Pushing mongo is deemed as the ultimate sin in skateboarding.
But why? Is it really that bad?
Before I cover the pros & cons of pushing mongo, you might be wondering…
What Is Pushing Mongo?
Pushing mongo is when you push with your front foot instead of your back foot. If you're regular, pushing with your left foot is considered mongo and if you're goofy, pushing with your right foot.
If you’ve been skating or longboarding for some time, you’ve probably encountered the notorious anti-mongo warriors that will take any opportunity to tell you how much you suck.
And I feel like the vibe has turned into “you suck if you push mongo” rather than, “well if it makes sense for your style, it's safe and you’re having fun, who cares”
Is it really as bad as everyone says it is?
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Cons of pushing mongo
Now don’t get me wrong, from a street skating perspective, pushing mongo has two obvious disadvantages, which are…
Setting up for tricks
It makes it more challenging to set up for a trick.
Since you’re pushing with your front foot, it takes you longer to set up for flip tricks. When you’re pushing with your back foot, your front foot is already on the deck, ready to flick.
Hard to control
It makes it harder to turn/control your board if your weight is centered over the back truck.
Those two reasons alone should make you want to avoid pushing mongo, especially if you’re into street skating. Even if it feels uncomfortable at first, push through it because it’ll make your life easier in the longrun.
But what if you’re into a different style of shredding? Something like long-distance pushing or downhill?
Well, then the first main disadvantage of not being able to set up for a trick doesn’t apply. Within these styles, you’re not looking to throw a tre-flip and the positioning of your front foot isn’t as vital.
Pros of pushing mongo
Even though I don’t push mongo, I asked you guys if you think there are any advantages and got some interesting feedback.
Rolling Over Debris
If you have less weight on the front, it’s easier for your front truck to roll over cracks/pebbles.
While I can see this angle, I don’t think it makes that much sense because if you hit a rock, it could easily change the direction of your board.
Long Distance Pushing
Another advantage that was mentioned was for long-distance pushing. If you can push both regular and mongo, it’s beneficial because you can switch back and forth so you don't fatigue.
If you’re going for 10 miles, and only push regular, you’re bound to get tired. So being able to push mongo is actually an advantage.
Now, from a downhill riding perspective, a few people mentioned that they could get more momentum by pushing mongo.
I’m not sure how true this is, but I did see it mentioned a few times and wanted to include it.
And finally, if you’re used to pushing mongo, then pushing switch is gonna be easier for you.
So, what should you do?
For most riding styles, pushing with your back foot is gonna be the better option, especially if you’re just starting out. But I still wanted to highlight that there are some advantages to mongo, so if you see someone doing it, it doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t know what they’re doing.
If you have no intention of doing tricks and you’re comfortable pushing mongo, I don’t think it’s a big deal.
But only you can make that decision.
Do I think it’s beneficial to learn both? Of course, but I’m not here to tell you how to live your life.
At the end of the day, we’re riding a wooden board with wheels. It’s not that serious dude.
You do you.