Learning to skateboard: Tips for beginners

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Welcome new skateboarder! Congratulations on making the decision to purchase a deck and embark on this new adventure. With this article, you will learn how to start skateboarding for beginners and you’ll get all the tips you need in order to be pulling off the sickest tricks in no time at all. 

Learning to Skateboard

Like anything, becoming a master at something takes a lot of time and practice. You always need to lay a strong foundation and work from the bottom up. Mountain climbers don’t attempt Everest as their first ascent, so if you try to a rail grind down the nearest stairs right after getting out of the skate shop, you’ll get nothing in return except for a trip to the hospital. You have to learn to skate before you can grind!

How to start skateboarding for beginners

Firstly, you will need to find your stance and get used to standing on the skateboard. Like all board sports, you put one foot at the front and one foot at the back. When figuring this out, ask a friend to push you gently from behind and when you lose balance, see which foot you put out to break your fall. This foot should be at the front of your board. If it’s your left foot, you ride with a regular stance, if it’s your right, you ride goofy. You use your front foot to balance yourself on the board and your back foot to steer.

                                    You need to find your stance at first

Now that’s sorted, it’s time to get moving. Let’s start with pushing off. Set up with your front foot over the front bolts and your back foot over the back bolts. This is simply an exercise in balance. To push, take your back foot off the board and as you lean forward on to your front knee, push off. Once you begin to roll, put your back foot back across the width of the board. 

Learning to turn and stop

Above is the easy part. Now for the tougher parts, turning and stopping. For easier turns, once you get some momentum, simply lean your body slightly in the direction you would like to turn, and let the small shift in weight turn your board. This will cause you to make a long, sweeping turn. 

For shaper turns, it’s a bit more difficult. After gaining momentum, you will need to apply a small amount of pressure to the back of your board with your back foot. This should result in the front of the board coming slightly off the ground. By this I mean that there should only be enough space between your wheels and the ground for a piece of paper. 

At this point, you will need to swing your upper body in the direction you would like to travel. This means “throwing” your shoulder in the direction you would like to turn. The rest of your upper body will follow, causing you to make that sharp turn. Note that you will be “throwing” your shoulder just as you apply pressure to your back foot.

                                      Learning to skateboard is a journey

Finally, it’s time to stop. There are several ways to stop, but the easiest way to stop for beginners is the foot brake. While balancing over your front foot, remove your back foot and let it run along the ground as you roll. It’s important to keep all of your weight centered over your front foot, just like you did when pushing off. Put pressure on the ground with your dragging shoe, but don’t stomp down thinking the board will automatically stop. The trick is to apply even pressure over some distance to slow you down smoothly.

Skateboarding tricks for beginners

Congratulations, you now know how to skate! It’s time for some skateboard tricks.

Beginner’s trick #1 – The Hippie Jump

Before you learn to do an Ollie, you should learn the hippie jump first. All this is jump up and down on your skateboard whilst in motion. Once you can do this, you can search for an obstacle to jump over. Be careful to land on your bolts. If you land too close to your tail or your nose your deck might bounce up and hit your shins, or worse, your face. So keep that in mind!!

Beginner’s trick #2 – The Nose Bleed

A nose bleed involves an obstacle like a curb with an edge and putting pressure on the front of your board (the nose) whilst leaning backward. Firstly, roll towards an object with a ledge. Next, you should gently press on the back of your deck (the tail). Then, lock your nose on the obstacle and lean on your front foot. Finally, either gently push you nose, or just lean on your tail and roll back.

                                  The Nose Bleed trick is easy for beginners

Beginner’s trick #3 – The Caveman

Want to look cool whilst jumping on your skateboard? Then this is for you. First, hold your skateboard’s nose with your front hand and put your thumb on the top of your deck. Then, run a few steps and jump off the ground. Lastly, let go of your board and land on the deck’s bolts. Congratulations, you’ve just done your first caveman!

Beginner’s trick #4 – The Wall Bounce

The more you practice, the better you are

Finally, stay balanced, and push slightly forward. Your deck will flip over and you will land back on top of your board. The best way to practice this is to hold onto something like a rail whilst learning it. It will only take a few times before you finally get the hang of it.

This is a creative trick that will require a strong mix of confidence and courage. Firstly, roll towards any wall. Then, when the time is right, pop your tail and jump off the board. If you have done this right, the board will bounce back and all you need to do is jump back on the board. 

Beginner’s trick #5 – The Firecracker

Now it’s time to ride down the stairs. Roll towards any ledge (a curb would be best to start with) and put a bit of pressure on your tail. Then go over the edge and ride down. The key here is to keep your balance and not lean forward. If anything, you should be leaning a little back, but not too much. It makes a lot of noise, hence the name, but it’s not as difficult as it looks!

Beginner’s trick #6 – Rail Stand

Looks kind of scary but is actually pretty easy. This will allow you to flip your board and stand on the side of your deck. Firstly, put some pressure on your feet to make the board tip. Then, once it flips, your back foot should rest on the back wheels. When your board turns, make a transition over it and step on top of your back wheels. Next, just bring your front foot back and assume the rail stand. 

So there you have it. Now you know how to ride a skateboard and even have a few tricks to start off with. Follow these instructions and you’ll be charging around the skate park like Tony Hawk in no time at all. Good luck, and remember: practice makes perfect. If you want to get further skateboard tips from professional, please visit Longboardbrand.com website. They are there and ready to share you.

Hopefully, the article above is helpful for you. Thank you for reading.