Landing Skateboard Tricks Consistently – Three Step Formula
Developing a strategy when landing tricks is a BIG part of the success professional skateboarders have with skateboarding. In order to successfully land tricks consistently, you have to develop and implement a strategic plan that includes all of the following:
• A list of goals
• A clear picture
• A purpose
Each step plays an important role in your overall strategy. Your chances of success will be much smaller if even one of these steps is lacking.
Skateboarding doesn’t always have to be a struggle. Learning new tricks and landing old tricks consistently can be easy actually, but only if you follow this 3 step formula. Apply this advice to your skateboarding for the next 90 days straight and you are guaranteed to start seeing better results. Using this formula you can land more new tricks, more consistently, and with better style. You will be able to put together multi-trick runs, win games of s-k-a-t-e , place well in competition, get mad respect from your friends, and have more fun than ever.
Have an organized goal list
Just by writing your goal down your 10x more likely to accomplish it. Make a list of all the tricks you want to learn and then take note of all the tricks you have to work on to get there.
For example, if landing clean 360 flips is on your list and you can’t even kickflip yet, that would be your first goal. You would probably also have varial flips, pop shuvits, and 360 shuvits on the list too. Your goal should be to landeach trick at least 8 out of 10 tries. And work on catching them at the peak of your pop for good style.
Visualize your tricks happening
All top performing athletes (e.g. Paul Rodriguez) visualize what they want. In this video series with P-Rod, he says he visualizes his tricks before attempting them. He says he sees it happening exactly the way he wants it to happen in his minds-eye first, before trying it for real.
Only when you believe you can land your tricks, will you land them. By visualizing your trick happening successfully over and over again, you begin believing that you really can land your trick. And with that confidence you’ll land it. If you’re hesitant and ditch your board trying a trick, it means you didn’t believe you could. So to commit fully to a trick and land it, you have to first believe you can.
Practice with purpose
If you want to get better at skateboarding then you have to practice with purpose. You can’t just dable in skateboarding and expect to get good overnight. You have to put the time in and practice… figure it all out. Track your results so you can see how much better you’re getting each week/ month/ year. (Filming yourself skateboarding is a good way for tracking your progress.)
If you want to skateboard for a living someday, that has to be part of your purpose. If you just skate around aimlessly all day, you’ll get better at skateboarding, but not nearly as fast if you had a purpose – specific things to do to achieve your goals.
Sum It Up
Know what you want, which tricks you need to work on. Then set those as goals and create a plan to accomplish those goals. See your tricks happening in your mind as if you were actually doing them. See it all as vividly as you can, because your mind can’t tell the difference between what it vividly imagines and what it actually sees. With this technique you can convince your mind that you can already do the trick. This will increase your confidence and help you land your trick.
Practice your tricks, but make sure you’re having fun. If you’re not having fun, then you shouldn’t be skateboarding. To keep yourself from getting frustrated, sprinkle the trick you’re working on in-between your other, easier tricks. Skateboarding shouldn’t ever feel like a chore. It’s suppose to be fun – that’s how you get better and land more tricks consistently with style.