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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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: Do a half pressure flip half late flip on a skateboard

Check out this instructional skateboarding video to learn how to do a half pressure flip, half late flip on a skateboard. It sounds pretty complicated, but it's easier than you think. Make sure you can perform the kickflip and pressure flip before attempting this trick. Watch this instructional video and practice your skateboarding skills. Soon you'll be skateboarding like a pro.

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 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 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: Do skateboard backside disasters 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 backside disasters at a skatepark.

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 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 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 skateboard rock n rolls 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 rock n rolls at a skatepark.

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: Hardflip on a skateboard

In this how-to video, you will learn how to perform a hard flip on a skateboard with PJ. This will be useful if you want to learn advanced tricks on a skateboard. When you perform the trick, do not look forward. The shoulders should be facing the side. Pop the board on the tail and flick your front foot away from you. From there, the board will flip. Catch the board as it lands with your feet on the bolts. Keep your feet flat. Do not use a kick flip stance. This video offers great tips and te...

How To: Nail a kickflip

Get that board spinning! Let the guys show you how to nail the perfect kick flip, or as it was formerly know, a magic flip. The kick flip's principles are simple and can be done by anyone who follows this video correctly. It isn't hard to follow this video as each step is broken down and played in slow motion with a detailed and concise explanation. While also showing off their own moves, we see how to avoid common errors and problems we may encounter as we embark on nailing the perfect kick ...

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