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How to Not Look Like a Skateboarding Noob (Even if You Are)


By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.


Hey there, is it your fist time at the skate park? You don´t have anything to be ashamed of, just the fact that you are trying to do something that you like and to get better at it shows that you got some guts and are already on the cool side of the row. Every Pro Skater out there was once a noob, so don’t worry about it. However, there are some tips that we can give you in order to make you feel more comfortable while you are at the park or on the street sliding back home.


1. Getting On and Off Your Skateboard

Photo: Mikael Cho (Unsplash)

Do not place your board carefully on the floor and then start pushing it: the board, just like you should go with the flow. Try to throw the board while you are running and then jump into it, it is a cooler way to get onto your board and is also a good way to gain speed, and as you know, speed matters. Remember to put your front foot first. When you first start to practice this might seem hard, but as you master it you will look cool on your board right when you get on it. 

The same goes when it’s time to get off the board. Sure there are many ways to grab your board, some are harder than others but if you are able to grab your table while you are still moving, this will make you look like you own that board and not the other way around. A couple of suggestion for you in this matter could be the classic press down on the tail or the nose pick up.


2. Work on Your Push

Photo: Mikael Cho (Unsplash)

Try to loosen up while you are pushing your skateboard, it is important that you keep all the weight on the foot that is on the board and only smoothly put the other foot on the ground to push, this will give you more control over it and you will be able to move faster…. Speaking of that, the faster you move the better it is, as you will look more stylish and in control. 






3. Learn the Basic Skateboarding Tricks

Photo: Mikael Cho (Unsplash)

Ollies, kickflips, 180´s and heelflips. One day you will do that laser flip, but calm down, you need to master the basics first, this will increase your confidence and as you practice those tricks you will get the skills to do the harder ones. Start on the ground but remember to aim for the sky.


4. Learn the Words and the Slang… But Don´t Overact it


Sure, you need to know the name of the tricks that you are trying to accomplish but remember that you are just getting started, so you don´t need to know the name of all the tricks. Start with the easiest: Ollies, kickflips and heelflips. With time you will start to identify more complex combinations and tricks. Don be a poser dude, it´s okay to know about skate but before you know the names of all the tricks ever done perhaps you should know how different parts of your skateboard are named. Don’t you think so?


5. Remember to Have Fun and That Falling is Okay


As we have said many times here at SHIT® skateboarding is about having fun, so don’t be to harsh on yourself if you fall. it happens to all of us, so there is no shame. Get back on that board and keep practicing. Soon enough you will be a Pro.



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Stacey May 26, 2020

My husband and I opened a smaller indoor skatepark in our community so that our kids had something to do through the winter. I’m 46 and he’s 48 years old and we were not skaters when we started this project, just caring parents and concerned community members. I hated that the community didn’t have anything for teens and young adults to do when it was snowy and cold outside and that all these young people were basically left to fend for themselves through one of the most depressing times of the year. So we turned out warehouse into a skatepark and started to learn how to skateboard! I got on social media and tried to connect with every skateboarding company I could and learn as much as I could quickly. I saw you guys online and honestly the name turned me off because i"m a middle aged mom but I started reading your guides and I’m hooked. Your skateboarding blog site is by far the best and most relatable for beginners like me. I’ve read everything from how to pick a board to how to learn basic tricks. I’m not a great skateboarder but I love learning and I feel pretty cool with the little things I can do now. Most importantly I’m meeting great people and building amazing relationships through skateboarding, helping young people and running a facility that they call home. Thanks for all the help! I love your articles! —Stacey Limacher, @sk8_the_den

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