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: 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: 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 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: 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 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: 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 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: 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: 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 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: 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 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: 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 ...

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: Varial kickflip on your own skateboard

Remember: a varial kickflip is basically a pop shove-it with a little more ankle action, so set up like you would for a pop shove-it. Hit the tail as you would for a pop shove-it, and as the board starts to snap up, flick your front foot just like a kickflip. That action will cause the board to flip while the shove-it action from your back foot will make the board turn 180 degrees below you. Don't flick the flip too hard or it will flip away from you like a crazy 4th of July firework. Let the...

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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