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How To Identify Skate Tricks: A GOSKATE Guide

When it comes to skateboarding and learning the different tricks, it can sometimes feel like you’re better off reading an encyclopedia. Truthfully, skaters kinda need one, but a trickipedia if you will. Because like most sports and art forms, learning a few pieces of foundational knowledge can really help expedite the learning process. 

With our GOSKATE Guide to Identifying Skateboard Tricks, we’ll teach you the necessary foundational knowledge to recognize any skateboarding trick. After all,  it shouldn’t be harder  to identify the trick than to land it… right?

So without further ado, here’s what we’ll go over in this article:

How to Identify Tricks Based on StanceHow to Identify Tricks Based on ObstacleHow to Identify Tricks Based on Maneuvers 

Going over these three main archetypes will establish your base in just a few minutes, and ultimately teach you how to not only identify skateboard tricks but anticipate them. 

Because as you will learn in this article: once you recognize the stance and the obstacle the skater is about to skate, you then can more easily identify the maneuver and complete the entire trick.  Simply but profoundly, most skate tricks are actually a combination of tricks based on this equation. So if it feels like you have to study, it’s because, well, you do.

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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!

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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.

 

  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.

The post Top Hottest Skater Girls appeared first on Goskate.com.

Learning How to Skateboard as an Adult

One of the largest misconceptions about skateboarding both non-skaters and media portrait is that skateboarding is a sport or activity reserved for kids or adolescents. This cannot be farther from the truth.

Tony Hawk is still ripping half pipes and skating well into his 50s. Every skatepark from Los Angeles to Barcelona sports a healthy skate scene made of skaters of all ages. 

Whether you’re looking to add an extra healthy activity to your exercise repertoire or you’re having regrets for not sticking to your favorite pastime, now is the perfect time to begin your journey for Learning How to Skateboard as an Adult.

Luckily for you, GoSkate is here to get you rolling with proven tips and insightful rules of thumb to help foster your skills and love for skateboarding. 

Once you’ve read these proven tips on learning how to skateboard as an adult, feel free to contact us about how you can take your skating to the next level via our skate classes.

As always, we invite you to stay connected with GoSkate by following us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest skateboard news and tricktips. Now, let’s GoSkate! 

What Not To Do

Sometimes the best way to get started with something new is by having a general understanding of what not to do. Here are a handful of useful maxims to keep in mind when learning how to skateboard as an adult. 

Avoid Pushing Mongo: What the heck is mongo? Mongo is when you pedal with your front foot instead of your back foot.

The awkward motion of taking your front foot off and turning your body is a defining characteristic of beginner skaters and it is deemed ‘ugly’ and unbefitting to the artististic nature of skating. It will also make it harder to perform certain tricks in the future by elongating the pedal process.

Don’t develop bad habits!

Longboard is the Wrong Board: At first glance, a longboard and a skateboard are the same thing, but in reality, they are more unalike than alike. Since you cannot perform tricks on a longboard, including the most fundamental trick in skateboarding–the ollie–moreover, the enlarged, extra grippy wheels tailored for speed are very dangerous to skate around at a skatepark as it limits your mobility.

Sorry if you already purchased your board but this also means no penny or nickel boards. See our first tip to know which skateboard is the ‘right’ board.

An adult skateboarding on a longboard. This is typically a mistake. Regular skateboards should be purchased in most cases.

Respect the Risk: Skateboarders are naturally confident people but that doesn’t mean we don’t respect the risk. Skateboarding is highly dangerous at all levels, it’s part of what makes it so rewarding. Even so, you can’t just hop on a board and start cruising downhill without knowing what you’re doing.

Wear a helmet and pads if you need to, especially as an adult and always approach a new obstacle with caution. Respect the risk and the risk will respect you. 

Comparing Yourself to Others: Comparing yourself to others is a sure way of feeling insecure and intimidated at a skatepark. It’s important to always remember skateboarding is about how much fun you’re having, not about how good you are.

Look for inspiration not comparison and you’ll see skaters generally don’t discriminate against others based on skill level. Because remember, it’s all about having fun! 

Learning How to Skateboard as an Adult

Buy A ‘Real’ Skateboard

One of the biggest mistakes we see with adults who have an initial interest in skating but fail to foster the skills necessary to learn how to skateboard, is buying the wrong type of skateboard.

What exactly do we mean by this?

You might be thinking anything with a board and four wheels is a skateboard but just like most products, not all skateboards are created equal.

One of the most common and largest mistakes is people go into a Big 5 or a Walmart and buy a pre-packaged board off the shelf.

These Walmart boards are made of the lowest quality goods and are seldom produced by real skateboard manufacturers. This not only takes your support out of the real skateboard economy but leaves you with a product that won’t sustain the demands of skating or even get you rolling in the right direction. 

Skateboard types.

Buy your board at a local skateshop, not online. It’s not only a great way to support your local skate scene but also, nurturing a relationship with your skateshop will help you gain more understanding about skateboarding in general. Everything from the skateboard economy, industry, to what it means to be a skateboarder is on full display at your local skate shop.

It’s okay if you don’t know what to buy, ask the worker behind the counter for a beginner-friendly board. Some shops will even have pre-assembled boards specifically for beginners that usually come with a discount and free stickers. A good rule of thumb is to buy what ‘stands out’ to you because whatever gets you excited to skate is really what’s best.

It Starts in Your Driveway

Remember when your Dad took you to an empty parking lot the first time you sat behind the wheel? Stepping on a skateboard for the first time is exactly the same. You wouldn’t let a new driver get behind the wheel on the freeway right? It’s the same with a skatepark.

With the high levels of traffic and foreign obstacles, you would stand a better chance on the freeway than a skatepark full of veteran rippers. In all seriousness, the driveway or an empty parking lot is the perfect place to hone your center of balance and other basic moves. These initial moves lay the foundation which will allow you to learn tricks and seamlessly become a part of a skateparks ecosystem. It is also where you will foster your personal relationship with your skateboard.

Finding your center of balance is key to learning how to skateboard as an adult. This means being comfortable with crouching down (think of a surfer on a wave) and knowing when your feet and head are too disconnected. If you feel like you’re wobbling or losing your balance, crouch down. It’s better to fall from a few inches off the ground than a few feet. 

Learning how to stop is arguably more important than learning how to go. Gaining speed is one thing but you’ll need to learn how to drag your foot and hop off your board in case of oncoming collisions. Doing so in your driveway or into the grass is a great way to learn how to stop.

Learning your stance is one of the defining characteristics of who you are as a skater. Have a friend or family member line up behind you while you stand at attention. Have them gently nudge you from behind so you have to take a step to maintain your balance. Whatever foot steps out is your front foot, and thus, your stance. Cool, right?

Have a Skate Buddy

Just like most activities, having a friend to do it with makes it easier and safer. Additionally, skateboarders are some of the most inviting and inclusive people on the planet.

While, you’ll want to have a certain level of skill before you are ready to become a local of your skate scene, there are skaters out there (like ourselves) who want to help you succeed.

Having a skate buddy will help motivate you and learn new tricks of the trade. While you’ll help push one another, you will also be there to promote safety and keep the good times going.

Here are some tips to making a skate buddy in no time. 

The morning session at a skatepark is a great way to meet other adult skateboarders who might be getting a session in before work or are hoping to beat the afternoon rush. Don’t be afraid to compliment someone’s griptape art or recently landed maneuver and you’ll be exchanging phone numbers in no time. Taking a group skate lesson is a great way to meet other beginner adults skateboarding in their 40’s and 50’s. This is a great way to learn tools for progressing your skating you just can’t get from an article. Skateboarding has many focal points but none of them are arguably as important as community. Get out and meet people and don’t be afraid to be a student. Better yet, you might just teach someone else a thing or two.

Examples of Famous Old Skateboarders

Neal Unger of Anaheim, California, 63 years old. Instagram: @neal_a_unger Lloyd Kahn of Bolinas, California, 81 years old. Instagram @Lloyd.KahnRonnie Creager of Orange, California, 48 years old. Instagram: @ronniecreagerLance Mountain of Pasadena, California, 56 years old. Instagram: @lancemountainTony Hawk of Carlsbad, California, 53 years old. Instagram: @tonyhawk

There are many well-known skaters in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Follow the above riders to gain inspiration on your journey.

Learn to ‘Love’ Falling

Every skateboarder has spent innumerable amounts of time falling off their skateboard and they see your falling as a sign of progression not regression.”

This might sound counterintuitive to the new adult skateboarder because shouldn’t you want to avoid falling?

Bones should always be protected, especially at older ages. Learning how to fall is a must for older skateboarders

Wouldn’t falling be a sign I am not very skilled or even worse, won’t people think I am a poser if I fall?

None of these questions could be farther from the essence of skating.

Skateboarding teaches us to laugh in the face of our failure and in doing so helps us get up every time we fall.

If you’re even remotely attracted to skateboarding, you’ve undoubtedly noticed how we seem like some of the happiest people on the planet.

Well, in skateboarding, you fall more than you land, so if you learn to love the falling, you’ll ensure you’re always having a good time.

Trust us when we say, every skateboarder has spent innumerable amounts of time falling off their skateboard and they see your falling as a sign of progression not regression.

Respect from the locals will come not from sitting in the corner of the skatepark but from trying your best even if that means taking a few slams.

You don’t ever have to give up–when it’s all about having fun. Remembering this simple yet profound truth will help you remember each time you fall; why you got into skateboarding in the first place. Even when learning how to skateboard as an adult might seem like the hardest thing in the world, remember you’re your own rule maker and breaker. There are no rules besides one, have fun. 

How Older Skateboarders Learn

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 gain self confidence and maintain an active healthy lifestyle by contacting GoSkate

Now that you’ve been given some proven tips on Learning How To Skateboard as an Adult, 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! 

Is Skateboarding Hard to Learn?

So you just received your first skateboard, And you’re anxious to get started

You have heard stories of your friends and family getting hurt on their first skateboard.

The fact that skateboarding is challenging is usually not questioned. There is a legitimate reason why some parents are concerned about letting their children start skateboarding.Parents fear their children falling and getting hurt with a potentially debilitating injury.

Fortunately, Learning skateboarding today is much easier than in our parent’s generation. The invention of YouTube has brought a plethora of online skateboarding learning resources. The availability of Skateboarding lessons at the skateboard park has flourished. It is now easier than ever before to learn skateboarding.

What are the first steps to learning skateboarding?

Each skater must make sure that they have proper gear prior to getting enrolled in any skateboard training program. A suitable skateboard that matches skater size, age, and skateboarding goals is absolutely necessary. Sadly, many skateboarders first start on poor quality in properly sized skateboards. Due to the poor equipment choices, The risk of injury becomes greater. An inadequate skateboard can also make learning skateboarding more challenging.


What exactly do I need to learn skateboarding?

An adequate skateboard. (How to choose the right board)
A properly fitting helmet.
Knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards.
A teacher, Or a training manual.
A safe place to skateboard. (How to find a good place to skateboard)

Part 1 – Getting Started

1.1.- Pick the Board Shape

—-You will need a skateboard that fits your body size and matched your skateboarding ambitions.

——-Most new skaters start with a regular skateboard.   This is also called a “popsicle” shape.  A popsicle board allows multiple uses for the board.

——-Some skateboarders opting for the hills and roads only will be more suited for a longboard.

——-Other novelty shapes may not be best suited for a beginner and could limit progression or board use.

 

1.2.- Find the Appropriate Equipment Size

———-Kids, ages 4-7, should purchase a skateboard deck (“the wood part”) between 6.75″ and 7.25″

———-Kids, ages 8-13, should purchase a skateboard deck (“the wood part”) between 7.25″ and 7.5″

———-Adults, should purchase a skateboard deck (“the wood part”) 7.5″ or larger

 

  • A beginner skateboard should cost between $60-$150. Buy a pre-assembled skateboard or ask the skateboard shop to set up board for you.  As a beginner, the last thing you need is backwards trucks or bearing to stifle your learning progress.
  •  Don’t be fooled by the low prices of Walmart or Target skateboards. They will snap quickly and are hard to learn on. Go to a real skate shop.

1.3.- Wear Appropriate Footwear

Safe skateboarding starts with proper shoes.  Flat-soled shoes are imperative for board control and balance.

Never attempt to skate in sandals, clogs, boots, or footwear with a separate heel platform.  Improper footwear could result in serious injury.

 

1.4.- Wear Safety Gear

Beginners must have a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, and wrist guards.  There is no reason to negligently learn skateboarding without pads.  Do not risk it.

 

A bicycle helmet is not a substitute.  A skateboard helmet is more effective than a bicycle helmet because such a helmet has been specifically designed to handle skateboard crashes.  Make sure the helmet fits your head properly.  The under-chin strap should be fastened and the helmet should not wiggle.

Wrists must be protected.  Wrist guards protect against some of the most common injuries for beginners.

1.5.- Find a Suitable Place to Learn

Smooth and flat ground is an ideal place to learn skateboarding.

A level, concrete driveway or parking lot is a good place to start getting comfortable on the board. Make sure there isn’t anything in your way and be wary of cracks, loose stones, and potholes. Running over a little pebble can account for a whole lot of crashes, especially with hard wheels.

 

  • Avoid getting roughed up on aged, cheese-grater pavement.   If you can clearly see small gaps between the pavement rocks, it’s not a good surface for skateboarding.  When choosing at ground surfaces, polished concrete will be the friendliest for learning.  New or sealed asphalt is also suitable.
  • Skateparks are great places to skate once you’ve got some experience. If you’re just trying to get the board to stay under you without falling down, parks might be a little intense. If there’s one in your area, go watch some skaters for tips, but stay on the sidelines.

1.5.- Get a Seasoned Skateboarder to Oversee You

The first day can be overwhelming.  Despite watching every YouTube skateboard video, reading every “how to” article, and the perfect skateboard, learning skateboarding is always safer with expert guidance.

Call 800.403.2405  to Have an Expert from GoSkate.com Come Help You.

So how long does it take to learn skateboarding?

Learning skateboarding is a lifelong process. Skating is an activity with never-ending progress. The journey of learning new tricks, styles, and skills Is a large part of the reason why many people become infatuated with skateboarding.

Learning Transportation

Skateboarding for the purposes of transportation is a different story. In order to use a skateboard for the basics, a skateboarder must know how to push turn stop and properly navigate around basic, street obstacles.

These basics of skateboarding can be learned with proper instruction in as little as four hours of practice. Each skateboarder is different. Some participants are blessed with greater balance and agility and will learn in 4 to 6 hours. Others, who are less familiar with board sports, can take up to 10 hours to learn the basics.

Learning in Lessons

In skateboarding lessons and classes, Participants usually need a minimum of 3 to 4 lessons. Most skateboard schools, like Goskate.com, recommend 4 to 6 lessons.

 

What do I start learning first?

Did transportation skills are the foundation for skateboarding.No skateboarder will progress without a firm understanding these skills. Proper balance, proper turning, and an understanding of how to handle the skateboard are required in order to perform basic tricks.

Once mastering this, skateboarders typically start by learning to ollie.

The “Ollie” is a fundamental trick which is the starting point for most skateboarding tricks in general. It is similar to how a bunny hop on a bicycle, Is the starting point to any of the biking drinks. An “Ollie” is like a Bunnyhop. In an “Ollie” all wheels are lifted off the ground.

Other basic tricks to learn:

The pop shove-it.
The kickflip.
The heelflip
The 180.
The acid drop.