New Skateboarders Guide

Welcome to skateboarding! Being a new skateboarder can be tough—it can be hard to find the help you need, to find out what tricks you should be learning, what gear you should buy (and avoid!) and to get the courage to take that first push off the ground. However, this new skateboarders guide should give you some help as you first learn the skill of skateboarding.

Learning the Basics of Skateboarding for Beginners

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"Just Starting Out Skateboarding" is a great step-by-step article that will help walk you through everything you need to know as a brand new skateboarder—from the buying your first board to taking your first ride.

In this particular guide, you will learn what gear you need, what your skateboarding stance is, the best foot placement for beginners, how to successfully push off, and a variety of simple riding techniques that every skateboarder should know.

Although it doesn't go into too many specifics, this all-encompassing guide is a good starting-off point for young skateboarders and should be reviewed before moving on to the next section of this article: gear.

Buying the Right Skateboarding Gear

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 Buying the right skateboard and equipment for you can be pretty confusing—there's so much to choose from! First off, you should start with buying your skateboard and by checking out our article "Build Your Own Pro-Grade Skateboard" for step-by-step instructions on picking out the right board for you.

You should always read the most current skate gear reviews to find out which skateboarding gear is the best on the market and whether or not cheap gear is okay to buy.

Learning Skateboarding Tricks

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Once you master the basics of skateboarding, it's time to start learning tricks! There are a number of these different skateboarding tricks in the "Tricks Help Section" of the Skateboarding tutorial, broken up into street, park, and vert tricks (linked above).

For more guidance on specific tricks, our guides have also developed individualized articles focusing on tightening skateboarding form to perform any number of challenging feats.

Articles like "How Can I Make My Ollies Higher?" and "How Do I Land With Both Feet?" describe step-by-step instructions for improving a skateboarder's skills as they relate to these tricks and techniques. Be sure to browse our skateboarding section and the "Tricks Help Section" if you get stuck on a particular one!

Frequently Asked Skateboarding Questions

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Jean Postec. Jamie O'Clock

The "Skateboarding FAQ" is an excellent resource that answers frequently asked questions about skateboarding basics. The items in this list are often certain things that a lot of skaters have a hard time with or a lot of questions that seem to pop up often.

Take a look at the list of questions—you might come across something that you didn't even think to ask about! It might also help to see what problems others skaters often have in order to properly gauge your own progress learning this challenging skill.

Knowing the Lingo: Skateboarding Dictionary

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Skateboarding Dictionary. Steve Cave

Want to make sure you're calling a trick the right name? Not sure what the difference is between a slide and a grind? Take a look at the Skateboarding Dictionary and get an education in skateboarding vocabulary!

The dictionary is broken into skateboard parts and skateboard tricks, so no matter what part of the lingo you're trying to decipher, this simple dictionary is your one-stop shop for all your skateboarding rhetorical needs.

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