Everyone needs to start somewhere. If you want to learn how to skate but can't tell the difference between an ollie and an elbow, you've come to the right place. You can learn how to buy the right gear to learn how to steer, how to stand comfortably on the board without falling over, and even a few helpful tips to help you stay steady and actually skate. See Step 1 for more information.
Part 1 of 3: Keeping on the plank
Step 1. Try to stay on the board without falling over
There's no right way to stand on the skateboard, so place it on stable ground, such as grass or carpet, where it won't roll easily, and find what feels comfortable to you. Place one foot in front of the other, approximately aligned with the axle bolts.
- The position regular foot indicates that your left foot is ahead of your right. Generally speaking, this means that you will push yourself with your right foot and walk with your left.
- The position goofy foot indicates that you keep your right foot forward, meaning you will push yourself with your left. Despite the name, there is nothing "fuzzy" about this foot position. It is as common as the previous one.
- The position mongo foot is a little more unusual, referring to the act of using the front foot to push yourself. Generally, this seems a little more awkward to most skaters, but if it sounds right for you, go for it! There is no wrong way.
Step 2. Try to push yourself
On flat concrete, stand on the plank with your front foot and take a long, balanced step with your rear foot to generate inertia.
When beginners start walking, they often tend to take several small steps rather than long steps. It's best to push with a long stroke, which will make the ride smoother and give you the balance you need
Step 3. Switch position
When moving, you need to alternate your feet sideways, as when you were standing on the plank while still in the grass, and bring the pushing foot lightly over the tail. Your knees should be slightly bent, but you should generally stay upright, with your back straight, to learn how to balance correctly.
- In a correct position, the front foot should be right behind the front axle bolts, and the rear foot on the most caudal part of the board. This is the most stable and secure position.
- This is the hardest thing to learn when you're just starting out, but the good news is that you'll be walking smoothly as soon as you learn it. Have no fear!
Step 4. Learn to turn
To turn, you'll shift your weight forward or backward from your heel, depending on your position and whether you want to go left or right. The amount of pressure used will depend on how tight your axles are and how long the curve will be. Practice at ground level, when starting, alternating walking position, and then turning safely without falling.
To avoid something or turn the board just a little, turning by kicking the board is a useful skill. With the rear foot, press slightly on the tail shape (to raise the front wheels) and turn your body in the direction you want to turn. Do this all at once, but be careful not to use too much force or you might fall. Also, it might be a good idea not to perform the maneuver while on a descent
Step 5. Try to stop
There are many different ways to stop a skateboard, and many of them are more advanced. For beginners, the easiest way is usually to slow down gradually and stop by putting your foot on the ground, or with a tail stop. Some people don't like to do it because it wears out the tail of the board, but many skaters use a plastic stopper designed to help you on the charts, making it a good choice for beginners.
To use the maneuver, you'll place your entire body weight on your back foot, with your body mostly on the tail of the board, and slide the board until it stops. Some people don't like to do it because it can end up damaging the skateboard, but many models have plastic protectors made just to act as a brake (a good option for beginners)
Step 6. Forget tricks for now
The main thing that prevents beginners from continuing and continuing to learn is the fact that they want to jump straight into playing ollies before they even learn the basic steps. You'll get there, with practice, but just as you need to learn a guitar chord before you can make jaws drop with animal solos, you need to learn to push your skateboard and ride it comfortably. You need to learn to stay in it before you start jumping.
Part 2 of 3: Moving Forward
Step 1. Learn to fall
No skater in history is exempt from takedowns. They can be discouraging, but learning to fall can help ensure that you don't seriously hurt yourself. Always wear a helmet to keep your head safe, and try to wear wrist protectors, which can take the brunt of most falls and avoid the nasty injuries that recur in the skateboarding world.
The most common problem is usually walking over small boulders that snag the wheels or hitting a crack that suddenly makes you lose your balance. Be aware of the terrain as you walk, but keep your eyes up to keep your balance as much as possible
Step 2. Practice with other skaters
Like music and other sports, skateboarding is easier to learn when you have good role models to learn from. Team up with more experienced skaters to watch them and learn as much as possible, picking up tips and tricks along the way. Ask for advice and be honest about your experience.
Make sure you don't get urged to try something you're not ready for. If you go out skating with a bunch of guys doing ollies on a flight of stairs, you could end up getting seriously injured if you're so far learning how to stop without falling. Go slow. You'll get there eventually
Step 3. Watch many videos of skateboarding
Sports videos are at the heart of skater culture. Compilations and tutorials are widely available for free over the internet. You can find virtuosic displays of prowess in the sport, as well as helper tips aimed at beginners. Learn how to perform more advanced tricks and maneuvers and techniques with videos.
Step 4. Try skateboarding downhill
Letting gravity help you along the way is an important step in improving yourself and becoming a more advanced skater. It can be scary the first time you're downhill and you don't need to push, so learning to deal with it and staying in control of the board is a good thing to learn early.
To keep your balance, squat a little lower and use your arms to avoid swaying from side to side. Keep your heels as still as possible since, at higher speeds, smaller movements create bigger waves, making you more likely to lose your balance
Step 5. Try tricks only when you're done
When you feel more comfortable with the board and can stay on top of it without falling over, you can be ready to try a trick or two. That's what you've been training so hard for, after all! The best and easiest tricks for beginners are:
- Shove it.
Step 6. Keep practicing
Go ahead! Learning to skate well takes time and effort. It's not something you'll be able to do overnight, but by going slowly and practicing as much as possible, you'll improve and feel more comfortable with the board. Try not to feel discouraged.
Part 3 of 3: Buying the Equipment
Step 1. Buy a board that suits your interests
There are several styles and brands of boards available for all skill levels and preferences. Visit a local skateboard store to browse the options present and get advice from more experienced skaters on choosing the right board for your size and what you expect from it:
- long boards, or long boards, are great for long rides and also easy for beginners to handle. If you're interested in something easy to walk around and get around, or something that takes you from place to place, a longboard is definitely the right choice. They're not good for tricks and maneuvers, so if you're interested in practicing ollies, they won't be the best option.
- classic boards, or classic boards, are what you think of when you remember the word "skateboard". With perfectly shaped edges for performing tricks, kicks, and jumps, and easy to steer, these boards are great for riding around at high speeds, though they'll take more practice to get balance at first. If you want to eventually train in a half-pipe, this is the perfect choice.
- Custom boards, or custom boards, are built and assembled on your own, with basic tools. Generally, more advanced and experienced skaters will customize their wheels, axles, bearings and the board itself from the different options available. You probably won't build a custom board right away.
Step 2. Set up the board properly for beginners
You don't want an incredibly curved board and loose shafts when you're starting out. While these traits are good for performing some tricks, it's much harder to stay balanced while walking on the board - and you'll probably get tired after a while if you can't even stand up. For starters, a relatively flat board with firm axes is ideal for learning.
Step 3. Buy a good pair of skateboarding shoes
Trying to get on a skateboard with military boots or Hawaiian flip-flops is a great way to hurt yourself badly and sprain your ankle. Skateboarding shoes have the right type of sole to adhere to the board and ensure both protection and support, making them ideal for learning how to skate. Vans, Airwalk and Etnie are all skate-specific brands, although many athletic companies now make perfect skate shoes.
If you can't find a particular brand for a skateboard, what you should be looking for is a flat sole. Avoid the kind of textured footsteps found in running shoes or sneakers and instead look for something like platform shoes, with a flat base surface
Step 4. Always wear protective clothing and a helmet
It is essential that you have a skateboarding helmet, with a smooth surface and a snug protective strap to prevent head injuries. You are likely to fall off quite a bit at first, so it is important to ensure your own safety by wearing a helmet. They look really stylish too!
- Additionally, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards are also common protective devices, especially when you are a beginner. As you get a little more used to the board, you probably won't need to put on all the protections every time you skate, but anytime you're learning a new trick, and especially when you're initially learning to stand upright. over the board, additional padded equipment is an excellent idea.
- There's nothing wrong with avoiding emergency room trips, especially if you're new to the sport. Don't let anyone say that "real skaters" don't wear protective gear - something just immature, stupid and completely wrong to say.
Step 5. Find a good place to practice
Ideally, you would prefer smooth concrete, without a lot of irregularities and cracks that will only get in the way of your learning as you move. Eventually, you'll be able to skate over uneven surfaces safely, but it's easier to learn in a flat, smooth, unmoved parking lot or tarmac site.
It has been increasingly difficult to find places that welcome skaters, given the unfair reputation the sport has in some cities. Don't be a skateboarder who gives law enforcers a dirty name: make sure you're allowed to skate when you do, and avoid causing damage to property that doesn't belong to you
- Always wear protective gear (helmets and padded apparatus) and walk with another person. You can be seriously injured trying to perform tricks or stunts and fall to concrete if you're not careful - especially as a beginner.
- Do not skate in places prohibited by signage.