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:
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.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. 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.
Together let’s spread the stoke for learning how to skate!
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.Shuv it. The board turns 180 degrees. The skater’s body does not turn. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Common Drop In Mistakes
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.
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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!