Hot Skateboarding How-Tos

How To: Land a basic kickflip

With this video, we learn how to land a basic kickflip. First, you need to learn how to olly, and become an expert with it. Next, you need to learn how to do the flick with your feet. This is a slight flick with your foot like you are trying to get something off your foot! After you flick it, you will bring the board into the air and then turn it around. After you do this, you will be able to continue riding away. Once you learn this well, you can start doing different variations and travel f...

How To: Ollie on a skateboard for beginners

In this tutorial, we learn how to ollie on a skateboard for beginners. To start, your front foot needs to be right behind the front bolts with the ball of your shoe hanging off. Your back foot needs to be on the end of the skateboard. Now you will try to do the ollie. Put your feet into position and then bend down. From here, you will pop the skateboard gently by pressing your foot back on the lip of the board. Don't try to hit it as hard as you can when popping it. From here, you will finish...

How To: Ride a skateboard

In this tutorial, we learn how to ride a skateboard. First, you want to look at the board and find where the bolts are. After this, you will put your feet where the bolts are and stand on the board. Get your balance together while standing on the board. After this, you can use one of your feet to push you and then put it back on the board to continue to ride on a smooth surface. If you need more momentum, use your feet again to help you push. Once you find your balance and can ride normally, ...

How To: Do a shove-it revert on a PumpRockr skateboard

With this video, we learn how to do a shove-it revert on a PumpRockr skateboard. This is a fun board to skate on because the skating system is different. The front wheel will turn in place so you can carve and turn as you are riding. Try out tricks on it after you learn how to just simply ride it. You can go front to backwards and turn around on it as well. To do the shove-it revert, you will get on the board and then flip it over. After that, you will jump back on it without falling off or l...

How To: Grip-tape your casterboard deck

Grip-taping your casterboard is very important for traction, and if you don't know how, this video will help you, with three different methods of putting grip tape on the deck of your casterboard. Ryan Wilson and Axis shows you the tricks to gripping your board.

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: Perform basic backside 360-degree spins on a casterboard

Forget skateboarding. If you like snowboarding and surfing, but want the pavement in lieu of snow and water, then the casterboard is your board. The casterboard (also called a waveboard) is much like a snakeboard, and can be pretty tricky to learn the moves. But Axis has you covered. Learn how to do some basic backside 360 spins on your caster board, no matter if it's a Ripstik, Waveboard or Timberwolf.

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: Properly clean skateboard bearings

In this tutorial, we learn how to clean skateboard bearings. You will need: a socket wrench, a dirty skateboard with dirty bearings, super glue, rubbing alcohol, and an empty glass jar. First, use the wrench to remove the bearings from the skateboard. After this, pour the alcohol into the jar, then drop the bearings inside. You can also drop in other parts that need cleaning if they fit inside the jar. Now, place the lid of the jar on and shake it for about a minute. When finished, let the so...

How To: Do a boneless flip skateboard trick

In this tutorial, we learn how to do a boneless flip skateboard trick. When you do this, it should be in one smooth and fluid movement, so practice each part before you do it. You have to reach down, put your hand on the board and slide your foot off. You can pull the board straight up or scoop it out, depending on what you prefer. Once you lift the board up, you will place it right back on the ground and keep riding. You don't want to just grab the board and have it fall, you can flip the bo...

How To: Backside 180 ollie on a skateboard

In this tutorial, we learn how to backside 180 ollie on a skateboard. First, start on the skateboard and have your back foot on the back of the board. Pop the board at an angle, then slide your foot up and turn your body and shoulders. After this, the board will come off the ground, then you will land and roll away. You will roll out one of two ways, and you will need to get used to this before you start to practice. Make sure you do your trick into the grass so when you fall it doesn't hurt ...

How To: Get off the ground & ollie on a skateboard

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to perform an Ollie on a skateboard. An Ollie is a basic trick for getting off the ground and allows users to perform other tricks once learned. Place your back foot on the edge of the board's tail and front foot placed behind the front board bolts. Then pop down the tail with the back foot, bend the front foot, flick the board in midair and land on the board with both feet. This video will benefit those viewers who are interested in skateboarding, an...

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 stalefish slide on a longboard

Short skateboards are more associated with doing tricks than their longboard cousins, but that doesn't mean there aren't gnarly moves that you can do while you're riding downhill on your longboard. This video will show you how to do a stalefish grab on a longboard. You may know this move as an air from shortboarding, but on a longboard you don't even need to jump to do it! Watch this, then get out to your local hill and try it out.

How To: Fakie big flip with Alex Narsh

Want to do a fakie big flip? This free video skateboarding lesson will show you how it's done. As you might expect, the manoeuvre itself is easy enough – so easy, in fact, that this clip can present a complete overview in just 54 seconds. The real trick is mastering the flip. For detailed instructions, and to get started making fakie big flips on your own skateboard, take a look.

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: Pop shove it on a skateboard

There are many tricks that a skateboarder can perform, but they each vary in terms of difficulty. In this tutorial, you'll find out how to perform the pop-shove it trick on your skateboard. This is a very common trick that most skaters are able to perform. So, good luck and enjoy!

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: 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: Perform a varial kickflip

In this Outdoor Recreation video tutorial you will learn how to perform a varial kickflip. Varial kickflip is a combination of pop shove-it and kickflip. The video initially explains the position of both the feet by hands and the movement of the board is also explained by moving it with hand. Place your front foot like in kickflip, the position may vary from person to person, and the back foot like in a normal pop shove-it. You pop first and flip forward so it’s concave, comes around, spins...

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: Hardflip à la Tony Hawk & Erick Koston

Tony Hawke and Eric Koston both define a hard flip and then demonstrate it. It is a flip of the skateboard while going on a flat surface, like a parking lot. Push down with your back foot, apply pressure on one side, then get your feet out of the way (by jumping) to allow the board to flip, then land back on the board (all while moving, of course). Apply a quick hard turn at the end to compensate for over-rotation. Tony and Eric joke around about Tony's inferior hard flips but he's a vert ska...

How To: Ollie 180 on a skateboard

Now that you can ollie comfortably on your skateboard, it's time to move onto bigger (and more impressive) things, like the ollie 180, which combines a hands-free jump with a 180° turn. For a complete breakdown of how to perform an ollie 180 on your own board, watch this skater's how-to.

How To: Do krooked grinds on a skateboard

In this video Jarvis from Skate Warehouse will demonstrate how to do a proper crooked grind. Starting by riding up to your obstacle pay attention not to come in at a parallel angle. Next pop an ollie to hit the obstacle, aim for a spot on the rail slightly ahead of yourself before slamming your nose on it and rotating slightly. After grinding the length of the rail push forward and lift up with your back foot to level the board before the dismount. Keep in mind to bend the knees and use your ...

How To: Do the varial heelflip on a skateboard

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do a varial heel-flip on a skateboard. This trick is basically a front-side 180 shove-it with a heel flip. Start with your board backwards so that it will land frontwards at the end of the trick. Put the back foot on the edge of the tail and the front foot with the toes hanging out near the bolts of the board. Pop the board down at an angle and flick the front foot outwards. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy skateboarding and would li...

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...

How To: Do a switch backside flip on a skateboard

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to perform a switch backside flip on a skateboard. Before attempting this trick, users should be able to do a switch flip. Begin by going into a switch flip position by covering the bolt with the right foot and cover the tail with the back foot. Ride the board at a moderate speed. As you ride, wind up your shoulder to the backside. Then pop the tail downwards and flick the board with your front foot. Keep your shoulder turning to allow the board to fo...

How To: Ollie on a skateboard, for beginners

It takes most everyone a long time to do an ollie but once you have it done it happens all the time. When first starting out it is a good idea to learn the technique in the grass or on some carpet so the board doesn’t roll around. It’s also a good idea to fully learn the ollie in place before you start doing it in motion. Next is foot placement, have your front foot right behind the front bolts on your skateboard and you back foot on the tail. When you press the back foot into the ground lift...

How To: Land a fakie frontside flip on a skateboard

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do a fakie front-side flip on a skateboard. This trick can be done at any speed. Users should be able to do a front-side flip before attempting this trick. Begin by position the back foot on the tail and front foot below the bolts of the board. Pop the tail down and turn over to your shoulder to rotate your body. Flick the board outwards and then land the 180 degree turn on the board. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy skateboarding an...

How To: Do a fakie kickflip on a skateboard

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do a fakie kick-flip on a skateboard. Users should first know how to do the kick-flip before attempting this trick. Begin in a kick-flip position, with the back foot on the tail and the front foot slightly above the center of the board. Bend your knees and pop the tail. Flick your front foot up and out off the board. Then catch in midair on both your feet. This video will benefit those viewers who are interested in skateboarding, and would like to ...

How To: Stick a hardflip on a skateboard

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do a hard flip on a skateboard. Users should learn how to do a kick flip and front-side flip. Begin the back foot on the edge of the tail and the front foot on the center of the board. Pop the tail down and flick thee front foot outwards. Slightly rotate your shoulder to spin the board without rotating the body. Catch the board in mid-air with the front foot and land on the board with the back foot. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy s...

How To: Ollie with ease for beginners

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to perform an Ollie, kick flip and shuv-it skateboarding tricks. For the Ollie, begin with the back foot on the tip of the tail and the front foot on the middle of the board. Bend your knees slightly and extend your back as you raise up. Pop the tail of the board and roll the front foot on the nose of the board to land it. For the kick flip, start with an Ollie position and bend the knees. Pop the tail and roll your front foot to the nose. Flick with ...