A skateboard is a type of sports equipment used primarily for the activity of skateboarding. It usually consists of a specially designed maplewood board combined with a polyurethane coating used for making smoother slides and stronger durability.
A skateboard is propelled by pushing with one foot while the other remains on the board, or by pumping one's legs in structures such as a pool or half pipe. A skateboard can also be used by simply standing on the deck while on a downward slope and allowing gravity to propel the board and rider.
If the rider positions their right foot forward, he/she is said to ride 'goofy'; if the rider positions their left foot forward, he/she is said to ride 'regular'. If the rider is normally regular but chooses to ride goofy, he/she is said to be riding in 'switch', and vice versa. A skater is typically more comfortable pushing with their back foot; choosing to push with the front foot is commonly referred to as riding 'mongo.'