Skateboarding is all about practice. If you are a skater then probably you have already realized that fact and. So, there is nothing to worry about whether you can do that crazy professional skateboarding tricks or not. Because with practice it will become just a childlike play for you slowly. But you must make sure of it that you are learning the tricks from an expert, otherwise you might end up getting injured. When you watch an expert perform different tricks on the skateboard with great skills and vigor, you will certainly wish to learn some of those tricks.
Didn’t you ever see 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. But before that you need to learn the different types of skateboarding tricks.
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.
15 Skateboard Tricks For Beginners
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
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.
3. Nollie Trick
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.
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
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
“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 overspun the board.
7. A Fakie Bigspin Trick
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.
8. Ollie North
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An Ollie North trick is quite alike the Ollie trick. The only difference is that this trick is an Ollie trick where your front foot will be kicking forward over the nose of your skateboard. The Ollie North trick has become very popular for the skaters immediately after getting a grip on the Ollie trick. To do this trick firstly you need to set your feet up and then pop it up in the air and take your foot off the board. And swiftly put your feet back on the board and roll away. Though both feet are used in this trick, it is often called one foot Ollie also.
9. Inward Heel Flip
An inward heelflip trick is a combination of the backside pop shove it and the heelflip. Inward heelflip is quite similar to the hardflip trick. An inward heelflip is just the mirrored version of hardflip trick. Put your front foot just like you do for an Ollie but put it up close to the edge of the board. While putting your front foot on the edge, put it diagonal just as you slide when you do a heelflip trick. The back foot is very important for this trick. Set your back foot up as like you do for a regular heelflip trick, more towards the edge of the tail. But while doing this trick, you might like to put a little more angle on your foot than usual.
10. Blunt Fakie
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Now be careful!!! Because, if you are totally a newbie in skateboarding then this trick is probably not for you. But surely as a beginner when you starts doing the basic tricks with safety then you can do this even as a beginner. This Blunt Fakie trick is pretty much the same as a Rock Fakie. So for doing this trick you need to go straight up towards a coping onto the tail on up and then you pop it back in fakie. Isn’t that amazing?!!! But be careful!!!
11. No Comply
“No comply” is an old school skateboard trick, which was invented by Neil Blender, a professional skateboarder in the 80s. A No Comply trick is usually done on the flat ground, such as a skatepark or simply in the parking lot. In this trick the skater pops the board in the air using his back knee while putting his front foot on ground just for a moment. It is not a difficult trick at all and it seems quite cool to see. Also, once you have learned not to comply, there are a million other trick variations you can try.
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Grinds trick is one of the skateboarding tricking forms where you slide on the hangers of the trucks. This trick is usually performed on an object which may fit between the places between the wheels where trucks meet. This move was probably originated in the backyard pools, as the first skaters gained dexterity and safety with their high speed tent around the walls of the pool and one day they rose too high.
13. Board Slide
Board Slide trick is often known as Railside trick of skateboarding. To do this interesting trick you will need to slide on the center of your skateboard between the wheels. This amazing trick is called Railside trick because it is usually don on the rails or a narrow smooth raised surface like rails. This Railslide aka boardslide trick is amazing to see and will give you that trill of true skateboarding. But however this trick is a little risky for the absolute beginners. So, caution is mandatory to take for this trick.
14. Fakie Heel Flip
The Fakie Heel Flip trick is the mirror of a heelflip, where the only difference between these two is that to do this trick you need to snap from the fakie stance. To do this trick like a pro you need to ride fake keeping your legs in heelflip stance, toe slightly hanging over and then you sap with the front foot and spin your board to a heelflip with the rear leg by kicking it with your heel. Then, slant your body back slightly since your board will be spinning slightly ahead of you initially. When your skateboard completes the heelflip, catch it, land and ride off in fakie just like a pro. That’s it!!!
15. Axle Stall
Once you have learned how to enter and take advantage of the transition, the next step is to start learning some basic transition tricks. The axle stall is a perfect starting point for you as it will allow you to get used to balancing the front and also the pump when leaving the tricks. Remember that this trick is called axle “stall” for some reason. So, it is meant to stop for a second or two while the trucks come in contact with the coping. A simple advice for this trick: “Do not treat this trick like a sloppy kickturn.”
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 boardslide, 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.
You can learn either from easier ones to harder ones or might think that it would be easy and quick if you start learning from the harder ones to the easier ones. Whatever you go for, always remember that practice makes a skater pro. Happy Skating!!!