SKATEBOARD TRICKS AND HOW TO EXECUTE THEM
As a skateboarder, it is necessary for you to find new tricks to spice up your skateboard session from time to time; this is the only way to be in top form. Doing the same tricks now and then can become routine and tiring, this takes the fun out of skateboarding.
If you’re just starting out as a skateboarder, then you need to practice with your board more often. Here are 5 skateboard tricks that every beginner should know.
5 EASIEST SKATEBOARD TRICKS AND HOW TO DO THEM
This is a classic trick that all beginners long to learn. You merely have to do an Ollie and then at your peak, flip your ankle in the top corner of your board. After that, you catch your flip with your back foot to absorb the landing and roll away on your board.
It might take a while for you get this trick, so it’s okay if you don’t figure it out on the first couple of tries.
2. The 50-50 Grind
For this trick, you need to be good at Ollieing sideways because that’s basically what you’ll be doing when rolling next to a box, ledge or whatever it is you’ll be practicing with.
Perfecting your sideways ollie will enable you to execute a 50-50 grind flawlessly as it’ll lock your grind in place.
3. Backside Grind
The Backside grind is quite similar to the 50-50 grind. Basically, you can practice this trick in two ways. You can choose to either do the grind coping on the side or grind on top of the coping.
Whichever way you choose to do the trick, you shouldn’t be afraid of crashing as long as you set your trucks in the proper position.
4. Dropping In
As one of the easier skateboard tricks, dropping in requires total commitment. It might seem scary at first, but when you do it once or twice, your fears will be allayed.
To execute the trick perfectly, bend your knees to get a low center of gravity, lean forward on your board, and connect your front wheels. You could practice the technique on a bank at first before moving up to a mini ramp.
5. Frontside Noseslide
It is necessary for beginners to learn how to nose stall before executing the frontside noseslide. It is not possible to learn this just by doing Ollies. So you have to get your board out and nose stall boxes, benches, even curbs. After all, you can’t perfect the technique if you don’t get enough practice. Keep in mind that the frontside noseslide involves a twisted body position, so you have to be able to shift your weight over the nose of the board to stay balanced on the rail.
5 ADVANCED SKATEBOARD TRICKS AND HOW TO DO THEM
Perfecting advanced tricks or techniques is the ultimate goal of every skateboarder. With more experience comes a hunger for a more significant challenge and advanced skateboard tricks are like a stepping stone. It is, however, essential to understanding that advanced tricks are also the most dangerous. Seeing as you’ll be required to go off the ground while executing them, there is a chance that you might fall on the hard concrete and sustain injuries. Understanding that your safety is paramount should help you put in measures to ensure that you are in no danger while learning these tricks.
Make sure to have your safety gear in order before trying out advanced tricks.
1. Board Sliding
To execute this trick, you need to have perfected your Ollie. This is why it’s practically impossible for a beginner to try out advanced tricks without learning the basic skateboard techniques.
For board sliding, you need to find a sturdy rail, curb or any similar solid structure. Start out with an Ollie and then leave the board to slide along by itself while you’re left touching what you started out on with your feet.
2. Rocket Air
The goal of this technique is to have the skateboard in a vertical position while both the board and the rider are up in the air. It is a trick often performed by more professional skateboarders, and it is exciting to watch.
With more practice, you’ll find that the thrill of executing the technique is much more exciting than merely watching it.
This trick is a reverse kickflip but is more challenging to perform. For the heelflip, the toes of your front foot are left hanging off one side while your back foot is partially on the board. You then slide your front foot to the front of your board and execute a move that’ll lift up the front of your board instead of the back. This trick demands a bit of practice before you can get the hang of it.
The first thing that comes to your mind upon hearing about this trick is that it has to be done in the dark. This is a misconception as the dark slide doesn’t necessarily have to be executed at night. In fact, it shouldn’t be. For this trick, the skateboard rider slides on a ramp or something similar with both feet at the bottom part of the board, near the wheels, while at right angles to the object he or she is sliding on. The dark slide is a difficult trick.
5. Upside-down 360° loop
This is one of the most challenging tricks for skateboard riders to execute. For this trick, you need a pipe. Which is a structure with two curved walls and a top. In the middle of this trick you and your skateboard are going to be upside down, this is where the trick gets its name.
The pipe is very necessary because it helps you get to the height needed to execute this technique and other similar ones.
The different tricks outlined in this post are techniques that you can fuse into your regular skateboard sessions. If you are a beginner, still trying to find your way around the skateboard, it is best to stick to the basic tricks. Moving on to the advanced tricks without learning the easier ones are not recommended.
Good luck trying out these tricks.