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Trick Tips


For those new skaters out there, here are some tips on how to do some of the basic tricks. If you have a trick you would like to know how to do then give us an email.



With both your feet on the board, lift up the heel of your back foot so your weight is on the ball of your foot and your toes. That part of your foot should be centered at the tip of the tail. Your front foot should be about 2/3 of the way up the board, angled slightly forward. Your toes should be near the toe edge of the board and, depending on shoe size, your heel may be hanging off of the heel edge. Smack the tail to the ground with your back foot and jump off of that back foot--getting the timing down is probably the hardest part. As you jump, your front foot slides up to your nose, pulling the board into the air. At the peak of your ollie, level out your board, then wait for the landing. Always land with your knees bent. When ollieing a gap, try not to think about clearing it; instead, think about popping a nice big ollie. The hardest part about ollieing most gaps is getting in the committed mindset. When you're in the air, spot your landing and keep those shoes on that grip tape until you roll away.

180 Ollie

Needless to say, it is necessary to learn to ollie first. The frontside 180 ollie is basically an ollie with a 180 turn in mid-air. Setting up for it is essentially the same as for an ollie, but as you crouch down for the "pop"", wind up your body a little by turning your torso backside (your leading hand should "reach" across your stomach). As you hop into the ollie, unwind by twisting your torso frontside. By the time your tail smacks the ground, your torso should be "ahead" of your legs; when the board lifts into the air, your body is already turning frontside, pulling your legs along. Your legs, in turn, are pulling your feet along, which are guiding your board around. Voila! You're on your way. The board should remain directly beneath you the entire time. When you've turned all the way around and the board is lined up and drifting fakie, extend your legs and land. You will now be rolling backwards. It may seem strange to land this way, but get used to it. You will soon learn many tricks that will require landing backwards or switch-stance. One way to learn to land backwards is to try a rolling 180 body varial (jump and turn your body 180 degrees, landing on the board switch-stance). You will find that the frontside 180 ollie is a good set-up trick and that many variations are possible.

Lip slides

In order to execute the very popular and attractive lipslide, learn boardslides and frontside 180s first. Approach the obstacle as you would for a 50-50. Pop your ollie and start turning yourself (and your board) frontside, making sure your back truck is high enough to go over the obstacle. Once you are hovering above the object, perpendicular to it, land in the boardslide position. From here on out, it's just like the ol' boardslide; just cruise along that rail or ledge as long as you can and come off like you would a boardslide. No, wait, scratch that. If you're bustin' this lipslide on a ledge, then your back wheels should be sliding along on top of the ledge. When it comes time to come off the ledge, put pressure on your tail so that all your weight is on your back two wheels. Then turn your board forward and roll off of the end of the ledge. There, that's better.



Set up your feet in the ollie position. Your front foot, though, should be adjusted back towards the heel edge a bit and your toes (or rather the front of your shoe) should be just behind the centermost mounting bolts of the front truck. Do an ollie, but rather than only sliding your front foot upward and forward, you must also slide your foot (again, probably your shoe) to the heel side enough to start your board in a spin. This action requires you to actually kick your front foot off of your board; the last point of contact between the front of your shoe and the board should be in that little concaved dip just before the nose. The spinning board then hovers for a second between your sprawling legs. When you see the grip again, stop the rotation with your back foot, then put that front foot back on, right on top of them bolts, and land.

50 50s

You should be comfortable with ollieing up curbs before having a go at the 50-50. Once you're able to control your board that way, the 50-50 is a cinch. And since your heels are over the ledge rather than your toes (as is the case with frontside 50-50s) you can center your weight easier and ride these things for days. Learning 50-50s on newly painted curbs is choice. Cruise up to the curb with a mellow angle, as if you were going to ollie onto the sidewalk. Pop your ollie and stick your back truck on the curb (try to lock your toe edge wheel up against the curb. Next, place the front truck down and get some weight on those heels so you can ride it out to the end of the paint, and turn off. Piece o' cake.



This trick can be intimidating, especially since it's the first blindside trick that a skater usually learns. Approach the obstacle frontside at a mellow angle. Pop an ollie and get your nose and front truck up and over the object, landing on the deck between the trucks. If you plan on landing in your regular stance, keep your shoulders facing the same direction the whole time and let your hips do the turning. If you plan on landing fakie, your shoulders should be facing backside with the board while sliding. Come off the object using the same method as you would for a backside boardslide.