Do you have a mongo problem? Can’t seem to find the right balance and you fall into mongo? Is it ok to push mongo? Don’t feel ashamed of these questions, you’re not alone. Salt Lake is full of mongo pushers.
What is mongo you ask? In skateboarding pushing mongo refers to using one’s front foot for pushing. Normally a skateboarder feels more comfortable using their back foot to push, while their front foot remains on the board.
In the minority case of mongo footed skateboarders, the opposite is true. Some consider mongo footedness to be a faux pas in skateboarding, as a skateboarder requires more time to prepare for a trick, and some simply find it aesthetically displeasing. Also, due to the fact that the back foot is usually positioned behind the rear wheels, taking the front foot off the board can cause the tail to drag on the ground if care is not taken to move the rear foot forward slightly when pushing. Some skateboarders who don’t push mongo in their regular stance, may still push mongo when riding in switch stance, rather than push with their weaker back foot.
Pushing mongo is alright, but it’s a bad habit if you plan on learning technical flip tricks. It’s tough to say that pushing mongo is “wrong” – I don’t believe that there is a right or wrong way to skate, and if it works for you, you should enjoy it! So, if it’s working for you, then go for it!
But, if you are unsure and looking for my opinion, I would say it’s usually better to push with your back foot. If you are just learning to skate, this is a good time to re-learn to push with your back foot. Pushing “mongo” can get in your way, with you having to shuffle your feet around before doing technical tricks.
If, however, you have been pushing mongo for a long time, it can be a little more tricky to decide if you should switch or not. There’s nothing wrong with pushing with your front foot, at all. The only problem is that most skaters push with their back foot, and a lot of people agree that this is the better way. But, if you’ve already pushed with your front foot for a long time, and it’s not getting in your way, then why not stick with it?
Another thing to consider, unfortunately, is that if you are a young new skater and push mongo, other skaters might make fun of you for it. Which is lame, and it makes a lousy excuse to change how you skate. In fact, if that were me I would be tempted to keep pushing mongo just to rub it in their faces. But, not every skater is as aggressive as I like to be in my imagination. If you are in this position, you really need to get over caring what other riders think of you. It will hold you back until you do.
So, the answer to the question we started with – “is it OK to push mongo?”, is yes. You can push mongo all you want. But, my advice is to push with your back foot. I think you’ll be more stable, and be more quickly set up to do tricks. But, if you already push with your front foot and it’s working for you, then why change?