5 Skateboarding Tricks for Beginners

5 Skateboarding Tricks for Beginners

Skateboarding is a sport that attracts many young people, regardless of age, gender or race, because it is versatile, offers many ways to practice it, also has multiple benefits and most importantly: it's fun. For this reason, in Longboards USA, we will give you some tips and tutorials with basic and 'easy' tricks to learn how to skate. These tricks are useful if you want to learn how to skate, or if you want to improve your technique in any of them.

I We recommend that you use all the elements of protection so that the practice borders on perfection.

Before we start talking about tricks, we must have one thing clear: the first thing we must be able to do is to move freely on the board. That will be our first small goal, to move within a radius of several meters being able to turn and propel ourselves comfortably. The secret to achieve this is practice and perseverance. Courage, you can do it!

Remember that there are two stances depending on the placement of your front foot. If you have any doubts, check out our article: How to know if you are a Goofy or Regular Skateboarder? Once you have it, let's get started:

1. Ollie: Having mastered the balance we must learn how to position ourselves for the tricks. The position of the feet for the Ollie is as follows: our front foot is perpendicular to the board behind the front screws. The back foot will be parallel, but with the tip of the toes in the middle part of the tail - see the parts of the skateboard.
The movement: once in place, we must allow the tail to touch the ground and then scrape with our front foot to balance the board and get the jump. Practice as many times as necessary while standing still and, if necessary, you can hold on to a bench.
This is the basic trick of any skateboarder. Thanks to it we can climb on modules, jump stairs or grind railings. It was first performed in the late 70s by Alan Gelfand and soon the great Rodney Mullen perfected it on flat.
Now that we have the position, let's jump, never better said, to practice. We can learn it with a tutorial by skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. -Know the 9 curiosities of the legendary Tony Hawk.

2. Shove-it: Many people can iron this trick before the Ollie. You could be one of them, too. The success of the trick lies in confidence and the back foot. We're looking for a 180-front turn from the board like the one we just saw.

As San Francisco skateboarder Aaron Kyro says the secret to learning a shove-it is to do it without pop. That is, you don't need to chop, unlike the Ollie. Another technique that can help you is to practice it with a board without axles or fakie, as the inertia itself makes it easier to turn.

Here you have a good tutorial to learn it: 

3. Drop-in: It is not really a trick, but it is something that will encourage you to stay motivated and progress in your skateboarding learning.

If you go to a skatepark, one of the things that will probably catch your attention are the ramps and inclined planes. Well, we will have to locate the smallest ramp and get down it alone. Our little tip:

start with the weight on the back foot and transfer it to the front foot with a sharp kick. Practice this movement flat and remember that the shoulders must always accompany you, as in this sequence.

One way to gain confidence is to have someone else hold your hands while you perform the descent. This will save you a few falls and you will soon be able to do the drop.

Follow this tutorial to learn how to do the drop-in: 

4. Frontside (Fs) or Backside (Bs): There are these two varieties when it comes to 180°. As a rule, the Frontside is usually easier, since it is easier to drop in on two wheels and complete the angle. Although the truth is that every skater is different. From here we recommend you try both turns and do the easiest one.
The position of the feet is very similar to the Ollie, but if we want to do a Backside, we move back the front foot. On the other hand, if we want to do the Frontside we slide the foot forward. It is essential to accompany the turn with the movement of the shoulders and gaze. Here is a good tutorial that teaches it: 

5. Kickflip: The kickflip, better known as flip, is the complete turn of the board. Remember the first point where we named Rodney Mullen? Well now is another good time to mention him. He was the first to perform this maneuver in the 90s and would open a universe of new tricks.
For this trick, the feet are placed similarly to the Ollie but turning the front ankle and leaving the fingertips below the screws in the corner. The movement that we want to make is the one of the Ollie but sliding the foot by the side to achieve the turn. 


The theory is in this article, but the practice is in your legs and your skateboard. Remember that the learning process is long, and the tricks are not 'easy'. So don't give up, enjoy every skate and if it's in good company, all the better.

Ah! And don't forget to browse our Longboards USA page to find other tricks that will help you every day to improve and absorb a lot of information about skateboarding or longboarding: the best sports in the world, only for enthusiasts!



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