Skateboard Tips and Tricks for Beginners
So, you’re here to learn skateboard tips and tricks? Dont worry if you’re just a beginner, here are some tips for you to advance into the ranks of a pro.
With both feet on the board, raise the heel of your back foot to shift your weight on the ball of your foot and your toes. That section of your foot should be at the mid-point and at the tip of the tail end of the skateboard. Place your front foot at an angle facing slightly forward and at about 2/3 towards the front of the board.
Your toes should be near the toe edge of the board and. Strike the tail to the ground with your back foot and jump off of that same foot–getting the timing dialed in will probably the most difficult part. While jumping slide your front foot towards the nose of the skateboard using the grip tape to pull it in the air.
When you get to the peak of your jump, level out the skateboard, and land it. You should at all times land while bending your feet. When you’re trying to ollie a gap never focus your jump on clearing it, rather think about doing a really big one, spot your landing keep both feet on the board and the rest will take care of itself.
Frontside 180 Ollie
When you’ve finally got the ollie dialed in the next trick you’ll want to learn is the frontside 180 ollie. Basically this is an ollie while making a mid-air turn of 180 degrees. To do this trick you’ll need to essentially set yourself up to do an ollie. However as you prepare for the jump, rotate your body a bit by slightly turning your torso to your backside with your leading hand reaching across your stomach. While performing the ollie unwind by rotating your torso in the opposite direction.
When the board is in the air your body should already be making the frontside turn and pulling your legs so by the time your tail is about to hit the ground your torso should be in a position ahead of your legs guiding the board downwards.
That’s it. During the trick the your board should be under your feet the entire time. You will find that the frontside 180 ollie is a useful set-up trick and can be performed in several variations.
To perform this trick, you will need to have some experience with frontside boardslides, as well as backside tailslides which involves rotating your entire body while keeping your head straight.
Using a moderate amount of speed make a frontside approach the obstacle, the amount of speed used will depend on how slippery the object is. Pop an ollie and hit your rear wheels on top the object while leaning your tail to against the side.
Although you’ll need to twist your body with the skateboard, you should still continue looking in a forward direction. When sliding off the object use your back foot to push off while bending your front leg.
To come off at the end of the object simple turn off and land. If you want to come off in the middle you will have to ollie out and use your front foot to bring the board around.
Although the frontside tailslide is a difficult trick, it is one which can be learnt in stages and is also offers a useful combination when performed with the frontside ollie 180 without you having to rotate the full 180 degrees. You will have to practice the trick by landing on the tailside and rolling out at the curb and ollieing frontside.
Begin by getting just your tail end over the curb and shift your weight on that end as you plant the board on the curb while leaving your trucks and wheels hanging over the edge.
As soon as you’ve mastered landing in that position try performing the trick with a bit more speed and ride out almost parallel to the curb. Going faster will mean rolling out more parallel to the curb .
After you’ve got the hang of sliding try to get a feel for the amount of time you will need to push it before the the tail slows down and the board locks in place. When learning the trick it is recommenced that you shift your weight back over the skateboard as it begins to slow down to allow you to exit the curb with a fair amount of speed before it stops completely and leave you hanging.
Once you’ve got the trick wired, try taking it to the next level by by performing it somewhere higher such as a ledge of park bench.
The backside boardslide is undoubtable the easiest slide trick and is best practiced to give you an idea of just how the board feels while sliding on various surfaces. The trick is moreover has been used traditionally as a great trick during warm-ups for many professional skateboarders such as Tony Hawk and Eric Kolton to gain a feel of how their board will slide on a particular object.
To perform the backside boardslide approach the object at a slight angle and pop an ollie to get the front nose of your skateboard and truck up and over the object landing on the deck between the trucks.
You will need to center your weight over your board and slide to the other end of the object. As soon as you’re near the end of the slide rotate your board to an angle of about 90 degrees by twisting your torso. Don’t try to rush yourself or your wheels will slap the object before you come off.
You will feel a slight bump as you slide off the end which allows you to fly off rather than falling straight to the ground. Occasionally you will have to lift your front truck up and over the obstacle while making your exit. For you to do this simply apply a bit of pressure on the tail as you begin your turn off the obstacle much like you would do when performing a mid-air kickturn.