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Learn the Top 150 Skateboarding Terms in 10 Minutes [Updated 2021]

In This Article, You’ll Learn How To Speak Skateboarder

Skateboarding is one of the most unique activities on the planet. Naturally, it comes with its own language, lingo and nomenclature.

With words like, “shredding, fakie, goofy, mongo” and infinite variations used to describe tricks, obstacles and inside knowledge, for a novice learning these terms it can mean the difference between remaining an outsider or being accepted into the crew.

Luckily for you, skateboarders are some of the most accepting people on the planet and GOSKATE is here to help you learn skateboarding terminology with our Beginner’s Guide to Skate Lingo.

In this article, we’ll go over:

Top 67 Skateboard Trick Lingo

Top 55 Skateboard Culture Lingo

Top 42 Skateboard Obstacle Lingo

With over 150 skateboarding terms sourced from hundreds of lifelong skaters, you’ll be well on your way to joining a skate crew and having the most fun of your life. Now, let’s GOSKATE!

Top 67 Skateboard Trick Lingo

What makes up a skateboarding trick? That’s a good question.

A skateboarding trick is a maneuver a skater does to manipulate the board in ways that produce complex combinations of movements.Tricks are precisely what gives skateboarding its artistic and innovative nature along with each skater’s pursuit of self expression.

While there are more basic tricks in skateboarding like the Ollie, Drop In and Kickturn, once you master the basics, the possibilities are infinite! But in order to understand how tricks are defined, we’ve got to master the words that make up the skateboarder language revolving trick terminology.

Deck: The deck is the wooden part of the skateboard, usually made from 7 layers of compressed maple wood. Decks also generally have a Pro Model with a pro skater’s name on the bottom and custom graphics made by an artist. Buying a pro deck from your local skate shop is a great way to support your favorite skaters and brands.

Trucks: The trucks are the metal facets beneath the skateboard connected to the deck by 8 screws with two wheels on its axles. Trucks come in multiple sizes but the most common are 139s and 149s.

Baseplate: The baseplate is the metal base of the truck that the screws socket to go into the deck. The kingpin and bushings are connected to the baseplate by bolts and can be adjusted to fit the skater’s preference.

Kingpin: The kingpin is a bolt connecting the axle of the trucks to the baseplate and is accompanied by bushings and bolts to complete the truck.

Bolts (hardware): Bolts are the same as conventional bolts in any industry but specifically go on the truck’s baseplate to connect the trucks to the deck but then also on the axle of the wheel to screw over the wheels.

Bushings: The bushings are the parts of the trucks that absorb impact and allow the skateboard to turn on an axis. They are placed around the kingpin capped by washers and are available in different degrees of firmness and colors. Many times, the bushing will be replaced than actual trucks.

Axle: The flat metal part of a skate truck to which the wheels and bearings are attached. The axle is where the magic of ‘grinding’ happens, hence terms like axle stall or axle grind.

Washers: Washers are little metal rings that go on the end of the truck axles to reduce friction from the wheels and bearings. Skateboards also have larger washers on the top and bottom of the kingpin to reduce wear on bushings.

Bearings: The bearings are within the wheel that produce the turning and speed of the wheel. They come in abec form of 3-5-7-9.

Grip: The grip tape or ‘grip’ is the sandpaper-like overcoat on top of the skateboard deck. Grip allows a skater to produce an ollie and flip tricks, making itself one of the most essential elements to any skateboard.

Nose: The nose of your board is the ‘front’ or leading end of your skateboard deck. The nose is generally larger, more rounded and concave to better catch the flicks of front foot skate tricks. When tricks are performed on the nose, it will change its name to ‘nosegrind’ or ‘nose pick’ or ‘nose manual’, etc.

Tail: The tail of the board is the back of the skateboard deck where your back foot pops off the ground to produce an ollie. Tails are generally flatter to be closer to the ground for faster pop.

Ollie: The ollie is when a skateboarder produces a ‘popping’ of the skateboard to ‘pop’ into the air while jumping, bringing the board up with them. The ollie is the foundation of most skateboarding tricks and is considered one of the hardest for a beginner to learn. However, it is also the most satisfying.

Goofy: Goofy is the term used for when a skater skates with their right foot forward.

Regular: Regular is the term used for the skater skates with their left foot forward.

Front foot: Your front foot is what interacts with the nose of your board when you perform tricks like the ollie or a kickflip. It should not be your pedal foot as the extra time taking off your front foot to pedal not only looks ugly, but will inhibit your ability to do tricks in the future.

Back foot: Your back foot is your popping foot and interacts with the tail of your board. It is also the foot you pedal with.

Flick foot: Your flick foot is your front foot and flicks off the nose when you perform tricks like kickflip or heelflip. You might reference your flick foot when describing an injury or teaching a trick to someone else.

Pop: Pop is the term that describes when you smack your tail on the ground to perform an ollie or trick. It is also used as an adjective when someone has a high ollie. “That dude has pop!”

Grind: Grind is the term that describes when your trucks ‘grind’ on an obstacle, generally in the form of a rail, ledge or coping. Depending on how your board is positioned and what other parts of your trucks are interacting with the obstacle, tricks earn different names. Like the 5-0 grind, where a skater only grinds on their back truck, or a smith grind, where a skater grinds only on their back truck but their front truck is dipped below the ledge.

Slide: Slide is the term that describes when the deck of your board ‘slides’ on an obstacle, generally on a rail, ledge or coping.

A slide will often be accompanied by another part of the board, as in nose slide, tail slide or a board slide. Noseslide for when your nose is on the obstacle and so on.

Stall: A stall is when you are ‘stalled’ on the coping of a quarter pipe, essentially you’re ‘stalled’ in a slide or a grind. Stall tricks will also be referred to as ‘lip tricks’ as you will see below.

Frontside: Frontside is the descriptive term for when you’re performing a trick with the face of your body or the front of your body leading your momentum. Essentially, your shoulders and hips have opened up toward the obstacle with the action of the trick happening in ‘front’ of you, hence frontside.

Backside: Backside is the descriptive term for when you’re performing a trick with the back of your body leading your momentum. Essentially, your hips and shoulders have turned you backside to the obstacle.

Many times, skaters will have certain preferences or abilities when it comes to skating backside or frontside. Much like how a basketball or baseball player has certain places on the field where for some reason they perform better.

Switch: Switch is the term for when a skater performs a trick but with the other foot forward, as in if you’re naturally a goofy skater but you perform the trick regular. This is like someone who is right handed begins writing with their left hand instead. Some skaters will be better at skating switch than others but most skaters will learn some switch skating to increase their bag of tricks.

Fakie: Fakie is when you ride on your board backwards but continue forward momentum. As in your momentum is leading your tail with your back foot now acting as your front. Imagine you stand to perform an ollie and you start rolling backwards… You’re rolling fakie!

Nollie: A nollie is when a skater performs an ‘ollie’ while popping off the nose of the skateboard, hence the combo – “n-ollie.”

The nollie, like the fakie ollie, opens up an entire new foundation for skate tricks. Because once you learn to nollie,  you can do a nollie stance kickflip, or nollieflip. Or you can do a fakie stance kickflip, fakieflip, or even fakie ollie into a grind.

Manual: A manual is when a skater rides on their back wheels or front wheels for an extended period of time – like a wheelie on a bike. The manual allows skaters to string together a complex combination of tricks for some of the most difficult ‘technical’ tricks in skateboarding. In example, kickflip manual kickflip out or kickflip nose manual, nollieflip out.

Nose Manual: A manual that is performed on the front two wheels and nose of the board. A nose manual will commonly be referred to as a nosemanny.

180: 180 is the term that describes the degrees of rotation during the performance of a trick. 360 is a full spin, 180 is half. Frontside 180 kickflip for example is a kickflip that also rotates 180 degrees. 180s like all spins can be performed backside or frontside and from normal, fakie and nollie foot position.

270: 270 is that rare in-between rotation between 180 and 360 that is generally reserved for going into or out of a slide. As in a 270 backside lip slide or a tailslide 270 out. Essentially, the obstacle or trick has positioned you at 90-degrees already and you complete the rotation to 360.

360: A 360 is a full spin of the board or skater during the performance of a trick. A 360 kickflip is when the board does a 360 and a kickflip at the same time. While it might be difficult to imagine from reading this article, there’s tons of videos online for you to discover how these tricks look.

Flip Trick: A flip trick is describing those tricks that are flipped, like kickflip, heelflip and 360 kickflips. While all flip tricks are first performed on flatground, they can be done on any obstacle and into grinds, slides, stalls, and manuals.

Grab: A grab or grabs are those tricks where a skater grabs their board. More akin in bowl, pool and vert skating. Some tricks that are grabs are mute grab, melon grab, indy grab and nosegrab, and all make contact at different parts of the board and sometimes with different hands (front or back).

Pop Out: Pop out is a description for when you pop out of the obstacle when performing a trick. The ledge or rail might go on but you popped out of the obstacle early. Sometimes the ledge doesn’t end and goes on for a really long time, so skaters will have to pop out of the ledge in order to land a trick.

Kickflip: A kickflip is when the toes of your front foot flick off the nose of your board to produce a single complete rotation or flip of the board. The kickflip is arguably the most iconic trick in skateboarding, and while it can be one of the hardest to learn, it is also considered the most satisfying.

Heelflip: A heelflip is when the heel of your front foot flicks off the nose of your board to produce a single rotation or flip of the board. Some skaters will be more akin to heelflips than kickflips but most really good skaters can do both.

Popshuv: A popshuv is when the board is popped into the air and then the nose is rotated around to become the tail. The shuv describes the motion as it looks like the back foot shuvs the tail. A popshuv is combined with other flip tricks like the kickflip or heelflip to expand the base of tricks into the next tier of combinations. So learning this essential trick is important and is often the first trick a skater learns.

Carve: A skater carves upon a ramp, quarter pipe or pool when they ‘carve’ up the wall like a surfer on a wave. The carve is produced by leading their nose over an obstacle or a point on the ramp to turn the skater around to go back down.

Aired: Aired is when a skater produces air above the coping of a vert or transition obstacle. Tony Hawk aired out the ramp in order to land his 900.

Stuck It: Stuck it is a term used when a skater lands on their board while attempting to perform a trick but even though they ‘stuck’ the trick, they fell. A skater will generally stick or stuck the trick a few times before landing it, so don’t give up!

Bailed: Bailed is a term that is used for when a skater during the trick ‘bails’ on the trick, often kicking the board away because attempting to land the trick would result in injury. Learning how to bail is just as important as learning how to land.

Slammed: Slammed is when you fall especially hard, generally unable to slow down your fall in any way and resulting in you not being able to bail or prepare for impact.

Kicking out: Kicking out is when a skater kicks out the board in the air instead of attempting to land on the board.

First Try: First try is when a skater lands their trick the first time they attempt it. “Dude, I landed it on the first try.” The term is used as a barometer for how hard or how skillful a skater was able to perform the trick.

Hung Up: A skater will say they hung up on the coping when they failed to get their second truck over the coping and got caught while going back down the ramp. The skater gets ‘hung up’ on the coping. See obstacle terms for details on coping.

Slipped Out: Slipped out is when a skateboarder is attempting a slide or a grind and ‘slips out’ instead of locking into the trick and often leads to a bail.

Slappy: A slappy is when a skater rides up the face of a curb and grinds or slides a distance. More common in aging skaters but considered one of the most fun tricks.

Handrail: A handrail is a rail that goes down a set of stairs a skater will skate in the form of grinds and slides. It takes a brave skater to skate handrails as they are found in the streets and can go beyond 20 stairs.

Flatground: Flatground is when a skater does flip tricks on flat ground and makes up the foundation of skate tricks. Rodney Mullen alone invented scores of flatground tricks both with flip tricks and freestyle tricks.

Bonk: Bonk is when you ‘bonk’ the front wheels of your skateboard onto the obstacle in a quick tap, generally transferring from one side to the other.

Kiss the rail: Kiss the rail is when a skater’s truck just barely hits or ‘kisses’ the rail.

Buttery: Buttery is an adjective to describe a delicious style of how a skater performs a trick. “Dude, that was buttery!”

Steezy: Steezy is another adjective used to describe someone’s style. Steezy skaters usually dress with great fashion and land buttery tricks.

Rails (referring to board): Rails on the bottom of a skateboard are plastic ‘rails’ that go under the board to help with slides. Originated in the 80s and generally reserved for shaped boards, like fishboards.

Skitch: Skitching is referred to when a skater holds onto a moving car or bus. This is very dangerous and the top 3 reasons a skater ends up in the hospital.

Heel Drag: A heel drag is when a skater is performing a trick and their foot doesn’t land cleanly on the board and the heel hangs off the board touching the ground. During a game of skate, this produces a redo and often when filming a trick, a skater will want to redo it as well.

Toe Drag: A toe drag is when a skater is performing a trick and their foot lands poorly on the board producing a toe drag on the ground. During a game of skate, this will be a redo. During a game of skate, this produces a redo and often when filming a trick, a skater will want to redo it as well.

Bomb A Hill: When a skater ‘bombs a hill’ they skate down a steep hill at very fast speeds. This was made famous by San Francisco hill bombers, however, hill bombing gone wrong is the number one reason skateboarders end up in the hospital.

To Fakie: When a skater lands “to fakie,” they are landing with their bodies ‘backwards’ but with their momentum continuing forward and their back foot now landing on the front of the board as the new front foot.

Landing ‘to fakie’ is generally produced when a 180 is added out of a stall or a slide. As in a tail slide to fakie or blunt stall to fakie.

Back to Switch: When a skater lands ‘to switch’ it’s almost the same as to fakie but the previous back foot doesn’t land on the front of the board. Rather it lands in a normal stance but switch. Usually ‘back to switch is preceded by a 180 in which caused the stance to switch in the first place.

Trick Tip:  A trick tip is when someone gives you advice or a tutorial on how to do a trick. Trick tips are how skaters will teach other skaters new tricks.

Powerslide: A powerslide is when a skater leans back but pushes forward with their weight to make the wheels of the board skid perpendicular to the motion. Think of how a surfer carves up a wave and makes a splash or a biker who swooshes around their back tire to stop. Powerslides help skaters slow down without taking their foot off the board.

Freestyle Skater: A freestyle skater is a skateboarder who participates mainly in the freestyle of flatground skate tricks. This is akin to what the earliest skate contests saw in the 60s and 70s and consists of handstands, primo’s and other tricks.

Primo: A primo is when a skater props their skateboard up to its side so they can stand on the side of the wheels with the other side of the wheels on the ground. Made famous by Rodney Mullen, you can watch our video below for a detailed tutorial!

Flip In: The term flip in is used to describe when a skater does a kickflip or a heel flip into a grind, slide or manual. This term is generally used with tech skaters and adds a combination to the trick making it much more difficult to land.

Flip Out: The term flip out is used to describe when a skater flips their board via kickflip or heelflip ‘out’ of a grind,  manual or slide. This term is also used generally with tech skaters and is a very hard maneuver to produce.

Top 55 Skateboard Culture Lingo

Skateboarding culture is one of the most beautiful aspects about skateboarding. It’s what invites us in to be one of the crew and contribute to something we love. But it can be tricky for the newcomer to have a seat at the table when it comes to talking about skating.

Well, that is until now. Enjoy!

ABD: ABD is an abbreviation for ‘Already Been Done’ and is a term skaters use to compare what other skaters have filmed at skate spots. Skaters, especially pros, want to avoid doing the same tricks as other skaters as it can be seen as almost a form of disrespect or jock-like. It also goes against the natural desire to be self expressive in skating.

NBD: NBD is an abbreviation for ‘Never Been Done’ and is used for when a skater produces a new trick on a street spot. This is what skaters strive for when filming a video part because it not only helps progress the sport, it helps the skater stand out and make a name for themself.

Video Part: A video part is what a pro skater produces for their brand after filming clips in the streets. This is how skaters express themselves in the industry and produces the most meaningful media engine in skateboarding. Non-sponsored skaters can also film video parts and can be one of the most rewarding aspects about being a skateboarder.

Full Length: A full length video is when a company or brand produces a skate video by combining video parts from their team riders. While they are not as common as they used to be, watching full length skate videos are essential to understanding skateboarding.

Sponsor Me Tape: A sponsor me video is what an amateur skateboarder produces in hopes of getting sponsored by a company or brand. They film at least 2 minutes of skate clips filmed on street skate spots and send the reel of clips without music to said brand. In the past, skaters would send an actual VHS tape, sponsor me tape, has since been replaced by sponsor me video. While the way skaters contact brands is much more accessible than in the past, the sponsor me video has remained a right of passage for any gatekeeper or hopeful skater.

Solo Part: A solo part is when a skater films their own video part and the company or brand puts it out without featuring other skaters in a full length or collaboration project.

Homie Vid: A skate video produced by local skaters without a brand or skateshop affiliation. Homie videos are some of the strongest forges of community bonds.

Banger/Ender: A banger or ender is the last trick in a video part, usually the best. It ends the part with a bang and features the hardest trick the skater had to land. It will always be an NBD as well.

Opener: An opener is the first trick in a skate part that sets the tone of the part. There is also an opening part that usually sets the tone as well and is considered a badge of honor. Many times a brand will introduce their new rider or new pro with the opening part.

Last Part: Last part honors is reserved for the best skater of said full length skate video and usually features the skater who went the hardest filming for that period of time. Producing the last part in a skate video is how skate legends are made as they produce the most mind melting NBDs on the biggest obstacles.

Cover: A cover is in reference to landing the cover of a skate magazine. Covers are coveted and are a mark of honor that you landed one of the hardest tricks in skateboarding that month, especially for Thrasher Magazine.

Sketchy: Sketchy is an adjective to describe a trick that was not landed cleanly, usually with a heel or toe drag.

Complete skateboard: A complete is in reference to your entire skateboard versus just the deck, trucks or wheels. Many times local skate shops will sell complete skateboards at a discount, and around christmas time, skaters will laugh about the new ‘christmas completes’ flooded throughout the skatepark.

Bolts: Bolts is a reference to when a skater lands directly on the bolts of their skateboard (connecting the trucks to the deck) and is largely considered the best way to land. “She landed bolts!”

Rebate: Rebate is what a skater will ask their filmer when they landed a trick sketchy. Or when their run in a mini ramp or obstacle was cut short. “Can I get a rebate on that?”

Filmer: A filmer is someone who is documenting the skate session or producing a skate video of some sort. A quick way of calling someone a videographer. FIlmers are some of the most important people in skateboarding and are often the most creative.

Getting Robbed: Getting robbed is referred to when you are trying a trick and sticking it, even landing bolts, but for some reason you don’t land the trick. Getting robbed is more jovial but can be frustrating because a skater knows they can land the trick.

Snake: A snake is someone who doesn’t understand skatepark etiquette and cuts in line or gets in your way. This is generally reserved for kids or new skaters who are unaware. We teach our students to learn the lines of a skatepark and when to wait their turn to avoid snaking seasoned skaters.

Skate Spot: A skate spot is when an obstacle in the streets attracts skaters on a regular basis. While it can be multiple spots in one place, like a plaza or school yard, it can also be in reference to a single obstacle. “Where is that skate spot?”

Kook: A kook is someone who is acting a fool at a skatepark or skate spot or someone who is doing something outside the normalcy of skate culture.

Cutty: Cutty is a description of a skate spot or skate park that has weathered obstacles or was constructed by brute architecture.  Imagine big cracks in the sidewalk or crusty asphalt leading up to a skate spot.

Hesh: Hesh is a description of a skater or skate trick that is somewhat punk in origin and nature. Someone is hesh when they wear ripped pants, a leather jacket and loves to do tricks out of the 80s.

Hessian: A hessian is a description of someone who is dedicated to being hesh.

Poser: A poser is someone who acts like they skateboard or dresses like they skateboard but in fact does not actually skate.

T-Dog: A T-dog is someone who is skating for the sake of trend. T-dog is short for trend dog.

Mall Grab:  A mall grab is a description for when a skater holds the board incorrectly or in a way that is not cool – holding the front truck of your board instead of the deck part and sideways.

Goon: A goon is a local at a skatepark that spends an ample amount of time participating in antics and shenanigans. While they might not skate as much as really dedicated skaters, sometimes they are beloved by locals almost as a form of protection and camaraderie.

Game of Skate: A game of skate is the most common game skaters play to increase their flat ground skills. A skater produces a trick like a kickflip and if the other skater fails to land the trick, they receive the letter S. It is the H.O.R.S.E. of skateboarding and the most common game played by skaters.

Bag of Tricks: A bag of tricks is the tricks a skater has learned they can produce relatively consistently–especially in games of skate. As you will find, skaters become adept to certain tricks and styles, everything from preferring their nose over their tail or frontside over backside.

Tech Skater: A tech skater is a skater whose bag of tricks is more technical in nature than brutal commitment. Tech skaters prefer to skate manual pads and ledges versus rails and stairs and enjoy combining complex lines of tricks in a single maneuver.

Rail Skater: A rail skater is a skater whose preferred obstacle is a rail and usually handrails going down stair sets. While most skaters will skate rails in some fashion, a rail skater is particularly adept, sometimes grinding down 10-15-even 20-stair handrails. Rail skaters are some of the most brave skaters on the planet.

Transition Skater: A transition skater is a skater who prefers to skate obstacles found in a skate park that are not akin to street spots. This usually comes in the form of quarter pipes, mini ramps, snake runs and vertical obstacles. Transition skaters help make sure the bowl and pool skating of skating’s roots stay alive and healthy.

Local Park: A skater’s local park is a skateboarder’s local skatepark and their go-to for meeting up with friends to skate. A local park acts like a training facility or gym for skaters, as well as a community hub to promote art and local skate media.

Ripper: When someone is a ripper, they are being complemented by their skills as a skater. “That girl rips!”

Shred: “Let’s go shred!” Essentially means – “Let’s go skate!” A common term you might hear is, “Shred the gnar!” Meaning, shred the big stuff.

Clips: Clips are when a skater films a trick in the streets for their compilation of clips which will produce their video part or sponsor me. Skaters ‘stack clips’ in the streets until they have 2-3-4 minutes and can sometimes take years to get the NBDs of high caliber skating.

Footage: When a skater references their clips, they will be talking about their ‘footage’. “How much footage did you get?” Is a more common question your sponsor will ask you then having you describe the clip count.

Single Trick: A single trick is when a skater and a filmer film a ‘single trick’ instead of a line. Single tricks are usually down stair sets or gaps and are usually harder than tricks in a line.

Line: A line is when a skater strings together a sequence of tricks in one video clip. A skater might first ollie down a set of stairs before veering off to grind a ledge before launching down a handrail. The harder the tricks you string together, the more impressive. Tech skaters will often produce really insane lines with ledges and manual pads to showcase their control skills, versus a hesh skater who jumps down big rails or stair sets for single tricks.

Fish Eye: A fish eye is a wide angle lens that creates a bulb-like effect on the clip or photo. The term fish eye refers to how distorted the edges of the frame will be, almost like looking through a fishbowl. Skaters love how fish eyes look as they remind them of the earliest skate magazines and generally make obstacles appear larger.

Long Lens: A filmer will film a trick ‘long lens’ as in, they will film the trick without a fisheye. Single clips are usually filmed with long lenses whereas lines are generally filmed with fish eyes.  Video parts will be a combination of long lens single tricks and fisheye lines.

VX: A VX is the most notorious video camera in skateboarding, aka, a Sony VX1000. While the grainy 1080p of a mini DV tape is somewhat impractical in today’s skate media landscape; the VX endures with a cult following for its amazing color schemes and audio capabilities. The VX also films in a 4 by 3 ratio, making street skating appear faster and more vibrant.

Streets: The streets mean skating obstacles and places that are not skateparks, essentially not designed to be skated on. Street skating is the rawest form of skateboarding and is considered by skaters the most sacred nexus of skateboarding culture.

“It’s a bust:”  A skater will describe a spot as ‘a bust’ when it is heavily monitored by security or police. “It’s a bust before 5.” When a spot is a bust, skaters won’t be able to skate there because why get kicked out or receive citations or tickets. If you skateboard for long enough, you will get a ticket eventually.

“Got the Boot:” A skater will tell another skater they ‘got the boot’ when they get kicked out or asked to leave from a skate spot. If you’re lucky, you’ll just get the boot and skate away before anything significant happens. Remember, security can’t detain you, they can only call the cops. If you see security, skate away before they even talk to you or play dumb to the no skateboarding signs!

Plaza: A plaza is generally when a skate spot takes the form of an open space with plenty of ledges, manual pads and even handrails. It’s suggestive of the name by both skaters and non-skaters usage, but it also describes the specific plaza architecture found in the streets which have since become the framework for many skateparks. LOVE Park in Philadelphia was the most famous skate plaza in the golden age of skateboarding (1990s-early 2000s) but was destroyed in 2016. Plazas are harder and harder to come by but nonetheless remain as special skate spots to skateboarders.

Pay-To-Skate: A Pay-to-skate is referencing a skatepark or ramp that costs money to skate. These references are generally found in more affluent areas and are a subject of debate among skaters, who believe skateboarding should always be accessible.

Freshy: When a skateboarder has a fresh deck to skate they will “set up a freshy.”

Contest Skater: A contest skater is referred to as someone who is known for doing well in contests and generally has a focus on contests versus other areas of skateboarding. The highest echelon of skaters will do everything, from contests to street skateboarding. A good representation of a contest skater is Nyjah Huston or Tony Hawk.

Core Skater: A core skateboarder is someone who is most focussed on having fun on a skateboard without certain professional goals. However, pro skaters can be core when they focus on producing video parts in the streets rather than social media or contests. This philosophy is up for cultural debate and has varying opinions on authenticity since many of the largest skate brands are no longer owned by skaters and the ones that are generally struggling to compete with the larger tycoons. That’s why it’s always important to support skater owned brands.

Core Brand: A core brand is considered core when it is owned and operated by skateboarders. A brand like Nike for example is a large corporation, whereas WKND skateboards or even GOSKATE, is run, owned and operated by skateboarders. Skaters do their best to support skater owned brands but the product of any company needs to support those skaters who buy it. However the nature of the skate industry has many factors that make owning a brand very unpredictable. As we’ve seen some of our favorite companies close business.

Skate Rat: A skate rat is someone who loves skateboarding and indulges in the street lifestyle of skateboarding. This can also be reserved for a skatepark skater who cares more about skateboarding than anything in their life.

Grom: A grom is what adults or older skaters will refer to when speaking about a child skateboarder. The term is not inherently negative or positive but neither endearing or an insult. Groms, depending on their mentors or how they’ve been taught, can be some of the worst snakes at a skatepark and we’ve all seen the horror videos of negligent kids colliding with adults.

Social Media Skater: A social media skater is a skateboarder who is focussed on producing their skate media for social media. They often are associated with brands who are heavily invested in social media and make up their own niche in skateboarding. Social Media Skaters are generally looked down upon but nonetheless have achieved a moderate level of success for themselves.

YouTube Skater: A YouTube skater will produce skate media conducive to YouTube in the form of video blogging or vlogging. While YouTube skaters make up a very specific body of skateboarding media, they have helped introduce thousands of people to skateboarding through their trick tip videos or daily life videos. Whale YouTube skaters are often the subject of jokes, they put themselves out in the limelight.

“Olympics:” With the Olympics being such a topic of debate and discourse in skating, the contest itself evolved into a full-fledged entity within skating. While the term “Olympics” is generally in reference to the actual event, it also is used to encapsulate the skaters who are involved in the Olympics – as well as the brands and people.

DIY: DIY stands for as many of us know, Do It Yourself. But in skateboarding it’s referencing when skaters have constructed a skate spot by their own means. Skaters will use cinder blocks, rails, and cement to construct all types of skate obstacles somewhere out of site. Since these spots are out of the public eye, DIY skate spots are some of the most awesome places a skater can skate and often require a trusted right of passage.

Top 42 Skateboard Obstacle Lingo

Obstacle lingo can be one of the hardest terminologies to learn for skateboarding. While so many obstacles were invented by skaters with obscure terms, you’ll be pleased to learn many are rather simple and intuitive. Well, you can be the judge!

Ledge: A ledge is an obstacle that looks like a bench or something you would normally sit on. It can also be a ledge that is higher than something you would sit on but it’s generally characterized by its 90 degree angle, hence the ‘ledge’ name and the ability to lock into grinds and slides.

Manny Pad: A manny pad is short for manual pad for the manual trick in skateboarding. A manny pad requires a skater to ollie onto and has a finite end, hence the ‘pad’ adjective. Tech skaters love manny pads and ledges.

Rail: A rail is what you find going down a stair set, what bystanders call a handrail. But in skateboarding a rail can come in many forms, as you will see below.

Handrail: A handrail is specifically when a rail goes down a set of stairs and is found in the streets.

Steep Rail: A rail is steep when it’s down a large set of steps versus other rails like flatbars.

Flatbar: A flatbar is a rail that is horizontal and does not generally go downward steeply like handrails found on stair sets.

Box: A box is generally a constructed obstacle that combines a ledge with a manual pad. It’s basically large enough width wise to perform manual tricks with coping on both sides of the box for two ledges. Many skateparks will feature boxes.

Vert: Vert is a description for the ‘vertical walls’ half pipes and larger ramps that a skater must launch off of to skate.

Coping: Coping is a term to describe the grantable part of a quarter pipe, pool, bowl or mini ramp. Often they are metal rails for better grinds and slides.

Pool Coping: Pool coping is a coping all on its own as it is made of cement and has brick like attributes.

Lip: The lip of a ramp is also referring to the coping or when the ramp essentially ends. This allows skaters to do lip tricks in the form of stalls.

Transition: Transition is the term used to describe the part of a ramp or obstacle that goes from flat to vert – think of the curvature in a vert ramp before it goes straight vertical. Skaters who enjoy skating transition are usually park skaters or vert skaters who skate skateparks more than street.

Extension: An extension is a raised or lifted part of the ramp that ‘extends’ a few more feet higher. Often a mini ramp will have transition and then a single extension with vertical walls for those gnarly skaters.

Tombstone: When an extension is thin or just in a small spot on the ramp, it will be referred to as a tombstone.

Deathbox: A deathbox is that little box under pool coping where the chlorine normally filters out from. Grinding over these is often sketchy as your wheel can get stuck inside. Hence the attached term death.

Shootout Ledge/Rail: A shootout ledge or a shootout rail is a description for when a rail does not go steeply down the stair set but instead extends outwards maintaining its original height.

Quarter Pipe: A quarter pipe is a ‘quarter’ because it’s a quarter of a full circle. Imagine a ramp built on this aspect ratio and since it can stand alone anywhere, it’s singled out as a quarter pipe. If they are combined face to face, that is the beginning of a mini ramp.

Mini Ramp: A mini ramp is when two or more quarter pipes are facing one another for a continual carving of up and down. Mini ramps are considered one of the most fun things to skate in skateboarding once you learn how to drop in.

Half Pipe: Taking from the understanding that a quarter pipe is a quarter of a full circle, a halfpipe is one half of a circle. While two quarter pipes are also half a circle a vert ramp is different because it has vertical walls well above the transitional period found in mini ramps. These 2-3 foot of vert walls make an extreme difference in the skill needed to skate these ramps. These are the ramps Tony Hawk and others made a household term.

Launch Ramp: A launch ramp is almost like a quarter pipe but its lip is more of a launching outward for airing out of the ramp and not skating back in like you would on a quarter pipe or mini ramp.

Ramp: A ramp can be any slope or triangle like object that produces downhill or launch capable skateboarding.

StepUp: A step up appears as a ramp that had it’s top section taken out prior to the landing area up top, so a skater must perform an ollie before reaching the top.

EuroGap:The step up is believed to be originally from European contests and is homaged by this fact by being called a euro-gap.

Roll In: A roll in is a special part of the ramp that instead of following the vertical walls curls over the lip of the ramp to allow the skater to ‘roll in’ to the ramp instead of drop in.

Drop In: A drop in is how a skater enters a bowl, pool, mini ramp, quarter pipe or obstacle by positioning their tail on the lip of the obstacle and with their weight leaning forward, ‘drops in’ to the ramp and rides away.

Spine: A spine is when two quarter pipes are pressed back to back with their coping attached in the middle. These are incredibly difficult obstacles for any beginner skateboard rider.

Bowl: A bowl is a transition obstacle where there is no side of the ramp unconnected. Picture the bowl you use for cereal, now put your tech deck inside it and imagine that you are skating.

Double set:  A double set is referred to when two sets of stairs are separated by a flat zone but skaters still skate the entire obstacle. Imagine two sets of 3 stairs with a flat zone in between but the skater ollies over the flat surface and over all six stairs.

2 flat 2, 3 flat 3, etc: These numbers are used to describe double sets or triple sets with the number of stairs separated by the flat surface.

Triple Set: 3 sets of stairs with 2 flat surfaces in-between.

A Frame: An A-frame is when a rail or ledge is ascending and then connected by its descending mirror obstacle. Or it came be two ramps (without the curvature of a quarter pipe) to be connected in mirror as well.

Fun box:  A fun box is when ledges, rails, ramps and boxes are combined into unique obstacles usually seen in contests.

Kink Rail: A kink rail is a rail that has a ‘kink’ in it or essentially after going down steeply ‘kinks’ out flat. Nyjah Huston is famous for skating these.

Round Rail:  A round rail is a description of when the rail is round. Some skaters will prefer a round rail over a flat rail depending on what tricks they are doing. However, round rails are generally more used in skatepark construction and larger contests.

Flat Rail: A flat rail is a description for when the rail is flat. While plenty of flat rails can be found in the streets, the harsher angles of flat rails are not favored by skatepark creators. Also, since most transition coping is generally round rails, skaters don’t mind if flat rails are used in other instances, even if more rare.

Run Up: A run up is referring to the space or runway of a skate spot. “That spot had a really short run up.”

Thread the Needle: When a skater ‘threads the needle’ the obstacle they are skating requires them to skate through something narrow or down a very specific run up. “She really thread the needle on that one.”

Bump to Bar: A Bump to bar is when a ramp is preceded by a rail that is perpendicular to the ramp, causing the skater to have to pop over the rail. This is commonly referred to as a “Handicap Rail” since handicap ramps are constructed as bump to rails.

“Over the Rail:” Over the rail is a term for when a skater skates ‘over the rail’ instead of grinding or sliding down the rail. Often a skater will skate over a rail into a bank or down a gap.

Bank: A bank is referred to when a slope is flat and produces an angle skaters can skate up and perform an aerial maneuver. Banks are different from ramps as you always land back into a bank and a bank is derived from street spots found in the wild.

Bank to Ledge: A bank to ledge is when a ledge sits on top of a bank and a skater can ollie or flip into the bank to then slide or grind the ledge. In the streets, a skater will often put a bench on top of a bank to create a bank to ledge.

Gap: A gap is used to describe when a skater clears over an obstacle from point A to point B. Generally, the skaters go from a higher point to a lower point across a gap’. It’s the same as a stair set but without the stairs. Imagine a skater doing an ollie from one parking lot to another parking lot with grass or dirt separating the two parking lots. The middle zone the skater ollies is the gap.

Gap to Rail: A gap to rail is a term in reference to when a skater has to ollie across a gap before hitting the rail. Instead of a skater being able to ollie close to the rail, they have to gap out several feet before grinding or sliding the rail.

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Vert, Street, Park – What are the Different Styles of Skateboarding?

Self expression is at the core of being a skateboarder. It’s what makes every skater able to choose their own path and have as much fun as possible.

Today, thanks to all the amazing skateboarders who came before us, there exists a rich combination of skateboarding styles for skaters to enjoy.

That being said, every skater hones their skills from the foundational styles of skateboarding and different styles impact everything a skater does. From skating certain obstacles to literally what they wear.

However, by identifying the different styles of skateцвboarding, we uncover a rich history within skating’s evolution. So while we’ll define the different styles of skateboarding, GOSKATE invites you to learn even more about skateboarding than you might have anticipated.

How To Drop In On A Skateboard, Step by Step Guide

There might be no skate trick more responsible for ending people’s pursuit of skating than the failed Drop In. Because honestly, if not attempted properly or without the proper instruction, Dropping In is the first real trick that can lead inexperienced skaters to be significantly injured.

That being said, at GOSKATE we pride ourselves on the amount of successful student skateboarders we’ve been able to teach How To Drop In. And not just once but in perpetuity and on bigger and bigger obstacles.

We can guarantee our ability to teach you or your loved ones how to drop in safely with our expert GOSKATE instructors, who are not just lifelong skateboarders but highly trained teachers of skateboarding.

So while we offer you this comprehensive How To Drop In Step by Step Guide, we encourage you to contact GOSKATE today to book a one on one skate lesson for even further success.

As your number one trusted guide for learning how to skateboard, let’s go over what we’ll be covering in this article:

When Are You Ready to Learn How To Drop In for the First Time? How To Practice Warming Up for Dropping InHow To Drop In [Step by Step]Proven Tips for Successful Drop In Reason Why Drop In Lead to Falling (And How to Avoid Them)Most Iconic Drop Ins in Skateboarding HistoryBonus** How To Acid Drop

When Are You Ready to Learn How To Drop In for the First Time?

It can be difficult to know when you’re ready to learn how to drop in for the first time. As it often is with skateboarding, you should go with your gut. But there are certain milestones you’ll probably want to have hit before you attempt dropping in.

You’ve mastered the beginner skate tricks: The kick turn, tic tac, and revert are under your mastery of beginner skateboard tricks. You are comfortable with lifting your back wheels and front wheels and shifting your front foot and back foot when needed to render your board in certain ways.

You’re in the process of learning how to Ollie and Ollie higher: While it isn’t necessary to learn how to ollie before you drop in, especially if you prefer transition or vert skating over street, it is a good sign that you’re at the skill level needed to learn how to drop in. We have a complete guide to learning how to ollie if you ever find yourself in need of some extra pop!

You’re comfortable being at the skatepark: This is a rather important element of being ready to learn how to drop in, as dropping in generally requires a quarter pipe or mini ramp found at a skatepark. You also will exit the ramp on your way down with considerable velocity and should know if you’re about to rocket off into oncoming skate traffic.

You can visualize a successful Drop In: Visualization is key in learning any skateboarding trick. You might even have dreams of rolling away from your Drop In the night before it happens. Skaters will all tell you they’ve had dreams of landing tricks or daydreams for hours before they actually happen.

You Want to Learn How To Drop In: Okay, this might sound obvious but you would be surprised at the amount of skate moms or skate dads that force this trick upon their child. Skateboarding is all about self empowerment, you never have to do something you don’t want to do, especially if it’s leading you to not have fun or worse, getting injured. If you want to learn how to drop in, that’s a great sign you’re already capable of mastering this amazing trick.

How To Drop In [Step by Step]

Step 1: Back Wheels & Half of Back Foot Secure on Coping

Go ahead and jam your back wheels and back truck onto the coping. You’ll notice if they are secure or not when you wiggle your back foot. That being said, you probably want about half your foot split on the deck of the ramp and the tail of the board, with just enough weight on the back of the board to be able to come off the ramp smoothly.

However, be conscious of having enough of your foot off the board to confidently be in control of shifting your body weight when the time comes.

Step 2: Place Front Foot on Bolts of Nose & Align front of Body

You want your front shoulder and front truck to be aligned for a successful transfer of weight from the deck of the ramp onto your front foot. This comes in the form of the momentum from your upper body carrying you onto your front truck and through the drop in.

So when you place your front foot on the board, you’ll still be leaning on your back foot. Our GOSKATE instructors will help you check if your upper body is aligned enough. From there you’ll be able to lean in and lead your body weight transfer by looking at where your lead shoulder is compared to your front foot on the board.

Step 3: Dropping In by Body Weight Transfer of Upper Body

Okay, down to the nitty-gritty. You’re about to do your first drop in!

Lead with the top of your body, preferably with your head and press all your weight onto your front foot and lean in fully with a full transfer of momentum like a tree falling over.

By keeping your front leading shoulder below your back shoulder, you have a marker for making sure you’re transferring your body weight enough to the front of your board. There are more tips below like holding your nose to stay low enough to have control of your center of gravity.

But otherwise, if you’ve learned all your weight you should be slapping all four wheels onto the ramp.

Step 4: Slap Front 2 Wheels Onto the Ramp

While not everyone will instinctively be able to let go of their weight on their first few go’s, everyone will need to slap their front two wheels onto the ramp (as hard as you can) to guarantee you make the drop in. This is produced from the above steps of transferring your weight fully onto your front foot and leaning in forward down the ramp.

As you’ll see later in the tips section, always lean forward and remember to always commit. Our GOSKATE instructors have secrets of their own to guarantee the four wheels ride away.

Step 5: Crouch and Roll Away!

When you are leaning all the way forward with all four wheels onto the ramp, make sure you crouch so your center is low enough to successfully ride away.

Congratulations! You just landed a drop in for the first time!

You’re well on your way to becoming the next Olympian for your country or the next Tony Hawk in the X Games.

In all seriousness, you’ve just unlocked a huge level to your skating, which will allow you to enjoy skateparks like never before. You’re also ready to start learning advanced tricks! Click Here for our more advanced How To guides.

Proven Tips for Successful Drop In

Hold Your Nose: Holding your nose is something skaters will do even after skating for 20 years. It helps you feel connected to your board and also naturally produces the keen crouch it takes to have both your feet on the board while holding the nose, ensuring your center of gravity is low to the ground. It can sometimes feel like you’re all alone up on that ramp but you always have your skateboard – the most important relationship to foster as a skateboarder.

A lot of beginners will think standing up straight is natural, but it actually disconnects your equilibrium as we will see in the main reasons people fail drop ins below.

Kiss Your Nose: Okay, don’t literally kiss your board. Especially with dirty grip tape. However, skaters have always told beginners to lean in so far in their drop in, it’s like they’re trying to kiss the nose of their skateboard.

You love skating so much so you’ve probably wanted to kiss your board already. In all seriousness, like many tricks in skateboarding, you lead with your head. Which brings us to our next proven tip.

Always Fall Forward: A great maxim for skateboarding given to us by the late great “Phelps” long time editor of Thrasher Magazine, is “always fall forward.” The main reason for this is because it proves that you are committing to the trick, which is the number one way to minimize your fall.

Hesitation will lead to disaster, fall completely forward for the minimal fall. If you’re wearing pads fall forward to your knees especially.

Know Your Limits: There’s always that skate mom at the skatepark that’s had a few too many cans of courage who steps onto the skateboard in flip flops and earns a one way ticket to the ER.

But the same philosophy can sometimes be applied to young skaters who set their sites on a drop in a bit too early. Or rather, on an obstacle a bit too large. Know your limits. Start from the smaller ramps, to the mini ramps to the quarter pipes. You’ll be dropping in on half pipes like Tony Hawk in no time.

Check for Debris: Some skatepark bowls or mini ramps might have clogged drains or have been neglected from clean up crews. A good rule of thumb is to always scope out the obstacle before you skate it, especially if you’ve gotten there early before other skaters. Be aware of wax on the coping as well. We don’t want you to slip out!

Hold Someone’s Hand: Last but certainly not least, GOSKATE instructors will literally hold your hand while you drop in. It’s actually been proven to help thousands of skaters land their first drop in. It can be so scary attempting your first drop in, especially if you’re an adult learning how to skate, but accomplishing those fears is what makes skateboarding one of the most powerful self development tools in the world.

Contact us today and we’ll not only teach you how to drop in, we’ll hold your hand the whole way through.

How To Practice Warming Up for Dropping In

While ‘warming up’ is usually reserved for a physical warm up of the muscles, we’re going to teach you ways to warm up your confidence and muscle memory for the drop in.

Because while a quarter pipe or mini ramp at a skatepark can be pretty intimidating, there’s plenty of neighborhood obstacles and even flat ground technique to help you warm up for dropping in.

Standing Still: While standing still on flatground, place your back foot on your tail and lift the nose of your board all the way up until you are fully rested on your back foot and your front foot is stationary either on the ground or nose of your board.

This is the drop in position.

Essentially, you can then practice slamming down your weight back onto your front foot until all four wheels are on the ground. This is also a great way to get familiar with learning how to ollie.

Down Your Driveway: Okay, remember that drop in position? With your back foot keeping you in place? You’re going to want to set up that position in the driveway, where the curb slopes down. It’s basically a tiny ramp in that sense and a great low risk ‘quick’ quarter pipe.

Set up with your back wheels and back foot on the top of the sloping driveway, steady yourself as you bring on your front foot, and press your weight down to level all four wheels.

Downward Slope: Not all ramps or slopes at the skatepark are quarter pipes or mini ramps. You can look for downward slopes that are flat 45 degree angles, or much less of course. What you do here is similar to that above. You position the back wheels and your back foot as if you were locking onto the coping of a quarter pipe.

Proceed with transferring your body weight onto the front of the board so that you get all four wheels on the ground and roll away successfully. Always be aware of the trip down and make sure you can stop when needed. You don’t want to go flying down a hill or slope you’re not ready for.

Reason Why Drop Ins Lead to Falling (And How to Avoid Them)

Standing up straight: While your mother has always told you to stand up straight, your skate instructor won’t when it comes to the drop in. It’s a great general tip in skating to crouch when performing any trick. While crouching will also be the foundation of your style, ultimately when you’re standing up straight you’re disconnecting your head and feet from the center of your gravity.

This dramatically detaches your core from your limbs. This disconnection is what generally produces the “slams” you want to avoid. Also, the higher you are, the farther you fall. Crouch and you’re basically falling inches instead of feet.

Not Committing: Some of you will fall victim to this more than others because not committing is a personal issue. It can be harder for adults to commit when learning how to skate because they are a bit more aware of injuries and what sustaining an injury can mean to their daily life.

That being said, committing will also dramatically reduce your chance of injury. Especially with the drop in. 99-percent of falls from drop in are from not committing or even worse, hesitating.

Hesitation: Do not hesitate – sounds simple enough? Well, hesitation is really another form of not committing. But when you’re up on that ramp alone, and you hesitate, it’s a long way down when you accidentally slip or lean back.

If you’re properly trained you shouldn’t be hesitating, instead be confident in what you’ve learned and fully commit to dropping in. Also, having fun (which is the reason we skate!) shouldn’t mean hesitating.

Leaning back over back shoulder: As we wrote earlier, always fall forward. Well, a lot of beginners might fall backwards because they lean back or look back over their shoulder. This can sometimes be from hesitation, or it can be from feeling a bit more comfortable performing a trick opening their vision to their belly. But in reality it’s poor form and fear that will lead you to falling on your wrists. Don’t lean back! Lean forward! You got this!

Not Having the Proper Skateboard: Unfortunately, a lot of beginners are still not equipped with the proper equipment – including the proper skateboard. A longboard should never be used for attempting a drop in. Longboard wheels are also not meant to be used for the maneuverable demands of skateparks or street skating. Also, never use a penny board. They are way too small and do not produce the proper crouch needed to drop in.

Not Asking for Help: Skateboarders are some of the most friendly people on the planet but they can also be the most independent (to a fault). Whether you’re goofy or regular footed or fresh into the skate game, certified GOSKATE instructors are happy to help you learn how to drop in for the first time. Contact us today to find out what instructors are in your area. We do have the largest network of the highest trained skateboarding instructors  – just saying!

Most Iconic Drop Ins in Skateboarding History

Skateboard, skateboard, on the wall, who has the most iconic drop ins of them all? That’s a good question. Here are some of the most iconic drop ins in skateboarding history.

Bam Margera

Bam Margera has some of the most iconic drop ins in skateboarding history. When you think gnarly drop ins, think Bam.

Danny Way

When it comes to skating the biggest ramps in the world, Danny Way is at the top of the list. With several world records under his belt, these videos show us  the massive drop ins Danny has needed to skate the biggest gaps in skateboarding history.

World Record Drop In

Norwegian professional skateboarder Adil Dyani set out in 2013 to land the world record for a drop in attempted on a skateboard. The feat was considered so incredible, the Royal Norwegian Air Force collaborated with Adil to build the quarter pipe on a military base.

With the best engineers and military personnel of Norway in attendance, you might also say this is the most pressure-filled drop in ever attempted. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Watch it for yourself below!

How To Acid Drop

The Acid Drop is one of the first skateboard tricks you can learn as a beginner and one of the most rewarding. That’s exactly why we wanted to include it at the end of this article as encouragement for anyone scratching their head at a drop in.

Also, don’t forget, you can work on learning multiple tricks at a time. Some other tricks you can be learning along side the acid drop and drop in are: the ollie, kickturn, tic tac or revert – all of which we have in depth, GOSKATE guides.

Without further ado, here is our GOSKATE step by step guide on How To Acid Drop.

Hold your skateboard with your leading hand with four fingers on the graphic side of the board and your thumb on the grip tape. You’ll want to do this with your front leading hand. If you’re goofy (right foot forward), you’re going to be holding it with your right and if you’re regular (left foot forward), you’ll hold it with your left.Next, start by swinging the board outwards away from you. Be conscious of when it begins to swing back to you as this will initiate the next step. The moment your skateboard starts to swing back to you, you’re going to want to jump up with both of your feet and with your shoulders level. You want to first jump just high enough to be above the board.Once you’re in the air, you’re going to want to catch the board before it hits the ground. This will require timing and practice but don’t worry – you’ll get it in no time! Aiming for the bolts, you’ll want to land with both your feet and crouch with your knees bent to maintain balance as you land. Remember, it’s always a good idea to practice new tricks into grass. Once you get the hang of things, you can practice the roll away and even step your acid drop up to bigger and bigger obstacles. Some Pro skaters like Mike Valleyly, have perfected acid drops off of roofs into ramps! Incredibly radical.

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How To Kick Turn, Revert, Tic Tac – Best Skateboard Tricks for Beginners

For those of us lucky enough to fall in love with skateboarding, our drive to get more skilled and learn new tricks is part of the fun.

However, whether you’re a fresh young buck or an adult learning how to skate, it can be difficult to know where to start.

Have no fear! GOSKATE is here to teach you some of the very first skateboard tricks you’ll master with our classes.

While these are the best skateboard tricks for beginners, through the kick turn, revert and tic tac, you’ll learn the foundations for learning harder tricks like the ollie and the drop in.

But first, let’s go over the different areas of the skateboard you’ll need to identify so you can understand our tutorials with ease.

How To Ollie & Ollie Higher in 5 Easy Steps [With Video Tutorials]

Learning how to ollie is practically a right of passage to become a skateboarder. While the ollie is the first trick in skateboarding most skaters strive to learn, it can also be one of the hardest tricks to learn on a skateboard without proper instruction. 

In this article, we’ll be breaking down “How To Ollie” in a detailed tutorial, explaining step by step the proper foot-placement and mechanics to not only ollie but ollie higher. 

In addition, in this article we’ll also be covering: 

Why the Ollie is the Foundation to SkateboardingHistory of the OllieHow to Ollie Step by Step Tips on How To Ollie HigherHow to Ollie Onto an ObstacleBest Ollies in SkatboardingBonus* How Learning how to Ollie can Help you Kickflip

Why the Ollie is the Foundation of Skateboarding

Why is the ollie so important to skateboarding? Well for starters, it’s the first trick most people see that blows their mind and attracts them to skateboarding. How the heck did you do that? How do you make the board come up like that and defy gravity? WOW! 

Many times when a pro skater talks about how they fell in love with skateboarding, it’s after they saw their brother or someone in the neighborhood pop an ollie. 

However, the ollie is most important because it makes up the foundation of all skateboard tricks. Even Tony Hawk’s 900 started his rotation off with an ollie and the same for Yuto Horigome’s runs during The Olympics

Historically as well, the ollie allowed for skaters to be able to skate into different styles of skating

Vertical skating, street skating, park skating, and even flat ground all begin with the ollie. Essentially, if it wasn’t for the ollie, skaters wouldn’t be getting air. So literally, the ollie took skateboarding to new heights. 

In conclusion, you need to ollie before you can do a kickflip or grind down a rail or launch off a ramp. It’s why every skater wants to learn how to ollie and why we have learning how to ollie as a focal part of our skate lessons

Because simply put, if you want to get good at skateboarding, you must perfect the ollie. 

At GOSKATE we offer the most comprehensive teaching instructions on How To Ollie both online and with our instructors. In addition to this article, you can contact us today to find an instructor to teach you how to ollie and achieve your skateboarding goals!

How To Ollie – GOSKATE Step by Step Tutorial

We’re going to break it down both through bullet points and a video for you to learn how to ollie.  By the end of our instruction, you’ll have everything you’ll need to know about the most important trick in skateboarding.

(Tip 1) 

Find an appropriate space to practice learning how to ollie: this should be flat ground in an empty parking lot, your driveway or empty skatepark early in the morning. Watch out for cracks and debris!

(Tip 2) 

Practice ‘Standing Still’: as in, do not attempt to do a rolling ollie but one in place. Stand on your board and practice centering your balance. This can all be mastered by GOSKATE certified instructors in four or less lessons through our fundamentals of skateboarding philosophy.

(Step 1)

Proper Foot Positioning: Okay, down to the nitty gritty. The proper foot position is broken up into the front foot and the back foot. 

Front Foot: Place the front foot in the middle of your skateboard and well below your front wheels and bolts. This might feel uncomfortable at first, but that’s okay. That’s a sign of progressing. 

Generally, the lower your front foot the better for learning how to ollie. This will help promote the slide up to your nose to create the leveling out of your board but always start with where you feel comfortable and adjust from there.

Back Foot: Your back foot is arguably the more important foot as it is usually the foot that causes the most obstacles in terms of learning how to ollie. This is your “popping” foot. You’ll need to have your toes and ball of your foot on the very edge of your board. 

Essentially, as little of your back foot as possible to avoid muting your pop. You might feel like a cat climbing a fence at first but don’t worry, every skater was once in your shoes.

(Step 2)

Crouch Down: Crouching down is what is going to allow you the vertical leverage to jump high enough to produce an ollie. Some people will crouch lower than others, but it is generally understood to do whatever is necessary to jump as high as possible. When you crouch, maintain a center of balance. This is key.

(Step 3)

Pop Your Tail: This is usually the most counter intuitive step in the process of learning how to ollie. Practice first by smacking your tail on the ground to a halt with your back foot, so your board is at a 45° angle and resting on the back wheels.  

Remember, use your toes and the least amount of the ball of your foot as possible. This will avoid muting your pop, as the popping of your board will need to be done as fast as possible to simultaneously produce the mechanics necessary to catch air.

(Step 4)

Slide Your Front Foot Up to the Nose: It’s time to become a skateboarder. Sliding your front foot up from the middle of your board to your nose for the first time seems impossible. But we’ve seen countless students regardless of age eventually master this technique. You’ll want to slide your front foot up to the front of your board, pass the front bolts and onto the cusp of your nose. 

You have to do this at the same time, right after you pop your tail to bring the board up from the ground. Your front trucks will already be off the ground, the middle of the board will be free from the weight of your front foot, and the nose of the board will launch you to landing your first ollie.

(Step 5)

Level Out and Land: We felt we had to include this step for comprehensive reasons, but the leveling out should be produced from the front foot sliding up and a successful popping of your tail. After practicing the steps here, you’ll get more and more comfortable maintaining your balance through all the steps so you’ll land with all four wheels on the ground and roll away. 

Recap: Practice in a safe space without cars, pedestrians or other skaters zipping by and standing still. Get your foot placement in the proper positions, crouch down before popping your tail; quickly slide your front foot up to your nose leveling out your board and lifting your back wheels off the ground. 

Congratulations. You just did your first ollie!

But Wait, There’s More!

We’ve got another section on tips for increasing the height of your ollie and even exercises to improve your form! Also, as your number one trusted source for everything skateboarding, we’re going to delve into the history of the ollie and some of the most legendary ollie ever landed!

The History of the Ollie

To be completely honest, due to the ambiguous nature of skateboarding’s birth, the exact who and where of the first ollie is somewhat debatable. That being said, the skateboard world has agreed, Alan “Ollie” Gelfand invented [sic] the ollie in the 1970s. 

It is probably more accurate to say Alan “Ollie” Gelfand perfected the ollie by 1978 and made it clear to the skateboarding world the trick would become fundamental to the future of skateboard tricks.

But if skateboarding was born in the 50s and 60s, why did it take so long for the ollie to be invented? 

The board shapes of the first skateboards often had very small noses and flat tails with no grip tape. That means you could not pop the tail of the board and gain traction on the grip tape to perform the back foot and front foot maneuvers to produce an ollie. That’s where a certain someone comes in.

You probably guessed it, we also can’t talk about the ollie without mentioning Rodney Mullen.

While Rodney Mullen is famous for inventing skateboarding tricks left and right, tearing up whatever skatepark or contest he was in, the board shapes and designs sent his innovation in different directions – handstands, finger flips, tailspins and other flat ground tricks – before he eventually found the ollie.

However, once the ollie was in the forefront of skate progression, Rodney Mullen took it and ran away (or skated away rather) with it. 

Rodney would take what he learned with the ollie and invent nearly every flat ground flip trick we see in contemporary skating today. 

Some tricks Rodney Mullen invented thanks to the ollie are:  Kickflips, backside flips, heelflips, 360 flips, double flips, impossibles, dark slides and nearly an infinite list of freestyle tricks and flatground tricks. 

It should also be mentioned, many media outlets will mention Rodney Mullen invented the flat ground ollie or the ollie altogether.

Tips on How To Ollie Higher

Once you are able to get all pop your tail, slide your foot up, level out and get all four wheels off the ground in a successful ollie, you’re ready for our tips on how to ollie higher. 

While learning how to ollie at all is the most important, you’ll find in order to get good at skateboarding, you have to constantly refine and work on perfecting tricks. The ollie is no different. 

So here are some tips for learning higher ollies. 

Crouch lower: While at first crouching lower might cause you to lose your balance easier, eventually it will help you jump higher and even increase your style.

Suck your knees up to your chest: Some of the best skaters in the world will accidentally knee themselves in the face while ollieing over a high obstacle. Always suck your knees up as high as you can to produce the highest ollie possible. 

Ollie in a crack: This is a lifelong proven trick to helping you stand still while learning how to Ollie. It’s something we implement when our instructors are teaching kids and adults how to ollie for the first time. 

Hold onto a railing: Holding onto the railing is similar to being in a crack while learning how to ollie. The difference is, holding onto a railing will allow you to take the weight off your legs and practice sucking your knees up or popping your board without the consequences of your full weight. This is also a great way to learn kickflips when you’re ready. 

Film your progress: Filming your progress is a great way to see what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong. Maybe you’ll notice your front foot isn’t reaching the cusp of your nose or that your back is indeed muting your pop. You can also post your video onto social media and ask others for tips. You’ll start landing higher ollies in no time!

Work on jumping higher both on and off a skateboard: this might sound a little confusing, but practicing your vertical jump both on and off a skateboard will help you ollie higher. Remember it’s all about sucking up your knees and having strong muscles.

Skate with a GOSKATE Instructor: Our instructors are trained to help you master the foundation of skateboarding and learn how to ollie within a few weeks. We’ve taught skaters of all ages and skill level and have seen great results – especially in young kids. While a video or an article is a great resource, nothing is better than another skater who’s mastered the art of the Ollie.

How to Ollie On an Obstacle

Every skateboarder will tell you: learning how to ollie onto a curb changed their life. 

Picture this – you’re skating through a neighborhood and you no longer have to get off your board to cross the street because a curb or pesky crack is in your way. 

The result is true freedom of movement a.k.a. one of the best feelings about skateboarding.

Learning to ollie while moving and specifically learning to ollie on an obstacle is the first step in learning the advanced skateboard tricks like grinding down rails or skating ledges. 

Here are some tips and steps you’ll need to master to learn how to ollie on an obstacle.

Master the rolling ollie: While you can learn how to ollie on an obstacle while standing still, you won’t get very far once you’re on the obstacle. Practice the rolling ollie by placing a watering hose in your driveway. 

Practice ollieing onto grass curbs: When it comes to learning skateboarding tricks, grass is your best friend. Just find a curb with grass next to it, roll head on and practice ollieing onto the grass. This will help mentally and physically prepare you to ollie on an obstacle and eventually ride away.

Approach at an angle frontside: approaching at an angle frontside will be easier than approaching head on since you’ll have less of your board to learn onto the obstacle. Frontside is also easier than the back side for visibility and opening your center of gravity to the obstacle. The majority of trick tips in the future will include the first step of “approach at an angle.” 

Lead with your front truck: It’s your front truck and back truck not your wheels you’ll need to think about. Imagining it this way, you want to approach the red curb at an angle, ollie while moving and land your front and back truck onto the curb. Wow! You just did your first 5050 grind.

How to Practice and Exercise to Improve Your Ollie

Front Hand Position: Wait, what? What do your hands have to do with learning how to ollie? We’ll for starters, your balance. Being mindful of having your front hand hang loosely over your nose will help you maintain your balance and center of gravity. It will also naturally keep your shoulders open for your front foot to slide up and maintain a cohesive full body movement. Which brings us to our next practice exercise. 

Imagine an X on the Nose of your Board: Visualization is key in skateboarding. It’s where the tricks you haven’t learned first get their wings. The ollie being your first palpable skate trick, of course includes visualization. Imagine an X at the foot of your nose, right at the concave. So when you slide up your front foot, imagine it hitting this mark and curling to level the board out. Imagine the X and your front hand also being on the same plane. This will overall promote balance and the oneness needed for correct timing of the ollie.

‘Feel’ the Timing: A lot of skateboarding is instinctual. You have to feel as much as visualize as you go about learning a trick. So the timing is a combination of understanding all the key points in this article and slowly but surely identifying the timing and rhythm where they all meet in unison to create the ollie. This is why the ollie is such a beautiful trick and fulfilling feeling. It’s like the sound of a perfect swish and bowling a strike all in one.

Best Ollies in Skateboarding

While competition skateboarding can crown a winner or a first place, there really is ‘no best’ ollie in skateboarding. However, there are some skaters out there who are celebrated for their ollies and set the standards both physically and stylistically for what are the best ollies. 

The current world record for highest flatground ollie was set by Aldrin Garcia during the Maloof High Ollie Challenge, back on February 15th, 2011. Considering how much skateboarding has changed since then, it really is amazing the record has not been broken. But then you hear the height… 45 inches or 114.3 centimeters! Wow!

Rumor has it that Aldrin skated a specially crafted light board and hollow trucks, which did spark some controversy over the record. Even so, no one has been able to break it even with their own especially crafted boards.

A new world record is not being recognized by Guinness Book of World Records, when Jake Hayes and Xavier Alford tied for 45.5 inches during an ETN live event. Skateboarding will always remain somewhat unofficial in its subculture nature, alongside the simple fact the majority of skateboarders are apathetic to the record; especially in terms of comparing the praise they have for other skaters on this list.

Jeremy Wray: is largely regarded as the king of the ollie, as his skate career produced some of the gnarliest feats of the ollie ever seen. His most famous ollie is his water tank ollie, a death defying ollie between two colossal water tanks no one has attempted since.

Aaron “Jaws” Homoki: When it comes to the ollie being capable of pushing skateboarding to new heights, no statement rings truer in this respect than Aaron “Jaws” Homoki. If superman could leap tall buildings in a single feat, Jaws could ollie off them with a single pop. Jaws once ollied off something so high, when he landed his knee hit his face breaking his jaw.

Andrew Brophy: While most people are stoked to be ollieing down 7-stairs, Andrew Brophy ollies up (yes up) seven stairs. While his height is definitely a factor, no one can deny the Australian Andrew Brophy has one of the highest ollies ever seen.

John Cardiel: John Cardiel is included on this list as one of the most legendary skateboarders of all time. Even as the industry favored street skaters in his time, John never lost connection with his park and vert roots, airing over quarter pipes like a dove from the heavens. His ollie style reminds us why skateboarding is as much an artform as a sport and to this day is remembered and interviewed for ollies he’s landed throughout his illustrious career.

BONUS* How Learning How To Ollie Can Help you Kickflip

Learning how to ollie is necessary in learning how to kickflip. Here’s a few tips and steps on how learning how to ollie can help you learn how to kickflip.

Once you’ve mastered the foundation of skateboarding and are producing an ollie on a regular basis, you’re ready to start learning how to kickflip. 

Grab a railing: Remember this helpful tip from above? Grabbing a railing will help lessen the risk and produce a weightlessness suitable for trying new things.

It’s in the toes: While your back foot is learning how to ollie already promoted using mostly your toes to promote a healthy pop, your front foot will need to be focusing on toe movement to produce the ‘flick’ needed for a kickflip. 

Flick off your nose: While an ollie catches the cusps of your nose to produce the leverage needed to level out your board, a kickflip goes a step farther by pushing even more to flick off the side of the nose. This is what causes the board to rate or to flip.

Back foot catch: Once you practiced flipping the board, eventually the board will flip up and be caught by the back foot. While you’re first practicing you might have a tendency to land with one foot off the board. Be careful, this can lead to bad habits of not committing.

Commit with the front foot: Even if you’re learning on the grass or holding onto a railing, you need to get in the habit of committing to land on the board with your front foot after it flips. If you’re only getting one foot on the board after flipping, make sure it’s the front!

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The Future Popularity of Skateboarding and Why We Love Skateboarding

Since its conception, skateboarding’s popularity has gone through ups and downs. In fact, skateboarding and the skate industry have nearly collapsed twice in the late 1960s and early 1980s, begging the question – what is the future of skateboarding popularity?

In this article, we’re asking the tough questions AND getting the answers.

  1. Has skateboarding’s popularity increased or decreased since the skateboard was invented?
  2. What factors cause skateboarding’s decline and increase in popularity?
  3. Is skateboarding’s popularity dying?
  4. Why we love skateboarding!

GOSKATE will answer all these questions and go over the factors that are affecting the past, present, and future popularity of our favorite action sport.

How Much Do Skateboard Lessons Cost?

$200-695. – Small group classes at the local YMCA and public recreation departments are usually the least expensive options. They are generally in the price range of $95-195. The typical class has about five sessions. Private camps through skateparks and skateboard schools will be pricier- $395-1395.

How to Become a Sponsored Skateboarder

The ways in which skaters become a sponsored skateboarder have drastically changed in today’s day and age. With the advent of social media and YouTube and the sheer amount of skateboard competitions, skateboard companies and local skate shops have changed the ways they approach sponsorship. 

That being said, skaters have also evolved in how they approach getting sponsored. While the days of sending VHS tapes through the postal service are over, there are still a number of ways in which brands discover good skaters worthy of sponsorship.

In this guide, GOSKATE will go over ‘How To Become a Sponsored Skateboarder’ so you or your loved one can land your first sponsor and start receiving free gear. 

In this article, we’ll also go over: 

What does it mean to be a sponsored skateboarder?How did skaters get sponsored in the past?What are the different kinds of sponsorships?How to become a sponsored skateboarderWhat are sponsors looking for in a skater?

What does it mean to be a sponsored skateboarder?

There are several factors when asking what it means to be a sponsored skateboarder? 

Especially when ‘being sponsored’ in today’s age has become an ambiguous term compared to past years.

Here are some cornerstones to what it means to be a sponsored skateboarder:


In its simplest definition, being a sponsored skater is when a company or brand is sending you a free product to endorse. Meaning, you become affiliated with said company as an ambassador of sorts. 

Think of it this way: While you’re skating, you’re wearing their clothes, using their product or endorsing them as a mobile skate-billboard. That way, when a sponsored skater shows up to contests at skateparks or to film at skate spots, onlookers witness the caliber skateboarder of their sponsor’s skate team and product. 

Usually, skaters often take on the personality of their sponsor’s skate team, adding to the marketing niche or overall branding of the company. Tony Hawk created Birdhouse, Paul Rodriguez created Primitive Skateboarders, and both took careful care in who they chose to be their team riders.

Free Product

But what of the product? 

Usually, products come in the form of boxes of products showing up to your door and these products support the skater’s skateboarding. Traditionally, skate products like free boards, free wheels, free trucks and free bearings are sent to the skater’s door along with clothes to wear when filming and to compete in

Good skaters are motivated to get sponsored because as your skill increases, so does the rate in which you go through the product. The life of a pro skater’s skateboard deck is only a few days. At $60 a skateboard deck, that’s a hefty price to support yourself for years on end.

However, as we see in our next section, skaters in today’s day are sponsored by a myriad of companies – from energy drinks to energy bars to really any brand with an investment in skate marketing. 

Coupled with social media, this has created a drastic change from how skaters used to get sponsored.

How Did Skaters Get Sponsored in the Past?

Simply put, it used to be a lot harder for a skateboarder to get sponsored back in the day. While there was also less competition and saturation without the internet or social media; in the past, skaters relied a lot more on word-of-mouth and team managers witnessing a good skater in person. 

Imagine your local skate shop holding a skate contest as their local skate park. Local kids show up and win the contest and the shop’s team manager tells them to send them a sponsor me tape. You can see why it would be harder for someone who lives in a small town. But nonetheless, that is why the sponsor me video has always been a staple in how to become a sponsored skateboarder.

Sponsor Me Video

The sponsor me video is the most significant enduring element of becoming a sponsored skateboarder and understanding its origins is paramount to creating a successful one today.

The sponsor me video is a 2-3 minute video reel of the skateboarder’s skill. The “sponsor me” is an audition tape, proving the skateboarder’s ability to create content and skate the streets. 

While contest skateboarding is a larger focal point in skateboarding than it was in the past, even today street footage and photos are next to gold for the sponsored skateboarder.

Here are the requirements for a ‘sponsor me video’ that still endure to this day: 

2-3 minutes of street footage spliced together in one video. And yes, that means no skate park footage.No music to the part – the raw skill of the skater is the emphasis not the videography. No slow motion – this again takes away from the skill of the skater and takes away from the 2-3 minute count. Send it to team managers or brand ambassadors or preferably hand it to them as a hard copy VHS or DVD (Mp4 or .Mov) in today’s age. 

Back in the day, once a skateboarder had a “sponsor me tape” which usually was made by a Frankenstein splicing of VHS tapes, skaters would send them in the mail to team managers – often with zero idea if they ever received them. 

We hear stories from pro skaters of how when they were young hopefuls sending out their sponsor me tapes to a number of brands through the local skate shop. How then a pro skater would end up calling their house phone days, weeks or even months later. 

Obviously, in today’s age, people are not cold-sending VHS tapes, and sadly, fewer and fewer local skate shops are around to help connect skaters to brands. However, there are new ways skaters connect to brands in today’s skate world.

But first, let’s go over the different kinds of skateboarding sponsorships so you know exactly who and where to send your sponsor me video.

The sponsor me video is the most significant enduring element of becoming a sponsored skateboarder and understanding its origins is paramount to creating a successful one today.

The sponsor me video is a 2-3 minute video reel of the skateboarder’s skill. The “sponsor me” is an audition tape, proving the skateboarder’s ability to create content and skate the streets. 

While contest skateboarding is a larger focal point in skateboarding than it was in the past, even today street footage and photos are next to gold for the sponsored skateboarder.

Here are the requirements for a ‘sponsor me video’ that still endure to this day: 

2-3 minutes of street footage spliced together in one video. And yes, that means no skate park footage.No music to the part – the raw skill of the skater is the emphasis not the videography. No slow motion – this again takes away from the skill of the skater and takes away from the 2-3 minute count. Send it to team managers or brand ambassadors or preferably hand it to them as a hard copy VHS or DVD (Mp4 or .Mov) in today’s age. 

Back in the day, once a skateboarder had a “sponsor me tape” which usually was made by a Frankenstein splicing of VHS tapes, skaters would send them in the mail to team managers – often with zero idea if they ever received them. 

We hear stories from pro skaters of how when they were young hopefuls sending out their sponsor me tapes to a number of brands through the local skate shop. How then a pro skater would end up calling their house phone days, weeks or even months later. 

Obviously, in today’s age, people are not cold-sending VHS tapes, and sadly, fewer and fewer local skate shops are around to help connect skaters to brands. However, there are new ways skaters connect to brands in today’s skate world.

But first, let’s go over the different kinds of skateboarding sponsorships so you know exactly who and where to send your sponsor me video.

What are the different kinds of sponsorships?

Local Skate Shop: Usually your first sponsor will be from a local skate shop. Team managers will see you at a local contest and ask for your sponsor me video or you send it to them by dropping it off at the skate counter. Most skate shops have their own boards and t-shirts. This will be the first free product you will receive and endorse as your shop sponsorship. 

First Board Sponsor: Your first board sponsor is arguably the “you made it point” especially if it’s a name brand company. While shop boards are typically $35 dollars, brand name skate decks are $50-$60 and have the greatest potential in making you a flow or amateur rider.

Social Media Endorsements: Social media endorsements are a novel aspect in skateboarder sponsorship. While many of skateboarding’s core skaters look down upon social media endorsements as ‘selling out’ (as they are usually non-skate brands) they do potentially offer streams of revenue for a skater. If you don’t mind being labeled a ‘social media skater’ by all means, endorse these brands and build your social media following in the process. 

Flow Sponsorship: Flow sponsorship is one of the most exciting times for a talented skater. It means the company or brand is committing to you possibly becoming a real asset to their skate team. Every pro today was flow for a company at some point, which basically means you are getting boxes of free goods and are being invited on filming missions and skate trips. However, you are not getting a paycheck yet from skate companies.

Amateur Sponsorship: Amateur sponsorship might seem like a confusing title since it generally means you are getting your first paychecks from a sponsor. However, what it really means is you are now a focal point of the skate team and have potential of joining the pro ranks. 

You are also skating full-time qualifying for amateur skate contests like Damn Am or Tampa Am, who’s winners are almost guaranteed to go pro. It is also the hardest sponsorship to navigate, as some brands will be more forthcoming than others on their plans to turn you pro and beyond. 

Pro Skater: This is every skateboarder’s dream. To one day have your name on the bottom of a board or side of a shoe. This means you have now contributed a signature series of products to a company and are qualified to compete in Pro contests. Turning Pro is a testament to your skill on a skateboard but also your marketability and personhood. 

Becoming a pro skater takes more than just skill; it takes a profound navigation of the skate industry as a whole. While in nearly all cases going pro is endowed by your board sponsor, you can also go pro for footwear in skateboarding. You also must be a professional skateboarder to compete in The Olympics.

How to become a sponsored skateboarder

We wish we could say getting sponsored is easy, but it’s not. In actuality, it’s even harder to keep your sponsor once you get one and choosing one can make or break your skate career. Navigating how to become a sponsored skater is the real journey to becoming a pro skateboarder. 

Hone your skills: Skate, skate, skate! Honing your skills is the first and foremost step in becoming a sponsored skateboarder. Just because you picked up a skateboard at a young age or just landed your first kickflip doesn’t mean you have the skills of a sponsored skateboarder. Skate as many different skate parks as you can to skate all the different obstacles you would find in the streets or into a skate contest. 

Enter Contests: At every contest you participate in, more skate companies will get eyes on you and your skill. There are always skate brands and team managers at skate contests. Just like skate parks, enroll in as many skate contests as possible. If you don’t like skate contests? Go hit the streets and stack as much footage as possible. 

Footage: Footage is the currency of the sponsored skateboarder and pro skateboarder alike. It’s what your sponsor uses to promote you on social media or in their full-length videos. Think of it this way as well: when a skater is announced to a skate team or a new sponsor, they do so with an accompanying video part. The same is true when a skater goes pro, amateur or even flow. When a sponsored or pro skater says they’re out working – they’re out filming in the streets.

Sponsor Me Video: [See Above] Your Sponsor Me video is the most important asset of becoming a sponsored skater. This is why we gave it it’s own section above.

Send to Prospecting Sponsors: No one is going to work harder for you than yourself. Once you have your sponsor me video, start connecting to your dream sponsors. In the past, skaters would have to send a literal VHS tape to a brand or company. With LinkedIn, email, and social media there are more ways than ever to connect to a skate brands team manager. Go for it! You never know who’s eye you might catch. 

Just make sure you’re following our sponsor me video guidelines above. 

Social Media: “Just go hard on social media ” is what Shane O’Neill, one of the world’s most talented pro skateboarders famously said during an interview. Social media allows you to upload bite size content and prove to prospective sponsors how you’re not only a talented skater but a valuable asset to their marketing strategy. You have to be careful however. Depending on how you market yourself on social media can either pigeon hole you into a ‘ ‘social media skater” and turn you off to core skate brands. You also need to be image conscious and understand how to be a healthy member of the online skate community. In essence, don’t talk badly about anyone.

Start your own company: If all else fails, why wait to become sponsored? So many amazing skateboarders from Tony Hawk to Rodney Mullen have created their own companies. It’s a great way to support other skaters as well and have an infinite outlet for creative expression. Even if it’s just for fun, we encourage all young skaters to start their own company with friends. You’d be following the footsteps of some of the greatest skaters ever.

What are Sponsors Looking for in a skater?

Skill: Obviously, the first and foremost reason sponsors notice a skater is their skill (and style). Usually a talented skater will impress a rep or a team manager at a skate contest or at a local skate park. This is why it is imperative to hone your skills and learn the best tricks and hardest tricks possible. 

Competition Skater: Skateboarding competitions have always helped skaters get noticed. But now with The Olympics, competition skating has taken on a whole new meaning of marketing. If you’re looking to get sponsored, compete in as many skate contests as you can. You’ll have sponsors knocking on your skateboard overnight. 

Street Skater: While you might think contest skating is the most important marketing for a skater, street skateboarding endures as the most important aspect to being a sponsored skater. The reason? Because real skateboarders and skate companies judge a skater by their street video parts. Which leads to them becoming their favorite professional skaters and thus, parents, grandparents and kid’s piggy banks being spent on those signature model shoes and boards of those kid’s favorite skaters. 

Think of competition skating being like a musical artist’s live concert, while the street video parts are the albums.

Marketability: While skill and video parts are going to get you noticed and put onto a skate team, arguably the single most reason a talented skater goes pro or stays sponsored for a long time, is their marketability. Unfortunately, the skate industry is still governed by business decisions, and we’ve heard countless stories of pros who left teams after 8 years of amateur or flow skater purgatory. Sponsors want someone with great marketability, just like any sport or industry. That is why you should never be afraid to be yourself or mute your uniqueness. Be yourself! However, you also must be able to fit in with the team and branding of the company. 

Fit in with the Team: There has always been a right of passage when becoming a member of a skate team. Usually this comes in the form of the team manager first meeting the skater at a skateboard shop or skate park. Then they are flow, being ‘flowed’ product before eventually being invited onto a skate trip with the team – where they travel to a few cities and film skate clips. While you’re in the van and staying in the hotels, everyone will gauge how well you fit in with the team. We’ve heard the stories of people just not being able to mesh or gel with their teammates and ultimately losing out on an opportunity. Be humble, be yourself and try your best to remember who came before you.

Want To Learn More About Skateboarding?

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Improve Your Skating

If you sign up for our skate lessons, our certified instructors will be there with open arms to catch you if you fall.

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Show Your Stuff! Amateur Skateboarding Competitions

Skateboarding competitions have always been the best way to provide skatepark skaters an opportunity to get sponsored by their local skate shop and one day make it to the X Games and The Olympics.

In fact, skateboarders like Tony Hawk were first discovered on the vert ramps of Encinitas, California by skating amateur skateboarding contests. Rodney Mullen, Tony Alva and other pioneering contest skaters were discovered the same way.

Today, while some skaters will go to skate camps like Woodward and contests have spread beyond Los Angeles and Florida, it’s really been skateboarding competitions that have always propelled the amateur skateboarder to become a professional skateboarder.

Now it’s your chance to show your stuff! With our amateur skateboarding competitions guide.

What will we be going over in this article?

What are skateboard competitions?What are the most legendary contests in skateboarding history?How can competitive skateboarding  help prepare your child to be the next skateboarding phenom?A list of competitions locally in the USA and Canada.

What are skateboard competitions?

Skateboarding competitions are great for any skateboarding community, as they bring together local talent and expose skaters to potential sponsors. While there exists several different formats of skateboard competitions, here are the main formats: 

Street Skater Course: courses made to mimic street skateboarding obstacles like stair sets, handrails, ledges and obstacles found in urban environments. Vert Ramp: Remember Tony Hawk and his 900? A large bowl shaped ramp with vertical walls where riders wear helmets, elbow pads and knee pads. Park Series: Park series is sometimes referred to transition skateboarding, with a mix of vert walls, launch ramps and fun box obstacles with more variety. Not completely vert with a touch of street.Flat Ground S.K.A.T.E.: If you’ve ever played H.O.R.S.E. then you understand the concept of S.K.A.T.E. Skater A does a kickflip and Skater B has to land said kickflip or they get a letter, S. New tricks are done until SKATE is reached. The Berrics have their infamous Battle At The Berrics annually.

Freestyle competitions are no longer in skateboard contests

Within these content formats, they exist on several different levels to which the aspiring pro skater can take to achieve his or her dream: 

Local: Local skateboard contests are generally free to enter and are hosted by your local skate shop. A great way for young skaters to get discovered and become sponsored. Zumiez Best Foot Forward combined the best of both worlds, putting on a local contest series across the US. This is how Red Bull rider Jamie Foy was discovered in Florida. Amateur: Amateur skateboard contests generally are still local, at the state level or run by actual brands with cash prizes. Sponsored skaters are invited but those who are not pro. Tampa Am is an example of this where there are qualifier runs and the best trick contest at the skatepark of Tampa.Pro: Pro skateboard contests are the premier contests in skateboarding. With a cash prize for the podium spots of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, these pro contests can sometimes come in circuits like Dew Tour or Street League. Then there are annual contests like the X-Games on ESPN and Tampa Pro. 

Olympics: The most prestigious contest in all of the action sports, qualifying for The Olympics as a skateboarder is a heck of a journey. Each pro skater has a chance to essentially win the world championship of skateboarding, as the entire skateboarding community and skateboarding world will be watching and commenting via social media. Click here to learn more about the Skate Olympic Games.

What are the most legendary contests in skateboarding history?

Competitions have always maintained a certain allure since the early freestyle competitions of the 1960s. However, decades later, skate contests have evolved from what began in empty warehouses to now Olympic Stadiums

On the road to the largest competitive stage in sports, the stops along the way were not only historic, but legendary. Here are some of the most historical and legendary contests in skateboarding.

X Games: Simply put, without the X-Games there would be no Tony Hawk and countless other household names. The X-Games, now a cornerstone of ESPN, shortened from extreme games, made its debut in June of 1995. 

While Tony Hawk’s 900 made skateboarding mainstream, it was really the X-Games that taught everyone what a vert halfpipe was or exposed them to competition skateboarding for the first time. 

The X Games have since become synonymous with skateboarding, BMX, inline skates and snow sports. 

Tampa Am/Tampa Pro: While the X-Games might be the most popular skate contest outside of skating, Tampa Am and Tampa Pro are the most notorious inside of skating. 

Taking place at the skatepark of Tampa, every major pro made their debut in Tampa Am while the best of the best have gone on to win Tampa Pro. Qualifying skate free-for-all jams take place to get skaters on the scoreboard, then individual runs compete for first, second and third place. 

Some of the most legendary skaters have participated in these skateboarding contests, including Chad Muska, Nyjah Huston, and Eric Koston.


Dew Tour: While Dew Tour is one of the newer skateboarding events, it quickly made a name for itself. With hosting its contests with a mobile format, pulling up semi trucks fitted with skate obstacles onto a downtown’s main street, the spectacle of Dew Tour has produced some of the best competition skating to date. 

Runs, free for alls, best tricks, and even courses skateable by local attendees, Dew Tour has always been one of GOSKATE’s favorite contest series. 

Based in Long Beach, California, but Dew Tour has hit every corner of the US. Check our listing below for a Dew Tour near you.


Zumiez Best Foot Forward: Zumiez Best Foot Forward is a traveling contest series that aims to highlight the best of any local talent in remote local skate parks and connect them to big brands and companies. 

This skate shop contest series has helped some of the biggest skaters today get their first major sponsors. Skaters like Jamie Foy, Paul Hart, and Zion Wright were all discovered by Zumiez Best Foot Forward; two of which are now in skateboarding at The Olympics. 

The contests are usually a best trick contest format, where skaters compete to land the gnarliest trick on the same obstacle. 


The Boardr Am Series: What makes the Boardr Am Series truly unique, is the rating system Boardr has since become known for. 

Considered the most accurate skateboarder ranking system in the world, the contest aims to do the same. 

There may be no better judge of a skater’s current standing with skateboarding as a whole than The Boardr Am Series. 


Street League Skateboarding (SLS): Although the X Games and Tampa Pro and Am series have captured the hearts of skateboarders, Street League Skateboarding or SLS, has captured the purest competition in skating. 

With the largest prize packages ever seen in skateboard contests (some reaching 6-figures), SLS has always drawn the best of the very best. 

With 3 different sections, Technical, Best Trick, and BIG sections – SLS has brought out the most complete competition skating ever seen. It is also largely agreed, SLS helped make The Olympics possible by almost acting as a preliminary qualifier of skating’s most competitive skaters. 


Battle At The Berrics: We had to include Battle At The Berrics on this list, as it is the only prevailing skateboard competition that specifically showcases flat ground games of S.K.A.T.E. 

If you’ve played H.O.R.S.E. It’s essentially the same thing but with SKATE. Skater A does a kick flip and if skater B fails to do the same trick, they get a letter. The first one to acquire S.K.A.T.E. is out. 

BATB has been one of skateboarding’s most invigorating contests since it first began in 2012. Flat Ground is something all skateboarders do, so it’s a super accessible and enjoyable contest every skater understands and feels a part of.

The Olympics: The Olympic Games puts the world’s greatest athletes on the biggest stage – skateboarding is no different.

How can competitive skateboarding help prepare your child to be the next skate phenom?

Skateboarding competitions have come a long way. Young skaters can now propel their Olympic careers by doing well in the local contest circuits and can go on to land their first sponsors.

Getting sponsored at a young age is paramount to developing as a skater – especially if you want to go pro. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide on skateboarding lessons for all ages and skill levels for you to check out after this article if you would like to see how to break it all down.

Skateboards are expensive with the average complete costing well over $100, and the more you skate, the more boards and gear your loved one will go through. If you’re sponsored, the burden of financing a new board every two weeks is lifted and you get to skate fresh decks and equipment each time you skate.

This will not only improve your skill level much faster but ensure you’re always skating the best possible equipment at all times. Imagine driving a new car every time you were behind the wheel?

Most of the world’s best skaters today, including Sky Brown, a 13-year old Olympic superstar, landed their first sponsor by the age of 9. Sponsors can range anywhere from local skate shops to energy drinks. Just make sure the company ethics and branding are inline with your skate beliefs. 

We invite you to check out our comprehensive guide on skateboarding lessons for all ages and skill levels to help prepare your child to be the next skate phenom!

Competitions locally in the USA, Canada, UK and more!

Ft Worth, TX
Fort Worth Weekly Skate Jam

Dallas, TX
King of Guapo

Encinitas, CA
Exposure Skate

Santa Barbara, CA 
GoSKATEDay Contest

Salt Lake City, UT
Street League Skateboarding
Tony Hawk Vert Alert Finals

Kennesaw, Georgia
BoardR Am Series

Raleigh, NC

Copper Mountain, CO
Dew Tour

Los Angeles, CA
SLS Championship Tour Qualifier 

Tampa, FL 
Tampa Am & Tampa Pro
The BoardR HQ Best Trick Contest

Huntington, Calgary, Toronto, CAN
Canada Skateboard National Series

Video Contest, Global
CASL Video Contest

Saint Petersburg, FL
Grind For Life

New Smyrna, FL
Grind For Life

Zephyrhills, FL
Grind For Life

Lakeland, FL
Grind For Life

West Melbourne, FL
Grind For Life

Salem, NC
Nitro Circus Tour

La Harve, France
FISE Xperience Series

Reims, France
FISE Xperience Series

Alton, United Kingdom
Alton Skatepark Jam

Midhurst, United Kingdom
Midhurst Skate Jam

Ripponden, United Kingdom
Summer Skate Jam 

Sidmouth, United Kingdom
Sidmouth Skatepark Jam

Birmingham, United Kingdom
Vert Series

Ramp City, Blockpool, United Kingdom
Vert Series

Prague, Cech Republic
Mystic Sk8 Cup

Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen Open

New Zealand & Australia

Montreal, Canada
Jackalope Festival

Ericeira, Portugal
Sumol Summer Fest

Munich, Germany
Munich Mash

Shepton Mallet, United Kingdom
NASS Festival 

Zumiez Best Foot Forward

Hamburg, Germany

Helsinki, Finland

Berlin, Germany

Maribor, Slovenia

Utrecht, Netherlands

Innsbruck, Austria

Dusseldorf, Germany

Lens, Switzerland

Red Bull Mind The Gap

Egypt [Online]

Philippines [Online] 

Gdansk, Poland

Katowice, Poland

Warsaw, Poland

Perth, Australia 

Skate Park Leagues Competition 

Kangaroo Bay, TAS

Creswick, VIC

Oaklands, SA

Launceston, TAS

Broughton, SA

Campbell, VIC

Castlemaine, VIC

Kensington, VIC

Gisborne, VIC

Osborne, SA

Colac, VIC

Camperdown, VIC

Para, SA

Apollo Bay, VIC

Murray Bridge, SA

Longford, TAS

Bannockburn, VIC

Riverslide, VIC

Barham, NSW

Hurtsbridge, VIC

Mildura, VIC

Smythesdale, VIC

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Skateboarding Lessons for Everyone, Particularities for Age and Skill Level

When it comes to teaching and learning skateboarding, falling and getting back up are a part of the process. But more importantly, so is having fun on your skateboard. And that’s true for all skaters and at all skill levels.

Whether you’re hoping to one day make it to the X-Games half pipes or just enjoy using your skateboard to get around, at GOSKATE, we’re dedicated to helping you reach those milestones of success that keep you motivated to skate.

However, even if you feel ready to hop on your board and head to the local skate park, there are a ton of factors to consider before purchasing private lessons or punching your ticket into group lessons.

Regardless of age or skill level, action sports require a ton of know-how. Everything from protective gear, safety equipment, to having a keen understanding of skate park features and skate tricks for beginner skateboarders.

Does Tic Tac, Acid Drop, Kick Turn sound familiar to you? What about Mini Ramp, flat ground or quarter pipe? Or what about if you or your loved one want to enter a skate contest but aren’t sure you’re ready?

Luckily for you, there’s finally an article that has all the particulars for age and skill level  in one place. We’ve got everything from age to skill level and everything in between.

Take a look! And you or your loved one will be well on their way to accomplishing their skateboarding goals.

Here is what GOSKATE will be covering in this article:

Teaching the “Foundation of Skateboarding”Skateboard Transportation Basics for BeginnersProper Safety EquipmentAge Range and Lesson Count for All Skill LevelsBeginner to Intermediate to Advanced Learning Curve (Obstacles and Tricks)

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