Skateboard Tricks for Beginners That Look Pro
It’s time to learn some simple skateboard tricks now that you’ve gotten the hang of riding a skateboard. Although it’s tempting, I don’t recommend jumping right into ollies and kickflips. Before you can learn the beginner skateboard tricks to more difficult tricks, you must master the fundamentals. In the long run, this will be extremely beneficial to you.
You’ll progress much faster if you master the fundamentals, and learning new tricks will keep you motivated. I’m not sure why there are so many ‘guides’ out there that completely ignore the fundamentals.
Skateboard Tricks That Are Simple
Here are some real beginner’s tips. Some simple skateboard tricks that aren’t too difficult to master while still looking good. I slipped in a few more difficult tricks to give you a little more to think about, but the majority of it is beginner-level material.
Prior to learning skateboard tricks, you should have the following skills.
Start with the fundamentals: getting on and off your board smoothly, perfecting your stance, and improving your rolling balance. Get used to carving (leaning into turns) and maintaining speed once you’ve gained confidence and ability with these fundamentals. Then you’ll be ready to try these nine beginner skateboard tricks.
- Become a Switch Rider
Switch riding isn’t technically a trick, but it’s one of those techniques that you should be familiar with as you progress to more advanced skateboard tricks. Switch skating is simply skating on the opposite footing than you normally do. For example, if you usually put your left foot forward and pump with your right, riding switch means you put your right foot forward and pump with your left. If you master this skill, you’ll be able to perform a slew of other tricks based on it.
This isn’t as much of a trick as an ollie, but it’s another skill you’ll need to master if you want to skate on ramps and bowls. Simply balance the tail of your skateboard on the ledge of a ramp or bowl and “drop in,” allowing the momentum to propel your board forward. It may be frightening at first, but this technique will help you gain confidence so that as you improve, you can perform more advanced tricks.
- Instruction manuals
Pulling a manny, or a manual, is similar to popping a wheelie on a bike. Pop the front of your board so that you’re rolling on the back two wheels to do a manual. You don’t have to ride a manny for very long, but rolling along a few feet can help you improve your balance. Run through this trick at the skate park to improve your skills so you can combine it with hop tricks like the hippie jump.
- The Kick Turn is number four.
Carving becomes more efficient with the kick turn, especially when cruising at higher speeds. Place one foot at the tail of your skateboard and lean more weight toward that end to master the kick turn. Maintain your other foot on the front of the skateboard, and as you shift your weight to your back foot, the skateboard’s nose should rise.
Pivot forward or back when the nose of your board is just a few inches off the ground. If you want to learn how to do a kickflip, you should first learn how to do a kick turn.
The Tic-Tac is made up of several back-and-forth kick turns that rotate you a few degrees, causing you to push yourself forward with small side-to-side turns. Carving with smaller Tic-Tacs allows you to exert more force on the ground, propelling you forward and increasing your speed and momentum. This is a fun skateboarding technique because it’s one of the best for improving balance and strength on the board, especially when carving a path through the park.
- Ollie’s Basics
When you’ve mastered the fundamentals, it’s time to move on to more difficult tricks. Because other tricks build on it, many skateboarders consider the basic ollie to be one of the most important beginning tricks. When you jump and the skateboard stays with your feet, it’s called an ollie. Begin by crouching at the knees and popping the tail of your board to keep it with your body as you jump, then sliding your front foot up to level the board. If you keep practicing, you’ll be able to do the ollie in no time.
- Ollie 180
Because the 180 ollie is based on the basic ollie, you must first master the basic ollie before moving on to the 180. Start rolling and get into a basic ollie stance to execute a 180. Instead of landing in the same direction as you popped the ollie, land in a switch stance. Once you’ve mastered this trick, you’ll be able to progress to more advanced tricks.
- The Boardslide
When you’ve mastered your jumps, kick turns, and ollies, you can start practicing the boardslide. For this trick, you’ll need a rail or ledge. As you approach a rail, start rolling to build momentum for a boardslide. Then, using an ollie, jump onto the railing so that the middle of your board rests on the rail, landing in the middle of the trucks. Slide your way down the rail. Rougher board slides can benefit from skate wax (and protect your skateboard at the same time).
Begin by mastering these nine simple skateboard tricks until you can easily perform them. Then you can progress to more difficult skateboard tricks, such as a heelflip or a fakie beta flip. However, the more you practice, the better you will become. However, before shredding at the skatepark, remember to stretch your muscles to avoid muscle cramps and injuries.
- Fakie to Rock
When you’re ready to shred on a ramp or ledge, a rock to fakie is an intermediate trick to practice. You’ll need to be skating at a good speed up the side of a bowl or ramp to pull off this skateboarding trick. Allow your front trucks to pass over the lip as you near the top, so you’re balancing on the edge. Then simply roll back down, but this time on your switch footing rather than your regular footing.
I could go on and on about some simple beginner skateboard tricks, but this should be enough to get you started. Some may be too simple for you, but I’m sure there are a few tricks you’d like to try before you start doing kickflips.
Skateboarding is all about having fun and progressing; when you learn a new trick, adrenaline rushes through your body, endorphins are released, and you feel pumped, ready to try the next trick.
I’d appreciate it if you knew any or could help me name some of them. Reading and watching won’t help you develop muscle memory, but it will help you think about what you need to do a trick.