Now, let’s get right into the fun part!
If it’s your first grind, so practice on small obstacles, for example, a small, flat rail that isn’t on a slope.
Find a small obstacle, which is low, short and away from traffic and pedestrians.
While standing on one foot, slide with just one of the grindplates so you can get familiar with the slide feeling and learn the position the foot needs to be on the rail, the groove shape and the plate limits.
Grab a friend (or a lamp post, or a lover) and use that support to help you step on to the rail with both feet! Try to keep your feet apart from each other by at least 30 cm (about a foot), and keep your body weight well‑centered in this space – your head should be in the center of the space between your legs, not above a foot. Open and close you legs, see how it slides. Generally speaking, the wider the space between your legs, the better the balance (but you don’t need to do the splits!).
Choose one side! One of your feet should lead while the other should follow. Are you goofy or regular?
Once your choice is made, walk up to the rail in diagonal, making sure your “follow” foot makes the last step to help you jump on to the rail.
While the follow foot pushes to jump, the “lead” foot seeks contact with the rail, always making sure to hit that plate at the correct angle. Simultaneously, the follow foot takes off the ground and makes contact with the rail also, just like the lead foot.
(If not, just keep trying by adjusting your speed and balance!)
If this is the case, keep your legs separated and maintain that same distance, use your arms to improve balance, and enjoy the ride while it lasts.
While on the rail, perform a small jump with both feet at exactly the same time, and when you make contact with the ground, keep walking to smoothly and safely reduce your speed.
You can be creative here. :)
Watch the full sequence below!