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How To Skateboard at Home

It’s a wonderful thought to imagine your home being filled with vert ramps and skatepark obstacles. Maybe a snake run that leads right into the bedroom and a halfpipe for a living room?

For a lot of us at GOSKATE, that’s definitely our dream home. 

With all jokes aside, beginner skaters and experienced skaters alike can greatly benefit from skateboarding at home. In fact, inside one’s garage is where many pro skaters landed their first ollie or dropped in for the first time on a DIY ramp. 

So if you want to learn how to skateboard at home or maybe start learning new tricks while indoors or not at a skatepark, keep reading. 

In this article, we’ll be going over: 

How to Skateboard at Home & SafelyHow to Bring the Skate Park HomeTips & Learning New Tricks at Home

With over 3,000 of the highest trained skateboarding instructors providing lessons around the globe, we’ve compiled the most detailed guide on how to skateboard at home, so next time you hit your local skatepark, you’ve got the basics mastered and even something to impress your friends. 

How to Skateboard at Home & Safely

What does it mean to Skateboard at Home? Well, that’s a good question.

For each skater it’s going to mean something different but all skaters can skate at home in some fashion to benefit their skating. If you’re a beginner skateboarder with your first skateboard, learning to skateboard at home is going to be essential to one day having fun at the skatepark. If you’re an experienced skateboarder hoping to learn new skateboard tricks, skateboarding at home is going to help you always stay working towards your goals. However, in order to do it safely and productively, it’s really important to understand these factors:

Proper Safety Equipment:

Want to avoid scrapes, bruises, or other skate injuries? Here is a list of the proper safety equipment to maintain a safe skate environment.

HelmetKnee PadsElbow PadsWrist GuardsProper Skate Shoes and Skate Clothing

Designate a Skateboard Space: Listen, you can’t just go riding your skateboard through the house. Your parents are not going to like that very much and you could seriously injure yourself and those around you. But if you have a backyard, a driveway, or garage with an open cemented area, you can really accomplish a lot in mastering the foundations of skateboarding and learning new skate tricks. Ask your parents permission to designate an area for you to learn how to skateboard in. And if you don’t, we have some tips for you below. Your garage is the next best thing to an empty parking lot.

Have a Practice Plan: Many Pro skaters will tell you, they fell in love with the first kickflip they saw and knew they had to land one at all costs. Maybe you feel exactly the same way about landing a kickflip, or maybe you want to ollie on curbs, learn flip tricks or practice freestyle. Flatground is a great opportunity to proactive a large array of skating styles. And just like everything in skating, it starts with front foot and back foot placement and getting to know your skateboard deck.

Learn Flip Tricks and Basic Tricks: For many of you reading this, you or your loved one will most likely be staring out with just a garage floor or limited cement yard space. This means flatground flip tricks and basic tricks will be the new tricks you’ll be learning. Pop shove it, shuvits, Kickflips, heelflip, or manuals on your front wheels or back wheels are all perfect for practicing while skating at home. These fundamental tricks are great for every young or new skater to practice. Once you learn these tricks you’ll have more than enough tricks to enjoy skating at a skatepark. However, eventually you’ll want to purchase or build some sort of at home skate obstacles, which brings us to our next point.

Bring the Skate Park Home

Many Pro skaters and life long skaters alike, will reminisce of the first time they built a skate ramp or DIY box. While back in the day it took some real woodworking know-how, today we’ve got the internet full of resources to build your own skatepark at home.

There’s also companies out there like Keen Ramps who sell everything from funboxes to mini ramps made to order. In today’s age, you can literally go shopping for all the skatepark obstacles your heart desires, so long as you have the space.

Tips & How to Learn New Tricks at Home

Become a Carpet Skateboarder: What the heck is a carpet board? How about a skateboard with no front wheels or back wheels and no trucks, just griptape and a skate deck. Skateboarders have been using these boards indoors on their carpet floor for decades, with some pros even suggesting, if you can learn a kickflip on these boards, you can land it on any skateboard henceforth (including a longboard). Make sure there’s enough space to practice safely and no objects in the room are in danger if you fall.

Watch Skateboarding Videos: Including our very own GOSKATE YouTube, there are several thousand skateboarding videos online by skate trainers to teach you new tricks through skateboarding lessons. While none of these skateboarding lessons might be as effective as our own, just watching these videos can have some benefit. We also recommend watching actual, full length skate videos.

Engage in Skating while Not Actually Skating: Skateboarding media has decades of influence and knowledge right at your fingertips. With YouTube channels like Braille Skateboarding and our very own GOSKATE, there are hundreds of skate tutorials for you to watch and soak up the facts. Remember, learning tricks is also about learning their names, the differences in fakie, nollie, switch, and stances like goofy and regular. You can learn all the tricks from video games like SKATE or Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater but we encourage you to head to a local skate shop to pick up a few skate magazines as well or pick up some paint pens and have fun customizing your grip tape. As long as you’re engaged with skateboarding in some form, there will be a benefit to your skating.

Free Video Feedback Service: We’d like to take this time to remind you of our free video feedback service! The majority of the clips we get are skateboarders learning new tricks at home, either in their garage or driveway. It is a huge passion of ours to give you the correct feedback and help you land your latest trick. Remember, have fun, be safe, and GOSKATE!

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How to Skateboard Faster

At GOSKATE, we believe skateboarding for the first time shouldn’t be the scariest thing in the world. But we also know how important skateboarding successfully for the first time can be in determining if you’re going to stick with it. 

As lifelong skaters who deeply understand the profound and positive effects skateboarding has had on our lives, we wanted to create a detailed guide to learning how to skateboard for the first time. 

A guide that promotes not only having fun but being safe and establishing the necessary fundamentals to go on and skate skate parks, learn skate tricks and make friends with your neighborhood skate crew. 

In this article we’ll be detailing: 

Beginner Skateboard TipsChoosing the Best Skateboard for You as a First TimerProper Protective Gear Where to Skateboard for the First Time

Simply put, we want every child and adult to fall in love with skating just as much as we have. 

That’s the whole reason GOSKATE was conceived and how we’ve managed to teach thousands of students with the largest network of professional skateboarding instructors

Either way, let’s get right into it and GOSKATE! 

Beginner Skateboard Tips

Know Your Stance – You have to know your stance in order to maintain the best balance. You’re either goofy, with your right foot forward or regular, with your left foot forward. 

Need help learning your stance? Have a friend or loved one stand behind you and gently give you a nudge enough for you to take a step forward. The foot you step forward with is naturally your front foot. 

Proper Foot Placement – Proper foot placement should always stem from doing what is most comfortable. However, when you actually don’t know how to skate, what’s most comfortable is often far from proper. 

Have your front foot just below the front bolts of your front truck. Then have your back foot on the tail of your skateboard behind the back wheels. 

Need help with proper foot placement? Send in your stance to our free video feedback service! And get a detailed response from our team of skate instructors. 

How to Pedal – Essentially, there’s a right way and a wrong way to pedal on a skateboard. The wrong way is called mongo, or when a skater takes their front foot off the board to pedal. Make sure to pedal with your back foot and lean forward. Place your front hand on your front knee if needed. 

How to Stop – Stopping on a skateboard begins with knowing your limits. Don’t go down a super steep hill or attempt a drop in if you’re not an experienced skater. Instead, focus on braking with your back foot, taking it off the grip tape slowly and dragging it on the ground. This is often called foot braking.

How to “Pop Up” Your Board – Skaters are masters at getting their skateboard to do what they want them to do. Yes, we’re talking about an ollie or kickflip, but even learning how to pop up your board from the ground into your hand will help give you confidence and advance as a skater. Practice popping your board by smacking your tail until the nose reaches up to your hands. Master this and you’re on your way to not only advancing as a skater but looking like one too.

How to Maintain “Your Center” – Maintaining your center sounds like something out of a Kung Fu movie but it’s actually an integral piece of advice for the first time skateboarder. Your center is the core of your body, it’s where your head, shoulders, hips, and legs all meet in the performance of skateboarding. As you learn to ride your skateboard and perform more and more maneuvers, always be conscious of your center of gravity and crouch or expand when needed to maintain it.

How to Turn on a Skateboard – Turning on a skateboard for the first time skater can feel like rocket science but in reality, there’s several proven tips our skate instructors have been teaching for years. One of which is to make sure your trucks are not too tight and able to flex when you change your weight. While the easiest way for beginners to turn is by lifting your nose and front wheels to “tic tac” to a new angle, eventually you’re going to want to shift your weight using your head, shoulders, hips and even your toes to “lean” into a turn. It might sound difficult but we promise the more you try the better you’ll get a turning on your skateboard.

How to Progress on a Skateboard – Progress is a tricky word (no pun intended) when it comes to learning how to skateboard for the first time. Because while it is a sport and we do want to progress and get better, we should never lose sight of the fact skateboarding is all about having fun. So just know if you’re having fun, you’re doing it right. That being said, progressing on a skateboard is really a two headed monster: consistency and challenging yourself. 

If you don’t skate as much as you can (3-5 days a week) it’s going to be hard for you to progress. And if you never push yourself, if you don’t face your fears, if you don’t fall down and get back up, well, you’re missing some of the prevailing aspects of what it means to be a skateboarder. However, don’t forget, it’s you who’s in charge of progress and it’s you who sets your own standards. 

How to Fall on a Skateboard – This one might seem strange to include on this list, however, in skateboarding you fall more than you land. Remember Tony Hawk’s 900? The Birdman had been trying that trick for literal weeks and several dozen that night before he landed the infamous trick. While we know him as a master of skateboarding, he is also a master at knowing how to fall. While protective gear is a great first step (read about this below!) knowing how to fall takes us back to our center of gravity: 

If you ever feel like you’re going to fall, maybe you have speed wobbles going down a hill or just rolled away from your first drop in and feel yourself slipping, crouch down as low as you can to lower your center of gravity. This way if you fall you have dramatically reduced the impact onto the ground. Additionally, building on this concept, consider laying yourself out horizontally and sliding as you fall. Many skaters become masters of sliding on their shoulders or their buttocks to avoid landing on their wrists or ankles. It might sound crazy but we promise you anyone can become a master of falls and most certainly will over time.

How to “Find Time” to Skate – While finding the time to skate might be more applicable to our adults learning how to skate for the first time, it can also be ogre parents who are finding time for their child. We get it, everyone has their own work schedule but there are certains times better for beginner skaters to skate the skatepark and some misconceptions about the time needed to advance as a skater. 

Skateboarding is just like any craft, the more you do it the better you’re going to get at it. However, cruising around the block even just for ten-fifteen minutes a day can do a lot for your skating. We recommend having your skateboard on you as much as possible. Why walk when you can skate? You’re a skater now… Skate to school, skate to the grocery store, skate to grab a coffee. 

Looking to skate a skatepark at the optimal time for a beginner or first timer? Skate as early as you can (even 7:am) on weekdays. Many skateparks before noon will be specifically for child hours. Avoid 4-5 pm when the older skaters get off work and charge the park before the sun sets. 

Skate in the Best Location – This might seem like common sense but many parents make the mistake of taking their kid to the skatepark before they are ready. A skatepark can intimidate first timers or discourage them; even worse a collision or the inability to stop correctly can lead to injury. Master your driveway or empty parking lot first in a safe space where you only have to focus on mastering the fundamentals. Read more about “Where to Skateboard for the First Time” below!

Choosing The Best Skateboard For You

Knowing which skateboard is the best skateboard for you as a beginner starts with understanding your skateboarding goals. 

Do you want to skate at a skatepark? Do you want to just cruise around? What if my town doesn’t have a local skate shop? 

Well, we’ll answer all this and more shortly.

Longboard versus short board: Longboards are a great way to cruise around your neighborhood or ocean-side sidewalk with friends and loved ones. However, longboards generally are not skatepark friendly and do not allow skaters to perform traditional skateboarding tricks like the ollie or the kickflip. If you want to skate at a skatepark and do traditional skateboarding tricks versus just cruising around, you probably wouldn’t want a longboard as your primary skateboard. 

Complete Skateboard: While eventually, you’ll learn about the different brands and companies out there and will want to choose your skateboard piece by piece, a complete skateboard that’s beginner friendly will be your best option. That is precisely why we created the GOSKATE Beginner Skateboard Package, a package fully loaded with an assembled quality skateboard and even the necessary protective gear for beginners to easily master the foundations of skateboarding.

Free Skateboard Size Calculator: In addition to our beginner skateboard package, we also offer a free skateboard size calculator, which we use with our instructors to help you or your loved one not only pick the perfect size skateboard but the right type of skateboard and skateboard deck. Getting off to the right foot can make all the difference between weeks and even months of practice. 

If you’re a beginner skater, we recommend staying away from electric skateboards, as they can reach dangerous speeds upwards of 20mph.

Proper Protective Gear 

Knowing the proper protective gear as a beginner skateboarder cannot be understated in terms of your safety. Because obviously as a first time skater you’re going to potentially fall down and not know how to properly fall. 

In skateboarding, you fall more than you land. It’s a sign of progress. So without further ado, here is a list of the proper protective gear we recommend to all of our first time students.

wrist guardselbow padsknee padsskate shoeshelmet

Each piece of protective gear can be added to our beginner skateboard package or found at your local skate shop or even online at Amazon. 

We also recommend skating with a certified skate instructor who’s highly trained to anticipate falls and prevent potential injuries. At the very least, skate with a parent or friend who can help monitor the situation. It’s all about two things when it comes to GOSKATE: Having fun and staying safe! 

Where to Skateboard for the First Time

You might have been inspired by seeing local skaters at the skatepark do amazing skate tricks but it’s going to take some significant time before you’re at that level. We recommend you start off in an empty parking lot or neighborhood driveway. Somewhere there’s no cars or heavy flow of pedestrians. 

Keep an eye out for a freshly laid parking lot with a perfectly smooth surface. It’s the best type of ground for learning the fundamentals of skateboarding which will help you get comfortable on your skateboard enough to learn new tricks. 

A flat surface is also preferred so you don’t pick up speed. You’ll have to learn how to generate your own momentum: which brings us to our next point – beginner skateboard tips sourced from our 3,000 skateboarding instructors

GOSKATE invites you to check out our tutorials on beginner skateboarding tricks as well as submit to our free video feedback service. As always, connecting with your local GOSKATE instructor is the fastest and most proven way to learn how to skate. 

Reach out today and find out which skate instructors are in your area. Remember, have fun and GOSKATE!

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Everything You Need to Know about Go Skate Day 2022 [Events List]

Our favorite day of the year is right around the corner. 

That’s right! Go Skateboarding Day 2021 is right around the corner. Whether you’re a first timer or a long time skateboarder, here’s Everything you Need to Know About Go Skateboarding Day 2021.

GSD 2021 promises to be one of the most fun and exciting Go Skateboarding Days yet. But how do you know which event is best for you? Which events are safe for kids? Or how Go Skateboarding Day even came to be?

With the widest network of certified skateboarding instructors, we know a thing or two about Go Skate Day. Let’s get to celebrating! 

History of Go Skateboarding Day

Go Skateboarding Day was created by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) in 2004, to promote events in major cities around the world to help make skateboarding more accessible. Just like us here at GoSkate, the goal has always been to encourage more people to skate for the first time.

As a testament to the holiday, Go Skateboarding Day is sometimes referred to as International Skate Day, as what started in the US has since spanned to every corner of the globe. 

That being said, most skate shops will throw an event at your local skatepark to encourage young people to get outside and practice the sport of skateboarding. Historically, making skate shops the perfect place to ask about events for your area’s Go Skateboarding Day. 

For everything else, GoSkate has you covered! 

When is Go Skate Day? 

Save the Date!  (Tuesday) June 21, 2022 

Summer is set to make it’s official equinox debut and with it the longest day of the year.

With June 21st being the longest day of the year, Go Skate Day holiday lands cleverly by design. 

With Go Skateboarding Day being on the longest day of the year, skaters have more daylight hours to partake in their favorite activity. Skateparks from Los Angeles to Tokyo will be full of kids and young adults from sunrise to sunset, hosting contests, BBQs, free raffles, and overall good times.

That means, pack up the car and hit your local skatepark! 

Skateboarding comes in many forms, but arguably Go Skate Day is the largest and most authentic communal gathering. It’s the perfect time to check out your local skatepark to get a glimpse at your local skate scene and the people behind it.

What are Some Go Skateboarding Day Events? 

Thousands of skateboarders around the world partake in local events for Go Skateboarding Day. You’ll have a host of skate meetups, contests, and communal gatherings to choose from. Here are some events you can expect to see on Go Skate Day 2021: 

Skatepark BBQ: Who doesn’t love a summer BBQ? Skate companies and skate shops will provide a BBQ at the local park, food and non-alcoholic beverages provided. Live music will often accompany the BBQ.Skatepark Contests: What goes along perfectly with a BBQ? How about skate contests? Often judged by the local skate shop owners, Go Skate Day contests come in various forms and offer local skaters a way to win skate gear like decks, wheels, trucks, and shoes.

High Ollie Contest: Skateboards or sometimes a measuring stick are stacked as skaters are invited to ollie the obstacle. With each ollie the measure grows taller as contestants are weeded out until the skater with the highest ollie is crowned the winner.Best Trick Contest: Best Trick contests are some of the most exciting skateboarding contests in skating. A particular obstacle in the skate park, typically a rail, a stair set or a launch ramp, will be chosen for a ‘free for all’ contest. Those who are the top skaters of their local park will skate the obstacle to see who can do the ‘best trick’ for prizes. Skaters perform progressively harder tricks and build off one another’s momentum and inspiration, making for some of the most exciting contests to witness. 

 

Hippie-Jump Contest: The Hippie Jump contest is one of the more accessible and inclusive activities, as skaters are invited to jump over a stick with a clearing underneath for their board to pass through. While the skaters jump over the stick, their board travels beneath until they are reunited on the other side. Like the high ollie contest, the stick is raised and raised (often on cones, chairs or by people holding it) until the highest hippie jump is crowned. Video & Documentary Premiers: Skateboarding has always been accompanied by videography and documentation and Go Skateboarding Day is no exception. In fact, Go Skateboarding Day is often when local shops or companies will release a video or premier a documentary. Sometimes after the contests, BBQs, raffles, etc; the perfect way to end the day is with a projector against a skate shop wall for a new skate video. Product Tosses: One of the best aspects of Go Skateboarding Day is the free product you can obtain in the form of raffles, prizes and product tosses. Product tosses are a right of passage for young kids to pack together in a crowd and jostle one another for products ‘tossed’ into the crowd. Think of the pro skaters or the company owners standing on the top of the half pipe with 20-30 skaters down in the floor section of the ramp. The pros will toss stickers, boards, wheels, shirts, shoes, you name it and kids absolutely love it. 

 

Street Takeover: In the largest cities around the world, skateboarders will band together to perform a street takeover. It’s as simple as it sounds, hundreds of skateboarders agree on a meet-up spot and skate for several miles in a group taking over the streets. 

 

 

Go Skate Day Street Takeover

2021 Go Skate Day Events – Nationwide

Arvada, CO – Denver Go Skate Day Skate tour and open skate.  Event Details

Boca Raton, FL – Drop In Action Sports Complex.  Contest.  Event Info

Brushy Creek, TX  Skate Park- Music, food, giveaways.  Event Info

Camarillo, CA – Pleasant Valley Skate Park. (Cancelled due to COVID-19)  More Info

Chattanooga, TN Skate Park – Live music event on June 19th.  Event Info

Chicago, IL – Asylum Skate Park in Lake Bluff, IL  Event Details

Chino, CA Skate Park – Best Trick Throwdown. 1 PM- 6 PM. Cash Prizes and Free Product.  Info

Cape Coral, FL Skate Park – Contests and Free Admission All Day.  Event Info

Cocoa Beach, FL Skate Park – Rail jam, best trick, giveaways, food. Starts at 12 PM.  Movie at 8 PM .  Info

Colorado Springs, CO – Event on June 19th .  Get Details

Detroit, MI – Riverside Skate Park. Best Trick Jam at 7 PM.  $750 in prizes.  Product toss. Details

Grand Rapids, MI Skate Park– Competitions, Music, and Food.  Event Info

Grandview, MO – Free skate camp, food, contests by Varsity Skate Academy.  Details

Irving, TX Skate Park – Skate jam – Event Details

Jersey City, NJ- Berry Lane Skate Park. Best trick contest, live music, food. 4 PM- 8 PM. (New York City Skate Scene) Details

Jupiter, FL Skate Park – Best Trick Contest, and Free Park Admission. Event Info

Kennesaw, GA Skate Park – Atlanta Go Skate Skateboarding Event 2021.  More Info

Laconia, NH Skate Park – Best trick contest at 4 PM.  Details

Lancaster, CA  – Pharmacy Skate Shop, Quartz Hill Skate Park. George Lane Park.  Giveaway. Game of SKATE 5 PM.  Best Trick Contest 6 PM.  Details

Lewisville, TX Skate Park – Best trick contest.  Info

Lexington, KY – Woodland Skate Park Go Skate Day. 6 PM-8 PM  Event Info

Lodi, CA – Kofi Skate Park. Giveaways and open skating.  Event Info

Longmont, CO – Skate tour and open skate.  Event Details

Los Angeles, CA – Belvedere Skate Park Go Skate Day.  Free food, drinks, Powell skate team, and more. Event Details

Los Angeles, CA – Westchester Skate Plaza, Manchester Blvd. Go Skateboarding Day, Bible Study, Food, Picnic, and Skating.  Info

Louisville, KY  –  at Breslin Skate Park at 12 PM.  Free Pizza.  Louisville Skatepark contest at 3 PM Info

Mammoth Lakes, CA – Wave Rave Snowboard Shop.  Giveaways and music.  Event Info

Minneapolis, MN Go Skate Day 2021- 425 Portland Ave. S.  Meet at 6 PM.  MOB the Streets at 7 PM.  Rain or Shine.  Event Info

Naples FL Skate Park – Go Skate Day – SWFL Tour with Special Guest Jamie Thomas Event Info

New Rochelle, NY Skate Park – Contests and open skating.  Details

New York City, NY – Manhattan. Central Park.  4 PM- 7 PM.  Meet at Skaters Road.  Event Details.

New York City, NY – Manhattan. Blue Park.  DC Product Toss.  Event Details.

North Port, FL Skate Park – Open skating. Event Details

Oakdale, CA Skate Park– Product Toss Details

Oceanside, CA – Melba Bishop Skate Park.  BBQ, best trick contest, game of SKATE  Event Info

Orlando, FL – Howard Middle School.  Event Info

Phoenix, AZ – Deck Park.  DC Product Toss.  Get Info

Pontiac, MI – Skate Park Fundraiser.  Free skate lessons.  Details

Portland, OR – Downhill street ‘Go Skateboarding Day’ bomb session.  Event Details

Richmond, VA – Celebration at Texas Beach Skate Park.  Skate Lessons at 9:30 AM.  Skate Jam and Food at 5 PM.  Details

San Antonio, TX – San Pedro Park. BBQ, skate jam, and prizes.  Info

San Antonio, TX – Peacock Alley.  DJ and Music.  1 PM.  Details

San Diego, CA – Chicano Park.  DC Product Toss.  Event Details. Another event will take place at Robb Field in the afternoon.

Santa Ana, CA – Centennial Park, Best Trick Contest  More Info

Shreveport, LA – Stoner Skate Park.  Drinks and Free Giveaways.  Event Info

Stamford, CT Skate Park– Scalzi Park.  BBQ and Skating.  Event Info

Stroudsburg, PA Skate Park – Session and Giveaway 3PM-6PM Event Info

Tampa, FL – Skatepark of Tampa. Go Skate Day Session  Event Details

Tupelo, MS -Tupelo Skate Park Food, contests, music, giveaway.  6 PM-10 PM Details

Venice, CA – Venice Skate Park Event Details

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

Cardiff UK – Bute Square.  2 PM. June 26th,  Details

Edinburgh, UK – Dalmeny Street. 3 Pm.  Details

Leeds, UK – Millenium Square.  Game of SKATE. Contests, Giveaways Info 

Manchester UK  – Go Skate Day at Graystone Action Sports.  Giveaways, Lessons, and Contest.  Info

Orillia, ON, Canada – Skate ParkPrizes, games, giveaway.  Details

Regina, SK, Canada – Go Skate Day Event.  Event info

San Juan, PR Event Details

Now that you have learned Everything You Need to Know about Go Skateboarding Day 2021, you’re all set to have an amazing GOSKATE Day! 

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Contact us to take you or your loved one’s skating to the next level with our GOSKATE classes! 

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class=”c17″><p class=”c18 title” id=”h.d59c3vcdr752″><span class=”c10″>5 Easiest Skateboard Tricks For Beginner Skaters </span><sup><a href=”#cmnt1″ id=”cmnt_ref1″>[a]</a></sup></p><p class=”c11 title” id=”h.q0bazk2o4y2k”><span class=”c23″></span></p><p class=”c11 title” id=”h.m2j6eluasthm”><span class=”c4″></span></p><p class=”c18 title” id=”h.n92s5e82o584″><span class=”c4″>GoSkate.com </span></p><h1 class=”c19″ id=”h.gjwq267m3oql”><span class=”c6″>5 Easiest Skateboard Tricks For Beginner Skaters </span></h1><p class=”c9 c13″><span class=”c1″></span></p><p class=”c9″><span>The word beginner can be a scary term for a hopeful skateboarder. Most of us have a hard time being a beginner at anything but it&rsquo;s important to remember every skateboarder from Tony Hawk to Paul Rodriguez was once in your skate shoes. The difference is, you have </span><span class=”c7″><a class=”c16″ href=”https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.goskate.com/skateboarding-lessons&amp;sa=D&amp;source=editors&amp;ust=1620123518778000&amp;usg=AOvVaw1esEgjCHKoMSVPmhbiFIp7″>GoSkate</a></span><span class=”c1″>&nbsp;to help get you started. </span></p><p class=”c9 c13″><span class=”c1″></span></p><p class=”c9″><span class=”c1″>Here at GoSkate, we want to encourage as many people as possible to not only step on a skateboard for the first time but nurture their love for skateboarding. To help you get rolling–literally and figuratively–we asked the experts upstairs and put together 5 Beginner Skateboard Tricks Everybody Should Learn. </span></p><p class=”c9 c13″><span class=”c1″></span></p><p class=”c9″><span class=”c1″>Remember, skateboarding is one of the healthiest and encouraging activities on the planet but it still requires beginners of all ages to wear the proper safety equipment. If you&rsquo;re a minor, consult with your parent or guardian before stepping on a skateboard and always make sure you&rsquo;re wearing the proper attire. Leave the flip flops at home, pick up your helmet and enjoy the ride.</span></p><p class=”c9 c13″><span class=”c1″></span></p><h2 class=”c24″ id=”h.drl6o9r8hhry”><span class=”c20″>Where to Practice: </span></h2><p class=”c9″><span class=”c1″>Listen, we all want to be the best skater we can. So it&rsquo;s important we get off on the right foot. The skatepark is always a great place to skate but it can be intimidating for beginners who have yet to really master the simple maneuvers required to navigate a skatepark successfully. So here are a few places you and a buddy can start getting the hang of things: </span></p><p class=”c9 c13″><span class=”c1″></span></p><ul class=”c8 lst-kix_ksf0ow6j3f6t-0 start”><li class=”c3 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c10″>Empty Parking Lot: </span><span class=”c1″>Before there were skateparks, empty parking lots were the breeding grounds of ramp jams and curb kings. An empty parking lot is a great place for smooth, flat pavement, and out of the way of bystanders and moving vehicles. Just remember, empty means empty. Cars are a skateboarder&#39;s greatest adversary. </span></li></ul><p class=”c2″><span class=”c1″></span></p><ul class=”c8 lst-kix_ksf0ow6j3f6t-0″><li class=”c3 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c10″>Skate Park Before Noon:</span><span class=”c1″>&nbsp;A skatepark can be an intimidating place but you&rsquo;re a skateboarder now which means you can do anything you set your mind to. That doesn&rsquo;t mean we can&rsquo;t put ourselves in better positions to succeed. Skateparks usually hold the hours before noon for beginners and kids. You&rsquo;ll always find a more inviting, mature and beginner friendly crowd in the early hours of the day. It&rsquo;s also a great way to make friends to help you progress at a faster rate.</span></li><li class=”c3 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c10″>Your Local Neighborhood: </span><span class=”c1″>Every skateboarder has honed their abilities in their own neighborhood. Whether that be in their own driveways or skating around to see what sidewalks have been made into perfect little ramps by oversized tree roots; or what empty parking lots reside at the neighborhood church. It&rsquo;s also a great way to stumble upon someone in your neighborhood who might also be a skater. </span></li></ul><p class=”c9 c13″><span class=”c1″></span></p><h1 class=”c19″ id=”h.920el13pu800″><span class=”c6″>5 Beginner Skateboard Tricks:</span></h1><p class=”c9″><span class=”c1″>Now that you&rsquo;ve received the how and where for the most successful way you should start learning how to skate, here are 5 beginner skateboard tricks everybody should learn. </span></p><p class=”c9 c13″><span class=”c10 c14″></span></p><ol class=”c8 lst-kix_hzzj902lphtb-0 start” start=”1″><li class=”c3 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c10″>Kickturn:</span><span>&nbsp;The kickturn is one of those special tricks once you learn it, it becomes the groundwork for a plethora of future tricks in skating. It can be a little difficult at first to understand why but the kickturns main accomplishment is getting beginners comfortable with using their hips and shoulders to manipulate the board. To do a kickturn, start by riding at a slow pace and pressuring the tail of the skateboard with your weight on your backfoot. Then lift your front truck and swing the board around 90-180 degrees by swinging your hips and shoulders to essentially turn the board on command. Settle all four wheels back down and smile with glee. This will be your foundation for learning 180s, disaster stalls, even backside flips and 360s. We recently shared on our </span><span class=”c7″><a class=”c16″ href=”https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.instagram.com/skateboardlessons/&amp;sa=D&amp;source=editors&amp;ust=1620123518780000&amp;usg=AOvVaw1P_Lp_soBM_eNK8EjRTT6q”>Instagram </a></span><span>more tutorials on </span><span class=”c7″><a class=”c16″ href=”https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.instagram.com/p/CNhw_8onL4b/&amp;sa=D&amp;source=editors&amp;ust=1620123518780000&amp;usg=AOvVaw3YiS9CrfGZkv2533KRWoVf”>how to Kick Turn</a></span><span class=”c1″>&nbsp;and to share with us your videos for a chance of being featured on our feed. Together let&rsquo;s spread the stoke for learning how to skate!</span></li></ol><p class=”c2″><span class=”c1″></span></p><ul class=”c8 lst-kix_hzzj902lphtb-2 start”><li class=”c0 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c1″>Start by riding at a slow pace.</span></li><li class=”c0 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c1″>Pressure the tail with your weight on your backfoot.</span></li><li class=”c0 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c1″>Lift your front truck and swing your hips and shoulders around.</span></li><li class=”c0 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c1″>Rotate 90-180 degrees and settle all four wheels down.</span></li></ul><p class=”c2″><span class=”c1″></span></p><ol class=”c8 lst-kix_hzzj902lphtb-0″ start=”2″><li class=”c3 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c10″>Tic Tac:</span><span class=”c1″>&nbsp;The tic tac is probably the first beginner skateboard trick every skateboarder learns because it feels most like a trick for someone who has yet to do an ollie or a shuv it. Still, what this trick is really valuable for in terms of advancing your skating–is helping skaters identify and understand the importance of finding your center balance. To do a tic tac, place one foot on the nose of your board and the other foot on the tail and essentially attempt to walk with your belly facing out. Start slowly, be mindful of rolling and embrace the tic tac rhythm of the trick. You and your friends can pick a few squares on the sidewalk and race to the end. It&rsquo;s also a great way to start building those leg muscles. </span></li></ol><p class=”c2″><span class=”c1″></span></p><ul class=”c8 lst-kix_hzzj902lphtb-2″><li class=”c0 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c1″>Place one foot on the tail of your board.</span></li><li class=”c0 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c1″>Place one foot on the nose of your board.</span></li><li class=”c0 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c1″>Putting pressure on your back foot lifting your nose. </span></li><li class=”c0 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c1″>Attempt to walk by pressuring your nose and lifting your tail.</span></li></ul><p class=”c9 c13 c22″><span class=”c1″></span></p><p class=”c2″><span class=”c1″></span></p><ol class=”c8 lst-kix_hzzj902lphtb-0″ start=”3″><li class=”c3 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c10″>Shuv It:</span><span>&nbsp;The allusive shuv it is more than likely the first trick to drive you crazy and give you your first minor injury. Don&rsquo;t worry, it&rsquo;s a badge of honor and a sure sign you are headed in the right direction. Essentially, the shuv it is pop-shuv-it&rsquo;s predecessor. SInce you don&rsquo;t know how to ollie and pop your board just yet, you&rsquo;re going to be focusing on &ldquo;shuv&rsquo;ing&rdquo; the board&rsquo;s nose and tail. Don&rsquo;t let the jargon intimidate you. We&rsquo;re basically causing your back foot to swoop the tail around to switch places with your nose with a 180 degree spin. You can do this frontside–as seen in our </span><span class=”c7″><a class=”c16″ href=”https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v%3DAdTy_6K_Wcs&amp;sa=D&amp;source=editors&amp;ust=1620123518781000&amp;usg=AOvVaw00GNAV13Oo-3vZkLoMt_rS”>video</a></span><span class=”c1″>–or backside, which is generally more common and intuitive. We start by placing our front foot over the spin of the board in a place that feels comfortable to you but definitely below the set of bolts on your front truck. Your back foot is where the magic happens. You&rsquo;ll need to position your toes in the pocket of your board and just over the edge of your tail. Your toes should slightly be hanging off the edge so when you jump and swing your backfoot behind you, the board is manipulated into turning 180 degrees. Don&rsquo;t fret if you can&rsquo;t get the board to rotate 180 on your first go. It might not even happen in the first week! Just keep practicing and trying different foot placements with your back foot. You&rsquo;ll get it, we promise.</span></li></ol><p class=”c2″><span class=”c1″></span></p><ul class=”c8 lst-kix_hzzj902lphtb-2″><li class=”c0 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c1″>Place your front foot on the spine of the board.</span></li><li class=”c0 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c1″>Place back foot in the pocket of the board with your &lsquo;toes&rsquo; slightly over the edge.</span></li><li class=”c0 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c1″>Simultaneously jump while swooping your back foot behind you. </span></li><li class=”c0 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c1″>Causing the board to rotate in a flat motion 180 degrees.</span></li></ul><p class=”c2″><span class=”c1″></span></p><ol class=”c8 lst-kix_hzzj902lphtb-0″ start=”4″><li class=”c3 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c10″>Manual: </span><span class=”c1″>The manual is one of the most important tricks any skateboarder can learn as it literally opens the gateway into an entire realm of trick progression. That being said, manual tricks are known to be some of the hardest and most frustrating tricks possible, but that also means they are some of the most rewarding. For beginners, the manual is best conceived of as a wheelie; where you lift up your front wheels and balance on the back. Sounds simple enough right? But as you will see, it&rsquo;s quite difficult to hold it for long. Try to first manual one square&rsquo;s length on a sidewalk. Or if you really have the hang of it, you can attempt a nose-manual and lift your back trucks to balance on your front wheels. Practicing your manuals at the beginners stage can also potentially reveal to you your akinship to being a more technical versus commitment skater. Don&rsquo;t worry, we&rsquo;ll have an article on the subject coming out soon. In the meantime, hit the city sidewalks and practice those manuals.</span></li></ol><p class=”c2″><span class=”c1″></span></p><ul class=”c8 lst-kix_hzzj902lphtb-2″><li class=”c0 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c1″>Stand on your board with your backfoot planted on your tail.</span></li><li class=”c0 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c1″>Place the weight on your backfoot and life your nose to get your front wheels off the ground.</span></li><li class=”c0 li-bullet-0″><span>Balance and hold.</span></li></ul><p class=”c2″><span class=”c1″></span></p><ol class=”c8 lst-kix_hzzj902lphtb-0″ start=”5″><li class=”c3 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c10″>Drop In: </span><span class=”c1″>Disclaimer: The drop in should not be attempted on a ramp or quarter pipe unless you are confident in your abilities and ideally are not skating alone. That being said, you don&rsquo;t have to head for the halfpipe to learn to drop in–even your driveway or neighborhood curb can get you well on your way to becoming the next Tony Hawk. Nonetheless, the drop in is on this list because it really marks the standard for when you&rsquo;re breaching out of the beginner stage. Since the drop in is the perfect amalgamation of commitment and control, it stands the test of time as one of the hardest tricks to really master as a beginner. More than likely, you might even learn to ollie first before you learn to drop in. Still, don&rsquo;t worry, we&rsquo;ve got proven tips to help you master the Drop In. First things first, maneuver your board onto the lip of the obstacle (which should be downward facing and ideally have a lip). Have all your weight on your back foot to keep your board locked on the lip. Grab your nose and slowly start to lean forward. Now, this is where most people fail. They do not proceed to lean ALL THEIR WEIGHT onto their nose. They hesitate and lean back causing disaster. You always want to fall forward in skating, so a proven tip is to act like you&#39;re trying to kiss your board. That&#39;s right, face first. You&rsquo;ll go only as far as your face leads you, so lean in with everything you got and smash down on that nose with all your weight. You&rsquo;ll be riding off into the sunset with the most accomplished beginner trick of your blossoming skate career. </span></li></ol><ul class=”c8 lst-kix_hzzj902lphtb-2 start”><li class=”c0 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c1″>Maneuver your board onto the lip of the obstacle.</span></li><li class=”c0 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c1″>Plant your back foot on the tail securing the board.</span></li><li class=”c0 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c1″>Place both feet on the board and grab your nose.</span></li><li class=”c0 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c1″>Lean forward with all your weight, remember to lead with your head and try to kiss your board. </span></li><li class=”c0 li-bullet-0″><span class=”c1″>Roll away into glory.</span></li></ul><p class=”c2″><span class=”c1″></span></p><p class=”c5″><span>If you </span><span class=”c7″><a class=”c16″ href=”https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.goskate.com/skateboarding-lessons&amp;sa=D&amp;source=editors&amp;ust=1620123518783000&amp;usg=AOvVaw3hB3TBRbHfQY0kV_vYS8ku”>sign up for our skate lessons</a></span><span>, our instructors will be there with open arms to catch you if you fall. 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5 Beginner Skateboard Tricks Everybody Should Learn

The word beginner can be a scary term for a hopeful skateboarder. Most of us have a hard time being a beginner at anything but it’s important to remember every skateboarder from Tony Hawk to Paul Rodriguez was once in your skate shoes. The difference is, you have GoSkate to help get you started.

Here at GoSkate, we want to encourage as many people as possible to not only step on a skateboard for the first time but nurture their love for skateboarding. To help you get rolling–literally and figuratively–we asked the experts upstairs and put together 5 Beginner Skateboard Tricks Everybody Should Learn.

Remember, skateboarding is one of the healthiest and encouraging activities on the planet but it still requires beginners of all ages to wear the proper safety equipment. If you’re a minor, consult with your parent or guardian before stepping on a skateboard and always make sure you’re wearing the proper attire. Leave the flip flops at home, pick up your helmet and enjoy the ride.

Where to Practice:

Listen, we all want to be the best skater we can. So it’s important we get off on the right foot. The skatepark is always a great place to skate but it can be intimidating for beginners who have yet to really master the simple maneuvers required to navigate a skatepark successfully. So here are a few places you and a buddy can start getting the hang of things:

  • Empty Parking Lot: Before there were skateparks, empty parking lots were the breeding grounds of ramp jams and curb kings. An empty parking lot is a great place for smooth, flat pavement, and out of the way of bystanders and moving vehicles. Just remember, empty means empty. Cars are a skateboarder’s greatest adversary.
  • Skate Park Before Noon: A skatepark can be an intimidating place but you’re a skateboarder now which means you can do anything you set your mind to. That doesn’t mean we can’t put ourselves in better positions to succeed. Skateparks usually hold the hours before noon for beginners and kids. You’ll always find a more inviting, mature and beginner friendly crowd in the early hours of the day. It’s also a great way to make friends to help you progress at a faster rate.
  • Your Local Neighborhood: Every skateboarder has honed their abilities in their own neighborhood. Whether that be in their own driveways or skating around to see what sidewalks have been made into perfect little ramps by oversized tree roots; or what empty parking lots reside at the neighborhood church. It’s also a great way to stumble upon someone in your neighborhood who might also be a skater.

5 Beginner Skateboard Tricks:

Now that you’ve received the how and where for the most successful way you should start learning how to skate, here are 5 beginner skateboard tricks everybody should learn.

  1. Kickturn: The kickturn is one of those special tricks once you learn it, it becomes the groundwork for a plethora of future tricks in skating. It can be a little difficult at first to understand why but the kickturns main accomplishment is getting beginners comfortable with using their hips and shoulders to manipulate the board. To do a kickturn, start by riding at a slow pace and pressuring the tail of the skateboard with your weight on your backfoot. Then lift your front truck and swing the board around 90-180 degrees by swinging your hips and shoulders to essentially turn the board on command. Settle all four wheels back down and smile with glee. This will be your foundation for learning 180s, disaster stalls, even backside flips and 360s. We recently shared on our Instagram more tutorials on how to Kick Turn and to share with us your videos for a chance of being featured on our feed. Together let’s spread the stoke for learning how to skate!
      • Start by riding at a slow pace.
      • Pressure the tail with your weight on your backfoot.
      • Lift your front truck and swing your hips and shoulders around.
      • Rotate 90-180 degrees and settle all four wheels down.
  2. Tic Tac: The tic tac is probably the first beginner skateboard trick every skateboarder learns because it feels most like a trick for someone who has yet to do an ollie or a shuv it. Still, what this trick is really valuable for in terms of advancing your skating–is helping skaters identify and understand the importance of finding your center balance. To do a tic tac, place one foot on the nose of your board and the other foot on the tail and essentially attempt to walk with your belly facing out. Start slowly, be mindful of rolling and embrace the tic tac rhythm of the trick. You and your friends can pick a few squares on the sidewalk and race to the end. It’s also a great way to start building those leg muscles.
      • Place one foot on the tail of your board.
      • Place one foot on the nose of your board.
      • Putting pressure on your back foot lifting your nose.
      • Attempt to walk by pressuring your nose and lifting your tail.
  3. Shuv It: The allusive shuv it is more than likely the first trick to drive you crazy and give you your first minor injury. Don’t worry, it’s a badge of honor and a sure sign you are headed in the right direction. Essentially, the shuv it is pop-shuv-it’s predecessor. SInce you don’t know how to ollie and pop your board just yet, you’re going to be focusing on “shuv’ing” the board’s nose and tail. Don’t let the jargon intimidate you. We’re basically causing your back foot to swoop the tail around to switch places with your nose with a 180 degree spin. You can do this frontside–as seen in our video–or backside, which is generally more common and intuitive. We start by placing our front foot over the spin of the board in a place that feels comfortable to you but definitely below the set of bolts on your front truck. Your back foot is where the magic happens. You’ll need to position your toes in the pocket of your board and just over the edge of your tail. Your toes should slightly be hanging off the edge so when you jump and swing your backfoot behind you, the board is manipulated into turning 180 degrees. Don’t fret if you can’t get the board to rotate 180 on your first go. It might not even happen in the first week! Just keep practicing and trying different foot placements with your back foot. You’ll get it, we promise.
      • Place your front foot on the spine of the board.
      • Place back foot in the pocket of the board with your ‘toes’ slightly over the edge.
      • Simultaneously jump while swooping your back foot behind you.
      • Causing the board to rotate in a flat motion 180 degrees.
  4. Manual: The manual is one of the most important tricks any skateboarder can learn as it literally opens the gateway into an entire realm of trick progression. That being said, manual tricks are known to be some of the hardest and most frustrating tricks possible, but that also means they are some of the most rewarding. For beginners, the manual is best conceived of as a wheelie; where you lift up your front wheels and balance on the back. Sounds simple enough right? But as you will see, it’s quite difficult to hold it for long. Try to first manual one square’s length on a sidewalk. Or if you really have the hang of it, you can attempt a nose-manual and lift your back trucks to balance on your front wheels. Practicing your manuals at the beginners stage can also potentially reveal to you your akinship to being a more technical versus commitment skater. Don’t worry, we’ll have an article on the subject coming out soon. In the meantime, hit the city sidewalks and practice those manuals.
      • Stand on your board with your backfoot planted on your tail.
      • Place the weight on your backfoot and life your nose to get your front wheels off the ground.
      • Balance and hold.
  5. Drop In: Disclaimer: The drop in should not be attempted on a ramp or quarter pipe unless you are confident in your abilities and ideally are not skating alone. That being said, you don’t have to head for the halfpipe to learn to drop in–even your driveway or neighborhood curb can get you well on your way to becoming the next Tony Hawk. Nonetheless, the drop in is on this list because it really marks the standard for when you’re breaching out of the beginner stage. Since the drop in is the perfect amalgamation of commitment and control, it stands the test of time as one of the hardest tricks to really master as a beginner. More than likely, you might even learn to ollie first before you learn to drop in. Still, don’t worry, we’ve got proven tips to help you master the Drop In. First things first, maneuver your board onto the lip of the obstacle (which should be downward facing and ideally have a lip). Have all your weight on your back foot to keep your board locked on the lip. Grab your nose and slowly start to lean forward. Now, this is where most people fail. They do not proceed to lean ALL THEIR WEIGHT onto their nose. They hesitate and lean back causing disaster. You always want to fall forward in skating, so a proven tip is to act like you’re trying to kiss your board. That’s right, face first. You’ll go only as far as your face leads you, so lean in with everything you got and smash down on that nose with all your weight. You’ll be riding off into the sunset with the most accomplished beginner trick of your blossoming skate career.
      • Maneuver your board onto the lip of the obstacle.
      • Plant your back foot on the tail securing the board.
      • Place both feet on the board and grab your nose.
      • Lean forward with all your weight, remember to lead with your head and try to kiss your board.
      • Roll away into glory.

If you sign up for our skate lessons, our instructors will be there with open arms to catch you if you fall. Learning to skate with others expedites the process and adds more fun. Find out today how you can help you or your child gain self confidence and maintain an active healthy lifestyle by contacting GoSkate.

Now that you’ve learned these 5 Beginner Skateboard Tricks Everybody Should Learn, you’re well on your way to accomplishing your skateboard dreams. Remember, skateboarding is best with friends and we’ve even included some ways you can help meet other beginner skaters in your area. Either way, have fun and GoSkate!

5 Beginner Skateboard Tricks Everybody Should Learn GoSkate.com 

5 Beginner Skateboard Tricks Everybody Should Learn 

 

The word beginner can be a scary term for a hopeful skateboarder. Most of us have a hard time being a beginner at anything but it’s important to remember every skateboarder from Tony Hawk to Paul Rodriguez was once in your skate shoes. The difference is, you have GoSkate to help get you started. 

 

Here at GoSkate, we want to encourage as many people as possible to not only step on a skateboard for the first time but nurture their love for skateboarding. To help you get rolling–literally and figuratively–we asked the experts upstairs and put together 5 Beginner Skateboard Tricks Everybody Should Learn. 

 

Remember, skateboarding is one of the healthiest and encouraging activities on the planet but it still requires beginners of all ages to wear the proper safety equipment. If you’re a minor, consult with your parent or guardian before stepping on a skateboard and always make sure you’re wearing the proper attire. Leave the flip flops at home, pick up your helmet and enjoy the ride.

 

Where to Practice: 

Listen, we all want to be the best skater we can. So it’s important we get off on the right foot. The skatepark is always a great place to skate but it can be intimidating for beginners who have yet to really master the simple maneuvers required to navigate a skatepark successfully. So here are a few places you and a buddy can start getting the hang of things: 

 

  • Empty Parking Lot: Before there were skateparks, empty parking lots were the breeding grounds of ramp jams and curb kings. An empty parking lot is a great place for smooth, flat pavement, and out of the way of bystanders and moving vehicles. Just remember, empty means empty. Cars are a skateboarder’s greatest adversary. 

 

  • Skate Park Before Noon: A skatepark can be an intimidating place but you’re a skateboarder now which means you can do anything you set your mind to. That doesn’t mean we can’t put ourselves in better positions to succeed. Skateparks usually hold the hours before noon for beginners and kids. You’ll always find a more inviting, mature and beginner friendly crowd in the early hours of the day. It’s also a great way to make friends to help you progress at a faster rate.
  • Your Local Neighborhood: Every skateboarder has honed their abilities in their own neighborhood. Whether that be in their own driveways or skating around to see what sidewalks have been made into perfect little ramps by oversized tree roots; or what empty parking lots reside at the neighborhood church. It’s also a great way to stumble upon someone in your neighborhood who might also be a skater. 

 

5 Beginner Skateboard Tricks:

Now that you’ve received the how and where for the most successful way you should start learning how to skate, here are 5 beginner skateboard tricks everybody should learn. 

 

  1. Kickturn: The kickturn is one of those special tricks once you learn it, it becomes the groundwork for a plethora of future tricks in skating. It can be a little difficult at first to understand why but the kickturns main accomplishment is getting beginners comfortable with using their hips and shoulders to manipulate the board. To do a kickturn, start by riding at a slow pace and pressuring the tail of the skateboard with your weight on your backfoot. Then lift your front truck and swing the board around 90-180 degrees by swinging your hips and shoulders to essentially turn the board on command. Settle all four wheels back down and smile with glee. This will be your foundation for learning 180s, disaster stalls, even backside flips and 360s. We recently shared on our Instagram more tutorials on how to Kick Turn and to share with us your videos for a chance of being featured on our feed. Together let’s spread the stoke for learning how to skate!

 

  • Start by riding at a slow pace.
  • Pressure the tail with your weight on your backfoot.
  • Lift your front truck and swing your hips and shoulders around.
  • Rotate 90-180 degrees and settle all four wheels down.

 

  1. Tic Tac: The tic tac is probably the first beginner skateboard trick every skateboarder learns because it feels most like a trick for someone who has yet to do an ollie or a shuv it. Still, what this trick is really valuable for in terms of advancing your skating–is helping skaters identify and understand the importance of finding your center balance. To do a tic tac, place one foot on the nose of your board and the other foot on the tail and essentially attempt to walk with your belly facing out. Start slowly, be mindful of rolling and embrace the tic tac rhythm of the trick. You and your friends can pick a few squares on the sidewalk and race to the end. It’s also a great way to start building those leg muscles. 

 

  • Place one foot on the tail of your board.
  • Place one foot on the nose of your board.
  • Putting pressure on your back foot lifting your nose. 
  • Attempt to walk by pressuring your nose and lifting your tail.

 

  1. Shuv It: The allusive shuv it is more than likely the first trick to drive you crazy and give you your first minor injury. Don’t worry, it’s a badge of honor and a sure sign you are headed in the right direction. Essentially, the shuv it is pop-shuv-it’s predecessor. SInce you don’t know how to ollie and pop your board just yet, you’re going to be focusing on “shuv’ing” the board’s nose and tail. Don’t let the jargon intimidate you. We’re basically causing your back foot to swoop the tail around to switch places with your nose with a 180 degree spin. You can do this frontside–as seen in our video–or backside, which is generally more common and intuitive. We start by placing our front foot over the spin of the board in a place that feels comfortable to you but definitely below the set of bolts on your front truck. Your back foot is where the magic happens. You’ll need to position your toes in the pocket of your board and just over the edge of your tail. Your toes should slightly be hanging off the edge so when you jump and swing your backfoot behind you, the board is manipulated into turning 180 degrees. Don’t fret if you can’t get the board to rotate 180 on your first go. It might not even happen in the first week! Just keep practicing and trying different foot placements with your back foot. You’ll get it, we promise.

 

  • Place your front foot on the spine of the board.
  • Place back foot in the pocket of the board with your ‘toes’ slightly over the edge.
  • Simultaneously jump while swooping your back foot behind you. 
  • Causing the board to rotate in a flat motion 180 degrees.

 

  1. Manual: The manual is one of the most important tricks any skateboarder can learn as it literally opens the gateway into an entire realm of trick progression. That being said, manual tricks are known to be some of the hardest and most frustrating tricks possible, but that also means they are some of the most rewarding. For beginners, the manual is best conceived of as a wheelie; where you lift up your front wheels and balance on the back. Sounds simple enough right? But as you will see, it’s quite difficult to hold it for long. Try to first manual one square’s length on a sidewalk. Or if you really have the hang of it, you can attempt a nose-manual and lift your back trucks to balance on your front wheels. Practicing your manuals at the beginners stage can also potentially reveal to you your akinship to being a more technical versus commitment skater. Don’t worry, we’ll have an article on the subject coming out soon. In the meantime, hit the city sidewalks and practice those manuals.

 

  • Stand on your board with your backfoot planted on your tail.
  • Place the weight on your backfoot and life your nose to get your front wheels off the ground.
  • Balance and hold.

 

  1. Drop In: Disclaimer: The drop in should not be attempted on a ramp or quarter pipe unless you are confident in your abilities and ideally are not skating alone. That being said, you don’t have to head for the halfpipe to learn to drop in–even your driveway or neighborhood curb can get you well on your way to becoming the next Tony Hawk. Nonetheless, the drop in is on this list because it really marks the standard for when you’re breaching out of the beginner stage. Since the drop in is the perfect amalgamation of commitment and control, it stands the test of time as one of the hardest tricks to really master as a beginner. More than likely, you might even learn to ollie first before you learn to drop in. Still, don’t worry, we’ve got proven tips to help you master the Drop In. First things first, maneuver your board onto the lip of the obstacle (which should be downward facing and ideally have a lip). Have all your weight on your back foot to keep your board locked on the lip. Grab your nose and slowly start to lean forward. Now, this is where most people fail. They do not proceed to lean ALL THEIR WEIGHT onto their nose. They hesitate and lean back causing disaster. You always want to fall forward in skating, so a proven tip is to act like you’re trying to kiss your board. That’s right, face first. You’ll go only as far as your face leads you, so lean in with everything you got and smash down on that nose with all your weight. You’ll be riding off into the sunset with the most accomplished beginner trick of your blossoming skate career. 
    • Maneuver your board onto the lip of the obstacle.
    • Plant your back foot on the tail securing the board.
    • Place both feet on the board and grab your nose.
    • Lean forward with all your weight, remember to lead with your head and try to kiss your board. 
    • Roll away into glory.

 

If you sign up for our skate lessons, our instructors will be there with open arms to catch you if you fall. Learning to skate with others expedites the process and adds more fun. Find out today how you can help you or your child gain self confidence and maintain an active healthy lifestyle by contacting GoSkate

 

Now that you’ve learned these 5 Beginner Skateboard Tricks Everybody Should Learn, you’re well on your way to accomplishing your skateboard dreams. Remember, skateboarding is best with friends and we’ve even included some ways you can help meet other beginner skaters in your area. Either way, have fun and GoSkate! 

The History of GoSkate.com

When GosSkate.com started back in 1996, it was basically an ice skating rink. The founder of GoSkate is a great fanatic of a skateboard, his motor, Eat. Breath. Sleep. Skateboard. In 1996, the ice rink was bought by a skate who gave it a big facelift. When GoSKate was acquired back in 2006 for about 500 dollars, the founder made it skateboarding spot arena.

In 2008, Rob decided it was time to place an ad online by providing skateboarding classes. What began as a side sales job in San Diego California attracted students all the way from Washington, Chicago, and San Francisco. This time, the students were seeking connections to instructors close to them.

As they say, the rest is history after the first class in GoSkate.com. Currently, GoSkate.com has over 500 instructors distributed across the United States and out of the USA as well. This is just to say, GoSkate.com is here to stay.

Ripple and Etheruem

What is cryptocurrency and what is the difference between it and blockchain?

The blockchain is the technology that enables cryptocurrency to exist.  A cryptocurrency is a means of exchange, just like money. It is digital and uses encryption technology that make it possible to control and create monetary units and to transfer funds.

Blockchain and cryptocurrency are gaining ground and recognition worldwide as a form of payment. Some of the fastest growing cryptocurrencies are Ripple and Etheruem.

Ethereum is much newer and has gained a lot of acceptance. It is now second place after Bitcoin. It has been developed as a supercomputer with a bigger network for its decentralized developed apps which can get rid of third parties such as Apple and Google.

The apps created on Ethereum are distributed in a public platform and miners get to earn their Ether to fuel the network. Joseph Lubin, one of the founders describes it as programmable money unlike the predecessor, Bitcoin

Ripple developed towards the end of 2017 has settled in the third place as at January 2018 after its major competitors, Bitcoin and Ethereum in first and second place. Though it appears as a bitcoin competitor, serves as a centralized transaction network used by banks for money transfers such as SWIFT transfers.

Ripple works by converting money sent into an XRP token and then back to the currency of choice by the receiver. As per the Ripple’s management, XRP offers a faster and reliable alternative to the token.

Why GoSkate.com Has Partnered up Ethereum and Ripple Pay Instructors

With changing payment methods, Goskate.com has partnered with Ethereum and Ripple to pay their instructors.  Why was this decision arrived at?

  • Nearly Instant Payment

The advantage of using cryptocurrency reduces the need to have third-party approval, reference to external facts. Cryptocurrency contracts can be designed and enforced in such a way that there is no need for third party approval, or be done at a future date.

  • Lower payment process cost

For any cryptocurrency exchange, there is no transaction fee. The miners are usually compensated by the network. Since there is no cryptocurrency transaction fee, the exchange of these currencies there is likely use of third-party service providers such as Coinbase that create and keep up the currency coins. They act like PayPal and as such they are likely to charge a fee.

  • Automate Payments process

This will make sure that the payments will be easier faster and we can pay in one currency and withdrawn in another currency based on the location of the instructor. This will make sure that the payments will be hustle free and payment processes will be very fast.

  • Lower Administration Cost

Since there is fee is transacting in cryptocurrency is nil or negligible it means lower costs to you as the instructor.  Credit cards processing and back transfers are quite expensive hence the take on of cryptocurrency.

  • Online Safety

You details online are safe. No one can still your information from merchants and they make sure the greatest privacy of your sensitive data.  You can even create a proxy ID so that no one knows about you.

  • Highly Secured Transactions

Due to the NSA cryptography, all your transactions are secure.  This makes it impossible to know for any other person other than the wallet owner when making payment. Hacking is the only way these transactions will be disclosed to a third party.

Top Hottest Skater Girls

Tina Keene (TIE)

Keeani Lei(TIE)

You may have seen her busting moves at the Glendale, California Skatepark bowl. Keeani is a model, actress, and skateboarder.

Keeani’s name comes from a character in the surfing movie North Shore. The name means wave in Hawaiian. “Lei” means flower necklace.

But these are not the only videos to feast your eyes on. You can even ride Keeani on her $50 custom deck (which features her pic) available from Pornstar Skateboards.

Anne-Sophie Julien

Ms Julien is a French Canadian temptress in her early twenties. When she’s not posing for the camera she is the charismatic and stylish host of TV show X-Skatera and a professional skater for Volcom and Globe. The fashionista claims she is better at snowboarding than skateboarding, but she’s said to excel in both ramp and street skating, and we’re sure you’ll all agree she’d make as good if not better a glamour model. Ooh la la!

Heather Christensen

A Playboy model and a skateboarder? This fiery 31-year-old red head loves skateboarding. She was seen by a scout from Playboy, and began to model, which “sort of interrupted” her longer term plans. When her 34-C bust isn’t giving cameramen a hard time, it can be found wobbling about in skateparks through the US. What’s more, she actually did one shoot on a board with those little beauties exposed to the breeze. Heather has been skating for the past 12 years and even lived with pro skater Anthony Furlong. Word is she also teaches some archery lessons. Playboy once airbrushed out the scars she received after breaking her arm on a metal ramp at a Skatopia in Ohio. Rad.

She has been skating since 1998 when introduced by a boyfriend. She continued to skate after the broke up.

Jen O’Brien

Brains, beauty and talent – Jen is the complete package. She’s been skateboarding for the past 19 years and was the first extreme sports person on the cover of High Times. This innovator was also the first female to skate at the X-Games and the first winner of Transworld’s best female vert award. She campaigns for women’s representation in skateboarding and is co-founder of the Action Sports Environmental Coalition, an organization promoting environmental awareness for extreme sports companies. What a woman.

Eliana Sosco (TIE)

This street skating Latina beauty earns the top spot with her smooth skating style and badass demeanor. At 24, the Brazilian femme fatale is part of the next generation. With those alluring eyes and full lips, Eliana offers the spice that beauty queens can only dream of, not to mention an enticing attitude and raw talent.

Letecia Bufoni (TIE)

Skateboarding’s female president needs no introduction. Letecia has “wowed” skateboard enthusiasts with her looks and her tricks. She recently posed for some sexy photos with Men’s Health Magazine.

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