Basic Skateboarding Tricks

6 Tricks for New (or Old) Skateboarders to Try

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A list of basic skateboard tricks is a little tricky to come up with because what's easy for one skater can be very hard for another! For example, you might learn to Primo stand before learning how to Ollie. For some, balance tricks like Manualing and all come easier than flip tricks. But, even so, there are certain tricks that every skater should at least try and conquer. These are the basic skateboard tricks, and they're a good place to start if you're new to skateboarding, or if you've been skating for a while, and are looking for what to do next! Also, some skaters end up skipping whole types of basic skateboard tricks - that's okay, but if you want to be a well-rounded skater, and not lose every game of SKATE simply because you never learned to truck stand, for example, then this list is a great place to get some ideas for things to learn!


Kick turn
Basic Skateboard Tricks.

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Most skaters think that the first basic skateboard trick is the ollie, but it's not. That's a trap! The ollie can actually be difficult to learn for a lot of skaters, and most skaters will learn a lot better if they truly start with the basic skateboard tricks! And one of the MOST basic is the kickturn.

Kickturning is the name for when you need to turn quickly, and so instead of simply leaning and carving, you lift your front trucks off the ground, and pivot. Learning to kickturn takes balance, and the more you practice your kickturns, the better your balance will become!

Now, a lot of skaters don't even think of kickturns as tricks. It's more basic skateboarding 101 - and it's true. But the truth is that a lot of brand new skaters might come across this list, and jump straight to it. But, if you can't kickturn, then you should work on that and make sure you have the balance and skill to tackle these harder basic skateboard tricks.

Where the kickturn becomes a full-fledged trick is if you can spin 180 degrees or more. If you can do a 360-degree kickturn, then people will watch!

The Ollie

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The ollie is a very important trick to learn. The ollie is certainly one of the basic skateboard tricks, but it can be a TOUGH trick for some skaters to learn. Other skaters might pick it up quickly, in just a few short hours. Others might take a year to work through various problems. Don't stress it - skateboarding is all about you, your board and the pavement. Skateboarding is very personal. You've got to be OK with that, or you'll get frustrated, and then be tempted to give up.

Rock N' Rolls / Rock to Fakies

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These are basic skateboard park or ramp tricks. The skater rides up a ramp, and at the very top, rocks his or her front trucks over the coping or edge. How the skater rides out of this trick is what determines whether it's a rock n' roll or a rock to fakie!

If a skater rides up a ramp, rocks on the coping, and then rides back down fakie (the opposite direction the skater usually rides), then the trick is called a "Rock to Fakie". If the skater rides up the ramp, puts the front trucks over the edge, and then kickturns out and rides down the ramp in the skater's usual stance this is a Rock and Roll.

Rock to Fakie and Rock N' Roll are both very good basic skateboard tricks. With these, you can feel confident at the skatepark or around a ramp. Also, learning these tricks will open up all kinds of other lip tricks for you to learn!

50-50 Grinds

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The 50-50 grind is the first grind trick that most skaters learn and is a great basic skateboard trick to learn.

The 50-50 grind is where the skater grinds the ledge or rail with both trucks. The nice thing about the 50-50 is that you can learn to do it on a curb, which is a pretty safe and easy place to practice.

Before learning to 50-50, however, you're going to need to be able to ollie. Skateboarding is like that - one trick builds on another.


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Boardslides are the first sliding skateboard trick most skaters learn - it's perfect for this list of basic skateboard tricks.

A boardslide is where you skate along next to something like a rail or curb, and then ollie up onto it. Your board lands sideways, with the object in the middle of the board, and you slide along down the rail or curb. At the end, you jump off the obstacle and ride away.

Before learning to boardslide, you're going to need to know how to ollie, and you should be comfortable with turning your body.


The manual skateboard trick

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The manual is a great basic skateboard trick to learn - mainly because it's a trick that you can ALWAYS improve on!

A manual is something like a "wheelie" on a bike. The skater balances on his or her back wheels and continues rolling. A nose manual is similar, just off the skateboard's nose. The trick to manualing is balance, confidence, and just doing it. But be careful - it's very easy to lean too far back and launch your board out in front of you! In fact, you'll probably do it a time or two, so wear a helmet, and make sure you know how to fall safely.