If you are just starting to ride skateboards for the first time, you will be a little bit overwhelmed. Maybe you’ve just figured out how to stay balanced on top of the board, but deep down you just want something a bit more. It’d be a whole lot more fun, and you’d be a lot cooler if you could do some tricks. But where do you start? Well, naturally, here. Here, in this short guide, we’re going to take a look at the best tricks for beginners on your skateboard. We’ll help you identify some tricks that will be easy to accomplish and that will help spur you on to a new level of skating!
Best Beginner Skateboard Tricks
The Chinese Nollie
This move is very much akin to riding a bicycle and doing a wheelie. It doesn’t take a ton of time or all that much skill, you just have to have patience and some self belief to get it done. This move is done by raise the back of the board higher off the ground than the front. So, actually it’d be like a reverse wheelie, if you will. Both ends are off the ground, but one end is still fairly close to the ground, so the impact should you fall- or the board- will not be too great or devastating to you. The best way to pull this off is to find a crack in the pavement and look to go toward it. Push a little bit forward and then it will bounce the front wheel off of it, propelling you into the air a bit. It’s not too extreme, but it looks super cool and will have you super stoked to pull off your first real trick.
Nollie Shove It
This move is a natural progression from the Chinese Nollie above. In this move, you are going to be doing the same sort of things, but you are turning you board underneath you while you jump up. It’s actually lower to the ground than its predecessor is as well, so you might find it a little bit more comforting to you to do actually. In this move you need to take you foot and barely place it on the nose while in motion. All it requires is a small hop up, and you should be able to do it with relative ease and just a small bit of coordination. Once again, it’s a cool move that is also fairly easy to do but is still impressive looking to others.
This move, admittedly, is not going to look nearly as cool as most, and it’s certainly not as cool as the other two. But if you are looking for a way to train yourself, this is a good start at doing just that. This move starts with you on the board with both feet. You then step the front foot off. From there, you bend down and grab the board with your hand. The same side of the foot that is one the board. After that, you pull the board up with the back tilted toward the ground. Then, you jump up and then land evenly. This move doesn’t look that hard when you take it step by step like this, but you are building toward something. Once you have mastered that and you have the other two above done with it, you will be able to roll and then pop it. Then it will look super duper cool. Practice it step by step slowly at first, and then you will get the hang out of it and be able to get to the really good stuff later.
Have you ever watched poker and saw players shuffling their chips? Or watched golfers juggle a golf ball. Neither skills have anything to do with the actual games they are playing, but they are still really cool and make you want to learn how to do it anyway. This move is just the same sort of thing. It’s not as much of a trick as it is a cool way to get on your board. This move is done by grabbing and holding the board with your front hand as you walk. You want the bottom side to be pointing toward you as you do this, mind you. Then you simply turn the board 180 degrees and land on it as it scoots. If you aren’t quite ready for that yet, then you can practice it standing. Just flip your board over and over, making sure it lands properly so that you don’t step on it and break it, of course! Also, make sure the tail of the board does NOT scrape across the ground. This would just make it harder, and also could cause some more damage to be done than you’d really like.
This is one of the simplest tricks, yet it’s a great one for beginners to help them develop some confidence and begin to get a hang of it in more than just riding it across the road over and over. With this move, you are going to be building toward the above ones, so if you aren’t ready for those, this could be a good way to help you since you won’t be coming off the ground with it. Start facing straight ahead as you normally would and then wiggle your hips open to one side. As you do this, the board will pick up steam. Keep moving in this sort of 45 degree angle over and over again. This is not only a good trick, but it’s also a good way to get your board going if you are smaller or so new that you can’t get good momentum or achieve good balance yet. For all of those reasons, this move is one of the very first you should be learning in order to become as good as you can be.
This move is another very easy one, easier than most on the list. Or at least, it can be. It’s best if you start out as a progression here as well. Stand on your board and practice jumping first. Just jump straight up and then down onto the board, with both feet landing at the same time. Once you feel good there, you can add to it. Make a tower of some sort so that your board can roll under while you go over. Simple roll up to it, jump over the top of the tower and then land on the board. Everyone knows how to jump, so that part of the equation is quite simple and easy to do. It’s just judging speed from there, and you are plenty capable of doing that eventually. Because the tower won’t be super high, you can bail out and not get injured, allowing you to repeat it until you get it fully down before too long.
This is another one of those mesmerizing looking moves that really isn’t all that tough. You can definitely wow your friends (and maybe the ladies- or fellows) with this one, and you can do it in no time flat. With this move, you just need to position your feet toward the edge of the board. Pop up on it so that they are then on the very top of the board, with the edge of the other side directly on the ground. It’s quite a nice view from up there, isn’t it? From there, you push off slightly while you jump up, making the board fall to the ground flatly. You then land on the back edge of the board with your heels. The first few times, you might want to hold on to something nearby, but after that it won’t be all that tough to do.
A Quick Word About Safety
If you are new to skateboarding, you should really know all about safety. It’s paramount that you make sure that you are wearing a helmet. Maybe it is considered uncool to you or your friends, but a helmet is the most important thing you can have to protect you and your brain. Elbow and knee pads are also a good idea for you to wear if you are trying out new moves. But those are optional. While I’d personally recommend them, it’s not nearly as big of a deal as a helmet. You can put a band-aid over your elbow, but you can’t do the same for the brain. So, take care of yourself out there while doing these awesome tricks!
When you first starting riding a skateboard, the world can either feel a whole lot bigger or a whole lot smaller. You might have a wealth of confidence and belief, or you might have a lack of those characteristics. Either way, you can go a long way toward building it or capitalizing off of it by learning some cool, simple, and effective tricks. These tricks will have you being the envy of the town, and they only take a little bit of work and patience. So, what are you waiting for? Get to work!