5 Mistakes Beginner Skaters Make Learning Tricks | Skateboarding Tips

Almost every beginner skateboarder has a list of tricks they want learn. The problem is, if you haven’t been taught the right way to learn tricks, you might find yourself frustrated with how long it takes to land your tricks. You know, it doesn’t have to be that way. Learning new tricks can be easy …if you know how.

In this article, there are five mistakes beginner skateboarders make when learning new tricks and ways to correct them. After correcting these mistakes, you will find it easier – and more fun – to land new tricks.

Here are five mistakes beginner skateboarders make and how to avoid them:

1. They aren’t prepared

If you’re trying a trick that you’ve never tried before, you can’t really expect to land that trick with no preparation. The smart way to land tricks is to prepare yourself, both mentally and physically, before attempting your trick of choice …or even before your skate session. Get ready for it. Get into state. Feel good and ready to skate.

Did you know that professional skateboarders will think of a trick they want to learn, and then practice it over and over again in their mind before actually trying the trick? It’s true. You can use this visualization technique to gain confidence and raise your belief. This way when you attempt your trick, you’re doing it with certainty and you really believe you can. And when you really believe you can, you will.

2. They don’t believe in themselves

Not believing in yourself is like giving up before you even start. Too many time I hear skaters say “I can’t do that” or “there’s no way I’ll ever be able to do that”. Well, guess what… you’re right. The only way you’ll be able to do something is if you believe you can.

That’s why it’s so important to prepare yourself first. By visualizing and gradually working yourself up to the trick, you gain the confidence you need to attempt the trick and expect to land it. It’s important when trying a trick that you give it 100%. If you hesitate when attempting your trick, that’s when you’re more likely to get hurt.

“Don’t ever hesitate, hesitation is what gets you hurt. It’s full speed ahead.” – Colin McKay

You have the be ready to land your trick. If you’re not ready, you probably won’t land your trick. If it’s a trick you’ve been having trouble with, make sure you have all your fundamental tricks down first. This will give you a much better chance for landing that trick you’ve been stuck on. Don’t rush the process. Let it happen when you’re ready for it to happen. This will make it seem like the trick was easy to land.

3. They aren’t excited or having fun

Sometimes you’re gonna get frustrated when learning tricks. You could be having an ‘off day’, or maybe you’re not in the right mindset, or maybe you should be doing something other than skateboarding that day. Anyway – once you start getting frustrated, it’s a good sign to either try an easier trick or take a break.

If you’re not having fun skateboarding, then what the heck are you doing!? Skateboarding is all about having fun. As a matter of fact, by having fun you get more creative and imaginative, and you learn more new tricks. So whatever you do, don’t let yourself get frustrated when you’re trying to land tricks. Have fun and enjoy the learning process. Control your emotions.

4. They worry too much about failing

Constantly worry over things that will most likely never happen can be hazardous to your health. If it’s a problem you have, fix it. Because worrying about it won’t do it. The remedy is to replace worry with positive thoughts. Focus more on what you want to happen, not what you don’t want to happen.

Did you know?

  • 40% of what you worry about will never happen
  • 30% of what you worry about or fear are things that happened in the past and can’t be changed
  • 10% of what we worry about are considered by most to be insignificant issues
  • 12% of what we worry about are issues about our health that will not happen
  • This means that 92% of what we fear or worry about will never take place

That means only 8% of what we worry about could be considered legitimate concerns. And of that, there’s 4% of worries beyond our control and 4% of worries that we have some, if not all, control of the outcome. Focus on the solution, not the problem.

5. They are temporarily insane

Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. If what you’re doing isn’t working, it’s probably a good time to try something new. Give this new approach a few tries and see if it works any better or worse. Then throw out what doesn’t work and keep what does. This is the only way you’re going to get the results you’re looking for. Test, track, and tweak.

Have you been making any of these mistakes? If so, now know how to avoid them. With the tips you’ve found in the blog post, you can take your skateboarding to whole new level and start landing more new tricks to impress your friends with.

Image: Trevor McGoldrick

4 comments

  • Accually I made every single oneof those mistakes.I dont think knowing them know and concentrating onthemis going to help my case.So, whatever i’ll just try them I guess thanks…

  • This helped a lot. I’ve just come off my board getting frustrated. I was flipping it, kicking it, throwing it and worrying more about failing than doing the trick. Thanks, this really helped.

  • This article helped greatly. I have been trying too hard and snuffing out the fun. Thanks for writing this.

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