Some people become just do poser skateboarding. They don’t have any skateboarding skills. You want to learn some skills. We will discuss some cools tricks that will help you to gain confidence and develop the same. Now the trick on the list is what you might think of as a wheelie if you have ever ridden a bicycle, but on a skateboard, this trick is called a manual. To do a manual, you’re going to lift your front wheels into the air by bending your front knee rather than just leaning your whole body backwards. As you do this, try to find the balance point and hold yourself in that position, with the front wheels off of the ground for as long as possible. This one takes a bit of practice to hold for more than a few seconds, but if you keep at it, you’ll eventually be able to hold a manual for as long as you want.
Trick number 2 is called the hippy jump, which essentially just involves jumping off of the board while it stays on the ground. To perform this trick, you’re going to start with your feet positioned a little more towards the center of the board, making sure that neither of them is on the nose or the tail. When you first start trying, you can practice just jumping off of the board without rolling, to help you get a feel for the maneuver. Once you progress to trying it while moving, take care not to lean toward the nose or toward the tail too much as you jump off the board and as you land back on it, because if you do the board can shoot out from underneath you and you can end up taking a slam. After you master the rolling hippy jump, you can try landing some of these variations.
OK, so let’s move on to trick number 3,which I call the standing rail flip. For this trick, you’re going to start with the board resting on the ground on its side, while you’re standing on the ground next to it, with your toes pointed at the grip tape. Using your usual back foot, kick the edge of the tail of the board down while pulling your foot back slightly to cause the board to start flipping. As you do this, simultaneously jump off of your leading foot and try to land on top of the board after it has completed whatever amount of flips feels most comfortable for you. I’ve found that allowing the board to flip almost two times while rotating 180 degrees has been the most consistent motion for me.
Alright, so the next trick on the list is the nose stall. This trick is as easy as positioning your front foot over top of the nose of your board, riding onto a curb or a short ledge, and then lifting up your back foot so that the back wheels come off the ground. From this position, you can push off of the curb and ride away in fakie stance, or pull the board up into your hand with your back foot and do a fakie caveman.
Ok, so now the final trick on our list is called the Wraparound. For this trick, you’re going to start with the board resting on the ground on its side again, but this time you’re going to stand facing away from the board with the heel of your back foot positioned directly in front of the back wheels. Simultaneously kick your foot back in a circular motion to cause the board to wrap around your back foot and jump off of your front foot, to try to land on the board as it lands on its wheels in front of you, with one foot over each set of wheels. Alright guys, so I gave you some ideas for some tricks you can work on when you’re getting started, and also showed you that there’s really no good reason to have to start with the ollie as your first trick. Once you get some of these moves down, you’ll have a lot more control over your board, and it’ll make learning the ollie that much easier.