Fundamentals

Riding the Skateboard:


Stance


The first thing to learn about how to ride a skateboard is to determine your stance on the board. This is completely personal preference. If you feel comfortable putting your left foot forward, then do so, otherwise put your right foot in front. An easy way to determine which foot goes where is by kicking a ball. If you kick a ball with your right foot, you should put your right foot at the back of the board, and vice versa. If your right foot is at the front of the board, then you're stance is called "goofy". If your left foot is at the front of the board, then you're stance is called "regular".


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Movement



Now that you have learned what stance you are, you can learn how to move on a skateboard. You want to start by pushing your back foot to get some movement. Make sure to relax your body while you start off and bend your knees. The first movements might feel weird but you’ll get used to it with more practice. To turn on a skateboard, you want to lean your body on either side of the board. The pressure of your body will cause the trucks of skateboard to turn, which will change the direction the board is moving.


The Ollie:



The ollie is the most fundamental trick in skateboarding. It is the first trick you should learn after getting comfortable riding the skateboard. In this trick, the skateboarder pops the skateboard into the air. The effect is the skateboarder jumping with the skateboard stuck to their feet. This stunt is performed by snapping the tail of the skateboard down with the back foot while sliding the front foot up along the skateboard. The process is one motion, allowing the skater to drag the skateboard up with them as they jump. This trick takes a lot of practice to master, but at the same time opens the door for almost all skateboarding tricks.

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The Pop Shove-it:


In a pop shove-it, the skater pops the board much like an Ollie. However, instead of popping straight down, the skater would pop and scoop their feet in a backwards motion to make the board spin. The skateboard will spin 180 degrees quickly, and the skater catches the board with his feet after it has completed the rotation. After catching the board, the skater lands, bends their knees, and rides away smoothly.


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The Kickflip:


The Kickflip is the most complicated out of the basic skateboarding tricks. It begins with an Ollie, but you flick your foot at the top corner of the board to make it spin underneath you. In a kickflip, the skater kicks the board with the top and side their foot, the skateboard flips and spins over once, and the skateboarder lands on the skateboard.

Here is a video showing exactly how a kickflip is done:






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Sources:


Some ideas from the "Riding the skateboard" section are obtained from:
http://skateboarding-guide.webs.com/


Some ideas from "The Ollie" section are obtained from:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ollie_(skateboarding)

Some ideas from "The Kickflip" section are obtained from:
http://skateboard.about.com/od/tricktips/ss/HowToKickflip.htm

Some ideas from"The Pop Shove-it" section are obtained from:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shove-it