How to Improve at Skateboarding
Have you ever felt like you’ve weren’t improving at skateboarding?
Sometimes we get to a sticking point where we have take things to the next level if we want to see progression. If you’re doing the same tricks all the time, skateboarding could become boring and stale. Before or after that happens you want to learn how to spark up that blaze of excitement again. Because skateboarding becomes much more enjoyable when you see progress.
Pay attention and read this entire blog post. Learn how to improve at skateboarding and progress further than all of your friends.
Work Your Way Up
When you’re just starting out skateboarding, learning the fundamentals is most important.
Having the fundamentals of skateboarding downpat will lead you to bigger and better tricks in the future.
If you’re a complete beginner skater, this means working on balance and control, tic tacs, pushing, turning, stopping, etc. Once you feel comfortable on your skateboard, then you can learn how to Ollie and work on landing the 7 tricks every skater should learn for the skatepark, like dropping in (quarter pipes), pumping, 180’s, shuvits, boardslides, 50-50’s, etc.
Master the fundamentals and work your way up to become a great skateboarder.
Skating gaps and stairs
When you’re ready to Olie your first gap or set of stairs, you should already be comfortable Olling up, down and over curbs.
You should also feel comfortable Olling with a bit of speed. Practice this before trying to Ollie any gaps or stairs.
There’s also three things you should be aware of:
- Proper Pop – When you Ollie a gap or set of stairs, work towards popping your trick. This will do two things for you: 1) Give you the height you need to clear the stairs and 2) Make the trick legit because you’ve got pop.
- Correct Landing – Practice landing with both feet over the bolts. This is to prevent snapping your skateboard, because it can be easy to snap your deck landing in the middle of the board, on the tail, or even the nose.
- Committing – If you give a trick a hundred percent, with the belief that you’ve already landed this trick, chances are you will or at least get close. Bailing on a trick tells us you don’t believe you can. Work on overcoming your fear and building your confidence up before trying again.
Commit to your trick, with no hesitancy, and watch yourself soar over the stairs as you spot your landing and roll away.
Maybe try a frontside 180 next, or if you’re ready for it, kickflip those stairs!
Surround Yourself With the Best
To become the best you have to surround yourself with the best.
Paul Rodriguez is a good example of this. Before anyone heard of P-Rod it was all Eric Koston. As P-Rod was making his “come up” it soon became known that Koston was his mentor.
Today P-Rod is one of the greatest skateboarders of all time. Why? It was because of his friendship with Koston (and the other amazing skateboarders he surrounded himself with) and everything he was able to learn from Koston, and others, that turned Paul Rodriguez III into one of the greatest.
The lesson: Surround yourself with the best people and place yourself in the right environment to grow & become the best.
If you can’t physically get close to the skateboarders you look up to yet, find them online and see what you can learn from them there. Study their material, discover their success habits, and pick up every tidbit of knowledge you can from their interviews.
It’s like they say, if you do what successful people (skateboarders) do, you stand a good chance of becoming one of them.
Stay Sharp, Stay Positive, Stay Charged
All successful skateboarder know that to be good at skateboarding, you have to be mentally sound, physically skilled and healthy.
Before showing up to skate, get rid of all negativity, drama and stress. To skate at your peak ability, you should have a clear mind and be focused only on positive thoughts, outcomes and good feelings. You should also fuel your body with healthy foods and water to achieve this peak state.
When you make a mistake or wipeout, instead of getting frustrated, learn from it and move on.
If you get tired, either mentally or physically, take a break for a while and come back later. You’ll find that when you come back it’s with new inspiration and energy that you didn’t have before. By the way, don’t try to push through being tired. If you continue to skate while you’re tired, it can lead to a greater risk of getting hurt.
Rob Dydrek has even mentioned that the majority of his skate injuries have happend when he was tired, but kept skating anyway.
Stay fresh and feel good to skate good.
Improving at skateboarding takes time and patience, but if you’re committed, continue having fun and enjoying the process, you will soon look back and be amazed with how far you’ve come as a skateboarder.
To get better at skateboarding, make it a point to surround yourself with skaters better then you. This will put you in the right environment for growth and improvement. Pay attention to what they do and adopt their habits, like positive thinking, goal setting and visualization, as your own so that you can get similar results, if not better.
Adopt the habits and beliefs of successful skateboarders and you could become one of them. Stay hungry, stay focused
Keep your dreams alive, and keep skating!