Skateboarding Tricks

Skateboarding tricks are many and varied. Some are easy to learn. Others have only been achieved by one or two select pros. What tricks a novice learns will depend on where he or she is skating. If it is strictly urban street skating, the tricks are largely low to the ground. If skateboarding ramps are available, the options change. The tricks will also depend on the use of skateboards and longboards. Hit up a skateboarding shop to find out where the best places to skate are and meet up with people who can give tips.

Skateboarding Tricks

Skateboarding Tricks

Perhaps these most basic of skateboarding tricks is the Ollie. It gives the essential foundation for other tricks. The Ollie is a jump that brings the skateboarder and the skateboard up off the ground. Though skateboarders often have slight deviations in their tricks, the Ollie is generally performed with the hind foot on the tail and the lead foot in the center. Place the flat of the leading foot in the middle and the rear foot’s ball on the tail. You can do this either moving or at a standstill. Bend your knees and hit the tail with your back foot while jumping into the air. The back foot should come up as soon as the tail goes down. The front foot should slightly roll to the side and drag on the front of the board, bringing it up. It will take some practice, as will landing.

With the basic moves you learned from Ollying, you can learn to kickflip. This is one of the skateboarding tricks that can be utilized in both street and ramp skating. First, start an Ollie. While in the air, continue the drag of the front foot until your toes are on the corner of the board and slightly flick your foot. If done at the right angle, this will kick the board around beneath you. Bring your foot out of the way of the board immediately after “kicking” it. Wait for the board to come around trucks down and then place your back foot, then front back onto the board. Land it and ride away.

It has to be said that there are subtle nuances to all skateboarding tricks. When you first try these skateboarding tricks, it is likely you will find positions that are more comfortable for you. Practicing these skateboarding tricks will also show you that it is not all about your feet. Your entire body goes into every skateboarding trick.

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