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: Smith grind 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 smith grind with Rob Dyrdek on your skateboard. The smith grind 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. Rob runs through one of his favorite fundamental grind tricks. Smith grind on a skateboard w...

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 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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 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: 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.

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 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 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: 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.

How To: Make a skateboard rail without any welding

When it comes to skateboarding, one of the most coolest and difficult things to do is grind on a rail. It takes balance and the right footing to do so, otherwise it can result in damage to the feet or legs and even damage to the groin area. OUCH! So if you're brave enough and want to train to imrpove your skills this tutorial will help. Find out how to make a skateboard rail at home without the need of any welding. Enjoy!

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: 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: Do switch heelflips on a skateboard

In this how-to video, you will learn how to do a switch heel flip with a skateboard. This trick is similar to a switch kick flip, except using your heel. This trick is considered easier than a normal heel flip. First, your front foot's toes should be hanging off with the back leg on the back pocket corner of the tail. Now, pop the board and flick the heel out. Try and kick it forward and slightly off to the side. Once it flips, catch the board with your feet. This trick does not take too long...

How To: Perform slides on the skateboard

Are you just learning how to perform slides on the skateboard? Take a look at this tutorial and learn how to properly do a number of slides including speed check slides, slides with grabs, and dancing and sliding. Be sure to wear slide gloves when attempting these tricks.

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