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5 Easiest Skateboard Tricks For Beginner Skaters

 

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: 

Skateboarding in an empty parking lot. Smooth ground is important.
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. 

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.

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!

Kid learning to Tic Tac.
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. 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.

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.

Young male skateboarder performing a trick at the local skate park.
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. 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.

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.

Drop in.
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. 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.

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DeGFbGiPuc
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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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! 

 
 
 

How to Ride a Penny Board [Complete 2021 Guide] With Photos

While Penny boards are some of the most accessible and affordable skateboards on the market, depending on how you intend to use your new skateboard, you might find yourself perfectly satisfied or particularly frustrated by a Penny board.

The Penny board is an alluring spectacle. The half skateboard, half longboard are some of the most interesting and misunderstood choices for skaters.

That’s exactly why GoSkate wrote this article–we’ll tell you exactly what a Penny board is, some of their pros and cons, and when and when not to add one to your arsenal.

As always, we invite anyone interested to learn more about skateboarding to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and trick tips. Now, let’s GoSkate!

What is a Penny Board? And How Did it Get it’s Name?

If you’re reading this article, you probably have a general idea of what a Penny board is but we’re going to break it down for you like never before.

First and foremost, the name Penny board is an eclipse of the actual product. Like Kleenex, Rollerblades, Walkman, these products were actually brands that eclipsed the notoriety of the product.

The official 2010 Penny board was a brand named after the owner’s sister.

An Australian Company invented the Penny Board

The Set Up

What makes these boards inherently unique is the streamline approach to the design.

The deck of a Penny board is probably what you’ll notice first. Made from plastic, the top of the boards have a waffle top texture, designed for a non-slip surface and flexible ride.

The wheels of the Penny board are an impressively large 59 to 69 mm set. On a hardness scale known as the ‘durometer’ rating, from 65A–100A, Penny board wheels are a solid 85A; making them capable of skating over some of the gnarliest terrain.

Board: Waffle grip, plastic, 22-27 inches

Wheels: 59-69 mm Wheels, 85A hardness

When to Ride a Penny Board 

These petite cruisers are more akin to some of skateboarding’s earliest conceptions but with an entirely different purpose.

While both it’s DogTown predecessors and today’s contemporary popsicle-shaped skateboards are meant for maneuvering tricks, Penny boards are made entirely for transportation.

Penny boards are made entirely for transportation. “

The younger generation – a group that has widely adopted the penny board as a method of transportation,

Who Uses Them: A United States census found that the average person for non-motorized transportation was from the ages of 14-24 or essentially high school and college students. Students from these ages choose a wide array of transportation but many choose a Penny board for its size and cost.

Why Use Them: Any time you’re looking to have the speed and mobility of a longboard but with optimal accessibility and maneuverability–you’ll be happy with a Penny.

That is if you can reconcile with some of the Penny board cons or reasons why and where Not to ride a Penny board.

When Not to Ride a Penny Board

Penny boards are a lot of fun and this is reason enough alone to always ride a Penny board.

That being said, there are some instances when riding a Penny board is not ideal or even dangerous.

For starters, a Penny board is not for doing tricks. So if you’re looking to hit the skatepark or fly off a jump ramp in your local parking lot, these boards are not built for that type of skating.

The boards do not allow for you to produce an ollie, nor does the plastic deck prove to be viable against impact. Moreover, while a Penny board is built for transportation, it is not necessarily the best option for cruising–like you would on a longboard. The reason being a Penny board requires you to place your feet together a lot closer than on a longboard or other skateboards. In doing this, you do not have the maximum stance to lift your nose to maneuver your board (think sidewalk surfing).

Beginner skaters will find it hard to maintain a core balance, and many new skaters will buy a Penny board and later realize they are too dangerous to maneuver through crowded areas. Your first board should probably not be a Penny board unless you intend to learn how to ride it in an empty parking lot or driveway.

What is the Difference Between a Penny Board and a Regular Skateboard?

You might be thinking: four wheels, two trucks and a deck–that’s a skateboard, right?

Technically, you would be correct but as we see from this article and our catalog of insider skateboarder knowledge, not all skateboards are created equal.

For instance, a Penny board and a regular skateboard provide completely different experiences. A regular skateboard is constructed to handle the high-performance demands and trick maneuverability of contemporary skateboarding, whereas a Penny board is for transportation with an emphasis on speed, convenience and accessibility.

Skateboard types.

A Penny board is a homogeneous plastic deck, whereas a regular skateboard deck is 7 plies of maple wood pressed together with concave curvature.

As we outlined earlier in this article, the wheels of a Penny board are much larger and harder than a regular skateboard’s wheels.

The trucks are also smaller, all of which contributes to a more aerodynamic board for higher speeds.

These differences are precisely why this article was written, but bravo to you for doing the proper research for maximum safety and fun.

How to Ride a Penny Board 

Okay, down to the nitty-gritty. Here are some proven tips and techniques to riding a Penny board.

Pushing off with the back foot on a penny board.

Push off with your back foot: Pushing with your back foot might seem obvious but many beginner skaters will actually feel more comfortable with taking off their front. However, this causes your shoulders and your hips to misalign and forces you to make excess movements that can cause you to slip or lose balance. You’ll need to get in the habit of pushing off your back foot, even if it might feel impossible at first. It will ensure you produce the maximum result with the least effort, and you’ll look much cooler than the ‘mongo’ style associated with posers.

A common mistake – putting a foot too close to an edge. Uncentered placement causes balance issues.

Feet on the bolts: At first, a lot of skaters will have to put their feet wherever they feel the most balanced but for those of us who still find it difficult, a good rule of thumb is to start with the bolts. Bolts? The top of the screws that go in above the trucks. Just like any type of sport or activity, if your legs are farther apart, you’ll gain more balance and stability. With a small nose, be mindful of putting your foot too high. Feel for the tail below the bolts, eventually, you’ll want to manipulate that pocket for turning.

Low Center of Gravity: You know those classic images of DogTown skaters riding tiny boards and ripping downhill or zooming around cones? What do all those photos have in common? Whether it’s Jay Adams or Tony Alva, the skaters are all crouched down low in perfect sidewalk surfing fashion. When you stand straight on a Penny, you’re disconnecting your center of gravity between your toes and the top of your head. Bringing these points of gravity all down to your core in a crouch ensures you’re able to deal with any potential hazards of maneuvers on the fly. Feeling speed wobbles or approaching a crack-ridden part of the sidewalk? Crouch!

Look at common mistake of kids. The feet are not centered Her balance is not low and near the board.Photo Mother holding hands with happy daughter riding penny board created by AntonLozovoyVideo

Know the Speed Limit: What makes Penny boards particularly fun is also what makes them particularly dangerous. These little boards are like lightning bolts, as their large wheels and aerodynamic shape sends you flying down the street. For the experienced skater, this makes them the perfect cruiser for afternoon hill bombs or sunset downhill sessions. However, for the beginner who might not understand the 0-60 nature of these boards–you can find yourself with a scraped knee and a sore hip pretty-fast (no pun intended). But if you take into consideration the tips above and our final tip for How to Ride a Penny board, you’ll be more than fine.

Stop and Pass Go: I can’t tell you the amount of times someone has fallen on a Penny board from failing to stop correctly. The problem is, most people are not used to being on a skateboard, so when they find themselves 4-6 inches above the ground, they put their foot down only an inch or so below, start leaning back (which spells disaster if you’re wearing a backpack) and instead of planting their whole foot on the ground, they maybe get just a toe and boom, the party’s over. You must learn to stop well on a Penny board and quickly, as you’ll generally be zipping through crowded areas or schools. A good rule of thumb when it comes to What is a Penny board and How to Ride One: stopping is more important than going.

Tips for Parents

Now that you know exactly what a Penny board is and How to Ride One, we encourage you to call up a few friends and hit the neighborhood.

Truthfully, from a lifelong skateboarder, a Penny board does not belong in the skatepark.

Although many parents will feel like a Penny board is a good first option for their younger kids, in reality, they are better options.

Truthfully, from a lifelong skateboarder, a Penny board does not belong in the skatepark.”

These boards like we said earlier, lack the nose and tail and true maneuverability of actual skateboards. So when you bring your kids to the skatepark with a Penny board and your kid attempts to turn and the board shoots out, it sends a b-line into the park.

This is not only extremely dangerous for the other skaters there but your kids will most likely spend a lot of time chasing after them into harm’s way.

The Penny board is an alluring spectacle. The half skateboard, half longboard is both boards and yet neither all at once, making these skateboards some of the most interesting and misunderstood choices for skaters.

While Penny boards are some of the most accessible and affordable skateboards on the market, they can also be pretty dangerous.

In other words, depending on how you intend to use a Penny board, you might find yourself perfectly satisfied or particularly frustrated by a Penny board.

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Penny board or not – Are you interested in more tips for getting your child into skateboarding?

Here is an article on “Tips for Parents at the Skatepark” and some articles on “Introducing Your Child to Skateboarding?”

As always, if you sign up for our skate lessons, our instructors will be there with open arms to catch your kids if they 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!

Should I let My Daughter Skateboard?

First and foremost, women and young girls are absolutely some of the most enduring humans on the planet, so of course, they are tough enough to handle the sport of skateboarding.

Still, for a parent or guardian the question of Should I let My Daughter Skateboard? is an important one.

We’re going to lay out all the dynamics present in skateboarding to reinforce your decision.

At GoSkate, some of our best students are young girls who have gone on to accomplish great feats on their board.

More importantly, young girl skaters have gone on to inspire other young girls to do the same. All of which helps change the sport for a more inclusive and representative experience.

Should I let My Daughter Skateboard?

We’re going to outline all your concerns and compare them to the benefits for any questions you might have.

We’ll not only answer those questions but we’re going to explain the reasons why you should let your daughter skateboard.

A little girl wearing a helmet learning to skateboard in a park. Skateboarding is a great summer activity for daughters.

She Was a Skater Girl

Women have been in skateboarding since the beginning. Patti McGee, the first female professional skateboarder landed the cover of Life magazine in May of 1965.

Patti set the world record for fastest female on a skateboard. Not only was she fast, she beat males.

Fast forward to 2021, pioneers like Elissa Steamer, Jamie Reyes, Maria Del Santos, and Vannessa Torres have stood on the shoulders of Patti.

A female force has always been powerfully present in skateboarding.

Great Girl Skateboarders to Follow

Elissa SteamerJamie ReyesMaria Del SantosVannessa TorresLeticia BufoniLizzie ArmantoRayssa Leal

Today, there’s a booming women’s population in street and park contest skating–including such names as Leticia Bufoni, Lizzie Armanto, and the Brazilian phenom Rayssa Leal. You might remember her from her viral video of her heel flipping a stair set in a tutu and fairy costume. Now she’s signed by Nike Sb and competing in contests around the world. Amazing!

Skateboarding is a Girl’s Sport

How about the fastest-growing demographic in skateboarding? – Female.

Did you know skateboarding is the largest female sport in Afghanistan?

Afghanistan, quite frankly, had no idea what skateboarding was or that it was ‘supposed’ to be ‘for boys’.

Now scores and scores of young girls are gaining a new type of confidence and self-expression thanks to organizations like Skatistan.

If it has this type of impact in a country like Afghanistan, we can imagine what impact it is already having in the US and other western countries.

Be a Member of the Movement

Row of smiling girls sitting on a bench with skateboards

There has always been a feminist element to women in skating and as we saw in the past two years, women led marches, hosted skate classes, and made spaces for underrepresented communities.

Throughout the US and around the world, women are banning together on their skateboards to make skateboarding a more inclusive, representative and equal sport.

Just as recently as X-Games 2005, the Women’s Skate Alliance was founded by Mimi Knoop, forming a boycott of the X-Games which saw a meager price pot of $2,000 when compared to the men’s final of $50,000.

As we all know, equal pay for women is a subject that goes far beyond skating, but skateboarding is a great auxiliary to bring this issue to the light and into a sport that claims to be progressive and accepting.

Addressing Your Concerns

“Skateparks are Not Safe”

When you drive by the skate park you’re quick to see the people sitting down with a beer in hand but what you might not see at first glance is the countless people who are there fostering a true love and passion for skateboarding.

Skate parks are often put out of view by city planners or in rougher parts of town where they are less resisted by the neighboring people. That being said, skateboarders view a skate park like a second home.

There’s a natural police force present at every one with coaches, mentors, and a really a local family type atmosphere.

Your daughter, after a few sessions at the skatepark, will gain big brothers and sisters who will look after her. At that point, the skate park is one of the safest and most protected places she could be.

“Skateboarding is Too Dangerous for Girls”

Skateboarding is dangerous but it’s already been scientifically proven that women have a higher pain tolerance than men.

Women are the toughest beings on this planet when you really think about it. There’s no one more equipped for the physical demands and ballet like maneuvers of skateboarding.

Wanna see for yourself?

Just tune into any girls skate contest and you’ll be blown away at the strength and toughness present.

“There’s no Other Girls Who Skate”

This is simply just not the case in 2021 and often, you can find another girl who skates right in your neighborhood.

Go for a family walk, hit the local park or empty church parking lot, you’ll surely see a bunch of young girls riding bikes, scooters and skateboards.

Exchange a few numbers, plan an early morning at the skatepark and get a group together and go skate. You’ll find the bonds skaters create with one another are some of the most special and supportive in the world.

“Skateboarding is a Boys Sport”

While the majority of skateboarders might still be boys, there has been a resurgence of women in skateboarding in the last 5-10 years.

Now, every single skatepark has women present and since it’s been a bonding of locals almost a decade in the making, this means it’s no longer a strange scene when a group of girls comes into the park. More importantly, a skate teams are no longer complete without female representation, including in contests, videos, magazines, and all traditional skate media.

The industry is changing as well, something skateboarding is being heralded for it’s dismantling of its own stigmas.

“Skateboarding will Expose my Daughter to Bad Things”

Skateboarding will expose her to far more positives than negatives and it will give her a passion to pursue above all other things detrimental to her health.

There are a lot of positive voices in skateboarding that promote higher education, mental health awareness, and addiciction and suicide prevention.  At the end of the day, skateboarders love skateboarding more than anything else and won’t pursue things that keep them off their board.

Tips for Introducing Your Daughter to Skateboarding

Here are some proven tips on how to introduce your daughter to skateboarding, including her first trip to the skatepark and her first time rolling on a board. Be excited because this is where the magic happens!

Little girl learning to skateboard with her safety gear.

Proper Safety Equipment: Just like anything with risk, proper preparation prevents poor performance. 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.

It starts in your driveway: One of the most important factors in learning how to skateboard for anyone is knowing where to start. If you were to take your daughter to a skatepark before she learns the basics, she will be intimidated to a point of no return. A great place to begin is in your driveway or local empty parking lot. Anywhere with smooth ground and a low traffic of cars and pedestrians. Really a sidewalk next to a grassy knoll is a great place to learn to roll in case she tips over and needs a soft landing.

Picking Out the Right Skateboard: At GoSkate, we cannot stress enough how important it is to pick the right skateboard for your child. There’s a plethora out on the market and many times you’ll think you’re doing your child a favor by buying a smaller board when in reality you are not. The Penny Board is a great example of this, it’s smaller and almost appears child-like but it’s actually best suited for experienced skaters. Rule of thumb, go to your local skate shop. They’ll tell you everything your daughter will need and have a better array of pink wheels, sporty grip and customizable options you just can’t find online.

A girl learning skateboarding with her mother. Mother holding hands with happy daughter riding penny board created by AntonLozovoyVideo

Enroll in our GoSkate Classes: It might seem like a shameless plug but in reality, skate classes are a great way to introduce your daughter to the art and sport of skating by a passionate and dedicated instructor. This article is really the tip of the iceberg in the knowledge that an experienced skater can share with your daughter–not to mention the sure amount of stoke and encouragement.

Have more questions or want to enroll in our skate classes?

We invite you to contact us to take your child’s skating to the next level.  If you sign up for our skate lessons, our instructors will be there with open arms to catch them if they 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.

As always, stay connected with GoSkate by following us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest skateboard news and trick tips.

Either way, have fun and GoSkate!

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!