Hot Skateboarding How-Tos

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 a backflip on the scooter

Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to perform the backflip on a scooter. The tutorial suggests that you follow the curve in the jump and lean your body back to make sure it's perpendicular to the base of the jump. Be careful when performing these scooter tricks.

How To: Freeboard

Learn to freeboard with Bob and Sica. Don't get it? Well it's a skateboard with 6 wheels capable of stopping on a hair and carving like you're on snow and not pavement.

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: Tie a skateboard shoe

The first thing to do is to untie the laces as they have come, and then remove the laces from the shoe. Begin by lacing at the bottom, lacing in, so that the lace is above the flaps on the side. You then take one side of the lace and put it in the hole above the one it has come out on, on the same side, and lace it through. You will then pull it directly over and lace it through the second hole on the opposite side. You will repeat with the other side in the next available hole, all the way u...

How To: Do a foot plant on a skateboard

The foot plant is one of the easiest and most basic types of plant tricks to perform. You simply stand on a spine with one foot, hold the board by the trucks, then drop back in! This video demonstrates the trick and teaches you how to perform it yourself, adding some flair to any spine transfers you may be aiming to perform.

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: 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: Do a casper flip on a skateboard

To begin with, you may want to learn how to kick flip before you try to do a casper flip as that is half of the trick. Try practicing it at a low speed as there is a lot of movement with your feet and this will help you keep control of the board. Now set your front foot on the two bolts in the front of your board and have your back foot square. Pop the board up like a normal kick flip, sliding your foot underneath the board as you flip it and when it is flipped over, spin the board back aroun...

How To: Do a 360 on a skateboard

Doing a 360 on a skateboard is easy with these tips. Get expert advice on skateboard decks and tricks in this video tutorial. Take action: keep your foot on the tail, turn the upper body first, balance on back wheels, front wheels lift slightly, and turn body in any direction. 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, Ricta Wh...

How To: Do a magic flip or a kick flip

Start out with your foot on the back of your skateboard where you would flip an ollie. Put the front foot a little bit behind the front vault of the wheels. When you first start, you might want to have your foot back even a little more to make it easier. Pop and slide your foot out as you would with an ollie, however the board will do the flipping motion. Catch your foot on the back and press it back down to the ground. Don't be afraid to land on it and stick it instead of stepping off the side.

How To: Do the varial heelflip on a skateboard

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do a varial heel-flip on a skateboard. This trick is basically a front-side 180 shove-it with a heel flip. Start with your board backwards so that it will land frontwards at the end of the trick. Put the back foot on the edge of the tail and the front foot with the toes hanging out near the bolts of the board. Pop the board down at an angle and flick the front foot outwards. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy skateboarding and would li...

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: Measure your longboard clearance

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to measure the long-board clearance to determine the correct trucks to use. Users will need a measuring tape. The board clearance is a term used to describe the width of the deck, over top of the trucks. There will be 4 holes that make up the bracket. Users will be measuring the distance in between those holes. Measure both the front and tail of the board. The 3 types of trucks to decide from are: S6 truck, S8 truck and S10 truck. This video will bene...

How To: Master the basics of skateboarding

This is a quick video tutorial on how to master the basics of skateboarding. These skateboarding basics include how to maneuver, ollie and perform a pop shuvit on your board. If you know nothing about skateboarding tricks, this could be a good start for you. Learn about the trucks, the hardware, the grip, and everything else on the board. This is a great, not to mention odd, introduction to the world of skateboarding.

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: Ollie with ease for beginners

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to perform an Ollie, kick flip and shuv-it skateboarding tricks. For the Ollie, begin with the back foot on the tip of the tail and the front foot on the middle of the board. Bend your knees slightly and extend your back as you raise up. Pop the tail of the board and roll the front foot on the nose of the board to land it. For the kick flip, start with an Ollie position and bend the knees. Pop the tail and roll your front foot to the nose. Flick with ...

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