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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

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Beginner Longboarding | Longboard Stance

Before you begin longboarding, you want to make sure that you have the proper stance.  In any board sport, there are two types of stances: regular stance and goofy stance.  Regular stance is standing on the longboard with your left foot forward in the direction you are going.  Goofy stance is standing on the longboard with your right foot forward.

There are two methods you can use to to find out your stance.  First, you can try kicking or moving something with your foot.   Which foot did you use? Well that foot is likely going to be the foot you will place on the back of the longboard.  When I was a snowboard instructor, I used the following method to find my students’ stance.  I would have them stand in front of me and give them a slight shove.  The foot they used to catch themselves would be their back foot.  These two methods are not always reliable on giving you your stance, but can help steer you in the right direction.

When longboarding, try both regular and goofy stance to see how they feel.  One of these stances will just feel right to you.

How to Stand on a Longboard

Now that you have your stance down, we will talk a little bit about how to stand on a longboard.  For beginners, this information will be useful, but as you get better and better there are many ways to stand on your board.  First, you want to have a low center of gravity and a solid base.  Stand in the center of your board, and make sure that your feet are directly beneath your shoulders.  Now bend your knees just a little to solidify your base and lower your center of gravity. You can even widen your feet to a slightly wider than shoulder width if that makes you more comfortable.  Always take notice of which direction you are leaning.  One tendency I had when first starting out was to lean back, but leaning backward really throws off your center of gravity.  When going doing hills, try tucking yourself in a bit and leaning forward.  You will really notice how this helps your balance.

Please note that the above information is not the only way to stand on a longboard, but just a guide to help the beginner feel more comfortable when starting out.  As you get more familiar with longboarding, you will notice that there are many different ways to stand.  Some longboarders can stand just on the nose of the board or on the tail.  Some can stand with both feet together pointing toward the nose of the board.  Longboards are really made to give different standing positions to allow tricks such as dancing as well as precisely controlled carving.

You will also see other longboarders crouching on their boards.  This is a great way to bottom out your center of gravity.  When bombing hills, it can make you feel more stable and help you to make tighter turns.  Crouching will help in performing slides as well.

Just keep practicing, and before you know it you will not even be thinking about stance! Widgets

How to Do a hurricane on a skateboard « Skateboarding :: WonderHowTo

Skateboarding is the act of riding on and performing tricks with a skateboard. Try performing a hurricane, which is one of the many tricks to learn from a skateboarding professional in this free skateboarding video series.

Part 1 of 12 — How to Do a hurricane on a skateboard

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