The usual learning curve to get the basics on the Indo Board is approximately 3-5 minutes.
The mind wants the body to be comfortable. This causes you to seek an uncentered posture.
Being centered on the Indo Board requires some physical effort which is not comfortable to the mind. This will cause you to favor what we call the “Weak Side”. The “Strong Side” is the goal! So remember not to give in to the “Weak Side” and your progress on the Indo Board will proceed well.
A centered posture on the Indo Board is all about a relaxed upper body, holding the head and shoulders upright with hips rolled slightly forward and knees bent beyond the 3-2 inch “comfort zone”! Breaking at the waist and not bending your knees enough is a result of your mind wanting you to be comfortable. Maintaining a good centered posture on the Indo Board is at first uncomfortable for some people and they give into the demands of the mind and assume an unbalanced stance.
LOWER is the key… all the way down to a 90° healthy squat position
is the range of motion that commences core training!
The Walkabout video describes and clearly demonstrates these principles.
When you think your knees are bent, then go 2 inches lower. Your mind tells you your knees are bent and usually stops you short of where the power position begins. The extra 2 inches actually can feel like 5, but the mind likes to play tricks on you. Understand that this bent knee posture is meant to be the TOP of your range of motion. You never want to operate the Indo Board from a higher position.
Indo Boards are designed to appeal to everyone, ages 4 to whatever.
If you are a beginner, DO NOT TRY THIS BY YOURSELF!
The best way to get the balance board off of the floor and balanced on the roller is to have a partner spot you, or place the board close to a wall or railing that you can hold onto.
A partner can help by standing in front of you and holding your hands or torso for support. Also, holding onto a waterski rope and handle that is attached securely above the board provides maximum self-help in avoiding spills.
The board, when it is balanced, is referred to as “IN TRIM“. As you progress in your ability, you will find that being in trim can be accomplished in many different positions.
Keeping the board from touching the ground for extended rides is both the goal and challenge.
Using the Indo Original (deck and roller) POSTURE IS THE KEY!
Flooring surface is a critical factor in safety and progression when using the Indo Original (deck and roller)
- Beginners = thick gym mat, thick yoga mat or level grass field
- Intermediate = thin yoga mat, low pile carpet
- Experienced = indoor/outdoor carpet, rubber flooring
Choose an area that has at least 10 feet of open space on all sides of the rider and spotter.
Spotting is mandatory for all beginners.
Proper spotting techniques
- Spotter must stand within 12” of end of roller so that rider is not forced to reach out and compromise proper posture and alignment.
- Spotter assumes position in front of the rider.
- Spotter provides “handlebars” by positioning arms with the elbows at the side of the body with forearms at 90º angle with hands closed in a fist. Squeeze the elbows into the torso with forearms rigid to offer solid support to the rider.
- The rider must not lean or transfer their weight onto the spotter.
- Mounting the Indo Original
- Deck must be positioned so that 2/3rds of deck is on the floor (or downhill) side the roller.
- Rider MUST always put their foot on the “downhill” side of the deck; which is touching the floor/ground.
- Rider will place their other foot on “uphill” side of the deck, initially, NOT APPLYING ANY WEIGHT.
- Rider must always “reset” the deck to this position when starting.
The design of Indo Boards provide a large surface area to help add stabiltiy to an unstable device. The “Indo” rider uses their sense of balance to maneuver the board
and roller in a controlled manner.
Posture is the key to proper balance.
A centered and balanced posture on the Indo Board is achieved by:
- feet shoulder width apart
- look forward, not down
- hold your head and shoulders upright
- neutral spine with slight posterior pelvic tilt
- knees bent
- engage your core to keep your alignment
- engaged shoulder blades and back, chest out
- quiet upper body with no unnecessary arm movements
Strive towards perfect top to bottom alignment of the ankles-hips-shoulders.
- Beginners benefit from the wide board design, which imparts confidence for those eager first attempts and allows for a fast and fun learning curve.
- Proficient riders enjoy the large surface area providing plenty of room to move and walk on.
- The limits of what can be done on the Indo Board are far from being reached. Use your imagination and come up with your own tricks and maneuvers.
Check that feet are properly positioned on the deck.
- Shoulder width apart
- Equal distance from front of foot to front edge of deck and back of foot to back edge of the deck.
- Feet should be perpendicular to the shoulders. Avoid “pigeon toed” (toes pointed inward) position or “duck feet” (toes pointed outward).
- Spotter should be in proper position with similar, engaged posture to the rider.
- Rider will slowly shift their weight over the “uphill” foot by bringing the hip over the foot.
- Stance and foot placement can determine the level of difficulty in keeping the deck centered over the roller and “in trim”.
- Wide stance = more stability
- Narrower stance = less stability, more challeng
- Initially the primary goal is to learn to keep the roller positioned under the middle of the deck. Striving to allow little or no movement of the roller. (Learning to establish control of the roller is a must)
- The first movement exercise is to become proficient at rolling back and forth three times then stopping the roller under the middle of the deck. Stopping the movement is easily accomplished by bending the knees lower as a braking motion.
- Increase lateral range of motion by beginning to utilize the entire length of the deck so that the roller is moving all the way to either end of the deck.
- Simple movements can be introduced to provide greater challenge as well.
The Indo Board is best used on a carpeted surface. The thicker the carpet pile the slower the action will be. As you become more proficient in
using the Indo Board, bare floors can provide the ultimate challenge to your abilities. However, the action is greatly speeded up and falls are quite unforgiving depending on the surface.
People riding the Indo Board for the first time should never do it without some way to steady themselves!
Practice up close to a wall or holding someone’s hands. Always bend your knees and don’t lean on the steady support.
It is highly recommended that safety gear be worn to help soften the inevitable falls. Wrist guards are the best protection, along with
a helmet, knee and elbow pads.
Most surfers prefer to go barefoot, because that’s how they surf. Skateboarders usually wear shoes and wakeboarders ride either way! It’s up to
the rider to determine if shoes are right for them.
Make sure the area where you are riding is clear of objects that you might fall on.
Keep spectators at a reasonable distance away from the rider and the potential path of a flying Indo Board. The board can become a missile and
cause injury if it hits someone.
Alcohol slows the reaction time and is not to be mixed with Indo Board riding.
Indo Boards have a hollow roller and if the action is too fast, you can cut a hole in one of the sides where the Indo Board sticker is and
add sand (approx. 2-3 cups) to help slow the action for beginners or in the absence of carpet.
Take these few simple precautions and feel the INDO obsession begin!