Day 1- Review Equipment and How To Push Videos
Watch this video FIRST!
Watch this video FIRST!
As easy as tic tac toe! Put your back foot onto the tail and then front foot into the nose. This is the perfect trick to learn in order to get comfortable with your balance. You MUST learn this to ollie and advance.
Stopping on a skateboard is actually quite easy. There are many ways you can stop.
1. Jump off your board. (this works best if you are not going very fast.
2. Drag your back toe on the ground. Let the inside of your back toe drag on the ground to stop you.
3. Tail drag. Put your weight into your tail and let the wood of the tail touch the ground. When your board stops, take your front foot off. This is a more difficult way to stop. Many beginners have trouble with this.
You first hill shouldn’t be very big. Try to find something small and smooth. If you start small, you can always work your way up to a bigger hill.
Before you go down the hill, make sure your stance is wide on the board. Make sure your front foot is not facing forward, but either covering three bolts or facing the side.
One of the most exciting parts of learning how to skate is getting the board into the air. When pushing and turning have been mastered, the next step is learning some tricks. The ollie is the base root of over 100 tricks in skateboarding.
To learn how to ollie, first start in either gravel or grass. This will take the focus off of rolling and balance and into the formation and process of the trick. To start, get used to lifting the front of the board up. This would, essentially be like doing a short manual. After practicing this several times in the grass, then get used to taking the board from flat position to all of the weight on the tail. Your front two wheels should be as high up as the can go.
After doing this, continue trying to do this quicker and quicker. Eventually getting to the point where you are putting effort into quickly bring the board to Position 1 of the ollie. Position 1 has the front two wheels as high as they can go and the tail touching the ground.
The next step is to take the board into Position 2. Position 2 means the entire board will be airborne and flat. In thie position, nothing should be touching the ground. The hardest part is learning the transition from Position 1 to position 2. This is all about timing.
Position 1 will only be for a fraction of a second. If you are keeping the tail touching the ground, you are trying to keep it there too long. The tail should simply pop off of the ground. This will make a popping sound (especially once your are on the pavement). After hearing, the pop, drag your front foot directly forward to the nose. Keep in mind to what until the board lifts high enough in the front, prior to doing so.
Congratulations! You made it this far… Now, it’s time for you to put all of these skills together and take them to the park.