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 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: 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: Ollie higher on a skateboard

This video shows how to ollie higher on a skateboard. It has demonstrations from Melvin the Nerd, who shows proper technique to ollie. The ollie is done best when your board is pushed backward as you are jumping, then pushed forward as you are elevating. To practice while moving, jump over an upside-down skateboard. Once you can do that, try over an upside-up board until you reach consistency. Keep adding boards or moving the distances until you become better. If you're having trouble, preten...

How To: Do a flamingo flatlands trick on a skateboard

The flamingo is a somewhat obscure flatlands skateboarding trick in which the skater swings the board around their leg and stands in a flamingo-like pose for a moment, supporting the board at an angle with their legs, and then drops back into skating from there. No fancy ramps or rails needed for this trick, get practicing!

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...

How To: Do skateboard eggplants at a skatepark

Park Skateboarding: Show Off Your Skills The first skateparks appeared in the 1970s, and nowadays, they're the epicenter of the skateboarding world, a place to see and be seen. That being the case, you don't want to show up to the park without your "A" game. Let our trick guide get you up to speed. Watch this video tutorial to see how to do skateboard eggplants at a skatepark.

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...

How To: Land a fakie frontside flip on a skateboard

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do a fakie front-side flip on a skateboard. This trick can be done at any speed. Users should be able to do a front-side flip before attempting this trick. Begin by position the back foot on the tail and front foot below the bolts of the board. Pop the tail down and turn over to your shoulder to rotate your body. Flick the board outwards and then land the 180 degree turn on the board. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy skateboarding an...

How To: Build a rad kicker launch ramp for skateboarding

Watch this video to learn how to build a launch ramp. Step by step process to building you very own wooden launch ramp for skating or biking! Fast and economical way to have fun while skating! First make sure to draw a stencil to make cutting the wood easier. To save money you're going to want to get 2 cut-outs from each sheet of wood. You will need 7 or 8 two foot 2x4's to connect the outer shells. Next you put 3/8" sheet of plywood on top to finish you ramp! To make it even easier try getti...

How To: Ollie while moving/farther on a skateboard

This video shows Melvin the Nerd explaining how to do a moving ollie on a skate board. With his taped together sunglass and nerdy voice, he explains that a moving ollie is basically the same as a non-moving ollie. When standing on the skate board you use your back foot to push down on the board as hard as possible. This will force the front of the board into the air while the back will "bounce" off the ground up into the air. Melvin the Nerd explains that the only way to learn is by practicing.

How To: Do skateboard figure eights at a skatepark

Park Skateboarding: Show Off Your Skills The first skateparks appeared in the 1970s, and nowadays, they're the epicenter of the skateboarding world, a place to see and be seen. That being the case, you don't want to show up to the park without your "A" game. Let our trick guide get you up to speed. Watch this video tutorial to see how to do skateboard figure eights at a skatepark.

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...

How To: Do a hippie jump on a skateboard

To do a hippie jump on a skateboard, first find a good hippie jump target. A good target is something that your board can easily fit under. Approach the target rolling at a comfortable speed. When you are near the target, jump straight up so your skateboard continues rolling under the target. You will then land on your skateboard on the other side of the target and roll away. Make sure that you don't jump forward because it will cause your skateboard to roll backwards and you will not be able...

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: Make a cheap grind box

For this project you will need 2 Wooden palettes (long as you can get), angle iron (coping made from steel), Sheet of ply (or any other wood will do fine) and the usual tools like nails, hammer and saw. Stick the two wooden palettes together using glue and make sure they're dry before using them. Cover them on all sides using the ply wood. Next, place the angle iron on the side of the top palettes, for grinding. Leave it all to dry and make sure it doesn't bend or break before using it.

How To: Do skateboard carving at a skatepark

Park Skateboarding: Show Off Your Skills The first skateparks appeared in the 1970s, and nowadays, they're the epicenter of the skateboarding world, a place to see and be seen. That being the case, you don't want to show up to the park without your "A" game. Let our trick guide get you up to speed. Watch this video tutorial to see how to do skateboard carving at a skatepark.

How To: Turn on a skateboarding ramp

Turning on a skateboard ramp is an often overlooked skill that is tough to master. Get expert tips and advice on skateboard decks and tricks in this video lesson. Take action: go up ramp, put weight on tail while slowing down, use upper body to perform turn, and lead with the eyes and upper body. Shawn, the instructor in this how-to video from Live Strong, has over twenty years of skateboarding knowledge. He has appeared in Slap, Thrasher and Transworld magazines and his sponsors include Vent...

How To: Wax a surface for grinding

Check out this grinding tutorial on how to wax a surface like your curb, in this case, with grind chocolate. Any type of wax will work. Just follow the simple step by step instructions outlined in this video. The video is subtitled in English. Learn how to wax properly so you can start grinding.

How To: Make sharp turns on a skateboard

Making sharp turns on a skateboard is easy with these tips. Get expert advice on skateboard decks and tricks in this video lesson. Take action: put weight on heels to turn left, put weight on toes to turn right, pick up 2 front tires & pivot for quick turns, and lead with upper body. Shawn, the instructor in this how-to video from Live Strong, has over twenty years of skateboarding knowledge. He has appeared in Slap, Thrasher and Transworld magazines and his sponsors include Venture Trucks, R...

How To: Do a pressure flip on a skateboard

Check out this skateboarding tutorial video to learn how to do a pressure flip on a skateboard. Learn proper foot positioning and techniques with this step by step guide. This instructional video also covers common mistakes to avoid. The trick can be very intimidating to learn, but keep at it, and take it to the streets. Keep practicing these tips and suggestions and soon you'll be skateboarding like a pro.

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