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.
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.
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.
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.
The biebelheimer is another cool way to get on your board. It looks really impressive and the good news is, it’s pretty easy and doesn’t require a lot of skill. You basically just need to throw your board down and jump on it. But the tricky part here is, you need to throw the board with the grip side facing down, wait for it to flip back and then jump on it.
To get the hang of it, you could just try throwing the board and see how it responds. Do this a couple of times before you decide to add the jumping and landing to the mix.
It is another easy beginner skateboard tricks you could try
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
The bean plant is not very different from the caveman. Basically, you want to be on the move. Take off your foot from your board and pop your tail. Get a hold of your nose with your hand, let go and jump right back on your board.
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.
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.