAT: The weight distribution of most hoverboards is designed with 40% front and 60% rear. (source)

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