When I was a brand newbie, I obsessed about learning to drop in. I thought of nothing else. I had to do it, and I couldn’t move on until I did.
And, eventually, I learned, after many painful, failed attempts. I think I had been skating about 4 months when I finally dropped in successfully.
Very frankly, if I had it to do over again, I would advise myself to work on the basics of rolling around … pumping, carving, kickturns, going fakie, tictacs … all of that … before trying to learn to drop in.
I say this for one reason, and only one reason:
The reason you drop in is to get more speed. If you don’t need more speed, because you don’t know what to do with it on the opposite wall, there’s no reason to drop in … yet.
If I had it to do over again, I would learn to drop in after I had my pump dialed … by “dialed” I mean able to pump around a bowl at full speed from a dead stop in the bottom, having slid there on my butt. If you know how to pump when you learn to drop in, you will learn to drop in more easily because, when you drop in, you have to pump immediately after you slam the front truck down to right yourself on the board again as you make your way down the transition to the flat. If pumping feels foreign to you … as it did to me as a brand new skater … learning to drop in is going to be more difficult.
I’m not saying you can’t learn to drop in if your pump isn’t dialed, I’m just saying that the logical progression seems to me to be: (1) basic bowl/ramp skating skills first, (2) dropping in second.
Skatemom Patti drops in the bowl at Butte, Montana.