Lots of new riders want to know how to get better at skateboarding, but the answer is really simple: skate more.
The more you ride, the more your body will adjust to the stresses and balance requirements of skating. Skating every day is the key.
Sometimes you will not want to do it. Some days, it’s much easier to just stay inside and not do anything – playing video games and watching TV. But being lazy and doing nothing all day will not help you improve at anything.
No, if you want to be a better skateboarder, then skate.
But at first, you need the best skateboards to skate better.
It won’t happen overnight, but if you put everything you have into getting better, then you will. You may not ever get sponsored or turn pro, but if that’s why you skate, you’re in it for the wrong reasons.
Skateboarding is about progression, and we all do that at our own pace and in our own time.
That said, there are things you can do to improve quicker, things like:
Watching skateboard videos
There was a time in skateboarding when a new video release was an event. Board shops would run out of their video stock in no time, and waiting for their next shipment seemed to take forever. Those days, for better or worse, are done.
There are complete skate videos on YouTube from every era, showing many interesting skateboarding tip for beginners from basic to advance level.
Pros and ams put everything on the line to put their video parts together, and watching them do their thing is inspirational.
Generations of skaters have used skate videos as a tool to get hyped for upcoming sessions.
For example, check out Thrasher’s 2015 Skater of the Year Anthony Van Englen's part in Alien Workshop’s video Mind Field. If that doesn’t make you want to skate, nothing will.
How to get better at skateboarding
[Music] [Music] what what's good YouTube my name is Jorge this is you by John Hill and life is short we all want to progress as fast as we can what's your pretty good company it's good progress daily nude like this your progress in this video we have five tips on progressing faster and skateboarding and yeah I was just learning that now let's do it you ready steady you know you said last video that was real good a little skittles let me start off by telling you guys my philosophy on skateboarding progressive more than anything time spent on your skateboard is what makes you good at skating so literally the more you stay the better you get and the first tip I have for you guys that directly relates to that is to skateboard for transportation there's no reason to walk anywhere it's slow it's dumb sucks you should definitely be riding your skateboard wherever you go I was riding my skipper to get to the skate park today hopping up curb doing some tricks on the way just overall getting comfortable riding your board because the more comfortable you are on your skateboard the easier you'll be able to learn tricks stay balanced and everything like that so escaped everywhere as much as you can there's your tip [Music] [Applause] [Music] what's up party deep there's a fart over there dude why should we do about it a squeegee I want to talk about the magic that just happened okay tip number two for progressing quickly is to balance being alone and skating with friends in one breath so like we skated with friends are you my friend I would say yes okay how did it feel like skating the front it's amazing especially when you're doing tricks every other try psychiatric the you try trick yeah yeah you can really like build off the energy and hype of each other not only that but at once why you came up to me and you said if I don't submit right here I'll give you five bucks I'll do 20 push-ups faces this whole thing you actually hold it into account because George will take my money dude I will take two he's like beat me up in Solem at lunch money before yeah I think I beat his ass you know you know really like making bets with your friends to commit to a trick it actually really helps the only tricks I was comfortable with that I just did was board size and people everything else it was like I got over this fear because of this the energy between us and being like you planned this out land it and like someone Lance and then you have this like crazy bill that you can't really explain but in like high fives or close well and I fight right now for all the tricks that you did I'll dude you to I mean keep the back boo it's are they silver thanks Chris Gary that's good doodle at Gitmo [Music] but I also want to add that skating alone sometimes isn't a bad idea I think skating alone is good for practicing tricks over and over again the ones that you're really trying to get down the intricacies so get a mixture of friends and solo sessions what we transition from a moped to ask for help you stabbed a sow that they would just say no me no cannot go wow they ask if they can paint I'm just telling pray for me baby John how do you trade flip that stupid really I skip it I like a scooby-doo buddy bop it really that's weird I like to ask you pity new vidi vidi Ruben E oh yeah yeah I tried tip number three before your sessions set yourself some goals you could just make a little trick list for yourself or just general things you want to work on because I find that when you show up to the skate park with a mindset and goals your session is more focused you're working on things instead of just repeating the things you always do and I only have one goal for today is to actually switch board the down drill things it's in my brain we're gonna work on it and we're gonna progress [Music] [Music] [Music] back to that yes oh my god I completed my goal and I got better at skateboarding who knows if I didn't preset switchboard down arel is a goal today I may never have even thought of it the next step is to not neglect your weaknesses I bet there aspects of skateboarding that you're worse at than others for example you might be really good at Rails and ledges so you might completely suck that's getting a quarter fine my tip for you guys for progressing faster is to every single session work on something your weekend if you just slowly build it up just like you built up your other skills that you are good at you will progress faster and faster so the weakness that I'm choosing to work on today is actually transition there's like this kind of full busy hip here that everybody just flies over and I feel like a complete noob when I skate it but I'm gonna power through that mentality and just work on it today hey at least a nollie frontside and backside and be better at it tomorrow [Music] those are good thank you of course work on your weaknesses yes do it racism is funny tip number five especially with someone who's better than you like John like George they will do tricks that you've never even tried perhaps which literally forces you to try new things and kind of expand your flat-ground vocabulary it also gives you a hype and energy to like submit to stuff a lot of people's first tricks are during game escape that's true especially it's so true as you've started to let you win I actually won your hand was under the so he did paper sushi I strongly encourage you to incorporate all five of those tips into your everyday skateboarding routine and you will start progressing much faster now you may have noticed I changed my shirt I am currently wearing one of my favorite of the new Aerosmith oh sure I purchased a coffee and we're taking some pictures of it you wanna say what's up Brandon what's up guys not coming oh wow so guys we got Brandon on the scene taking some photos right new tracks fake friends will watching my back and maybe in the past don't forget transportation I just wanted some I just want to sell more I woman up on my whenever they give an eye so what family like about its what on this blue and space footprint arrow sneakers sure for the first time in Nora help me get some pictures of it and I'm so hyped on this line oh my gosh link in description what else Ayatollah it's so pretty oh this is just the best oh you want to walk into the frame at the same time later we hold on okay shake on it you got this John let's get it that dog is really cute hey can you shut up hello I'm ugly oh my gosh
Just remember, video parts are heavily edited. It can take weeks or months to put together a few minutes of useable video footage.
You can glean a lot from a great pro’s video part – where to put your feet, how to shift your weight, etc. – but you are not going to go out and skate like that. No one can.
Just be patient and use them to get stoked on what you are about to do.
Skate with better riders
Whether you have friends who skate or not, you are bound to meet other skaters soon enough. When you do, pay attention to how they do what they do.
You can learn how to manipulate the board by watching their feet, and how to get your body into the right position for certain tricks.
No matter what trick you’re trying, there is almost always an easier way to get it done, and you will meet people that can do it effortlessly. Not every good rider turns pro.
There are a lot of really good skaters that do it for the love, and you’re bound to meet some along the way. Check out Ride Channel’s list of ams that could have cashed in for proof.
Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions.
You will meet the occasional overly cool person who won’t answer, but for the most part everyone wants to be friends. Some people will go into so much detail on how to pull a trick, that you may get lost.
Don’t forget how it felt to be in awe of a ripper.
Share the knowledge.
Land or Slam
Give every trick you try 100-percent effort. If you bail, you will never land anything. You are only teaching yourself how to not land the trick, and you may hurt yourself worse than if you had just tried to land on your board.
Look, slamming sucks. There is no pain quite like the sudden deceleration of crashing on concrete.
It is unforgiving.
But, going at a trick with full effort, regardless of consequences, can lead to success much more quickly. Often, after only a few tries, you will land something that may have taken months otherwise.
Now, I don’t mean to slam just for slamming’s sake.
The idea is to put safety out of your mind, like Chris Joslin conquering the Davis Gap.
Empty your mind and be in the moment. Give the effort everything you have and land it right here, right now.
There is nothing like pulling off a never-been-done trick first try.
The Roll Away
In skateboarding, there are no drills you can practice and no coaching clinics to attend, and there is no old-timer’s game. This time, right now, is all you’ve got, so let’s start skateboarding guy, and remember to have a look in How to ride a skateboard for beginners.
I hope this article helped you find your inner ripper. If so, please share this article or leave a comment below.
In addition, choosing a skateboard from one of the best skateboard brands may be a way for you to improve your skateboarding experience.
It not only helps you skate better but also lower the ability of getting injured.
Making the most out of every session and having a clear picture of what you want to do will go a long way to making you better, quicker. Watching and learning from better skaters will give you ideas and tips, but then it’s up to you. Bailing out is no way to learn.
If you want to learn to skate like a ripper, you’re going to get some road rash. Accept it as part of the game, and pay your dues.
You’ll be shredding in no time.
pesos er monto and today we're at garbanza skate park and today you're going to be learning to do this trick you're probably gonna want to know how to drop in you're going to want to know how to five-o grind back side or front side depending on whichever way you want to approach the coping and you're going to want to know how to roll in like anywhere that you're trying it so starting off you're going to want to have a moderate amount of speed and you're going to be pulley going parallel with the coping and then you're aiming for like one part of it and that's going to be your start off point for like when your trucks going to hit the coping and then from then on you're going to want to start leaning in until you are fully locked onto the coping in a five-o and then just ride it out until you decide to go back in personally I like locking in like this because that way my back wheels like on the coping and you have your like front your most your weights on your back foot and so you just like kind of roll with it until you want to go in and when you want to go in you just put your weight on your toes and roll it away like you would any five-o really want to make sure that whatever you're trying it on you're like comfortable with the like part and you want to work your way up to something bigger and like not start off a similar that's like way over your ability because that's I know unless you just you know Hail Mary and just go for it but usually it doesn't work out so to do the five-o role and you're going to want to learn how to do five Oh groans frontside 5o grinds and Roland's in general and hopefully where you're at there's going to be decent coping it's easiest to do it on pool coping because it'll give you some resistance whereas metal coping it kind of just slides and I don't know it takes a little bit more scale but I don't know it always like sounds cool when you do it on pool coping anyway so to do a five-o role and you're probably gonna want to learn it learn how to do it on a round wall or it's like it's possible to do it on a flat wall but it's not as easy because the with the round while the curve you can start to lean in and it'll like keep your momentum and like your weight in the bowl and it's like easier to figure it out so I'm lazier Monto and that's 8500 Roland's just on your toes so that way when you flip the back foot just kind of gets up