How To Start Skateboarding With No Experience
At first, skateboarding can be pretty hard. You might only be able to stand on the board without moving much, but it’s okay. With the right direction and some practice, you will learn how to start skateboarding around and even do tricks on the first day!
Learning The Riding Basics
Learning these techniques makes all of skateboarding easier. They can be improved on by those who are learning how to start skateboarding as well as those who already know how to skateboard and want to get better.
How To Start Skateboarding: Balance Techniques
- Standing on the board- Standing on the board is the most basic balance technique to practice. Ideally, you will learn balance through going for it and actually riding, but standing on the board with something to hold onto helps find your balance at first.
- Leaning side to side/ front to back- leaning side to side builds the ankle strength as well as balance to be able to carve to turn and learn tricks. Stand on the board next to something that you can hold on to practice leaning side to side. Make sure your trucks don’t turn too much or you will get wheel bite. Your wheels shouldn’t touch the deck at all and wheel bite. Have your trucks lose to where they turn but aren’t unstable and wheel bite because they are too loose. Find what works for you. A lot of skaters start with tighter trucks because it’s more stable to balance on, but then they have a hard time turning!
- Carving- Turning by leaning the board side to side while leaving all 4 wheels on the ground is called carving. Carving is used more in transition skateboarding to flow in a smooth line from obstacle to obstacle. It is used in street skating to make riding away from tricks more stylish.
- Squatting- Being able to crouch down and stand back up while balancing on the board is extremely important. You use this basic movement for loading up to ollie or in the opposite way to absorb the impact when you jump down stairs.
Having fun on other board sports like snow boards, surf boards, balance boards, and even hover boards will help to build balance for skateboarding.
How To Start Skateboarding: Foot Work Techniques
In addition to balance, the ability to move the board around with your feet is also a foundational skill for all types of skateboarding. (Moving the board with your feet uses other muscles like the ones in your stomach.)
- Foot position- Knowing where to have your feet on the board for riding and various tricks.
- Manual- Being able to do a manual (lift one truck off the ground) is the foundation for almost all tricks and is also a good way to turn sharply with the Tic Tac.
- Tic Tac- Picking up one end of the board to turn allows you to turn much sharper than learning to carve. It also allows you to do kick turns on ramps and navigate through pedestrians sharing the sidewalk.
Working on these basic skills makes more advanced maneuvers so much easier.
How Much To Skate
Skateboard every day if you can.
Skateboarding isn’t just a physical activity, it’s mental.
What this means is that knowing in your head what you’re doing and exactly how to move your body to do it is useful to learn tricks faster. Part of confidence comes from knowing what you’re doing. Skateboarding requires confidence to land tricks.
Learning to skate without understanding the trick can make a trick take a thousand tries to land instead of 100 or 10.
If you are trying a trick and are just doing the same thing over and over, go try another trick before going back to try the one you were working on. Ride around before coming back to try the trick you are working on landing. Or maybe do your trick in a line with a few other tricks before it. Keep it fun when you can even when you’re struggling to land a trick. Getting a trick down is worth the struggle, keep trying!
After skateboarding maneuvers are done enough times, the body actually remembers the motions for you-this is called muscle memory. After doing a motion like the pop, jump, slide, and land of the ollie so many times, your body will remember exactly what to do. It will automatically know when you need to start sliding your foot forward and how to land on the bolts. It takes time to develop muscle memory.
It’s all about trial and error, so pay attention to where you can improve to master your movements.
In the beginning, it’s best to learn to cruise and build up your balance, but there are tricks you can learn without even being able to ride. Learning tricks is fun.
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