Hot Skateboarding How-Tos

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: 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: Big spin frontside boardslide with Rob Dyrdek

Professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek from "Rob & Big," the reality television series on MTV and MTV2, gives you a step-by-step guide to nailing some classic skateboarding tricks. In this skate video tutorial, you'll learn how to big spin frontside boardslide with Rob Dyrdek on your skateboard. The big spin frontside boardslide is a tricky skate move, so see how to perform it on a rail in a small park or little half-pipe in the backyard. Big spin frontside boardslide with Rob Dyrdek.

How To: Perform a kickflip on a street skateboard

Street Skateboarding: Take It to the Streets The guys on the prefab ramps and half-pipes make the X Games headlines, but the real frontier of the skateboarding world is out on the street, where everyday obstacles become the tools of the trade. Find out here how to turn your street into a house of shred. Watch this video tutorial to see how to perform a kickflip on a street skateboard.

How To: Drop into a half pipe on a skateboard

In this video Nate Principato will show you how to drop into a half pipe of your skateboard. Halfpipes can be tricky so watch closely! Nate also explains common mistakes to avoid making so that you can optimize you halfpipe experience. Drop into a half pipe on a skateboard.

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: Backside nosepick on a skateboard

First, the landing will be explained and demonstrated. A good tip learned from this video is that practicing landing a trick (in this case starting propped up in the position you would be doing a backside nose pick in) is important, as you can perfect the most difficult and intimidating part of the trick before learning it in its entirety. You will learn tips and tricks on ways to practice this trick, as well as insights of the presenter's own experiences in learning it. At the end of the vid...

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: 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: 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 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 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: Perform a basic ollie, pogo, and other skate tricks

In this tutorial, we learn how to perform basic skate tricks. To start, you need to know which end is the front and back of the skateboard. Flip the board over and look to see that there are four wheels on the bottom of it. To get on the board, put it in front of you and put one foot where the wheels are then one foot in the middle. To get off the board, lean on the tail and walk off. When you are ready to move, put your foot in the middle and use your other foot to push off. You can now prac...

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: 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: 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: 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: Kickflip perfectly everytime

This video shows how to do a 'kick flip' on a skateboard. The man instructing begins by getting the things he will need, which are a skateboard and a pair of shoes. He demonstrates where to place your feet, with the left foot on the middle of the board and the right foot on the end. The next step is to kick the board up with your right foot and flick your left foot up and off, then quickly jump back on after the board flips. He shows a real life example of a successful 'kick flip', and then g...

How To: Blunt to fakie on a skateboard with Rob Dyrdek

Professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek from "Rob & Big," the reality television series on MTV and MTV2, gives you a step-by-step guide to nailing some classic skateboarding tricks. In this skate video tutorial, you'll learn how to blunt to fakie with Rob Dyrdek on your skateboard. The blunt to fakie is a tricky skate move, and is perfect for a backyard half-pipe or little lipper action. Rob gives the rundown on how to land this advanced trick without breaking teeth. Blunt to fakie on a skateboa...

How To: Do switch kickflips on a skateboard

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do a switch kick-flip on a skateboard. It is the same as a regular kick-flip, except you switch your stance. Users should be able to perform a regular kick-flip before attempting this trick. Start with the front foot near angled near the bolts and back foot on the tail of the board. Pop the tail hard and flick the front foot outwards. Make sure that your weight is centered and do not lean to far back or forward. This video will benefit those viewer...

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