Skateboarding experts will always tell you the best way to catch a lot of fun is to ride a skateboard. When you watch them perform different tricks on the skateboard with great skills and vigor, you will certainly agree with them.  Have you ever seen a pro twisting and rolling the skateboard with amazing skills and you thought, wow, how did they do this? Well, it’s really not a big deal. You too can become a pro like them. It all boils down to a proper knowledge of the skills and constant practice.

There are different types of penny board tricks and skateboard tricks with different levels of difficulties. If you are new to the sports and still learning the ropes, it’s important to begin with the simpler tricks and later graduate to more complex ones when you’ve gotten some experience. Below are some skateboarding tricks anyone can learn and master.  Note that some of these tricks can take a lot of time and practice to master, so do not be fazed if you can’t get it on your first trial.

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7 Skateboard Tricks For Beginners

1. Kickflip Trick

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This is one of the most basic tricks any new entrant to skateboarding can try and excel in. It involves lifting the wheels of your deck from the ground to 180 degrees by leaning back on the board to raise the nose. This can be done on the ramp or on the ground and it gives you accurate and quick turn. Kick-turn is the best way to start learning simpler skills before moving on to more complex ones.


2. Ollie Trick

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If you have not learned Ollie yet, then you have not actually started skateboarding. Most professionals will tell you the first trick they learned while skating is Ollie. It’s a very simple trick and involves lifting your body up while the skateboard is still on the ground. When performing this trick, you have to bend your knees before you lift and make sure the tail of the skateboard comes first off the ground. Land exactly how you jumped, by bending your knees to absorb the shock. To perform this trick perfectly, you need to have good timing skills, good balance as well as proper foot placement.   You should begin slowly by doing short jumps. You can further do longer and higher jumps as you get better.

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3.  Nollie Trick

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This is a reverse version of Ollie. In this trick, you need to raise the nose of the skateboard as you jump rather than the tail. Keep your back foot at the center of the board and place your front foot at the front. As you jump, raise the front of the board from the ground and level the board while in the air. Land while your knees are bent to have a proper balance on the ground.  Many people find Nollie more difficult to master because it involves raising the board with your non-dominant foot.  But since Ollie and Nollie are similar tricks, both of them will be very easy to do once you’ve mastered one of them.


4. Heelflip Trick

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Heelflip is similar to kickflip, the difference is that the former is done in an opposite direction. Here, you make use of your back foot to raise the nose of the board.  Begin in an Ollie trick position and use your back foot to raise the face of the board from the ground as you jump. (Checkout this amazing heelflip tutorial) While you’re still in the air, place your front foot on the nose of the board and flick the board with your back heel. Once the board has flipped, use your feet to hold the board as you land. After mastering this basic trick, you can go on to other more complex tricks such as double heelflips and triple heelflips.


5. Wallride Trick

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Wallride is a bit more complex than the other tricks mentioned above. It requires some level of confidence to get it right. To wallride with a skateboard, place your two feet on both ends of the deck and raise up the node of the board as you come very close to the wall. As the skate rolls up to the wall, make sure your back is facing the wall while directing it up and down in a rainbow arc movement.  When sliding back to the ground, you also need to raise the nose of the skateboard to help you slide down easily.   This is one of the most common tricks of skateboarding experts and you may have seen this done a lot of times.


6. Pop Shove it 360 Trick

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“Pop shove it” is achieved by slightly raising up your front foot on the board and gently scooping the tale of the skateboard with your back foot. If this is done properly, you will be able to get the board to spin 180 degrees in the air. Just like other types of tricks, this trick requires carefulness to do it accurately. Otherwise, you might overspin the board.


7. A Fakie Bigspin Trick

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Fakie bigspin is done by facing in an opposite direction to your original position on the skateboard.  This is one of the most common skateboarding tricks and it’s done by rotating your body in 180 degrees while spinning the board 360 degrees in the same direction.  You can use your shoulders to direct your movement in an anti-clockwise movement or clockwise movement, depending on the type of fakie bigspin you are performing   (either Goofy Fakie Bigspin for anti-clockwise or regular Fakie Bigspin for clockwise). As you turn your shoulders, use your feet to roll the tail of the skateboard in the same direction you are moving. This skill may be a little tricky at the first trial, but just like other tricks, with constant practice, you’ll soon get used to it.


The above are the penny board tricks and skateboard tricks you can learn and master with little stress. There are several other tricks such as board slide, hardflip, handstand flip, grape flip, gingersnap, ghetto bird, gazelle spin, gazelle flip, frontside flip, forward flip, finger flip, feather flip, camel flip and many more.   Most of these tricks are similar and are variations of another. The basic thing here is to start with the less difficult tricks and graduate to more complex ones as you gain more experience.