How to Ride
Just got your Hunter Board? Before you conquer that insane hill at full speed, here are some things we believe you'd like to know.
1) SAFETY IS KEY
We don't want you to get hurt while riding a Hunter Board. Despite the reduced risk of falling given by our proprietary suspension system, gravity will always be a reality, and there is a possibility of falling. So, always ride with a helmet on. Not getting hurt is the coolest thing ever.
If you're new to electric skateboarding, find a safe practice area where you can get used to your Hunter Board. Empty parking lots or basketball/tennis courts are a great option. You'll need space, visibility, and a flat surface to start. As you begin to get the handle of it, you can move to places with uphill climbing.
2) TURNING THE HUNTER BOARD ON
There's a blue button near the rear wheels, beside the entrance of the motor cables into the deck. Click it.
Which foot should I put forward? Well, if you already surf or skate it should be the same. If riding a board is something new for you, have someone push you from the back. Whichever foot you use to catch yourself is your natural forward foot.
If you skate with your left foot forward, you have a "regular" stance. If you ride with your right foot ahead, you have a "goofy" stance.
Now that you're correctly positioned on your Hunter Board, don't forget that you're on a very powerful electric skateboard and that if you're not careful, you'll end up on the floor as soon as you throttle up. Here's what you should do to avoid this:
a) Throttle up slowly.
b) Keep a wide stance on the board.
c) Keep a low center of gravity (your center of gravity is normally located at your belly button).
d) Lean forward when accelerating.
e) Lean backward when braking.
IMPORTANT: When you move forward, you might feel like you are getting pushed off the back of the board, so lean forward to anticipate this reaction. There is also a tendency for beginners to lean back when they are going too fast, which leaves them in a less stable position. Some beginners find it helpful to put their first hand on the front knee to remind them to lean forward and stay low. When you slow down, it can feel like you are getting pushed off the nose of the board, so you can lean back to anticipate this reaction.
4) USING THE REMOTE
a) Turn on the remote by sliding the power button
b) Press the middle button under the screen to connect the remote to the board (make sure the board is turned on). If the board is already turned on, the board will automatically connect.
c) Your remote is automatically set on Safe mode. Click the middle button to go to the Settings menu and select a Riding Mode. Move the wheel to change options and click on the middle button to select one.
d) With one foot on the board and one foot on the ground to prevent the board from riding away, move the wheel forward to accelerate and backwards to brake or go reverse (only the Sport riding mode goes reverse). If the board was shot out from under your foot, you probably rolled the wheel too much, try it again.
This is the basic you need to know to use your remote. Change all options by moving the wheel forward or backward. Select all options by clicking on the middle button.
In your remote, you can also create a Custom Riding Mode which allows you to build a Riding Mode that fits your e-skating desires and needs. In the Settings menu, select Custom Settings and change the following specs:
a) Max power - between 10% and 100%
b) Max brake - between 10% and 100%
c) Throttle curve (how fast do you want your board to accelerate) - between 10% and 100% - the closer you are to 100%, the more aggressive is the acceleration.
d) Braking curve (how fast do you want your board to brake) - between 10% and 100% - the closer you are to 100%, the more aggressive is braking.
In your remote, you can also change the Wheel Diameter (which affects the distance travelled in the remote), the Unit of Distance (Kilometers or Miles) and the Throttle direction.
The Throttle direction option allows you to change the way you move the wheel to move forward, braking or going reverse. In the Default mode, you accelerate by pushing the wheel forward and brake and go reverse by pulling the wheel to you. In the Inverted mode, you accelerate by pulling the wheel to you and brake and go reverse by pushing the wheel forward.
5) MOVING FORWARD
Stand on the board, look forward and roll the throttle up very gently. You're moving 👌.
6) MOVING BACKWARDS
Stand on the board, look back and pull the joystick to you as if you were braking. You're now moving backwards. Only the Sport riding mode goes reverse. This is because the ability to go reverse is a consequence of the braking power. In the Soft, Cruising and Rain riding mode, the braking power is too low for the board to be able to go reverse. In the Custom riding mode, it'll depend on how much braking power you choose.
To turn, you need to pressure the deck in the direction you want to go.
To turn the board in the direction your back is, you need to use your heels. Move your heels down and turn your shoulders towards the front of the board.
To turn the board the direction you're facing, you need to use your toes. Move your toes down and turn your shoulders towards the back of the board.
There are two ways to stop:
a) Stop accelerating, and the Hunter Board will gradually stop.
When you make a full stop place your right foot (if you're "regular") or your left foot (if you're "goofy") on the ground, this is especially important if you're going uphill because it'll avoid you start rolling down the hill.