Skateboarding is a fun,
active, physically demanding and mentally challenging sport. But it can
be as dangerous as any other physical activity if you do not take the
time to learn proper skills, techniques and safety measures. While
skateboarding may look chaotic and reckless, it is essentially a low
impact and relatively safe sport compared to most other popular sports.
Of course, riders should ride within their own capabilities. It is
important to develop your skills. Begin with basics and learn how to
feel comfortable while riding, turning and stopping on your skateboard.
Remember, everyone has his or her own individual learning curve. With
the right gear and a strong will to learn, skateboarding can be a great
activity that builds character, integrity, determination and creativity.
Have fun and skate safe.
With both your feet on the
board, lift up the heel of your back foot so your weight is on the ball
of your foot and your toes. That part of your foot should be centered at
the tip of the tail. Your front foot should be about 2/3 of the way up
the board, angled slightly forward. Your toes should be near the toe
edge of the board and, depending on shoe size, your heel may be hanging
off of the heel edge. Smack the tail to the ground with your back foot
and jump off of that back foot--getting the timing down is probably the
hardest part. As you jump, your front foot slides up to your nose,
pulling the board into the air. At the peak of your ollie, level out
your board, then wait for the landing. Always land with your knees bent.
When ollieing a gap, try not to think about clearing it; instead, think
about popping a nice big ollie. The hardest part about ollieing most
gaps is getting in the committed mindset. When you're in the air, spot
your landing and keep those shoes on that grip tape until you roll away.
Riding backwards. We should note here that when riding fakie, your
weight is balanced as in your normal stance, whereas switch-stance
requires you to adjust your balance to suit a slightly different style
of trick. I'd also like to point out that the distinction between
switch-stance and normal is fast disappearing as people now immediately
learn to ride both ways. Hopefully, in a few years, goofy-foot and
regular foot will no longer exist.
Set up your feet in the ollie position. Your front foot, though, should
be adjusted back towards the heel edge a bit and your toes (or rather
the front of your shoe) should be just behind the centermost mounting
bolts of the front truck. Do an ollie, but rather than only sliding your
front foot upward and forward, you must also slide your foot (again,
probably your shoe) to the heel side enough to start your board in a
spin. This action requires you to actually kick your front foot off of
your board; the last point of contact between the front of your shoe and
the board should be in that little concaved dip just before the nose.
The spinning board then hovers for a second between your sprawling legs.
When you see the grip again, stop the rotation with your back foot, then
put that front foot back on, right on top of them bolts, and land.
You ought to be comfortable with the 50-50 and the manual before taking
on the 5-0. Approach the object as if you were going to do a 50-50. Pop
an ollie and get your back truck on the ledge (again, like you were
going to do a 50-50). Instead of putting your front truck down, you want
to try to stay in the manual position. This requires more forward
momentum and backward lean than a manual, depending of course on the
butter factor of the obstacle in question. Just hold on to that grind as
long as you can or until the end of the object and come off as if you
were coming out of a manual on a curb. A good way to lock into 5-0
grinds is to angle the board out like a smith grind, only pointing up
instead of down. This will let you apply more pressure towards the
obstacle to keep that back truck in position, and don't be afraid to let
your tail drag along the surface.
When performed this way, frontside 180s and shuvits out flow almost naturally.
be comfortable with ollieing up curbs backside before having a go at the
50-50. Once you're able to control your board that way, the backside
50-50 is a cinch. And since your heels are over the ledge rather than
your toes (as is the case with frontside 50-50s) you can center your
weight easier and ride these things for days. Learning 50-50s on newly
painted curbs is choice. Cruise up to the curb with a mellow angle, as
if you were going to ollie onto the sidewalk backside. Pop your ollie
and stick your back truck on the curb (try to lock your toe edge wheel
up against the curb. Next, place the front truck down and get some
weight on those heels so you can ride it out to the end of the paint,
and turn off. Piece o' cake.
A slide where your tail is over the deck (imaginary or real, and
two-sided curbs are temporarily being excluded from examples). You can
get into this by either b/s or f/s 180 Ollie (approx. measurements for
street tricks, real for ramp/pool), or fakieing into it, whether fakie
Ollie or just lifting your back end (tail end) up over the
coping/lip/ledge. (other possibilities: fakie lipslide may be called a
switch boardslide) Also: disaster slide.
You're going to want to gather some decent speed for this one. It's not
the kinda trick you can just get onto and hang out until you come off.
You've got to earn it. Your front foot should be close enough to your
nose that you can stick it on the ledge, but far enough back to let you
pop a good ollie. Come at the ledge parellel. As you pop, you should
shift your momentum so you're ollieng towards the ledge to get your nose
locked in. It's almost like you're nose sliding the side of the ledge.
Once you're on there, keep your front foot pushing that nose down and
forward. If you stay balanced on the ledge, the dismount isn't too
tricky. You kinda nollie out, and use your back foot to control the tail
so you land riding straight. Make sure the ledge has a good coating of
wax, especially on top where your wheels are sliding.
The frontside tailslide is a trick that, although difficult, can be
learned in stages and worked up to. It is useful to be comfortable with
the frontside 180 ollie, though you won't need to turn around all the
way. Practice landing in the tailslide position by riding at the curb
slowly and ollieing frontside. Get just your tail over the curb and put
your weight on that tail as you plant it on that curb, leaving your
trucks and wheels hanging off the edge. Once you're comfortable landing
in that position, try it with a little more speed and roll at the curb
almost parallel to it. The faster you go and the more parallel you are
to the curb, the longer you'll slide. Once you do get the hang of
sliding, get a feel for how long you can push it before the tail slows
down and locks in place. You'll want to begin shifting your weight back
over the board as it slows down so that you can come off the curb with
at least some speed, before it stops completely. Once you have the
frontside ollie tailslide wired on curbs, take it to a ledge or
something a little taller. Also, try swinging your torso frontside as
you ollie into the tailside position, and instead of shifting your
weight back over the nose to come off the object, push the tail ahead of
you to finish the frontside 180 motion initiated at the start of the