Wed. Nov 13th, 2019

A Beginner’s Guide To Skateboarding

There are a million tutorials on how to skateboard available on the Internet, so we decided not to add to the number but instead have a look through the options out there and then recommend the best ones.

The following tutorials are for people who are complete novices, meaning that you have never even stood on a skateboard before. Even knowing which way to stand on a skateboard can be a bit confusing, which is why this tutorial is great for newbies. It really does teach you the basics like which way you should be standing when you ride the skateboard, or how to stop (very handy for a beginner).

A little more technical but just as useful is this video from Rob Dunfey.  As well as covering basics like how to position your feet, the video covers really useful moves like tick-tacking (moving the deck from side to side) and basic turns. This guy really knows his stuff, so pay attention!!

Once you’ve mastered the basics of how to stand on a board and get it to move forward while you’re still on it, the trick that everybody wants to learn is the ollie – the move whereby the board sticks to your feet as you jump up into the air. The thing to say about the ollie is that it is incredibly difficult to master. But if you accept that it is difficult before you attempt it, you won’t be so likely to give up when you can’t do it first time of trying. I would say that mastering the ollie is about as difficult as mastering a tennis serve – it’s all about timing and releasing energy at precisely the right time.

Of all the tutorials on the internet, perhaps this one by Tony Hawk is the most concise. Once you’ve learned to ollie, there is a whole world of skateboard tricks out there for you to progress to. But remember not to try to run before you can walk: learn to propel yourself forward first, then when you are comfortable with this, you can then try to master the ollie. It won’t be easy and even the most famous pros out there admit how much difficulty they had first mastering it.

Oh, and always wear pads when starting out – you can learn a lot faster when your wrist isn’t in plaster!