Learning Tricks for Skateboarding

Earning Skateboarding Skills

We don’t want to be poser skaters. We want to have skilled skateboaders. So let’s talk about some tricks. Alright, so the first trick at the top of the list is the bunny hop. While you’re riding, crouch down and grab the nose and the tail of the board with your hands. Now, while holding on, jump as high as you can and pull the board up with you so that it never leaves your feet. You probably won’t be able to get as high as an ollie, but this version is sure to get you jumping off the ground in as little time as possible.

Ok, so now for the second trick, which is called a revert. For this trick, you’re going to be doing a180, or half rotation, but you’re going to leave the wheels on the ground the whole time. To accomplish this, first you’re going to rotate your upper body, focusing on bringing your shoulders around to face forward. Then, using the momentum from your upper body, engage your core and push your back wheels around until they’re riding in front. If you do this properly, the wheels should kid along the concrete and make a really cool screeching noise.

The third trick we’re going to learn is the board pickup. Nothing tells the world that you haven’t been skating for very long like bending down and picking up the board off of the ground like this. Instead of doing it that way, pop the tail of the board down with your foot so that it jumps off of the ground and then catch it by the nose while it’s still in the air. I’ve personally found that the easiest way to do this is to start with your hand positioned so that your palm is facing away from your body, then catch your board so that your thumb is on the bottom part of the deck. A variation of this move would be to kick the board up and then try to get the board to balance on the top of your foot for a moment as you bring the board up into your hand.

The fourth trick on the list is called the caveman.

To do the easiest version of a caveman, you’re going to start with the board in your leading hand with your thumb on the grip tape. Swing the board away from you and then a sit starts to swing back toward you, jump as high as you can off of the ground and try to land on the board with one foot over top of each set of wheels. Now there are a bunch of really fun variations to this trick, so be sure to check out my trick tip on cave mans, which I will put a link to right at the end of the video.

The fifth trick is another stylish and very useful way of etting back on your board, and I call it the throw down. You can use this maneuver as a way to getup to speed on your board in a hurry or when you have a really short run up. Just like for the caveman, you’re going to start by holding the board in your leading hand with your thumb on top of the grip tape. Facing the way you want to start riding, and with the board at your side, start to take a few steps forward as you drag the tail on the ground beside you. When you’re ready to hop on, let go of the board with your leading hand and jump off of the foot you normally ride with in back, and place your front foot on the board directly over the front set of wheels. Follow that up by placing your back foot on the tail, and now you’re instantly up to full speed, and you didn’t even have to push onetime. If you want to get a little fancier with this one, you can start with the board upside down like this, and when you drop it, tilt it a little bit to one side as you jump on top of it, causing it to flip over perfectly for you to land on top of the grip tape.

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