Saturday, April 30, 2011

How To Shove It

Here's a little tutorial from my YouTube channel.

Excuse my girl voice, I was 11.

Friday, April 29, 2011

How to Ollie

Now that you have learned how to ride, turn, and brake, you will want to learn how to llie.

The Ollie is the first trick you want to learn when beginning skateboarding. It is defined as a simple jump with your skateboard. You pop into the air with your skateboard.

Your foot placement is key for a good ollie. Keep you front foot right behind the front "bolts", or screws attaching your trucks to the deck. Your back foot should be on the tail.
How To Do The Ollie

Crouch down while bending your knees, but don't overdo it.
Spring up while simultaneously popping your back foot against the ground, causing the tail to smack the ground and the nose (front of board) to pop into the air.

If you've done this correctly, you board will be nearly vertical, but airborne. To fix this, slide you front foot closer towards the nose. NOTE: This is a mandatory step!!!

This will even your board out in the air.

Now land gracefully and roll away. You just did your first ollie!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The First Fundamental Steps

Stance: There are 2 choices. Regular and goofy.
Regular- Left foot forward, push off the ground with right foot.
Goofy- Right foot forward, push off the ground with left foot.

How do I know what stance I am?

Step on a skateboard and determine which stance is more comfortable for YOU.

Next, you want to learn how to ride. Place your front foot in between the nose and center of the board and place your back foot on the ground. Push behind you with your back foot and step back onto the skateboard. In order to turn, you can lean forward and back, relative to the direction your torso is facing.

Can't lean to either side? Try to loosen your trucks. (See previous entry for definition on trucks). This will give them more wiggle room and a better ability to lean. You can loosen them with a skate tool. Just Google it.
Braking- There are 2 main ways of braking.

Scraping your tail, or braking with your skate shoe.
Scraping your tail on the ground by leaning gently backwards while riding causes friction against the ground, causing you to slow down and stop. This also lowers the tail (opposite of nose, the nose is the beginning of the board) of the skateboard
This is not recommended as it wears away at the "tail" of your skateboard.

Braking with your shoe is usually more effective, looks cooler, and is more cost efficient.
Since skate shoes are more durable than a wooden deck, they will not have to be replaced as often.
To brake, you step your back foot off the board and let it scrape against the ground.

Again, this causes friction, slowing you down.

Thanks for reading, if you liked this, put some feedback in the comments.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Trick Tips?

I want to start a new trick tip series, teaching others how to do certain tricks.

Feedback is accepted.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Back to Basics

Skateboarding is a sport where the skater rides on a wooden "deck" with wheels attached to "trucks". Inside these wheels, are bearings which make the wheel spin. To top it all off, is grip tape on the surface of the deck. This provides traction to help the skater maintain control of the board. More for next time!

- BloggingSkater


Sports such as skateboarding, basketball, football and baseball can be fun activities as well as great exercise. These activities act as a bonding experience between the players of both teams. These team skills develop trust, motivation, and social skills; relative to daily life.