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: 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 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...

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: Clean your longboard and skateboard bearings

This is a video tutorial describing how to clean your skateboard or longboard bearings. The first step is to put your skateboard or longboard into its stand and take off all four of its wheels. Then put your wheels back on the board and then off the board multiple times. This will help clean all of the debris off of the bearings. You should repeat this process at every wheel. Then take all of the bearings off of your skateboard and clean the grime off of them will and old t-shirt and then thr...

How To: Build a skateboard kicker ramp

This video starts out by showing the tools needed to build a skateboard kicker ramp: saw, drill, jigsaw, screwdriver, and wood. They then begin to cut the pieces of wood and screwing them together in the shape of a ramp. The instructions indicate to wet the ply board so it will bend to fit the shape of the ramp. They demonstrate how to measure the proper position of the board and screws using a string. They end by cutting the ply board at the proper length to allow the skateboard to life off ...

How To: Caveman on a skateboard

Come along with Melvin the Nerd as you learn to do "the caveman" on a skateboard. His charming personality, hilarious mannerisms and speech are fun to watch as well as educational. Learn this simple trick in just a few steps by jumping up with one foot, pulling the board under your feet and quickly leaping onto the skateboard. In just a few minutes you'll impress your friends with your new tricks and have had a great laugh while learning.

How To: Nose blunt 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 nose blunt with Rob Dyrdek on your skateboard. The nose blunt is a tricky skate move, and is perfect for a rail in a small park or little half-pipe in the backyard. Rob gives tips on how to jam and land a nose blunt. Nose blunt on a skateboard with Rob Dyrdek.

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: Make a skate grind box

In this six minute video tutorial, viewers will learn a process for which to make a skateboard "grind box." A skateboard grind box is used for skateboarders to perform certain tricks on and to practice. In this tutorial the narrator goes over the different materials that are required for the grind box, the different tools that are required, and the steps for putting the materials together to form the grind box. By completely viewing this video, viewers will have gained an understanding on the...

How To: Do tricks on a Razor scooter

Imagine Jack Black riding into town at the head of a gang of leather-jacketed rebels on his A4 razor with a wheelie bar and an extended deck. “What are you razoring against?” demands the town sheriff. “What have you got?” says Jack in the Brando role, turning his back to the law, peeling out and sending a dirt clod and a pebble at the sheriff's shoe in a gesture of fierce defiance.

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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: Improve your kickflip on your skateboard

Improve your kickflip with the geeky Melvin. He takes you through the do's and dont's on mastering your kickflip on your skateboard. With several tips on how to safely try your skateboard tricks, like starting on grass before concrete. This a funny instructional two part video on proper placement of feet, your flick out, and front foot to help you perfect a kickflip.

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