22 Easy Beginner Skateboard Tricks Which Look Impressive

22 Easy Beginner Skateboard Tricks Which Look Impressive

If you’re perusing this article right now, I’m only assuming you have learned the basics of skateboarding and you want to progress to the next stage; learning basic skateboarding tricks. There are technical skating tricks which I’ll only advise you try to learn much later and there are the basic ones you can easily get a hang of. And these easy beginner skateboard tricks will serve as a foundation for learning the more technical stuff.

If you want to get more out of your skateboarding in the long run, you have to take your learning step by step. Don’t attempt to cut lines to do too much too soon. Learn your Caveman before trying out the Ollie. 

If your concern is appearing like too much of a learner, then you can learn some basic tricks which aren’t difficult to pull off and are sure as hell to make you look good. Keep reading to check out the list of 22 easy tricks you can master.

 

1. The Hippie Jump

 

If you’re looking for easy beginner skateboard tricks that will turn heads, the hippie jump is one in a long list that you should try out. In a previous post, I mentioned how you should rehearse the hippie jump before you think to learn the ollie. This is a particularly easy trick you can learn to get the feel of what it’s like to make a jump without popping your board deck.

Once you have gotten comfortable with moving on your skateboard, you can perfect this trick quickly. It’s simple. Give your deck a little push, jump up and land on your board. Once you have gotten the hang of that, the next to do is look for anything that will allow your board to pass underneath it while you jump over it.

Keep practicing over higher obstacles until you can not go any higher. If possible, employ the help of a friend or friends to help you out. And make sure to land properly on your board else you might risk the board bouncing and hitting you in an unpleasant place.

So generally, the steps are:

  • Push your board a little
  • Jump up
  • Land on your board

Repeat the process, possibly over an obstacle till you can jump higher.

2. Nosebleed or Nose Stall

 

To execute the nose stall, you lean backwards on your board while applying pressure on it. The nose stall comprises an obstacle like a curb with a shelf or an edge. Basically, you just want to lock the nose of your board on to the obstacle and then get your nose to climb the curb. To do that, you have to apply pressure on your tail to get the nose lift enough to make the climb. Once you have achieved that, you lean on your right foot to maintain that position and then roll-off. As usual, keep trying this with higher obstacles until you get great at it.

  • Roll in the direction of any obstacle with a shelf
  • Lightly apply pressure to your tail
  • Bump your nose on the obstacle
  • Push your weight on your front foot
  • Lean on your tail and then roll back.

3. Caveman

 

This is yet one of the easy beginner skateboard tricks to pull off. This trick involves holding the board in your hand and jumping in the air and landing on your board. It’s important you learn this trick because a lot of other tricks’ execution depends on it.

You want to start by jumping on your board from a little distance with a slight forward movement. What I mean is, running towards your board, not at great speed though, and jumping on your board. Hold the nose of your board with one hand run for a few steps and leap off the ground. While in the air, let go of your board and land on its deck. See, not that hard is it.

  • Hold the nose of your board with your hand
  • And a short distance and jump up with your back foot
  • Let go of your board and execute a perfect landing on it.

4. Nose Pick Up

 

In order o get this skill right, you are required to remove your back foot from the board while popping and rolling your board with your front foot. When you do this, the tail of your board will automatically pop up behind you and when it does, you need to grab your deck.

The easiest way to get the hang of this trick is to practice it while stationary. It’s not a difficult task to try and grab your deck when pulling off this trick because when your skateboard comes up, it’ll be at a vertical position behind your leg. So all you need to do is reach behind you and grab it.

Easy peasy. Here’s a short recap:

  • Get a bit of momentum by pushing forward a little.
  • Press the nose of your board with your front foot.
  • Reach behind you and grab your board.

5. Ollie Pick Up

 

To land this easy skill, there are just little steps to take. The ollie pick up is one of the easy ones. All you need to do is get a little forward movement, pop your tail a little, put your two feet on the ground just after you have popped your board and grab it.

If you’re wary about doing this trick at a go, you can try taking it slow. Try just popping your board and letting it go. When you’ve got that on lockdown, you can try grabbing it. When you pop your board correctly, it should just fly upwards and when it does it, it should be easy to pick up. Once you’ve gotten a hold of the nose, try jumping back on your board. That’s a bomb drop and it’s another great trick you could learn.

  • Ride in a forward direction and gently pop your tail.
  • Put your feet on the ground.
  • Grab your board.

6. Bomb Drop or Acid Drop

 

If you understood the ollie pick up, then this trick is not so different from it and neither should it be difficult for you. And if you are in the market for easy beginner skateboard tricks you can pull off,  try learning the bomb drop. Virtually, you grab the nose of your board with your front hand, give your board a little swing and jump on it with both feet.

While you stick your landing, it is important you land on the bolts of the board. This is because landing in the middle with such force might snap your deck in two. Like I made clear in the previous trick, the bomb drop goes pretty well with the ollie pick up. They’re a pretty cool combo to get you going.

  • Grab the nose of your board and take a few steps.
  • Swing your board a little.
  • Land on your board with both feet.

7. Wall Bounce

 

If you need something that will impress your skateboarding pals, this is a great trick to use. Though it’s a cool trick, it kinda requires confidence to pull it off and while a lot of guts. If you don’t think you can pull it off, you probably won’t so you can just decide to skip this number altogether. But if you feel up to the task, then let’s move along.

To land this trick, you need to pop your tail a bit and make your board leap forward. When you do this, your board will naturally move upward and the wheels should bounce off the wall. If you can just get the timing right, you might just be able to land this trick.

  • Roll(not speed) towards a wall.
  • At the precise time, pop the tail of your board and jump off the board.
  • Wait for the board to bounce back and jump back on it.

8. Firecracker

 

This trick is generally performed on staircases but for the sake of your beginner status, it’ll be best to start off learning on a curb. When you can land the trick on a curb, you can progress to staircases with at least two steps.

The trick is all about adding some pressure on your tail and riding off a staircase. As you approach the stairs, bend your knees a bit and add some pressure on your tail. This trick requires some mental strength so you might want to stop thinking of the stairs as a drop but as just another surface. Maintain your balance always and try not to lean forward. Let the board guide you and you’ll do fine.

9. Tic Tac

 

Just another easy trick for him to learn. All you need to do is push your front wheels from side to side while gaining speed by pushing with your knees. Oh come on, it’s not that terrible.

With this trick, you’ll get a lot more familiar with your board and learning how to move your board with your body’s movement. I think it’s worthy to be called a trick. You could try it.

10. Fakie Kick Turn

 

This trick is so easy, I don’t think it’s even necessary to add a video. But for the sake of visual learners, I decided to add it. All you have to do to land this trick is to ride and make a 180 degrees turn, moving your shoulders and head first and letting the rest of your body join the ride.

  • Get your board rolling backward
  • Turn your shoulders and head and push your tail gently.
  • Turn your body in a 180-degree angle and your board should follow.

11. Kick Turn on a Ramp

 

This is a basic trick that will earn you some street cred at skate parks. This trick goes two ways: backside and frontside. But for the sake of its easiness, you should probably start off with the backside. Once you have gotten a hang of it, you can move on to try the frontside kick turns.

Start by applying a bit of pressure on your tail. This will lift your front wheels up. Then when you start to ride up to the ramp, slowly begin to turn your shoulders and head, your entire body will.

Don’t add so much pressure on your tail or lean too much into the ramp when you make your turn if not, your board might move forward without you.

  • Climb up the ramp.
  • Turn your shoulders and head and press your tail gently.
  • Turn your entire body.

12. Boneless

 

Mastering the ‘boneless’ is a door to mastering a lot more tricks. Don’t fret, it’s an easy one and you can easily pull it off with a little practice. But if you’ve got a bad back, you might wanna skip this one.

This trick requires you to rightly grab the outer side of the board and stepping off with your front foot. Then jumping up and get right back on your board.

13. Rail Stand

The rail stand is one of those tricks that appear scary at first look but in reality, is actually easy to pull off. This trick is a four-step process so you have to pay attention enough to get them.

A rail stand or primo stand is when you stand on the side of your board. To land this trick, place your feet over the bolt of your board. Adjust your front foot so that it kinda hangs off the board and move your back foot so it also hangs off the board a bit. Keep your body balanced and centred and your shoulders parallel to the board.

Then when you have assumed this position, there are two things you need to do simultaneously. Use the toes of your front foot to push down on the heel side of your board while you jump a little in order to lift your back foot up. Then use your back foot to stop the board’s rotation and set your front foot on the rail.

To get out of the rail stand, just do a slight hop, pushing the board in the direction you want it to go and landing on your bolts. That’s it.

14. Biebelheimer

 

15. Manual


This trick is great for combining with other tricks so it is a good one for you to learn. At first try, it’s not as easy as most of the tricks we have talked about here, but with consistent practicing and determination, I’m positive you can be a master at it.

You need to be already good at riding your board before going for this trick. It’s all about balance so you need to be comfortable on your wheels.

Basically, you put your front foot on your front bolts then place your other foot on the tail. Add a bit of pressure on the back tail and ever so slightly, bend your knee. Keep your back knee straight through this and keep moving.

16. Staple Gun

 

Okay. Staple gun. Not for the faint-hearted. It’s one of my personal favourites actually and is pretty cool if you can pull it off. Majorly, this trick is done on a ramp, but you can actually also do it on a curb. Practising on a curb is a lot easier though.

So, you want to roll towards a curb. When you get close, pop an ollie while leaving your back foot on the ground.  Get your board to the top of the curb whilst keeping your front foot close to the bolts, leaving thay foot at an angle of at 45°. This will leave you in a kind of split and when that happens, pull your front leg back and also pull your back foot then place it back on your board.

17. Step off Under Flip

 

This trick is also one of the cool ones. To pin this down, you need to jump off your board, walk a couple of steps then flip your board by placing a foot under the board. You have to be on the move as it is not a stationary trick. Once you have flipped your skateboard over, jump back on it.

18. Mike Vallely Shove It

 

Skateboarding legend Mike Vallely came up with this trick, hence it was named after him. If you have learned how to do the ollie shove it, this is kinda like a spinoff. Don’t fret, this trick isn’t risky as much because your board will be sliding on the ground. So here’s the deal. Slide on your board, jump off of it and jump back on. That’s it.

19. Shove It

 

This here is an honourable mention. It’s a bit more difficult that most tricks we have talked about so far but I felt like mentioning it because it is one of the most sort after tricks for most beginners. And it’s a good way to challenge yourself especially before going on to practice doing the ollie.

20. Strawberry Milkshake

 

This is another one to your archive of mastered tricks. It’s pretty easy and looks really impressive but do not confuse or mistake it for the no comply. The trick involves jumping off your board, scooping it around and jumping back on. At first, you might choose to take it slow. With your front foot, step off your board, pop your tail and then step back on again. Keep doing this at increased speed and voila, you’re a pro.

21. Bean Plant

 

22. No Comply

 

Last on our list of beginner tricks is the no comply. It’s a great trick and I think you should learn it as well. Luckily, it’s one of the easy ones.

  • Twist your shoulders backwards and step your front foot off your board.
  • At a 180 degree, pop your deck using tour back foot.
  • Jump right back on your board.

That’s It!

So there you have it. 22 pretty cool, pretty awesome and easy beginner skateboard tricks you could shine with. I really hope you don’t just read all of this and keep them locked up in your head. I need you to go out there and practice. Fail at them and then practice some more so you can become a guru at them.

There are not impossible tricks to land. I know some are more tasking to learn than some, but what are we without challenges? So give yourself the push you need and get skateboarding.

How Do You Slow Down A Skateboard- 3 Techniques That Work

how do you slow down a skateboard

Skateboards have no brakes, so it’s entirely unclear how skaters slow down or brake when moving at high speed. Slowing down a skateboard is a common problem among skaters. A teenager walked up to me at the park and asked: “how do you slow down a skateboard?”. He’s seen me do it a couple of times so he wanted to know. I taught him how to do it and I’ll do the same for you.

So how do you slow down a skateboard? Slowing down a skateboard is not as easy hitting a button. There are more than way of slowing down a skateboard and each one of them requires knowledge of how to ride a skateboard. The three techniques that enable you to slow down on your skateboard are foot braking, power slides and carving.

Whether you are new to skating or you have learned the basics of rolling a skateboard. Slowing down your skateboard at will whenever you skate should be the next phase. Not knowing how to slow down skateboard isn’t suitable for a skater. The risk is so apparent, crash, accidents which can cause bruises, cut, bone fracture, etc.

This article is going to teach you how to slow down your skateboard. No matter how fast you have been moving. So, here goes!

How Do You Slow Down A skateboard?

There are more than one ways to slow down a skateboard. There are different techniques and you can just as easily choose one that would work best for you. I’ll be giving you three techniques and if you’re keen, you can learn all of them and practice them often.

Foot Braking

To get started, make sure you are good at riding your board on a flat surface with ease.

Find a large size garage hill to practice. Start by riding from the top of the slope down. When you are going down the hill, take your back foot off the board, leaving your lead foot on the front part of your board. When you need to slow down, take your back foot off the board and skit it alongside your board. The friction from your foot in contact with the ground would reduce your speed. Apply extra pressure to the foot, sliding on the ground for a quicker stop. While you use the front foot to help guide the direction of the board.

This technique takes a lot of practice, especially with speed. But with time, you will find it very easy to take your foot off the board. Foot braking is effective at a low speed. But not so well at high speed, which can compromise your stability. More so, people make the mistake of putting their foot all at once on the ground to break, which is terrible as it can ruin your shoe and also throw you off balance.

When placing your foot on the ground, start with the heel, then apply pressure while you land the entire foot on the ground, increasing the pressure. This process is more effective in slowing down your skateboard and would also keep your stability in check.

 

Using Power Slides

Make sure you are good at riding the skateboard on a flat surface with ease before considering this technique.

The powerslides come in handy when you are going with a lot of speed. You have your front foot at the front truck and your back foot near the tail. So, while going with speed, you push your board hard, turning it at a 90° position. This has to be done when moving with speed. Like I earlier said, make sure you can ride your board well, and you have learned the basics of riding and turning with a skateboard.

Powerslide is a more advanced technique than foot braking. So, if you are very good at riding, this is one of the methods you should learn. While turning your board at a 90° position, you lean your upper body back while your foot pushes the board forward. You have to put a lot of weight while forcing your board to go ahead because it takes a lot of pressure on your wheels to slide forward. Since it takes a lot of power to make your wheels slides; practice more so you get better.

Power slide is using your weight to push forward on the front part of your board. There are some cases whereby you lean your body too far back or too far ahead. Leaning too far causes your wheel to stop and fall back if you lean too back or front from the board if you bend too front. This is why you have to find the exact weight where your balance is going to be neither far too back nor far too front so your wheels can slide easily.

If you feel you have slipped far back or far front or your wheels start to grip, turn your wheels back to the normal rolling position. This will ensure you are still balanced on your board to try again.

Power slides can be scary because it requires you going with a lot of speed. But with practice, you should get the hang of it. There are different types of power slides, four-wheel slides, 2-wheel slides using either front wheels or back wheels, etc.

Power slides are handy, especially (4 wheels slides) when you are going downhills. It helps to slow you down and keep you in control of the speed. Wheels play a significant role in power slides, the harder the wheels, the more comfortable they slide. Soft wheels don’t slide well nor grab the concrete as the hard wheel does. Power slides can cause flat wheels. So, the more you slide, the more your wheel gets flat, and when skating, it gives off an awful sound. So, make sure you have a proper wheel before you start practising power slides. And note, the more you practice, the easier it gets.

 

Carving

Carving or advanced carving is a way to slow yourself down, especially when you begin to wobble. Since it doesn’t need you to take your foot up or change stance or balance, it only requires you to turn and commit to those turns. You start by bending your knees more than usual and, at the same time, looking at where you are rolling. Then turn your shoulders, which will also convert your hips and, thus, instinctively put more pressure on your feet.

This would let you dig deep into these carves and transition back and forth more like surfing the wave. This method is a little bit difficult because the transitions come a little bit quicker. But the more time you transition, the more time you shed speed.

So that’s a wrap. Remember, take your time to learn these tricks, and always jump off the board if you feel unsafe. Keep practising to get better.

 

How To Be A Pro At Skateboarding

How To Be A Pro At Skateboarding

At the beginning of a career, the average human works hard and gives his best to become an expert at what he does. He looks into the future and sees himself at the top. Well, that’s the same for most skateboarders.

In the beginning, most skateboarders are drawn to professionals who know how to work a board. They wonder what it will be like to be able to pull off major tricks and wowing the crowd. They wonder if they can make a living from skateboarding. If you’re in this position and you’re wondering how to be a pro at skateboarding, then you should keep reading.

The first order of business should be to know and understand what it means to be a pro skateboarder and how to be one.

In simple terms, a pro skateboarder is one who makes a living from skateboarding. Now, the truth of the matter is, there are kids who are badass at skateboarding and they do make money off it. But technically, they are not considered pro skateboarders simply because they are still under their parents or guardian. On a basic level, they can be considered pro skateboarders if they can live off it. In other words, it’s all just technicalities.

The term “pro” in skateboarding is the same as in other sports. Pros usually would have sponsors, travel all around the world for series of competitions, and live off the money they get from sponsors and the competitions they participate in.

So, if you understand this, then you realise that to be a pro, you have to be skilled enough at skateboarding to attract sponsors or companies where you can become an ambassador. And if this is your goal, then read through because you’ll come to learn exactly what it takes to become a pro skateboarder.

 

How To Be A Pro At Skateboarding

  • Have A Passion For Skateboarding.

To become a pro at skateboarding there are going to be a lot of sacrifices that you will make. You’re going to give it so much of your time and energy. Some days you’ll wake up early just so you can be the first person at the skate park, and other days, you’ll give in more hours than you planned just so you can master a trick.

If skateboarding is not something you’re passionate about, you will get tired and maybe even frustrated. It will make it extremely difficult to make the sacrifices that are necessary for your success. If skateboarding is just all fun and games for you then maybe you should not bother trying to go further. If it’s not your passion, do not force it. It’ll be better you find something you’re passionate about and try to succeed there.

 

  • Start Young

According to Malcolm Gladwell, it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become the best in any field. If we go by his principle, that means there is over one year worth of practice to be done. This, of course, will be cut into a few hours a day, so it will work best to start out in your early years.

There are people who started skateboarding as early as two years old. Check out Nyjah Huston who holds a gold medal in the X Games and he did so at age 13 making the youngest to achieve that. Till date, he has only grown his skills and he is known as one of the best skateboarders in the game. There is also Ryan Sheckler who started as early as age 6 and he is also a great skater.

If you’re a parent and your kid has shown signs of loving skateboarding, you should encourage him/her to see it through. Passion is rare these days and if your child has got it for skateboarding, you should nurse it. They might just be the next big thing in the skateboarding world.

 

  • You Are Not Too Old To Go Pro

It is true that there is an added advantage if you start skateboarding at an early age. But it is also true that starting late is not a disability. You can be in your teens, your twenties, or even your thirties and still learn to skateboard. Except you are a naysayer, you can be a pro skateboarder at an older age.

As long as you have a passion for skateboarding, you can give it a go at any time. The stress of adulthood should not make you think it is too late for you. On the contrary, your age might just give you an edge because you can learn at a faster pace.

Don’t look at the number, just ask yourself if you have what it takes. And you just might be the next big thing in skateboarding even in your thirties.

 

  • Always Practice

Like I have mentioned, it has been speculated that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become the best in your field. And even if that speculation is not accurate, it does not change the fact that to become a pro skateboarder, you must practice. A lot. There is a lot of competition in skateboarding. There are so many people skilled at it and you will not stand out if you don’t put in the work and become the best of the best. There are no two ways about it. To attract sponsors, you must be really good. The time you spend skating, the more you’re comfortable on your board, and the more you can land more tricks.

There are a large number of skateboarders out there and a lot of them are good. What would make you catch the eye of sponsors? Well, to do something the other aren’t doing. And that might be to work harder than them which means more hours practising. You can hit the jackpot at any age, even in your teens. But that will take a whole lot from you. So are you willing to give it your best?

 

  • Get Into Skate Competitions

After putting so much work and time, I would imagine you would have mastered some major tricks. The next thing to do is show them off. You can attract sponsors if they cannot see you and that happens if you put yourself out there. Enter every skateboarding competition you can find. Doing this will help you make friends as determined as you and will also put you in front of Representatives of skateboarding companies.

The more you attend competitions, the more you’re increasing your chances of being a pro skateboarder. And this chances increases, even more, when you win these competitions. Another advantage of participating in competitions is that you’re more exposed and desensitized to the pressures of performing in front of judges.

  • Connect With The Public

One thing I know will put your name out there is getting a street cred. People have got to know how good you are they have to know you’re one of the best. Let it be that when they’re asked who the best is around, your name will be among the top 3. You have to build your reputation as one of the best skateboarders in the area.

Be in good rapport with your local skateboarding community. They will encourage you and spread the news of your success. A good way to find a sponsor is to put together a publicity or sponsorship package. This package will contain information about you as a skateboarder and as a person. An opportunity to show your potential sponsor that you have what it takes to be the best and sponsoring you would be a great business decision.

  • Build A Social Media Following And A Brand

It is a really good idea to get followers or fans. We’re in the social media age and truthfully, you can get recognized by sponsors just from your online presence. When you build a social media following, you’re making yourself a brand. It gives you a strong foundation to fly from.

Even if you get sponsors and you lose them, your fan base will cushion the fall. You will have something to fall back on because you have already built a presence on the internet. People know you not just as a skater but as a person and even if you lose competitions, your fans will always be there to help you bounce back. And if you have some business sense, you can make some money off of it.

 

  • Take Care Of Your Health.

A sure way to end a career, in any sport, is to get some terrible injuries. As a skateboarder, beginner or otherwise, you must learn to protect yourself to avoid injuries that will cause you setbacks. Skateboarding is already risky without trying to add more danger to it. There are some tricks you know you might not skilled enough to pull, the best thing is not to try them. And even if you must, you have to make sure to put on your safety gear.

If your dream is to become a pro skateboarder, you know it can end in a flash if you disregard your health. So do the needful and get a helmet.

 

  • Get Fit

Skateboarding is a physical activity and you’re going to exert yourself a lot. Having a fit body will help you manage a lot of the stress and perform your best.

Getting fit also helps with keeping injuries at Bay. When you’re healthy and strong, you’re less likely to break your bones or sprain your wrists in accidents. It also makes it easier to get back on your feet after an accident.

 

  • Be Consistent

Consistency is one of the keys to success. The practice is great but if you’re not consistent with it, you’re not going to go very far. You can’t practice today and forget to practice tomorrow and the rest of the week. To improve at skateboarding, you have to be consistent in practising. That way, you can keep track of your progress and helps build your confidence very fast.

 

  • Give It Your Best.

To be the best, you have to give your best. You need to understand that you will not become a pro by being stagnant. You have to move forward. You have to try new things. Push yourself to do what you couldn’t do the previous day and push yourself till you can get it.

Always give yourself new goals. Do not revel too long in your small successes. Once you have learnt a trick, move on to the next. As soon as you master 3 stairs, try 4 stairs.

You should not put yourself in danger, though. Know your limit and don’t exceed it. There will be no victory if you knock yourself out of the game by getting injured.

Just put in the effort. To get to where you want to be, you have to put in the time, effort, and make the necessary sacrifices.

 

Conclusion

Becoming a pro skateboarder is not going to be a piece of cake. It’s going to take everything you’ve got; your time, and resources. So you have to be ready to go the whole nine yards.

Sponsored skaters are paid to do photoshoots, compete, and/or participate in publicity activities. They usually travel around the world doing these things so it’s a really great opportunity.

Companies are constantly looking for good skateboarders in the spotlight to help market their products as it is one of the most convincing forms of advertising. Getting signed is a great opportunity and even though you don’t hit the millions right away, with patience you will.

Just be true to yourself and give skateboarding all you have got. It is only a matter of time before you become one of the best in the game.

Skateboard Commute Tips & 4 Key Benefits

Skateboard Commute Tips

A skateboard can come in very handy when going about your daily activity. While it may not be that easy to learn, the fun – when you learn it – is worth every bump and fall. There are a number of different skateboarding styles available – park, street, vert.

This piece will focus on skateboard commute tips, the benefits, and the tricks you can use to get better at skateboard commuting.

 

Below, we will look at 3 key things

  • Getting started with skateboard commuting
  • The benefits of skateboard commuting
  • How to improve at skateboard commuting

 

Getting Started with Skateboard Commuting

The first step you need to focus on when looking for skateboard commute tips is to buy the right gear and dedicate time to practicing.

The Gear

Find below our in-depth guide for selecting the best skateboard for commuting. There’s also a look at skateboarding shoes and which ones to get to allow you to look the part when whizzing along.

Skateboard

Any free skateboard that you can lay your hands on would be great to learn with – if you can find one. Although, if you will need to buy one, then anything from a longboard or to a Penny board will suffice. For prices around the £50 mark, you should be able to get a good enough skateboard.

Skateboard Shoes

You should consider getting some skateboarding shoes. Trying to ride through town with a pair of your work shoes on, can be a mistake waiting to happen. You can get yourself a pair of vans or generic types of skateboarding shoes from Amazon. Getting a pair below the £50 mark should be a good enough pair.

Start Practicing

Once you have laid your hands on some decent skateboarding gear and shoes, then you just need to get some practice hours in. You can do this by riding your skateboard every day. If you’re going to the gym, the grocery store, to class, work or anywhere at all, use your skateboard.

At the initial stage, it might be a bit uncomfortable and you may have to move at a very slow pace. Slowing down when you feel you are going too fast and having to lift up your skateboard every now and then to avoid collision with people are things that may also occur.

After practicing for a while, you’ll notice that your balance on your skateboard will be a lot better and you’ll be much more comfortable starting, turning or stopping. So while it may seem easier to walk, push yourself to commute to work on your skateboard.

Benefits of Skateboard Commuting

For Saving Time

When you skateboard commute, you are bound to spend less time on the road. This, I believe, is one of the major upsides to commuting with a skateboard. You can save anything between 10 to 20 minutes recouping valuable time that is often spent on the road.

For Social Reasons

The fun that comes with being on the road, air blowing through your hair is another reason you should start skateboarding. When you skate in a group, it also gives you a chance to mix and socialise with others and this reinforces a great feeling of belonging. Skateboarding adventures with your friends can be a thing and you also have the option of making new friends at meetups, clubs and skate parks.

When you and your coworkers skateboard to lunch or when you tour the city with other fellow skateboarders, it can be a great opportunity to bond. Needless to say, skaters are some of the coolest people around.

For Health Reasons

Skateboarding is arguably a sport and as we all know, all sporting activities can be beneficial to your health in a good number of ways. A professor interviewed by Men’s Journal recently described skateboarding as a ‘rigorous cardio workout’. Skateboarding helps to reduce stress and also helps to develop the muscles in your legs. An additional benefit you get is better hand-eye coordination and core balance.

Exploring New Neighbourhoods

The great thing about skateboards is that you do not have to worry about looking from somewhere to park. You also do not need to worry about security or getting a parking ticket. You can explore new neighbourhoods on your skateboard and cover ground in very little time.

You can stop as often as you like, irrespective of it being a restaurant, shop, or bar. All you have to do when you get to your establishment of choice is to pick up your skateboard and walk straight in.

Skateboarding is cool… In many ways

Skateboarding does look cool but that’s not the only kind of cool associated with a skateboard. On a very hot day, skateboard commuting will help to keep you cool. Feeling the wind on your face while you breeze along a sidewalk or in front of an entire apartment block would make you want to quit walking.

If you are late to work or class, rather than run or leave in a rush, you can use your skateboard and push a bit harder. This way you will be relaxed when you arrive at your destination instead of sweaty, flustered and out of breath.

To do it properly and reduce the chances of you getting hurt, you need to invest some time learning how to skateboard. When you know how to skateboard, you’ll never get tired of how amazing it feels when you move on your board with a cool pair of headphones on your way back from work or simply to catch-up with friends.

Check out our other articles for a look at the best shoes and the best skateboards for commuting.

How to Improve at Skateboard Commuting

The better you get, the more relaxed and comfortable you get with the elementary aspects of your skateboarding: Starting, pushing, turning and stopping.

You can then start adding new tricks and techniques in your daily commute if you realise that you have grown too comfortable and are no longer updating and improving your skills. The secret is to always keep an eye on what you do and make sure you constantly try to get higher-level skills at all times.

New tricks you can try learning include power slides, tic tacs, riding switch, manual, acid drops, etcetera. Tricks like this will help make your skateboarding commute a lot smoother.

Below are a few extra cool tricks to add to your skateboard commute:

  • Tic Tacs – For quick turns or moving without alighting
  • Foot Stomp – slow your speed
  • Pumping – increase your speed without going off the board
  • Manual – useful for acid drops
  • Acid Drops – go down curbs
  • Ollie – climb curbs
  • Power slide – a quick stop
  • Longboard Dancing – why? Just because it looks cool

Of course, you do not need to be limited to doing just these tricks and can explore advanced tricks that you can try out in skate parks or on the street.

Click the video below for a sneak peek at some other tricks you can incorporate into your commute.

Where to Stand on a Skateboard – 3 Ways to Avoid Falling Off

Where to Stand on a Skateboard 

Skateboarding is a perfect example of an extreme sport that can be done with enough balance, dexterity, and control. As an extreme sport, it requires good balance, dexterity, and control. skateboarding is an art and also a form of transportation used worldwide.

Learning where to stand on a skateboard is one of the basic skills of skateboarding that you need to master before shredding the streets, ramps, and rails. Watching professional and expert skateboarders is not the way to learn because they often perform complex moves that look very impossible and are often very dangerous for a beginner. 

Understanding the unique design of a skateboard and learning how to stand firm is very important. Once you have done this, balancing on your skateboard will become a lot easier. You can now begin to develop technically impressive skills and be on your way to becoming a pro. 

If you already have a skateboard to use, perfect. If you don’t, then you should consider getting this highly rated beginner skateboard or this special edition longboard (links to Amazon).

Finding a Comfortable Stance

As a beginner who is learning where to stand on a skateboard, it is important you choose the best stance that is most comfortable for you. However, what stance you choose will often depend on the individual and their general body anatomy, whether they are more dominant on their left or right side.

Where to Stand on a Skateboard - 3 Ways to Avoid Falling Off

Decide if you would be easier riding goofy or regular

The two stances often used when people first learn where to stand on a skateboard is the goofy and regular stance. In a goofy stance, the left foot is situated at the back while the right foot is situated at the front of the board whereas, in a regular stance, the right foot is situated at the back while the left foot is situated at the front of the skateboard.  

You should try both stances, and choose the one that is more comfortable for you by considering whether you are left or right side dominant. Most left-handed skaters ride in a goofy stance while right-handed skaters ride in the regular stance.

If after you have tried both stances and you are not certain which stance is best for you, then imagine yourself riding a skateboard which is approaching a rail or ramp and you are about to perform a complex trick. The foot you imagined putting forward is likely to be your natural stance. 

Stand with a little space between your feet

You can start this on a flat surface, and at this point, do not bother about the skateboard. Assume a natural stance by placing your feet under your shoulders. Your body weight will be equally distributed over your legs in this position, which will give you maximum control and balance over the board.

 

Where to Stand on a Skateboard - 3 Ways to Avoid Falling Off

 

You can practice by shifting your weight between each leg back and forth while keeping your head and body aligned. This movement will help you gain stability on the board. 

Bend your knees to sink your weight.

Slightly bend your knees and lower your butt a little. This posture will lower the center of gravity to your hips rather than when you are standing erect where the center of gravity is higher up your body (at the level of L4 vertebral). 

The result of this lower center of gravity will bring about more stability when riding on the unstable skateboard. 

You must loosen up as it makes it easy to make corrections. Besides, you don’t need to sink or crouch too deep, the purpose of this bending is simply to create a solid and wide base of support. 

Face the direction you will be moving

Focus your head in the direction you would be moving, as if your skateboard is in motion.

A regular stance skateboarder will be looking over his left shoulder whereas a goofy skater will look over his right shoulder while riding.

With this head position, you will comfortably focus to spot any obstacle ahead, your peripheral vision will capture the position your feet and you will be ready to perform a suitable trick to overcome that obstacle.

Also, when trying to maintain stability, you have a natural tendency to look at your feet. However, note that your body moves to the direction of your head. Therefore, it is pertinent to look some feet ahead of the board, and stay focused.

Staying Balanced when Standing on a Skateboard

Where to Stand on a Skateboard - 3 Ways to Avoid Falling Off

Carefully step on the skateboard 

Staying balanced on the board requires a good base of support and solid footing. Gently step on the skateboard by placing one foot on the board and ensure the footing is solid. Then, cautiously and quickly raise the other foot off the ground and place it by the side of your first foot on the board. There should be a little space between your feet which is important for stability. Once you have successfully gotten on the board, you are done with the hardest part. 

  • Now that you are up and moving, ride at a steady pace and do not go too slow or too fast. Moving too fast could cause the skateboard to unintentionally shift and if you move too slow, you could lose stability on one leg. As a result, be sure to step up with a simple 1 – 2 model, with the pace you would use to climb up a stair. 
  • Also, note that there is a high chance you are going to fall once or twice as a beginner, but do not be discouraged by this. This is because after falling, you will become more confident, which will improve your commitment. 

Position your feet over the trucks

When you are getting used to knowing where to stand on a skateboard, an important rule of thumb to focus on is staying centered over the trucks.

Position your feet over the skateboard trucks

 

The long metal shafts are the trucks, they lie beneath the skateboard and attaches the wheels to the platform you stand on. Position your feet just over the bolts that hold the truck in place and make sure your feet do not come too close in a narrow stance or too spread apart, as this will affect your balance. 

When you are in a shoulder-width stance, the space between the trucks is almost the same as your feet, which is very convenient. 

Steady your body weight on the balls of your feet

Slightly lean your weight forward till you are steady on the balls of your foot just behind the toes. When skateboarding, shifting and repositioning is important for balance and performing different complex tricks. It is much easier to slide, lift and pivot your feet when you are steady on the broad part of your feet (ball of the foot). 

This will help you while riding to absorb shock through the muscles of your lower leg.

It feels awkward to stand flat-footed on board because it makes you less agile. But when you are on the broad part of your foot, you can make quick and active movements in response to the movement of the skateboard. Also, allowing your heels to come off or tiptoeing on the board will affect your balance. The foot should be steady and stay in contact with the platform of the board. 

Make some adjustments

Maintain your stability, while focusing on where to stand on your skateboard, by using delicate hips, knees, ankles and feet movements. Pump, lean, tilt your legs and assume any other necessary positions to stay upright on the skateboard. You can steady yourself by waving your hands if it helps.

It is important to have the board under control by making small adjustments, especially when in motion to minimize the risk of falling. The more you practice, the easier it gets.

  • Maintaining stability on a skateboard is like standing on the deck of a boat – swaying, pitching and rocking – it forces you to remain steady on your feet.
  • Be sure not to sway too backward or forward, you might tip the board over or fall. 
  • You are likely to lose your stability if your body and feet are fixed in one place. Therefore, it is pertinent to make adjustments to the movement and direction of the skateboard. 

Getting a Feel for the Board 

Begin on a less smooth and soft surface

Place the board on a thick carpet or a patch of grass to ensure it does not roll while you are trying to stand on it.

Where to Stand on a Skateboard - 3 Ways to Avoid Falling Off

Learning how to stand on a skateboard is better done on a soft surface because it will prevent the board from rolling from under you, which may cause you to fall. Before you start skating on asphalt, achieve good board stability in a stationary place. 

  • It is more comfortable climbing on and off a board that is resting on grass or carpet before attempting to skate on a harder surface. 
  • In addition to soft surface locking the board in place, if you fall by any chance, you are unlikely to sustain an injury. 

Carefully put your weight over the wheels

When stepping on the board, place your foot one after the other in a controlled, quick and smooth manner. Be careful not to rock the skateboard too far in one direction. This is simply because that same movement is responsible for propelling the board and if you are not careful you could lose your COG (center of gravity) and send both the board and yourself flying.

  • Always ensure you are not leaning too far in either direction when stepping up. 

Make use of the grip tape for traction

 

Where to Stand on a Skateboard - 3 Ways to Avoid Falling Off

 

Make use of skateboard grip tape which is a form of adhesive surface similar to sandpaper. It is designed to increase the friction between the skater’s feet and the board’s platform. This friction will give you more control over the board and it will help you progress at a faster rate.

  •  You can make use of grippy shoes if you don’t have the grip tape. 

Be sure of what you want to do when moving your feet. 

Avoid the Nose and Tail of the Board when learning Where To Stand on a skateboard

There is an upturned edge on either end of many kinds of skateboard called either the ‘Nose‘ or the ‘Tail‘. For now, avoid this end because placing much weight on the tail or nose will raise one set of wheels, and this can lead to an accident if you are a beginner. 

  • Make sure your feet are steady over the trucks bolt. This is a great way to prevent them from moving toward either end. 
  • The tail and nose come into play in complex tricks such as pop movements, which require manipulation of the board’s angle

How To Build A Mini Ramp: 4 Feet High

How To Build A Mini Ramp: 4 Feet High

If you are thinking of how to build a mini ramp, then the tools required will include the following – a hammer, impact drill, an electric jigsaw for cutting transitions. A saw to cut 2x4s because mini ramps are made with a lot of 2x4s, tape rule, a decent assortment of drill bits, level; the ramp has to be on the same level. You will also need a chalk line used to see where you place your 2x4s under the plywood when you have started building, as well as a heavy-duty pencil.

The mini ramp will be in two sections, the 8-feet wide and 4-feet wide section which can then be combined later. You must measure the length of the 2x4s with the transitions.

To get the transitions perfect, you take one of the 2×4 and place it on the plywood. For this ramp, we would make a 7-foot transition. So, put the 2×4 on the plywood and screw it together in the middle of the 2×4 precisely at 7 feet. Then you drill a hole at the other edge of the 2×4 and fit a pencil in it, so it touches the plywood. Then mark out the height of the plywood from the 2×4 lying on it with a pencil.

The 2×4 will pivot at that point. Once it’s done, you drag the 2×4 edge fitted with a pen, so it marks a perfect tranny on the plywood. After this, you saw out the marked part of the plywood to get your transition. Flip the other side of the plywood and place the cut-out transition on the other side. Trace and then use your saw to cut it out to get the second transition.

Marking Out

The next step in building the ramp is marking out a line on the transitions. You mark a line every 8 inches on the transitions where you will insert the 2x4s. Start from the bottom of the transition. Make sure the 2×4 is in a level position with the transitions on all sides.

Screw the 2x4s to the transitions; you would want to use at least three screws on each side. Start with the front and back, so the rest of the 2x4s fit in well. Now, the reason we make marks on the transition is, so we don’t measure each time we want to fix it in a 2×4. The line will guide us on where to set the 2x4s with the transition. I recommend using two 2x4s for each line, so there’s extra support for the ramp.

Since we are building a 12 feet wide ramp, remember I said it would be in two sections, 8 feet wide and 4 feet wide. Together makes it 12 feet. So, two 2x4s on each line would hold it up.

The next part is building the flat bottom. You’ll be using a ratchet, just like the one in the image below, to hold your ramp in place. I found this extra strong ratchet (on Amazon) if you are looking for a ratchet that does what it says on the tin.

You take four 2x4s from a rectangle so that you would have four sides. The flat bottom depends on how you want it. But a lot of flat bottoms give you enough time to set up. Let’s say, for example, you want to make 8 feet flat bottom; you start with the rectangle as earlier stated. The length should be 4 feet wide, while the breadth should 7.75 feet long. On the middle section, the 2x4s will be 45 inches, so they are different sized 2x4s than the outside. Make the inside 2x4s be 8 inches apart.

Coping

The next phase is coping. Coping is the essential part of a mini ramp; Make sure your coping is 2 inches at least in diameter. This reason is that 2 inches is the right size for your trucks to lock into for skateboarding tricks on mini ramps. We are making a 12 feet mini ramp, so the coping should be 12 feet long too. The length of the coping depends on the length of the mini ramp you want to build.

After fixing the coping, the next step is the deck. The deck is something you will stand on. It could be 2 feet or 4 feet depending on the standing space you want in your ramp. It’s smaller than the flat bottom because it has to fit right into the templates. Make it 94.5 inches so it fits between the template and can butt up right against the coping. The deck will be 4 feet away from the coping.

Sheeting

With this, the skeleton is ready for sheeting. At this stage, where you connect the transitions to the flat bottom, it must be all levels. So, you push them all up together, and you screw the part of the transitions that touch the flat bottom together, both sides. Screwing at least four different parts would hold it firm. After joining the transitions with the flat bottom, there would be a line where they joined that is perfect for your plywood to match.

Use 2 inches screws for sheeting, that is when you are covering the skeleton with the plywood. Each sheet should have at least four screws on each rim going across. When you put your transition first layer up to the flat bottom layer, stand on it, walk from the bottom up, so it doesn’t get warped in the middle.

Start screwing from the first 2×4, second, and so on so that it bends with the wood rather than starting on the top and going down. Screw by every foot on the plywood. Then fix the deck to the edge of the transition. Avoid any angle and make sure it’s flush with your transition and screw together. Also, put 2x4s at each corner of the deck and screw, so they support it well. For the coping, make a small hole using a drill and use a screw of 3/8 inches, so the screw head doesn’t go through.

Make eight holes in the coping, drilling every 3 feet. Drill 4 screws to hold the coping to the transitions. The other four holes are countersinks so that the screw heads go through the coping. You should use a ½ inch sheet of plywood for the first and second layers.

Then a Masonite for your third layer if it’s indoors or plywood if it’s outdoors.

It’s good to have three layers, so you don’t break through when skateboarding and hurt yourself. If you follow all the instructions here, you should be able to make yourself a durable good mini ramp.

 

16 Tips to Overcome Fear of Skateboarding

Overcome Fear of Skateboarding

It’s typical for every newbie or novice to chicken-out at their first attempt and skateboarding is no different. Most times, even when we fully kit out with the full protective gear, the fear of the first attempt still lingers. If you have friends to cheer you for every fall, you take that is a plus on your skate ass, but if you don’t or rather prefer to learn the hard way, then this post is for you.

The first step of overcoming your fear of skateboarding is to tell yourself you are willing to learn and you are ready to practice. This you can call level zero; level zero is the attempting and practice phase. This stage, you may start to feel like you “gat it,” but in reality, you ain’t “gat nothin’.”  If you attempt a technical trick or anything beyond your skill and level of practice, you will hurt yourself!

As mentioned earlier, the fear you feel is completely normal, but what is not “normal” is holding onto the fear.

You have to be ready to;

  1. Master basic skateboarding technique
  2. Practice frequently
  3. Learn to ignore or overcome your fear
  4. Accept falling as part of becoming a better skateboarder
  5. Build your confidence but do not become overconfident
  6. Start with simple tricks
  7. Practice, practice, practice…

Fear will limit your ability to become a better skateboarder, so you must commit fully and ask yourself this question – am I ready to overcome my skateboarding fear?

To help you overcome your fear of skateboarding, below is a list of some tried and tested tips that have helped me and many skateboarding friends to become better over the years

 

Skate tip #1 – Master the Basics

Many skateboarders seem to think the startups don’t matter. They begin trying out and practising different tricks like kickflips, ollies, and other technical skateboard moves. This is the major reason why most skateboarders pick and get used to the wrong posture, which becomes a problem in the future as there are not properly acquainted with their boards. By the time they get used to just tricks, they would lack the basic knowledge to fall safely.

 

Skate tip #2 – Start trying out Tricks Slowly

Tricks are complex no matter how easy they look; one wrong move could make everything go sour. Tricks are a mixture of moves, turns all taking place in different phases. Before you go rotating your deck, practice landing on your two feet, and if you find a trick too hard to learn, you do not need to waste time; there are so many tricks to learn and you could come back to it later.

 

16 Tips to Overcome Fear of Skateboarding

 

Sometimes you may need to be a master at trick A and B before you could even attempt trick C and D. The key here is to give your brain some time to process and master each process and then every other thing will fall in place.

 

Skate tip #3 – Get motivation from music

With the help of your favourite music, beating your fear will be a lot easier. Although it can be distracting when you are about to perform a trick, try not to listen to music at high volume if skateboarding in areas where there is vehicular traffic.

Skate Note- depressing music doesn’t help – a bit of upbeat opera just might do the trick though!

 

Skate tip #4 – Have faith in Yourself

Anything humanly achievable is possible, you just need to convince yourself that you can do it. The main thing is to tell yourself, “I am ready, I can do it” (please don’t do this if you haven’t mastered the basics of skateboarding). You need to accept that you may fall on the first try, and with a little more practice, you are bound to do better. There will be times when fear or nervousness become overwhelming, you might have to trust your instinct and just go for it.

This is because you might not actually be ready – some tricks can be really complex- and if you don’t deliver the right phase of each trick properly, it could lead to a bad ending. So take baby steps and do not completely ignore your fear when trying each trick.

One thing you should avoid is peer pressure, while there’s always a chance that your friends will be able to do certain things you can’t do – you will get better with time! If you succeed in using your fear as a tool method, then a little encouragement from friends will not go amiss.

Skate Note- try railing on stairs to dwindle your fear.

 

Skate tip #5 – Start landing on soft ground

Some tricks are better to be practised near or on grassy areas, in case of a fall. It helps you prepare for the impact of falling on concrete or coal tar ground.

 

Skate tip #6 – Fall Properly

Overcoming your fear becomes easier when you learn what makes you fall and how you should land from a fall. Practice your falls on soft ground (grass). Always wear your protective gear and learn how to land with your arms and other ways to fall with minimal injuries.

Weirdly, pain can help you to improve your skateboarding – so unless you seriously hurt yourself, you don’t need to stop when you take a tumble!

Skate Note- if you are not wearing your protective gear, practice how to roll when you fall with your hand in a defence position in front of you.

  • Never fall with your hands behind you.
  • Even after practising how to fall, always wear your protective gear.

 

Skate tip #7 – Land with one foot at a time

Some skateboarders are scared of placing both feet on their deck, if you are in this category, start with one foot.

Land on one foot before landing on the other (land on your front foot, then your rear foot, if this suits you better).

Skate tip #8 – Let your brain process every trick

When skateboarding, skateboarders who perform really well are those who can focus only on the moment. So, as much as possible, you need to concentrate and see every trick in your mind. All your concentration needs to be on your breathing and body posture; relax your muscles, prepare your mind, and go for it.

Skate note – most times it is better to skateboard with relaxed muscles and healthy body. If your muscles are sore, skateboarding could be a dangerous activity.

Skate tip #9 – Don’t Beat Yourself up

Don’t take it to the extreme and beat yourself up mentally, if your fear is holding you back. There is no need to be mad at yourself or use substances to boost your confidence or influence your skateboarding performance.

Allow your frustration to yield motivation. With time you would get to and exceed where you want to be.

 

Skate tip #10 – Don’t skip the protective Gear

Most skateboarders often overlook wearing the correct skateboarding protective gear, especially once past the beginner phase. So many people complain about being uncomfortable when wearing protective gear or some are just lazy to grab their gear before going out.

The point is that protective gear is a necessary evil, like it or not – ensuring kids wear the right skateboard protective gear is extremely important. They help protect you from body contact on a hard surface (it is better to have a 50% impact on concrete than 100%).

Skate Note – Do not take unimaginable risks because you are wearing protective gear, you could still land yourself in an emergency room.

Skate tip #11 – Master one trick at a time

You do not need to hurry when learning to master a skateboarding trick. Practice makes perfect! Be a master at one trick before moving to another; if you fail at a new trick, practice the old one, then go back to the new trick. Aim to become better at it by practising the different phases to avoid building a mental block/fear.

Skate tip #12 – Accept failure

The chances of you nailing a trick at the first attempt are often about 10% mark.  You should look at skating as you view life, you fall ten times, stand up and try again. One trick to improve yourself is to stop overthinking every skateboarding trick. Once you start thinking about falling, you significantly increase the chances of it happening.Learn to skateboard in public

Skate tip #13 – Focus on yourself and not others

Constantly watching others will eventually lead to fear of being overwhelmed. You may have a friend or know someone who is killing every trick and learning at “flash velocity”. It’s fine!

Yes, it should motivate you, but not to the point where you perform tricks you are not ready for – if things go wrong, you might end up making things worse. Learn each move at your own pace, not others; with the right practice, you would become perfect.

 

Skate tip #14 – Learn to skateboard in public

The fear of skateboarding in public is something mainly experienced by beginners. The feeling that everyone can tell you are a newbie.

The thing to remember is that even if they do make fun of you, it will only be for a short while because with enough practice, you’ll also become a master. You can begin practising in less crowded areas until when you are ready to face the public.

 

Skate tip #15 – Practice with a Friend

There are many skateboarders out there who are willing to teach/ help you through the process. Try to join a skateboarding group (these are some in London area) to get tips on tricks.

Joining groups like this will help motivate you and improve your performance. You will meet a lot of people with talent, passion, and zeal. If you don’t like big crowds, then try hooking up with a friend or two that are also into skateboarding. Practising with them will do a lot of good to you, even if you are all newbies – it really doesn’t matter.

 

Skate tip #16 – Videos help

There are so many skateboarding videos online now that the hard part will be separating what works from all the waffle. Watching YouTube videos will help prepare your mind for each phase of the trick you want to deliver.

While videos will not help prepare your muscles, it is an easy way for you to learn stance, feet position, balancing and how to get in the zone.

 

Final Thoughts on How to Overcome Fear of Skateboarding

One of the main things I have tried showing you in this article is that skateboarding welcomes falling and overcoming fear. And for you to succeed, you have to learn to overcome your fear of skateboarding and learn to fall, correctly.

Many people do not skateboard anymore because they tried to do tricks that ended up hurting them, tricks they weren’t ready for. Some skateboarders skipped the basics, while others fail due to being overconfident and do it without protective gear.

The key is learning to trust yourself and practice, practice, practice..

How to Maintain Your Skateboard

How to Maintain Your Skateboard

Unless you can afford it, getting a new clean skateboard each time your old skateboard gets rusty or needs fixing, is not feasible. While youtube skateboarders with lots of views can do that, for the rest of us mere mortals – maintaining your skateboard is important.

Deciding on how to maintain your skateboard is the same whether you’re an expert skateboarder, intermediate, or beginner. If, for example, the trucks of your skateboard are stiff, it will be hard to control. If they are loose, on the other hand, finding balance will be difficult – with both scenarios resulting in possible falls.

Maintaining your skateboard allows you to perform better and helps prevent any casualties while you are riding.

No part of a longboard or skateboard is irreplaceable or beyond repair when you have the right tools. Knowing how to maintain a skateboard – just as much as you can use it – helps to extend the durability of your board and trucks and preserve their quality.

This post will teach you how to identify signs of wear in your skateboard, clean, and maintain all its different parts. Some basic common sense things you can do on a regular basis include;

  • Keeping your skateboard in a dry location
  • Leaving your skateboard to dry when used in the rain
  • Regularly checking your skateboard bearings for damage
  • Removing and sanding down any chips or splinters
  • Inspecting the grip tape for rips or damage
  • Have spare parts to hand to swap out if required

Maintaining your skateboard will usually require using proper tools, but there are a few in your regular toolbox that can come in handy such as an open-ended spanner and an Allen key.

 

How to Maintain Your Skateboard

Most skateboard parts are universal

Bearings are built to be universal and will fit any wheel in the market. You can also easily replace any wheel of up to 58mm. Get some riser pads if you do not want your wheels touching the board as you carve. This is only for wheels of 60mm.

Trucks and skateboard decks should complement each other almost to the last millimetre. Too narrow or too wide will surely give you a sense of imbalance as you practice.

When maintaining your skateboard, your hardware is the nuts and bolts used to attach trucks. If you use shock pads, your hardware should be 1⅛ inch long. For those not using riser pads, use hardware of ⅛ inches and 1¼ for shock pads.

 

How to Maintain Skateboard Bearings

You should clean your bearings as regularly as you use them. If your bearings are showing the following signs, then it’s time to get out your skateboard maintenance kit:

  • Sandy noise when you spin them around.
  • Squeaky noises.
  • Difficulty in pushing
  • Wheels stop spinning within 4 seconds when you manually spin them.
  • Wheels slow down quickly.
  • It spins abnormally.

 

To take out the bearings from a skateboard, unscrew the axle nut and use a cheap rated skateboard tool to remove the bearings. Just using the truck axle can damage to your board’s axle thread and is not worth the risk.

All you then need to do is follow these steps to clean your bearings:

  • Soak your bearings for 15mins in nail polish remover.
  • Shake the cup or container to remove dust or sand. Just an easy swirl should do.
  • Repeat this for an hour at most.
  • Silicone lubes are handy to have. Apply and spin the bearings a few times in between your fingers.

You may find that putting your bearings back will be the hardest task but the lubricant should make it easier. Simply place them on your truck and apply pressure.

 

How to Maintain Your Skateboard Trucks

Trucks are the one part of a whole board that does not require much maintenance, but like other parts, trucks go through damage. The good news is that all its parts are easily replaceable.How to Maintain Your Skateboard Trucks

Here is how you clean your trucks:

  • Take off wheels and unscrew the hardware on top of your deck.
  • Take off the kingpin nut.
  • Ensure to remove sand and dust as you clean your trucks.
  • If your nuts and washers look bad, replace them.

Other tips to help you keep your board in shape is to examine your bushings and axle regularly for cracks and damages. Replace parts such as damaged nuts or deformed washers.

 

Bushings

Good skateboard bushings are not expensive to buy. It is common for users to overlook their importance, but bushings are what help in smooth turns and carvings, so take note. Replace them when they begin to show signs of wear & tear, cracks, crumbling, and crushing.

Get softer bushings if you like your trucks loose and hard bushings if you like them tight.

 

Maintaining Skateboard Wheels

Just wheels? No. Give the same attention to your wheels as you give other components of your skateboard. Dirty wheels can be maintained by taking out the bearings and cleaning the core thoroughly.

If you notice that your rear wheels are faster compared to the front, swapping is possible:

  • Rear left to front right.
  • From the left front to the right rear.
  • Rear right to front left.

This method will evenly utilise all wheels.

 

Maintaining Skateboard decks

The condition of your deck is important. You’re at risk of injury if your deck suddenly splits while riding. Falling, slipping, bashing your deck is part of skateboarding.

Maintaining Skateboard decks

Glue chips back when you notice them or replace the deck entirely. Go for an inexpensive blank deck if you can’t afford a new one.

Clean your deck as often as is needed but with minimum water to prevent your deck from absorbing water.

 

Maintaining your Grip Tape

It is worth noting that your skateboard deck will get dirty often. This should not be a problem, but you can give it a wipe if you like your deck clean. Use a brush to remove any dirt or smear. It won’t be spotless, but it won’t look grubby either.

Grip tape absorbs water and starts to peel off. Never use water when cleaning your grip tape.

Simply replace your grip tape if you think it is beyond repair.

 

Hardware

They are small-sized and seemingly insignificant but your hardware will determine the performance of your skateboard. They can get rusty or break without warning, so replacing them or giving them some attention when you maintain your board will be to your benefit.

Skateboard hardware does not cost much. When you buy, ensure they are the right size.

Final Thoughts on How to Maintain Your Skateboard

Lastly, keep in mind that skateboards will get dirty or trashed no matter how well you maintain them. That’s what they were made for. This means that you are going to be replacing parts as often as necessary. Inspect your trucks and deck for damages and clean bearings to maximize performance. Do not ignore cracks or signs of wear. Do not leave your skateboard out in the rain or the sun.

Keep your skateboard in a cool, dry place or hang on the wall to keep it, people, from stepping or tripping on it

 

 

 

 

Skateboarding Techniques for Beginners 

Skateboarding Techniques for Beginners 

Skateboarding has been a favourite sport for many young people and adults and is growing in popularity as the knowledge of the sport spreads. For the purpose of clarification, skateboarding is the act of riding a skateboard. It is a popular recreational activity but has also been used as a means of commuting by many people.

So what are some skateboarding techniques for beginners? If you are new to skateboarding or just a skateboarding enthusiast, there are a number of things you should know. There are a number of skateboarding techniques, and safety measures you need to practice to get started on this sport.

Surveys have shown that interest in skateboarding is growing rapidly as younger males (and females) below 18 years are gravitating towards this sport.

Let us start with the basics

  • Get a Skateboard and Gear Up

One of the key skateboarding techniques for beginners and the first step when learning to skateboard is to purchase the right gear. This mainly means getting yourself a skateboard and buying the appropriate protective gear. Due to the risk factor associated with skateboarding, you would need to kit up properly with skateboarding shoes, helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, and wrist brace that will protect you in the event of a fall.

When choosing a skateboard, you need to get a board that is thick, has a heavy deck and has less curvature. The reason you need this kind of skateboard is to keep you from falling off when you start skateboarding. As you progress in skateboarding, you can begin to explore different skateboards with unique shapes and curvature to suit your preference.

Longboards are a great option for a starter; it is easy to hop on, manoeuvre and move easily from place to place. You can also pop into a skateboard shop close to you and ask for advice from sellers or people with experience; they will definitely point you in the right direction.

 

  • Find a good practice location 

The best place to learn skateboarding is in a neighbourhood or community park. But if you don’t have that, you can find alternative locations with flat and smooth surfaces. Make sure there are as few obstacles as possible because you are still practising so you need things to be as easy as possible.

You also need to avoid wet and slippery places because you need your board to stay dry to function properly.

If you cannot seem to find somewhere to skate, perhaps you should ask around for skateboarders in your area and find out where they skate. You can visit skateboarding clubs around you if you have those, or go online and search for skateboarders close to you. One of these options should work for you.

It is also very important to get a teacher or friend to skate with you in the beginning because you need someone to support you, and help you in case emergencies occur.

When looking for someone to skate with you, make sure they are patient and can go at your pace. You don’t need persons who will push you too fast and lead to mistakes or accidents.

Don’t be in a hurry to join a group of skateboarders who are already experienced because you would find it nearly impossible to cope with them. Stick to one person who won’t mind making out time to teach you all you need to know.

  • Choose a Stance 

skateboarding techniques for beginners   A stance refers to choosing what foot to forward first, and what foot to push with when you start riding.

There are two stances you can use when you start learning to push; they include the goofy stance and the regular stance.

For the regular stance, you will put your left foot in front and push with your right foot. For a goofy stance, you will put your right foot forward and push with your left foot.

  • Learn How to Push on a Skateboard 

After getting a comfortable stance, the next thing to learn is how to push on a skateboard.

To push, the first thing you need to do is to balance your front foot. Once you are able to achieve that balance, you can push with ease.

When you start learning to push, start by pushing on a flat and even surface, then move to a shallow edge as you progress. It is better to start on an even surface because you might fall on your first attempts, so you should be safe.

One trick you can use is to maintain your balance and push while you are walking. If you are confident, you can also push forcefully and then ride until the skateboard stops. If you want to go further, you can push again once the skateboard starts losing speed and continue as many times as possible.

  • Practice Positioning 

After learning to push, you need to shift into a riding position as soon as you start moving.

To do this, you need to place your pushing foot on the board alongside your front foot that had been on it. To achieve this position, shift your riding foot to the side, and then place your pushing foot at the tail of the board to rest lightly.

Your ideal position should be upright, with your back straight and your knees slightly bent. Your forward foot should stay on the front of the truck screws or just behind it, your back foot should be near the tail of your board or slightly on it. This will make it easier for you to make a turn.

It is usually not easy for a beginner to achieve this stance; that is why you have to practice continuously in a safe place so that you won’t get injured if you lose footing.

 

  • Learn to Turn

To turn correctly after getting into the riding position, shift the weight forward or backward from your ankle depending on whether you want to turn left or right. If your trucks are tight, you would need to use a little more pressure than you would need if your trucks are light.

There are two common turns you should practice as a new skateboarder; carving turns and kick turns.

Carving turn is quite natural and easy to achieve; it is the basic turn we have described above and simply requires you to direct your weight to one side, while your trucks help you redirect.

To make a carving turn, ensure that you bend your knees before leaning towards your direction. Make sure you relax your body and your joints to achieve a fluid motion.skateboarding techniques for beginners

Also, take note of how tight or lose your trucks are; while tighter trucks are important for stability, they make turning a bit difficult, especially for a learner. Looser trucks will help you turn easier, but you need to have gotten a hang of your stability to use loose trucks.

Kick turns also help you avoid obstacles, change directions or make sharp turns while moving at slow speed.

To make a kick turn, place your back foot on the tail of the skateboard and then lean back so you lift up the front of the board from the ground. While the front is off the ground, you can change the direction of the board by moving your body.

Point your head, shoulders, and hip towards the direction you want to go, and the board will turn in the direction you are pointing towards.

 

 

  • Learn How To Stop

After learning to move, the next thing is to learn how to stop safely; especially when you are moving at high speed.

The easiest way to stop is to first slow down if you are going fast; after slowing down then you either tail stop or stop by putting your foot on the pavement to slow down as you move.

To tail stop, you need to shift as much weight as possible to your back foot standing on the tail of the skateboard and use the tail to bring the board to a halt.

To protect the tail of your board, you can get a protective cover for the tail from a skateboard shop.

  • Learn How to Fall

Perhaps one of the most important things for you to learn as a beginner is how to fall. The reason for this lies in the fact that you are going to fall a number of times while practising. The best skateboarders still fall sometimes, so it is not something to rule out. This is also the reason you need helmets and other protective gear to make sure you don’t get hurt.

Back to falling… it might interest you to know that you need a few tricks when falling off a skateboard so you are as safe as possible.

First thing is to fall in a way that you don’t hurt your wrists or ankles either from falling wrongly or trying to brace yourself with your hands. It is instinctive to try breaking a fall by spreading out your hand, but that act is very dangerous as you might end up breaking your arms badly as a result of the impact; especially if you are moving at high speed.

You need to learn how to bring your arms in towards your body when falling instead of reaching out. You also need to tuck your chin in when falling so you don’t break your jaw in the process.

The quickest way to achieve this is to stay calm whenever you are about to fall. It is not the easiest thing, but it is very important to you as a skateboarder as panic will only make things worse for you.

You also need to practice rolling when you fall so that you land on the softer and less delicate parts of your body.

Start practising as soon as possible on soft surfaces or areas filled with grass; that way you don’t get injured while learning how to not get injured.

The earlier you are able to control your falls and land safely, the better for your skateboarding career.

  • Learn How to Drop-In

This skill will come in handy when you have properly mastered all the other tricks we have considered above. This technique is quite scary for learners, but once you get a hang of it, it gets pretty easy.

Once you get into the skate spark, you would definitely need to do a drop into the ramps, and you need to do it right.

To drop in properly, place the tail of your skateboard at the top of the ramp so your wheels are hanging off the edge. Pin the skateboard down with your back foot and keep your weight there.

Then, place your front foot on the skateboard near the front bolt, but make sure your weight is still on your back foot.

Lean your body forward towards the ramp and angle your body towards the slope. Press the front wheels down in a swift motion as you go down.

Continue leaning forward until you reach the end of the ramp.

To maintain balance when dropping in, you should crouch lower on the board and keep your ankles as still as possible. You can also use your arms to maintain balance.

 

skateboarding techniques for beginners

 

Some other tricks to practice

As you get comfortable mastering the basic skills, you can consider learning a few other skateboarding tricks for beginners.

  • Shove-it
  • Kick-flip
  • Ollie
  • Grinding

 

  • Watch Skateboarding Videos 

One sure way of picking up skateboarding techniques for beginners is by watching tutorial videos online; it will also help you make more sense of everything you are reading right now. As you move on, you can also pick up more advanced skills from these videos.

Watching videos is not an alternative to face to face learning; they are both important so you can do the two side by side.

When searching for videos make sure you watch the ones that are easy to understand and catch up to.

There are a number of renowned skateboarding videos on YouTube and other channels that are very important to beginners; let me give you a quick list.

 

Conclusion 

The secret to learning skateboarding techniques for beginners includes building up on your confidence, keeping an open mind and constant practice. Trust me, it can be quite difficult when starting out. But if you want to do this, you need a whole lot of patience, passion, and gut.

If you have all of those, then you are well on your way to learning all the important skateboarding techniques you should know.

 

 

Skateboard vs Longboard vs Cruiser – The Key Differences

Skateboard vs Cruiser vs Longboard What’s the Difference?

Skateboarding has evolved over the years. Once upon a time, a skateboard was just a wooden board, a set of wheels, and a pair of trucks. Some people will call anything that resembles it a skateboard when it fact there are some differences. On the one hand, longboards are larger, they do not have kick tails, and they are oftentimes confused for cruisers. While skateboards, on the other hand, are totally different from cruisers and longboards.

The three boards have significant differences. Cruisers are used for short commutes and they are portable, skateboards are for landing technical tricks, and longboards are riding long distances. Even though their parts may look similar, they were designed for completely different purposes.

  • Skateboards are stiffer than more flexible longboards
  • Longboards usually have invited trucks
  • Length: longboards 36″ and above, skateboards 30″-32″, and cruisers between 25″ and 30″
  • Wheel size: longboards are 60mm and above, cruisers are between 55mm and 65mm, skateboards are between 50mm and 60mm
  • Longboards and cruisers have softer wheels
  • Cruisers: short distances, longboards: long distances and downhill, skateboards: technical tricks
  • Cruisers, skateboards, and longboards all have different shapes
  • Longboards and cruisers have more momentum than skateboards
  • Longboards and cruisers can ride rough surfaces

This article is not to convince you to pick any one of these three but to present you with their attributes to enable you to make a choice for yourself. Before you decide, make sure you know exactly what you want when choosing a board. Take into account your need, where you live, the nature of your road, do you want speed or tricks, etc. When you have answered these questions, you can then proceed to make your decision.

 

Skateboards

Skateboard vs Longboard vs Cruiser - The Key Differences

Regular skateboards (like this double trick skateboard) are mainly built to perform technical tricks. The length varies from 30″ to 32″ and their width from 7″ to 9″. Street skaters usually prefer narrow decks while vert and bowl skaters prefer wider decks. The shape is quite different from cruisers and longboards. A skateboard has a nose and kick tails which are used for flipping and jumping the decks.

Classic skateboards are designed for popping ollies, doing flips, grinding ledges, and sliding boards over rails. This is where the main difference between skateboards and both longboards and cruisers lie.

Unlike longboards and cruisers, skateboards are not meant for transportation. Even though they were not made for that, they could actually be used for it if you have the right wheels. But unlike cruisers and longboards, it requires a lot more effort.

Longboards

Skateboard vs Longboard vs Cruiser - The Key Differences

Among the three board options mentioned here, longboards (like this special edition one) are the tallest and they have different sizes. They also have different purposes and come in shapes that compliment that purpose. Longboards are built to ride long distances and also do some extreme stuff like downhilling (racing downhill). Longboards are the fastest among all three and they are perfect for carving.

Longboards can easily handle rocky and rough roads unlike the classic skateboard and they offer the smoothest ride. They are heavier which makes them difficult or inconvenient to carry around.

Compared to cruisers and skateboards, longboards have slower acceleration and because of their size, they are not as responsive but they allow for greater speed.

Longboards have different types of trucks as compared to cruisers and skateboards. Their trucks are wider because the boards are wider. Their trucks also have more height, this is to prevent the board from coming into contact with the wheels.

Similar to cruisers, they have big soft wheels which usually starts at 70mm. Bigger wheels most times means more comfortable rides which make longboards great for riding on rough terrains.

Longboards are made for different purposes and their shapes reflect that. On longboards, drop decks are usually lower in the middle than they are at the ends of the board. This helps the rider stay balanced throughout the ride. Longboarding beginners are always advised to use drop decks.

Longboards are more expensive than skateboards and cruisers but they last longer because they are not used for doing more technical stuff. If you have to choose a longboard, make sure to choose the right type. There are boards designed for carving, long-distance riding, and riding downhill so identify which type you want before getting it.

Cruisers

Skateboard vs Longboard vs Cruiser - The Key Differences

Cruiserboards (like this Retro one) are made primarily for commuting. They are easy to just ride around and also convenient to carry from place to place. Generally, cruisers have flat surfaces but there are some cruisers that have some concave and elevated tail. This makes it possible to hop on and off curbs and also to correct the board quickly.

You can find cruisers in different shapes and sizes. They are lighter than longboards and taller than regular skateboards. They provide comfort and balance and they support quick acceleration.

Unlike longboards, cruisers aren’t meant for downhilling and are not very suitable for carving. Their wheels are also smaller than that of a longboard’s but bigger than that of regular skateboards. The wheel size is between 55mm to 65mm. They usually also have softer wheels to ride on rough terrains or roads.

Cruisers do not have a universal shape. This makes it a bit difficult to recognise a cruiser when it is seen. They are not designed to land technical tricks like the ollie or curb grinding. You will find that some cruisers have wheel wells to fight wheel bite and some of them have extended riser pads to handle this same problem.

Like I said before, they come in different shapes and the one you choose depends on your preference. Their length is between 25″ and 37″. If you are a beginner and you want to go for a cruiser board, make sure you get something that helps maintain your balance.

Shape – Key Differences

Skateboard vs Longboard vs Cruiser - The Key Differences Regular skateboards have the shape of a popsicle and they have an angled tail and nose to pop the deck. They have concaves which enable them to do technical tricks. There are some cruisers that have a little bit of concave but they are mostly more mellow when compared to skateboards. Some cruisers also have a tail which helps the rider jump up and down curbs while some are flat.

Longboards do not feature a tail or nose with an angle. Sometimes you’ll find a few that have a bit of concave where some are flat completely. They are longer than the other boards which makes them much more stable.

 

Trucks – Key Differences

The trucks all have certain similarities: they all have bushings, hangars, baseplates, and kingpins. The difference lies in their construction. Longboards have reversed trucks. This means that they are inverted, i.e. the trucks are put together the other way around which allows for more maneuverability.

Longboards trucks are usually wider than the rest to match the width of its board which is usually between 150mm and 180mm axles. Their bushings are also much softer than that of regular skateboards which make carving and turning easier. Downhill longboards are quite different. They need stiffer bushings to prevent the board from becoming unstable when going at high speeds.

Longboards also have reversed or inverted kingpins sometimes. This allows for more stability and they are quite slower than cruiser/skateboard trucks. The downside is they do not allow for technical tricks.

Size – Key Differences

Cruisers go from 25″ to 37″ in length. Skateboards are usually a bit bigger and wider than cruisers. They are between 30″ and 32″ in length and the width ranges between 7″ and 9″. Longboards, on the other hand, are way bigger. Some longboards are as long as surfboards and they are between 33″ and 59″ in length and the width varies between 9″ to 10″.

Responsiveness and Flexibility

Longboards do not feel the same as cruisers and skateboards do. They are usually very flexible which makes it easy to carve and make bigger turns without becoming unstable. It’s easy to ride over cracks and small bumps without feeling it but that is not the same for skateboards.

Skateboards are more responsive but are infinitely stiffer and have less momentum than longboards. Riding into cracks and bumps can throw you off your board and cause an injury. If you go cruising on your skateboard, it gets really uncomfortable after a short while. You’ll feel discomfort in your feet and you will sweat a lot.

Which One Should You Go With?

Skateboard

If you want to do technical stuff, you should pick a regular skateboard. It is harder to learn to ride a skateboard but if you can get the hang of it, you can ride everything(cruisers and longboards inclusive).

If your goal is to visit skateparks, jump off and on a few curbs, do an ollie or get a kickflip down, then you don’t have to think so much. The skateboard is what you need. It will not be the easiest journey, but learning how to ride the skateboard will be a reward in itself.

Longboard

Longboards are good for travelling long distances. They can take for miles without much effort on your part. So if you need to ride long distances, a longboard will work for you. It is not recommended you use them for cities or crowded places because it gets really hard to reduce your speed once it’s on the move.

Cruiser

Cruisers are meant to take you from point A to B when the distance is not long. Cruisers are very portable and they are great for community short distances. If you need to ride the bus, you will find it easy to hold on to it and because it doesn’t take up much space, you can just put it in your backpack. If you’re on campus and you’re looking for an easy, more convenient way to commute, go for the cruiser. Their maneuverability and size make it easy to avoid people, cars and any type of obstacles.

If you stay in an area where there lots of bumps, inclines and hills, you have to go easy with your speed because cruisers become unstable when going too quickly.

Should You Choose One Over the Other?

I cannot categorically say that one board is better than the other because they all have different functions and uses. They are all designed for specific purposes so you can’t really make a comparison.

Longboards are great for travelling long distances and allow for great speed with so much effort from the rider. Some longboards are built for steep hills and extreme speeds while some are great for long relaxing rides.

Cruisers are in between a longboard and a classic skateboard. With some cruisers, you can do a couple of tricks while still giving you a comfortable ride even on rough surfaces. They are easy to carry around and great for commuting short distances.

Common Features

Longboards, skateboards, and cruisers are all great to ride. They’re fun in their own way and provide a great activity for riders. Though their materials and construction vary, they are all made of similar components. Their riding techniques are also the same except for the longboard where the feet is positioned differently because of the board’s shape.

Final Thoughts on Skateboard vs Longboard vs Cruiser

If you are a beginner and you wish to get one of these boards, I would recommend you don’t purchase them off the internet especially as it is your first time. It helps to see all the different boards as they are in real life than in a picture. You also get to feel the texture of the board and test it before making a choice.

Visit any shop around you that sells them and tell them your budget. Most of the guys who work there know their stuff and in a great place to give you advice.

If you decide to get one online, test it out on your carpet first so that in case you have to return it, the board will remain clean. And also make sure your shoes are clean.

Also, get yourself a helmet and knee pads while you’re at it. Learning to ride most times will involve falling and it is best you are well protected.