5 Easy Skateboard Tricks for Beginners
As a beginner skater, you might only have a small handful of tricks.
If you practice them often, it’s ok. Mastering a few basic skateboarding tricks now will lead you to unlocking bigger and better tricks later on.
The key trick here is the Ollie.
Learn how to ollie before anything else. It’s the first trick every skater must learn in order to advance. Get that one under your belt, and then try some of the tricks below.
Five skateboard tricks for beginner skaters:
When attempting to boardslide for the first time, just know that it’s easier to learn backside boardslides than it is to learn frontside boardslides.
If you don’t know the difference between frontside and backside, here’s a quick rundown: Skating backside means the obstacle that you’re about to slide is behind your back, on the heel side of the board. Frontside is just the opposite. The obstacle is in front of you, on the toe side of the board.
How To Boardslide (Backside)
Skate towards the obstacle with your feet positioned like you would for an ollie — back foot on the tail using the balls of your toes; front foot at about the center point of the board and evenly distributed across your board.
You don’t need to come into the trick with much speed at first. Go slow enough that you’re comfortable with your balance. Obviously, the more you do the trick and more comfortable you get with it, the more speed you can carry into the obstacle which will then let you slide for longer.
Wait until you are about 6-12 inches from the obstacle to ollie onto it but this will vary depending on how strong (or weak) your ollie is. The best thing to do is just play around with it and find what’s comfortable for you.
So you’re going to do your regular ollie with a 90 degree twist to your backside. For regular footers, this means you’ll turn 90 degrees to your left (counter clockwise). Goofy footers will turn 90 degrees to your right (clockwise). To do this, just think about doing a basic BS 180 but as you’re in the air, slow your rotation by not twisting your shoulders and hips the full 180.
As you slide, stay looking forward and when you get to the end of the obstacle, just turn your shoulders in the direction that you wanna exit. If you wanna roll away straight, you just turn your shoulders back forward in the way you were already riding.
If you wanna roll away fakie, just let the momentum of the 90 degree ollie continue. This will help you to turn and your back shoulder will come around so that when you land, you’ll land riding fakie. Go give it a shot!
A manual can be a really fun trick to do and also looks pretty cool. What you wanna do is ollie up onto an obstacle — usually a curb — and land on just your back wheels and then continue riding but only on your back wheels. Your front wheels are balanced in the air but your tail is not scraping on the obstacle. It can take a lot of finesse and practice to get the balance just right but once you’ve got it, you should be able to nail it every time.
Use the same foot positioning as you would on an ollie and approach the obstacle at a slow to medium paced speed then initiate your ollie about 6-12 inches away from the obstacle. As you start to come down, start shifting some of your weight to your back leg and towards your back truck.
Land on your back wheels and keep your weight centered over your back truck so that your nose stays up in the air. If your tail starts to scrape, just shift your weight forward a bit. If your nose starts to drop, just shift your weight back a little bit. It can be a really fine line between right and wrong on this one and the only way to really master it is with a lot of practice. Starting to sound familiar, huh?
When you get to the end of the obstacle, just push the board forward a bit with your feet like you do when you’re coming off a curb. Simple as that. Manual conquered.
3. FS 180
Now we’re on to the Front Side 180. This trick is an ollie during which both you and the board rotate FS 180 degrees. Set up just like you would for an ollie but as you get ready to pop, turn your front shoulder in a bit and get ready to spin. Your upper body is what’s going to direct you in the direction that you wanna spin so ducking that front shoulder in before you pop is key.
If you’re regular footed with your left foot forward, your left shoulder is gonna spin towards your left (counter-clockwise). If you’re goofy with your right foot forward, your right shoulder is gonna spin towards your right (clockwise).
So while you ollie, jump and pop off the tail while simultaneously swinging your shoulders in the direction you want to spin. Do this and your feet should follow the whole 180 degrees. A lot of skaters want to know how to keep the board to their feet since the board is rotating the 180 with them on this trick. Focus on staying above the board with your shoulders centered over the bolts and you should be set. You also should suck your knees up toward your chest which helps keep the board stuck to your feet.
As with the basic ollie, land with your knees bent to suck up any impact then just ride away the proud new owner of a FS 180.
4. Half Cab
A half cab is when you’re riding fakie and you do either a frontside 180 or a backside 180. I’ll include the steps for a frontside 180 here. If you want to do a backside 180, just apply the steps for that trick while riding fakie.
Ok, here we go: The half cab using a frontside 180. The first thing you’re gonna want to do is obvious: start riding backwards. Once you’ve got that settled, on to the next step.
This trick is basically like a fakie ollie except that as you set up to ollie, tuck your back shoulder in a bit and get ready to spin. Then when you pop, swing your back shoulder behind you towards your back and let your upper body lead you in the direction that you wanna spin.
If you’re regular footed with your left foot forward, your right shoulder is going to tuck in and then spin clockwise. If you’re goofy with your right foot forward, your left shoulder is gonna tuck in and then spin counter cockwise. Remember, since you’re riding fakie, your back shoulder will actually be in front in relation to the direction you are riding.
So while you fakie ollie, jump and simultaneously swing your shoulders. This should make your feet follow and you will spin the 180 degrees.
As with the fakie ollie, land with your knees bent to suck up any impact then just roll away to your next trick!
5. FS 50-50
A front side 50 50 is when both your trucks are grinding on an obstacle that’s in front of you, on the toe side of the board.
Use the same foot positioning as you would on an ollie and approach the obstacle at a slow speed then wait to ollie onto it until you’re about 6 – 12 inches away.
As you approach the obstacle, ollie up like you’re trying to ollie on to it but instead land on the edge of it with both your trucks grinding the obstacle.
As you are grinding, center your weight evenly between your front foot and back foot, with maybe just a little more weight on the toe side of the board than on the heel side.
When you get toward the end of the obstacle, lift your nose up a little bit so that when you come off you won’t just fall off, you’ll come off controlled. The best way to do this is to just take a little pressure/weight off of your front foot and shift it to your back foot.
Again, depending on the height of obstacle, bend your knees on landing to absorb any impact and to help you with your balance.
Well there you have it! 5 Easy Skateboard Trick You Can Learn. So what are you waiting for, get out there and skate! Learn these tricks and keep going!
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