A skateboard trick basically requires lots of practice to get a hold of the right technique. The skateboard must be snapped down as you make the front foot slide down and jump, but ones you attain mastery over it you can learn other common skateboard tricks easily.
One needs to buy good skate shoes, as skating with regular shoes will be harder and even dangerous. The large flat bottoms of the skate shoes gives better grip on the board. A helmet is also important while skating. And of course, wearing protective pads will protect you from injury.
Here are a few basic skills you'll want to master:
360 Ollie - one must pop up the board high and spin around and land in the same way it started. 360 is performed at ramps and high curbs as it needs hang time in plenty to spin around.
Ollie 180 - pop up into the air and spin at 180 degrees and then land. Before one begins to ride on the skateboard one must know how to turn, stop and be comfortable and confident. You also need to balance well, without this you will not be able to land.
New skaters always face the problem of low Ollies, and it could be very frustrating when you are unable to get the right Ollies. Low Ollies are due to not picking up the feet high enough. One also needs to center the shoulder properly and relax. The back foot needs to be snapped in the air and the knees slammed close to ones chest.
If you continue to have problems try pulling up your feet without bothering about the front foot. Keep trying.
Power sliding a skate board is the fastest and the coolest technique of stopping a skateboard. Many find it difficult to powerslide a skateboard, but it is valuable to learn. The art of stopping immediately will help you to stop when you see traffic, prevent you from colliding with someone, and it will help you to stop in style.
Here are some great slides to learn:
Bert slide - here the skater bends down low, places the hand on the floor and lets the feet and the board slide at 180 degrees. Bert slide looks very stylish and smooth. It is a very smooth trick that anyone can easily learn. One need not know to Ollie to learn Bert slide.
Kickturns - it is all about balancing the rear wheel and swinging the front to a new track
Footbreaking - it is a great way to halt incase you are moving fast. It prevents crashing and burning.
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