That's it, there you are! You have just received your first skateboard deck and you will finally be able to start learning.
But where to start?
Here are some tips for beginners to start riding a skateboard, do your first tricks and evolve in the skatepark in order not to skip the steps and above all to have fun. To facilitate your understanding, you can also consult our glossary.
Go skateboarding !
This is the first step and if it seems logical, many young budding skaters rush before mastering the basics. However, if we have all tried to do ollies the first time, the most important thing is to learn how to roll. And for that, there is no secret, you have to ride, ride and ride again!
The main goal is to feel comfortable on your board. The only way to get there is to ride as much as possible and in various conditions.
So start by going for a ride: go buy bread at the bakery, go to school on your skateboard, do tricks on the terrace or stroll around the skatepark to get used to holding on to your board. This is step number one, and it should not be underestimated.
Everything that follows depends on it. It is indeed much easier to learn the basic figures once you are perfectly comfortable on your skateboard. When your board has replaced your feet as the most natural way to move, you'll have enough confidence to move on.
Remember that your skateboard is first and foremost a means of transportation, a skateboard that allows you to get where you want, much faster than walking. So enjoy, and Go Skating!
Once comfortable on your skateboard, you would be tempted to start learning to jump. Why not !
But in our opinion, the most important thing is to keep riding while learning a few very useful little things to progress.
Keep in mind that your Skate Heroes started out rolling in all situations with one simple goal in mind: to have fun while sliding. This is the essence of our sport: sliding. To start, you simply have to skate while trying to take pleasure in sliding on the asphalt, like surfers sliding on the wave. As soon as you feel good on your skateboard, it becomes much easier to have fun riding wherever you go, picking up speed and carving, i.e. chaining small quick turns.
If you want to go further, it's essential: have fun skating!
The basics of street skating
Now that you're riding smoothly and moving around, you can spice things up by adding a few basic tricks.
Basically, street skating is taking advantage of what the streets have to offer to have fun skateboarding. If the street is flat and you can't jump, there are still ways to have fun, and there are plenty of things to learn.
The first is to perfectly control your changes of direction by using the kicktail of your board, the raised part at the back of the deck. Simply put, if you only turn by leaning to one side, your turns are going to take a lot of room to complete. That's part of what your board's kicktail is for, changing direction really fast and dramatically increasing your maneuverability on your board.
To master this novelty to perfection, there is a technique that allows you to have fun right away, the Tic Tac.
The Tic Tac is an old method of moving forward by changing direction very quickly with your kicktail. By doing this, you will zigzag on your rear wheels and this movement will generate speed. This ultra fun technique allows you to move forward without pushing with your foot and to get used to moving in an ultra incisive way on your skateboard.
The second thing you can learn for fun and to improve your technique is the powerslide.
The powerslide is a basic trick that was part of the repertoire of early street skaters. To sum up, the powerslide is a way of skidding that allows both to generate a great feeling of sliding, but also to brake very effectively.
To send your first powerslides, you have to give a sufficiently powerful thrust to send your back foot forward and thus make your board skid. To facilitate the maneuver, you have to shift part of your weight to the front of the board to relieve the rear truck. A bit like on a snowboard and exactly like on a longboard, the powerslide is much easier if you pick up a bit of speed.
To go even further and make it even easier to skid, you can put one hand on the ground to shift your center of gravity, which allows you to unhook your wheels even more easily. Of course, the quality of the ground can change everything, and the smooth concrete of the skatepark is the perfect surface for training. And if you need an example, just look at the big slides that Stacy Peralta and her skateboarding pioneer pals were sending in the 70s.
To complete the picture, we offer you a small bonus that will be very useful throughout your skateboarding career. It's a technique you'll still see in pretty much every pro skateboarder's run in competition: wheeling.
Skate wheeling, also called manual, is rolling on two wheels by lifting the front of your board. The challenge is to work on your balance to last as long as possible. Watching the pros, you will realize that they often use this technique to spice up the reception of certain tricks by landing on two wheels only!Wheelies are quite easy to do, the real difficulty being rather to stay balanced on two wheels for more than three seconds :)
Once this step is over, you can add a little extra trick to your repertoire by trying Nose Wheeling, wheeling on the two front wheels.Good skateboarding!
First skate trick : Ollie
OK, you rode well, you go to school every morning on your skateboard. On the way, you pick up a bit of speed and you love to zigzag and send wheelies to spice up the trip a bit. At every corner, you use your kicktail to turn easily and to avoid the pigeons, you swing huge powerslides whose squeaks echo throughout the street!
It's excellent ! You have taken a huge step and made it easier for yourself to continue your progress.
Now you can get down to business!
But what is it exactly? Well, it all depends on what you want to do. You already have all the keys in hand to take maximum pleasure, during your daily trips, but also at the skatepark or the pumptrack. To continue, and whatever the discipline, you can finally learn to master the most useful trick in skateboarding: the Ollie.
The Ollie is skateboard jumping. And if it is an essential prerequisite for learning the other figures, the Ollie remains a difficult stage to pass if you really want to master it 100%.
Jumping with your skateboard opens up immense possibilities. What may seem like a basic figure that you would like to learn quickly is in fact a must-have essential for all skaters, whatever they do. Once you master the Ollie, the whole world changes! And above all, you can jump a sidewalk to get on it, without getting off your skateboard: magic!
With the Ollie, you also unlock a large majority of tricks, whether flip tricks (based on rotation) or grinds and slides.
In short, the Ollie is a major step in your progress and, as such, it deserves to look in detail at the best way to learn.