Category: Trick Tips

The Anatomy of a Landed Skate Trick [Updated 2018]

This page kicks of series of “Go skate tutorial” material.

In this section you will start learning basic skateboarding principles which refers to the Chapters one & two of the skateboarding learner book that is available for download at the bottom of this page.

Three Principles That Compose Every Trick

In this paragraph, the author of the book (Rob Dunfey) is revealing the Big Three principles of skateboard tricks.

Among those:

  • Foot placement
  • Pressure
  • Timing


Each time you go skate, the correct foot placement is the key to your safe and successful skateboard learning tricks. Later, in this chapter you will learn what a griptape is, why it is important and how to make adjustment. For example with sticky grip, you want to start your foot positioning closer to the pressure point. With less sticky grip, you want to start further away from the pressure point.

Skateboard Pressure tricks

Proper pressure will determine how high your board will pop.

Pressure refers to how hard you push on the board. Pressure applies to your front and back feet. Usually with tricks like the ollie and kickflip, your back foot initiates pres-sure in the tail of the board. The “pop” is when the tail of the board hits the ground.

When the pressure point is hit, the most powerful and perfect ollies are executed. With an ollie and kickflip, the pressure points are both on the nose of the skateboard. The pressure point for the kickflip, is slightly behind the pressure point for the ollie by 25%.

We will cover more pressure point later as we go trick by trick.


Depending on the pressure point, the front foot can make the board, pop shuvit, kickflip, heelflip, or ollie all while the back foot should remain in the same place. You will find more information on skateboard pressure flip, tricks and cracks in the Chapter2 of my book that you can download below on this page.

Timing controls over-flipping or under-flipping your tricks.

Timing means how quickly between actions your feet move. Most skate tricks require two actions. The first action is your back foot and the second action is your front foot. The timing between these two actions is critical.

Let me give you an example, let’s say I am going to do a kick-flip. My first action is to briskly push into the tail with my back foot. My second action is a kick of the front foot to the kickflip pressure point. If I make the kick to the pressure point to quickly after the first action, the board will either not flip all of the way, or not give me enough height or control to land.

If I stretch the timing out too long, the board will end up over flipping and possibly doing a flip and a half or more. There is a sweet spot for timing in each trick. The exact timing depends on how hard your pop is. This is often the hardest thing for be-ginners to understand.

Starting out, give the timing some practice. Try adjusting the timing slower and quicker. Timing should only be experimented with after foot positioning and pressure points are perfected.

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The Shoulders Have a Specific Duty in Each Trick

No shoulder is higher than the other when pop-ping or landing. In fact, the tricks landed with the most control, are those in which the shoulders are level with each other throughout the trick.

There are troubling effects of not keeping shoulders level including uneven flips, land-ing too far on the nose or tail, or having mobbed trick (tricks where the back two wheels are closer to the ground than the front). For this very reason, it is important that one is aware of their shoulder before popping any skateboarding trick, crack or flip.

The Importance of the Arms

Think of a game of charades. The game where you must act out a word in order for the people around you to guess. The average American for the word “surfing” would place their arms out on each side of their body in the iconic style. Yet, when the aver-age American would act out skateboarding they would kick their back foot as if they were pushing a board. This is because there is an extreme ignorance of the importance of arms in skating.

While learning any skateboarding pressure flip or other trick one should have your arms out to your sides, slightly bent. And ready to catch one’s self in case of a fall. However, the importance of the arms goes beyond safety. It acts as a method of maintaining a center of bal-ance which is crucial in any skate trick.


The Difference Between Scoop and Pop in skateboarding

Listen very closely. Throughout the re-mainder of this book, the wording scoop and pop will be used frequently. Be sure to understand the difference.


A pop is when the back foot pushes the board directly into the ground. This is done by applying pressure into the toes and extending your foot at the ankle.


An example of pop on an ollie.

The pop is used in several different tricks like the ollie, nollie, kickflip, heelflip, nollie flip, nollie heelflip, 50-50 grind, and much more.


A scoop is when the back foot causes the board to rotate by hitting the tail to the ground at an angle. This is done by extending the foot at the ankle and moving the back leg slightly forward or backward.

The Power of Visualization

It should be a habit that before trying a trick, one takes a moment to visualize themselves landing. Run the trick over and over in your mind, until the power of visualization has made the trick seem comfortable to practice.

Visualization to Overcome Falling

If you become discouraged in a skate trick, stop. Take a moment to find out what you are doing wrong and make a correction in you mind of properly executing and land-ing the trick. Visualize trick over and over for 5 minutes until it convinces your mind that it can land it.

Visualizing to Land Tricks

Before you start your skate day. visualize the tricks that you want to land that day for 20 minutes. Think each of them through and plan the order in which you will try them. Next, visualize the feeling, the happiness, of ending the skate day with these new tricks added to your arsenal.

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How to 5-0 to Fakie EASILY on a Ramp

Before you learn how to 5-0 to fakie on a ramp you should first feel comfortable with:
-How to axel stall
-How to 5-0

Weight Distribution:
When you come up and do the 5-0 to fakie, your weight will be similar to how it is for a regular 5-0. It will be mostly over the back truck. However, you will not be pushing the board out in front of you. You want control of your skateboard and in order to achieve this, you must keep your board beneath you.

As you are coming out of the 5-0 keep your weight over the wheel which on the inside of the ramp. This is going to help you bring your board back in without getting hung up on the coping.

You want to aim your top truck so that it hits the ramp beneath the coping. Use your weight to re-adjust your board straight as you land to come straight back into the ramp.

The 5-0 to fakie can be a difficult trick to learn so have lots of patience. Try it on a small ramp or bank ramp to start– less than three feet is preferable.

That is how to do a 5-0 to fakie on a skateboard. Now go out and practice yourself. Once you learn this, you can use it in combinations–like kickflip 5-0 to fakie, switch crooked grinds to fakie and a whole lot more. Go out and have lots of fun with it!

How to 360 with Kurtis Colamonico

Kurtis Colamonico teaches you how to 360 on a skateboard. In this video, Kurtis shows you the proper foot positioning, upper body placement, where to look, and how to scoop the board.

-Before you learn 360’s, you should first feel comfortable with doing 180’s at least 15 inches high. You will need this height in order to spin the board around one more time.

-Use your upper body and head to turn the rest of your body. Start by turning your head in the direction you want your board to go and have the rest of your body follow.

-Keep your toes on your front foot at least 25% off the board. This will help you manage the full rotation.

-Have your back foot in a scooping position. Your back foot should be slightly angled and your heel should be off of the board.

Once you get the 360 down, you can use it in different variations with flips and out of tail slides.



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How to do a Big Spin on a Skateboard in 4 Minutes!

Rob teaches you how to do a big spin by showing you the proper foot placement, balance, and momentum in order to land the trick. The first step with them big spin is to get the spin down.

Other tips:
-Learn shuv-its prior to trying the big spin
-Focus on the 360 spin first
-Get your foot placement right
-Use leverage of your back foot over the back edge of the skateboard
-Have your front foot slightly angled behind the front four bolts
-When getting started, go very slow
-Focus on your body doing a 180 NOT on your board
-If your have your spin down, it is only your body that you need to think about. If you focus on two things at once, neither will work.
-Try pivots after you have got the bigspin down

The big spin can be a very rewarding trick.
Try it down curbs, gaps, and stairs.

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How to do a Fakie Big Spin [VIDEO]

A3member2The fakie big spin is an awesome looking trick, and it can be fairly consistent once you get it down.  It is a cool looking trick, but in reality, it is not all that hard to learn.  Before you learn how to do a fakie big spin, you should first learn how to shuvit.  The scoop and the foot movements to the shuvit are similar to the big spin except you will be in the air for a longer period of time.

The fakie big spin is easier than a big spin (for a lot of people).

Try a fakie big spin before trying to regular big spin.

Other tricks that you may want to know prior to doing a fakie big spin:

-Fakie ollie

-Half cab

-Fakie shuvit

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How to Have Better Balance on a Skateboard

Check out this video below that Rob made on how to have better balance on your skateboard!

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???????????????????????????????????????????????Balance is crucial in skateboarding. It affects your tricks and all transportation aspects of skateboarding. It is important to be aware of your center of balance at all times. Keep your center of balance in the center by keeping your upper body still. The other thing to consider is to make sure that your shoulders are always level on your board. If your shoulders are at any angle then it will move your center of balance. In result, this will either cause you to fall or to do a “mobbed” trick. This means that your wheels do not all land at the same time.

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How to Ollie Higher on a Skateboard


Okay, I got some questions on my blog about how to ollie higher:

Hey Rob,
I’m having trouble with getting my ollies up. I have follow the two steps you said to do. I am popping the board and I am also sliding the front foot up to the nose with power. Unfortunately, my ollies are only going about 1-2 inches off of the ground each time. I’m still studying your videos, but I wanted ot get the best #1 advice for getting these ollies higher.

Thanks, Carlo.

I Responded:

Hi Carlo,

The biggest factor in higher ollies is the amount of delay you put between your pop and the slide of your front foot forward. The more delay, the higher your ollie will be. The ollie takes a lot of practice. To get comfortable with putting more delay, the best way is going to be practicing everyday. Practice your ollies rolling to get your confidence up higher also.


I also created the video below which goes over the two steps of the ollie: pop and slide. I talk about how and why foot positioning and timing is important.

This video was also featured on the homepage of another well-known skate site. It has no thumbs down so far so I must be doing something right!

Also check out this more basic video:

This video and article was written by Rob Dunfey. Rob has taught over 8,000 people how to skate, has made skate trick tip videos that have been seen nearly 3 million times online, and has built the largest skateboarding school in America, Go Skate.

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–Oh yeah, that’s Rob to the right ollie-ing over 5 skateboards at a skate camp earlier this year!

Make sure you have first seen our page on how to ollie and you watch the videos on that page. Those are more in-depth on the basics of the ollie. This video above is mainly for people looking to learn how to increase the height of their ollie. This page is mainly for those who can already ollie


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How to Ollie (3 Steps) Pictorial & Video

What is the Ollie & Why Should You Learn it?

The ollie was invented in 1977 by a pro skater named, Alan Gelfand. It is essential to learn how to ollie to be able to do almost all over skateboard tricks.

The ollie is the “root” trick for nearly all skate tricks.  It must be mastered prior to learning hundreds of other moves.  The move is essential for transportation, getting up onto curbs, and over obstacles.


Before You Start

Feel comfortable standing on the board.  You should feel already know:
-Basic transportation
-You feel okay in balancing on the board.


Place Your Feet on the Board

Place your back foot on (1).  Your front foot needs to follow the placement of the second sneaker below.  (Not on (2), yet)

Below is the foot placement you want to have when starting out:

The first step of the ollie is to get the proper foot positioning. You should keep your shoulders above your feet and not twist your hips or shoulders. There are two steps to the ollie.

Step 1.  Pop

ollie2The first step is pop. Pop is hitting the tail of the board to the ground until you hear a “pop.” The louder the sound of the pop, the higher the board will go. You back foot should be centered on the tail and your toes should be on the front edge of the skateboard.








Video Lesson on Step 1.


Step 2. Slide

The slide has merely begun here and is in progress. Notice the angle of the foot and the leg. Your sliding foot must angle inward to help lift the skateboard. If your foot is stubborn, flat, non-angled front foot, it will stifle potential ollie height.

The second step is a slide. You will need to slide your front foot forward to the center of the nose pocket of the skateboard. This is the part of the trick which will cause the back to wheels to lift. The stronger the slide, the higher the board will go. Make sure you put power and control into the slide.

At the start of the slide, the bottom knuckle of your pinky toe should align with the center of the nose. You will notice that many skater’s shoes are battered on this spot. The rough slide against the grip tape causes this.

The front foot has slid to the nose in this photo.  This point is where the slide ends.




It is just as important to delay the time it between the pop and the slide of the front foot. The more delay you can put between the steps, the higher the ollie will be.


Step 3. Allow Your Board to Level Out

A leveled-out ollie.




A proper slide will lift the back of the board.  Your back foot will leave the ground and follow your front foot to the crescendo of the ollie.  This is when your board will stop lifting.

Look down.  Aim for the bolts and ride away!

How to Practice these Steps

It is best to start practicing the ollie on flat ground and do not do it while moving. After you get the ollie while still, then you can try it while rolling.

The ollie is the base trick for hundreds of other tricks so you will have many other tricks coming soon. You can then take it to curb, stairs and much more. Try your kickflips and 180 and much more!

What you can do next:
-50/50 grinds
-180’s and 360’s
-Manuals and Nose Manuals
-Tailslides and more

Before you Start: Exercise to Improve Your Ollies

Maybe you landed on this page for a refresher or to become more confident at ollies.  You know the steps, but you can’t merely consistely land the ollie.  This video below is for you to watch:

Find a flat, smooth parking lot which has some parking lines in it. Think of the lines as “deadly lava” which you must avoid. First go over the lines with you feet on the ends, and then try ollieing over each of the lines and this will help your ollies become more consistent.

Last Step: Ollie Higher


Tips to Remember

-A successful ollie is based on 3 things:
1. Power
2. Timing
3. Control

-Make sure you put a lot of power into both your pop and slide. This will dictate how high the board will go.

-Timing.  Be cautious that you allow ample time between the pop and slide so that the board can raise as high as possible in the front.

-Control.  Lastly, have control of your board by using proper foot placement and keeping your center of balance between your legs.

-If you are still having problems, watch the videos on this page, starting at the top.

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This video and article were written by Rob Dunfey. Rob has taught over 8,000 people how to skate, has made skate trick tip videos that have been seen nearly 3 million times online, and has built the largest skateboarding school in America, Go Skate.

Rob has been featured on, eHow, The Boston Globe, Yahoo Sports, and Skateboarder Magazine. He has skateboarded for over 14 years and competed in the BOE National Finals. Rob is an avid street, ramp, and flat ground skater.