How To: Make your own skateboard deck from scratch

This video, by GC Productions, brings you this segment of "Hammered and Screwed". In this episode, they teach you how to make your own skateboard at home, using materials you may have around the house or may find at your local hardware store. You will need 6 to 9 pieces of wood veneer, cut to 30" by 10", (the amount of pieces you will need depends on the thickness of the veneer, and how much flex you would like in your skateboard), and enough wood glue to coat each piece. Once they have glued...

How To: Do a rad handplant on your skateboard

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do a hand plant on a skateboard. Users will first need to be able to do low kick turns, using one hand on the ground. After comfortable doing the low kick turns, try grabbing the board and lifting it up as you turn. Practice this at least 5000 times. Once you are ready, try lifting your board and spinning it in a 180 turn. Try it on a small ramp first and as you gradually get better, use larger ramps. The faster you go, the easier it is to put your...

How To: Clean your skateboard griptape

In this tutorial, we learn how to clean your skateboard grip tape. To do this, you will need: window cleaner, an old toothbrush, and paper towels. After this, you will spray the area with the window cleaner and then scrub it with the toothbrush. Scrub it until it comes up clean and there is no dirt left on the surface. From here, you will need to use the paper towels to clean the residue off of your board. Make sure to dry it off completely so you don't waterlog your board. do this to all the...

How To: Do a slapdown ollie up a curb on a longboard

Longboards are known more for their efficiency of transport and thrilling downhill riding than for tricks. Silly Rabbit, tricks are for shortboards! Or not. This video will show you how to do a cool little longboard trick, a slapdown ollie onto a curb. It's pretty easy, and is a very cool way to arrive somewhere on your longboard.

How To: Ride a skateboard

In this tutorial, we learn how to ride a skateboard. First, you want to look at the board and find where the bolts are. After this, you will put your feet where the bolts are and stand on the board. Get your balance together while standing on the board. After this, you can use one of your feet to push you and then put it back on the board to continue to ride on a smooth surface. If you need more momentum, use your feet again to help you push. Once you find your balance and can ride normally, ...

How To: Hardflip à la Tony Hawk & Erick Koston

Tony Hawke and Eric Koston both define a hard flip and then demonstrate it. It is a flip of the skateboard while going on a flat surface, like a parking lot. Push down with your back foot, apply pressure on one side, then get your feet out of the way (by jumping) to allow the board to flip, then land back on the board (all while moving, of course). Apply a quick hard turn at the end to compensate for over-rotation. Tony and Eric joke around about Tony's inferior hard flips but he's a vert ska...

Skateistan: To Live and Skate in Afghanistan

Skateistan is a nongovernmental organization providing lessons in skateboarding, environmental health, information technology, art and language in a coed setting to hundreds of urban kids in Kabul, Afghanistan. Below, a short documentary on the movement, directed by Orlando von Einsiedel.

How To: Peform a Ghost Ride Heelflip on a longboard

In this tutorial, we learn how to perform a Ghost Ride Heelflip on a long board. First, get on your board and start to petal. Then, bring your left foot off and bring it near the board, as close as you can. Then, bring your right foot behind you and then flip your board over. After this, jump up with both of your feet and jump onto the board to the other side of you. Practice doing this to get it right, it may take you a little while. When done, you can start to learn different variations on ...

How To: Land a basic kickflip

With this video, we learn how to land a basic kickflip. First, you need to learn how to olly, and become an expert with it. Next, you need to learn how to do the flick with your feet. This is a slight flick with your foot like you are trying to get something off your foot! After you flick it, you will bring the board into the air and then turn it around. After you do this, you will be able to continue riding away. Once you learn this well, you can start doing different variations and travel f...

How To: Ollie on a skateboard for beginners

In this tutorial, we learn how to ollie on a skateboard for beginners. To start, your front foot needs to be right behind the front bolts with the ball of your shoe hanging off. Your back foot needs to be on the end of the skateboard. Now you will try to do the ollie. Put your feet into position and then bend down. From here, you will pop the skateboard gently by pressing your foot back on the lip of the board. Don't try to hit it as hard as you can when popping it. From here, you will finish...

How To: Do a shove-it revert on a PumpRockr skateboard

With this video, we learn how to do a shove-it revert on a PumpRockr skateboard. This is a fun board to skate on because the skating system is different. The front wheel will turn in place so you can carve and turn as you are riding. Try out tricks on it after you learn how to just simply ride it. You can go front to backwards and turn around on it as well. To do the shove-it revert, you will get on the board and then flip it over. After that, you will jump back on it without falling off or l...

How To: Grip-tape your casterboard deck

Grip-taping your casterboard is very important for traction, and if you don't know how, this video will help you, with three different methods of putting grip tape on the deck of your casterboard. Ryan Wilson and Axis shows you the tricks to gripping your board.

How To: Perform basic nosespins on a casterboard

If you need to add some tricks to your casterboarding arsenal, this video will show you one called the nosespin (or nose spin). A casterboard is kind of like a skateboard, but feels more like a snowboard or surfboard, only on the pavement and with wheels! It's also like a snakeboard, but this tutorial focuses on the casterboard, with tips from Axis. No matter if it's a Ripstik, Waveboard or Timberwolf, this video will give you the right moves for the nosespin trick.

How To: Perform basic backside 360-degree spins on a casterboard

Forget skateboarding. If you like snowboarding and surfing, but want the pavement in lieu of snow and water, then the casterboard is your board. The casterboard (also called a waveboard) is much like a snakeboard, and can be pretty tricky to learn the moves. But Axis has you covered. Learn how to do some basic backside 360 spins on your caster board, no matter if it's a Ripstik, Waveboard or Timberwolf.

How To: Do an Early Grab trick on your longboard

Longboards are known more for being fun to ride than for their great potential for tricks, but if you ride a longboard and like to get a little air, watch this video! It will teach you how to do an early grab off a curb or other drop. Basically, you just grab the board right before you get your air, which give you enough to get up and recover before you hit the ground. This is one of the few airs you can reasonably do with a longboard, so practice up!

How To: Make the best skateboard wax

In this video, we learn how to make the best skateboard wax. First, take an empty soda bottle and cut it in half. Next, fill the bottom third of the can with vegetable oil. Next, add in some butter in with the vegetable oil, cutting it into small pieces. Now, you can put this on the stove so it heats up and melts the oil with the butter. When this has melted, pour the liquid into an empty Chap Stick container and then let it harden up. After this has hardened up, you will be able to use it as...

14-Wheeled Skateboard: Is More Better?

I'm no skateboarding pro, so I'm curious. In the case of the 14-wheeled skateboard, does the saying "less is more" apply? Flowlab's unconventional skateboard has been around since the early '90's, and has yet to replace the conventional 4-wheeled model. It boasts that it can "carve to 45 degree angles with no resistance and fluid transitions edge-to-edge", but how does it handle an ollie? Those in the know, please comment below.

How To: Properly clean skateboard bearings

In this tutorial, we learn how to clean skateboard bearings. You will need: a socket wrench, a dirty skateboard with dirty bearings, super glue, rubbing alcohol, and an empty glass jar. First, use the wrench to remove the bearings from the skateboard. After this, pour the alcohol into the jar, then drop the bearings inside. You can also drop in other parts that need cleaning if they fit inside the jar. Now, place the lid of the jar on and shake it for about a minute. When finished, let the so...

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