7 Tricks Every Beginner Skateboarder Should Learn For The Skatepark

March 17th, 2012

Before you hit up your local skatepark, watch a couple of these trick tip videos. This will give you a better idea of what tricks you should be focusing on (when learning how to skateboard).

Work on the tricks you seem to be doing the best with and then sprinkle the tougher tricks in between your skate sesh. This keeps skateboarding challenging and fun.

Working on the same trick for too long can ruin your entire skate sesh, with you being either too frustrated, or tired to continue.

Keep skateboarding fun!

Have fun when learning new skateboarding tricks. That’s the secret to landing the tricks in your wildest dreams. If you can tap into the right mindset any trick is possible for you.

Here are 7 tricks every beginner skateboarder should learn for the skatepark:

1. Dropping In & Pumping

Quick tips:

Dropping in is all about COMMITMENT. If you chicken out half-way dropping in, you’re probably going to wipe out. If you bend your knees and get a low center of gravity, lean forward, and connect your front wheels, chances are you’re going to land it.

Leaning forward might seem scary but have faith in the technique. If you’re really nervous about dropping in on a quarter pipe/ miniramp maybe you need to practice dropping in on a bank first.

2. 50-50 Grind

Quick tips:

Before attempting a 50-50 grind for the first time, practice Olling sideways a bit. This what you’re going to be doing when rolling up beside a ledge/ box.

You could for the head on approach, but it’s riskier because you’re not always locked on proper. Olling sideways into a 50-50 really locks your grind in place, all the way through.

3. Pop Shuv-it

Quick tips:

This is one of the easiest tricks you can learn in skateboarding. Before learning pop-shuv-its you might want to work on your shuv-its. The only difference is there is no pop in a shuv-its …Doh!

Shuv-its are real fun, but you can’t shuv-it off a set of stairs or over a gap. You’ve gotta learn how to catch a pop shuv-it at the peak of your pop. With practice, you will.

4. Frontside Noseslide

Quick tips:

Before learning this trick you should learn how to nosestall first. I’m talking about nosestalling curbs, stairs, benches, boxes, and whatever else you can find that you can Ollie onto.

Some beginners might learn how to nosestall with Olling, and that’s perfectly fine. You can also learn how to noseslide this way too. Wait till you learn this tricks, you’ll be doing it all the time.

5. Kickflip

Quick tips:

The kickflip is one of, if the the most wanted trick for beginner skateboarders. It took me a couple months to figure this trick out for myself, so don’t get frustrated if you don’t land it the first day of trying.

Watch a bunch of trick tip videos on this trick, get perspective from skaters who can do this trick really well, relax and have fun with this one! Pop a solid Ollie, and at your peak flick your ankle in the top corner of your board. All that’s left to do now is catch the flip with your back foot, bring your front foot back, absorb the landing, and roll away!

6. Rock Fakie/ Rock n’Roll

Quick tips:

The rock n’roll trick might be an easier for you, because you are riding back into the ramp the way you came up. But really they’re both simple tricks.

Get use to pumping the miniramp first, obviously, so that you get use to riding out fakie. While you’re at it, get use to riding switch too, because this will round out your entire game and turn you into a WAY better skateboarder.

7. Backside Grind

Quick tips:

There’s two ways you can do this trick. One way is to grind on top of the coping, and the other way is to grind the coping on the side. The second way is easier and safer, but you should eventually learn how to do it both ways.

As long as you have your trucks set it the right position, there should be no fear of hanging up and crashing. Dropping in on a backside 50-50 grind is easy once you know how. Get out there and learn how!

If you want my opinion, I’d say that the three easiest tricks to learn on this list would have the be the pop shuv-it, frontside noseslide, and rock to fakie. So if you only want a couple tricks to practice at once, there’s three of them, and they’re probably going to be easy for you too. Try ‘em out!

How many of these tricks you can already do?

 

Skateboard Tricks For Beginners

Ten Things You Should Know About Friday’s UC Davis Police Violence

November 21st, 2011

1. The protest at which UC Davis police officers used pepper spray and batons against unresisting demonstrators was an entirely nonviolent one.

None of the arrests at UC Davis in the current wave of activism have been for violent offenses. Indeed, as the New York Times reported this morning, the university’s administration has “reported no instances of violence by any protesters.” Not one.

2. The unauthorized tent encampment was dismantled before the pepper spraying began.

Students had set up tents on campus on Thursday, and the administration had allowed them to stay up overnight. When campus police ordered students to take the tents down on Friday afternoon, however, most complied. The remainder of the tents were quickly removed by police without incident before the pepper spray incident.

3. Students did not restrict the movement of police at any time during the demonstration.

After police made a handful of arrests in the course of taking down the students’ tents, some of the remaining demonstrators formed a wide seated circle around the officers and arrestees.

UC Davis police chief Annette Spicuzza has claimed that officers were unable to leave that circle: “There was no way out,” she told the Sacramento Bee. “They were cutting the officers off from their support. It’s a very volatile situation.” But multiple videos clearly show that the seated students made no effort to impede the officers’ movement. Indeed, Lt. Pike, who initiated the pepper spraying of the group, was inside the circle moments earlier. To position himself to spray, he simply stepped over the line.

4. Lt. Pike was not in fear for his safety when he sprayed the students.

Chief Spicuzza told reporters on Thursday that her officers had been concerned for their safety when they began spraying. But again, multiple videos show this claim to be groundless.

The most widely distributed video of the incident (viewed, as I write this, by nearly 700,000 people on YouTube) begins just moments before Lt. Pike begain spraying, but another video, which starts a few minutes earlier, shows Pike chatting amiably with one activist, even patting him casually on the back.

The pat on the back occurs just two minutes and nineteen seconds before Pike pepper sprayed the student he had just been chatting with and all of his friends.

5. University of California Police are not authorized to use pepper spray except in circumstances in which it is necessary to prevent physical injury to themselves or others. 

From the University of California’s Universitywide Police Policies and Administrative Procedures: “Chemical agents are weapons used to minimize the potential for injury to officers, offenders, or other persons. They should only be used in situations where such force reasonably appears justified and necessary.”

6. UC police are not authorized to use physical force except to control violent offenders or keep suspects from escaping.

Another quote from the UC’s policing policy: “Arrestees and suspects shall be treated in a humane manner … they shall not be subject to physical force except as required to subdue violence or ensure detention. No officer shall strike an arrestee or suspect except in self-defense, to prevent an escape, or to prevent injury to another person.”

7. The UC Davis Police made no effort to remove the student demonstrators from the walkway peacefully before using pepper spray against them.

One video of the pepper-spray incident shows a group of officers moving in to remove the students from the walkway. Just as one of them reaches down to pick up a female student who was leaning against a friend, however, Lt. Pike waves the group back, clearing a space for him to use pepper spray without risk of accidentally spraying his colleagues.

8. Use of pepper spray and other physical force continued after the students’ minimal obstruction of the area around the police ended.

The line of seated students had begun to break up no more than eight seconds after Lt. Pike began spraying. The spraying continued, however, and officers soon began using batons and other physical force against the now-incapacitated group.

9. Even after police began using unprovoked and unlawful violence against the students, they remained peaceful.

Multiple videos show the aftermath of the initial pepper spraying and the physical violence that followed. In none of them do any of the assaulted students or any of the onlookers strike any of the officers who are attacking them and their friends.

10. The students’ commitment to nonviolence extended to their use of language.

At one point on Thursday afternoon, before the police attack on the demonstration, a few activists started a chant of “From Davis to Greece, fuck the police.” They were quickly hushed by fellow demonstrators who urged them to “keep it nonviolent! Keep it peaceful!”

Their chant was replaced by one of “you use weapons, we use our voice.”

Six and a half minutes later, the entire group was pepper sprayed.

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What trick should I open a game of skate w/???

September 15th, 2011

by loicjagnoux Question by Your Mother!: What trick should I open a game of skate w/??? Me and my band mates are gonna play a game of skate. What trick should I open w/? Best answer: Answer by Enjoi Skatera kickflip or a halfcab or even maybe a heelflip What do you think? Answer below!
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