10 Easy Skateboarding Tricks For Beginners (Your Friends Dad Can Do!)


When I first skateboarded I wanted to learn how to 360 flip. It’s a cool-looking trick even my friends dad could do. I needed to understand what it took to get there. The answer was to learn the fundamental tricks necessary to develop larger bags of tricks.

What are 10 easy skateboarding from easiest to hardest?

  1. Pop Shuv-It
  2. Kickflip
  3. Heelflip
  4. Fs 180’s
  5. Fakie/Nollie Bigspins
  6. Boardslides
  7. 50-50
  8. Rock-To-Fakie
  9. Axle-Stall
  10. Manual

This article reveals simple skateboarding tricks that will guide you to becoming a better skater . You may wonder why it’s taking so long to land a trick, or having doubts of improving. Simple adjustments can be made that can change everything.

If you never stepped on a skateboard, I’ve listed several tricks to start with later on. 

Once you’re comfortable riding a skateboard, it’s time to figure out tricks to help move towards advanced ones down the road. Plan a trick hit-list to keep you focused and not jump ahead too quickly.

Remember, these tricks are the foundation to learn harder tricks such as 360 flips to kickflip 50-50’s.

1.Shuv-It

Shuvits are an important trick to learn first. In the beginning it’s difficult to grasp the concept of pushing your back foot behind you. At the same time focusing on the front foot movement. Attempting Nollie or fakie has been easier to learn as the rotation feels more natural.

Pop Shuv-its are done with a “pop” motion that may be followed after mastering Shuvits. 

Common Problems:

  • Placing back foot on board
  • Board flips while rotating
  • Board flies out from underneath you
  • Hits back foot on the board
How To Shuvit On Skateboard
Proper Shuvit Foot Position

2. Kickflip

One of the most well-known skateboard tricks. Unlike the Shuvit where you focus on your back foot going behind you, it’s time to pay attention to the front foot. Advanced tricks such as varial flips, and 360 flips derive from kickflips.

How to do a kickflip on skateboard
Proper Kickflip Foot Position

3.Heelflips

Heelflips, like kickflips but done with the ball of your heel. One of my first tricks was a heelflip and found it easier over kickflips. You may adjust the back foot slightly towards the tail for comfort and pop. Always have you front foot behind the bolts for room to achieve a solid flip.

Common Problems With Kickflips And Heelflips:

  • Board flips only halfway
  • Only land on one foot
  • Flying in front of you
  • Keeping board under you
How To Heelflip On Skateboard
Proper Heelflip Foot Position

 

4.Frontside Or Backside 180’s

You may find backside 180s are awkward and more difficult. Still to this day I have trouble without falling. Turning and twisting your shoulders plays a big role resulting in effectively executing these motions. Balancing body weight over the board without excessive weight on one end decreases chances of slipping and falling backwards. Foot positioning is similar to Shuvits.

Common Problems:

  • Back or front foot comes off the board while turning
  • Issues rotating full 180 degrees
  • Land too far up kicking nose out
  • Not able to bring foot towards bolts while rotating

5.Fakie/Nollie Bigspins

SKATE is a fun game, one trick that gets people are bigspins. It’s easy to get away without popping them. These are fun to do after learning Frontside half-cabs.

Common Problems:

  • Rotate the board but can’t land
  • Placing back foot on board
  • Over-spinning

6.Boardslides

Rails are intimidating. We can do boardslides on numerous objects. It’s simple to slide out and smash yourself. Be careful at parks where heavy wax has been applied.

Performing boardslides on square rails is easiest for learning how to balance and control your board. Find scraps of 2×4 and create your own rail to learn on.

Common Problems:

  • Board slipping out and landing on your back
  • Turn your board coming off rail
  • Hung up on objects
  • Trouble getting front trucks over object

7. 50-50 Grind

Once you understand how to grind the first time is a joyous experience. Also where falling will result repeatedly. It’s best to perform on curbs and boxes low to the ground.

Common Problems:

  • Landing in the feeble position
  • Keep locking onto objects
  • Board slips out from under me (circle rails)

8.Rock To-Fakie

Following are tricks performed on vert style ramps. If you decide transition skating is your style, these two are core basics to store in mind. I grew up in a small town where practicing this was difficult. Throwing together a basic ramp to practice may be helpful.

Common Problems:

  • Clearing coping but trouble getting down
  • Getting board over coping
  • Truck gets caught getting out

9.Axle-Stall

As you devote hours pumping up and down ramps, axle-stalls take advantage learning how to grind. I’ve had troubles balancing and engaging in transition skating. Steeper places like pools and vert ramps can be frightening.

Common Problems:

  • Trouble getting on top of coping
  • End up with only front truck doing a willy grind

10.Manuals

I love to nose manual! To accomplish these takes time as it requires the entire body to build up control on two wheels. One approach to learn these is how many parking spaces you can go through. It’s often simpler to learn on flat surfaces like basketball courts or parking garages.

Common Problems:

  • Drag your rear foot
  • Drop front foot
  • Difficulty keeping it moving further than a second
  • Turn too much to one side
  • Trouble popping out

3 Simple Solutions To Land Skateboarding Tricks

Words cannot convey how irritating it is to spend ridiculous amounts of life failing. Your initial intention is to examine how-to videos. Remember, it’s not as simple as looks. The two primary solutions is understanding how to commit and appropriate body posture.

Commitment allows you to overcome tricks that instill fear. This takes place whether learning kickflips, or boardsliding rails. Overcoming fear can be done learning tricks like hippie-jumps. Believing in myself was a big challenge in the beginning. Self-doubt, the emotion in skateboarding and in life should not, and will not define nor control you. The desire of succeeding is too strong of a sensation to pass up on.

Hold within yourself that sense you’ll receive landing a fresh trick. It’ll give encouragement to make it materialize. Fear of injury is undeniable, and individuals typically strive away from PAIN.

Ask yourself, would the sensation landing this trick outweigh the dread of pain?

Body mechanics plays a significant part in determining issues with feet flying off, over rotation, trouble popping higher, to mention a few. No matter how many trick tip videos you watch, it’s not the solution. Slight adjustments in body movements and foot placement can alter everything. By flexing your knees, the arrangement of your feet, even turn your arms or twist your shoulders.

Let go of convincing yourself you are not getting better. It takes weeks, months, and even over a year to learn the basics.

Skateboarding Tricks You Should Learn Before An Ollie

The impulse to advance ahead of yourself can be intriguing. It’s essential to be comfortable riding where you’re capable gaining momentum and have complete board control. For those just starting, these are core moves to take to the next level.

1.Tick-Tack

Tick-tacks help build momentum with no need to push with feet.

2.How To Stop On A Skateboard

Excessive speed down hills or turning sharp corners can lead to horrific falls and injuries. On the contrary, learning proper stopping techniques also prevents razor tail which destroys boards extremely quick.

  • Foot Brake
  • Heel Brake
  • Roll Into Grass/Dirt
  • Carving
  • Popping Your Board
  • Powerslide

3.Kickturn

A kickturn allows you to control your board while turning and learning how to roll on half pipes or ramps for most control.

4.Pump On A Skateboard

Pumping on ramps and halfpipes builds control and confidence for transition style skating.

5.Dropping Into Ramps

One of the scariest, though best emotions to conquer. I recall that time strongly as I fell to the ground many times. A set of pads is a must as the chances of falling are significant. I recommend learning how to pump on a quarter-pipe first to develop confidence.

Hesitation is a horrible sensation you may not be used to. Locate smaller ramps to drop-in. It can diminish feelings of intimidation.

Learn How To Ollie

Ollies are the base of every trick which allow you to get on and off curbs and stairs. Practicing on carpet avoids slamming on rough surfaces. It may take days even weeks to master. Once you have the hang of it, you’ll want to improve your skills. Start small on 2 or 3 stairs to learn how to absorb impact and progressively onto 5 stairs. Larger sets are intimidating starting off. One obstacle I grew up learning on were picnic tables. Lining them up, pushing  into the grass to see how far a gap we could clear.

Once you’ve comfortable you’ll want to learn how to ollie higher. Stacking wooden objects, cardboard, or rails in my garage pushed me harder to go higher and higher. Seriously consider working out, and stretching muscles for maximum gains. 

Common Problems
Can’t get the nose or tail off ground
Foot slides off board to the sides
Slip away and board goes rocketing

Hard Skateboarding Tricks I’ve Learned

Several years skateboarding expect what you put into it. Ten years of skating I’ve achieved satisfying tricks. I’m no pro, but whatever status you’re at it’s about having fun and enjoying yourself. Here’s a list of several of the toughest and favorites I’ve accomplished over the years.

  • Dolphin-flip
  • Full-Cab Double kickflip
  • Manual Tre-flip out
  • Nose Manual 360 shuvit to manual
  • Manual Double Flip Out
  • Pop-Shuv late flip
  • Nollie Inward Heelflips
  • Primo slides
  • Kickflip 5-0/50-50
  • 50-50 body varial out
  • Fakie laser flip
  • Switch Hardflip

What Order Should You Learn Skateboarding Tricks?

There is no order you need to learn skateboarding tricks. Follow the list of fundamental tricks mentioned above. Focus on one trick at a time. In-vision landing that trick and commit to it. Record yourself skating, it helps identify problems you can progress towards.

You’ll find what style of skating is most enjoyable. Grinding boxes, manuals or transition skating are options to decide upon. I recommend following professionals and watching competitions to see what the world of skateboarding is all about.

How Long Will It take To Learn Basic Skateboarding Tricks?

The most frustrating reality in skateboarding is observing other’s progress quicker than you. It’s aggravating spending endless hours battling one trick, while others figure it out immediately.

As disappointing as this may be, you have a talent within you. This energy sustains motivation to keep us inspired, and prepared to press through negative emotions of doubt that ensue.

Heelflip skateboarding down stairs
My Heelflip Down 6 Stairs

How long it will take to learn depends on how much time you’re willing to sacrifice. After mastering balance, it’s vital to understand basic popping and flipping motions to progress further. It can take anywhere from 5 to 6 months to a 1 year to get there. Dedication and persistent practice 2-3 hours a day, 5 days a week. When I skateboarded 6 hours a day after school shredding the library parking area.

What Are The Hardest Skateboarding Tricks?

What tricks to focus on next is up to you. Look forward to learning the following tricks, either fakie, nollie or switch stance. You’ll find interest in what tricks to challenge yourself along the way.

  • 360 flip/tre-flip
  • Bigspin flips
  • Hardflips
  • Inward heelflips
  • 360s
  • Late flips
  • Smith/Feeble grinds
  • Kickflip into grinds
  • Bluntslides

What tricks are you having trouble with?

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