Introduction: How to Take a Fall (Skateboarding)

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This is an instructable on how to take a fall while skateboarding. In this example, Bruno will be showing you how to fall while grinding a ledge.

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Bruno begins to crouch like normal to start his trick.

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He ollies onto the ledge.

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He begins to grind.

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Halfway through the ledge, he begins to loose his balance.

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At the very last part of his grind, his front foot slips off the griptape, and he begins to fall forward.

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This is the most crucial part of falling. Bruno puts his hands out first to absorb the impact.

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He then rolls forward to make the fall less painful.

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He lays in his failure and self pity.

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After the pain has left his body, he gets up.

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The key to falling, is to play it off as if nothing ever happened.

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He walks away calm, cool, and collective. Even though he is still crying inside form the pain he just endured.


rhett5 (author)2014-04-04

instead of on wrists try landing feet first and instead of on head go on the back of your shoulder blade

freeza36 (author)2011-11-12

Falling like this would never work. Hit feet first and roll off to the side, while bending your knees. I'm surprised you didn't break your wrists.

coolcat54 (author)freeza362014-03-05

Thought the same thing

jimmytvf (author)2011-10-10

even i don't know anything of skateboarding, the way to fall like this, is very tough. You can fold your wrists and break them, therefore too, YOU'LL STOP THE IMPACT WITH YOUR HEAD WITH NO HELMET!! even with helmet, you can break your neck like your wrist. The best way to fall is like a cat, like nerd12 said. You land with your hands on the floor, over your head, the force pass to your arm and your shoulders, not the wrist itself, and then use your legs to make just the same. With some luck, you should do 3 or 4 steps, and you're up again. If not, you can use this parts like a spring and absorb the major part of the shock. Is just physics. action-reaction

mechaninja (author)jimmytvf2012-11-02

Not sure if true...

Or just trying to sound smart...

hyruler_ (author)2012-03-24

nice. it was quite humorous but still stayed on topic!!

bulletprooftaco (author)2009-08-19

just saying I was in a martial art called judo and the first thing they teach you is when you fall don't land on your hands if you do it might brake your wrists

I think it's called Mari ukemi or something... I do judo to by the way.

 ...neither with your head (as picture shows).
Try with forearm/arm/shoulder (the left from the picture) towards your chest. The you'll roll properly ;o)

foxtrot4697 (author)ThePuppeteer2010-01-11

It is amazingly easy to break your arms that way(landing on your hands), my friend barely fell at all and landed on his arms. And guess what? He broke his arm

LucasReid (author)2010-04-18

 you seriously all don't realize this is a joke??

melaniemelanie (author)LucasReid2011-10-13


nerd12 (author)2011-10-05

isint this kinda trivial thing to post on?
the best way to absorb the fall is like a cat.
bend your hands and knees and transfer the vertical movement to horizontal.
i always jump down the stairs by about 10ft at a time(diagonally) and this works for me.

BAKEMASTER33 (author)2011-05-16

Do not do this you WILL get HURT.

josh1324 (author)BAKEMASTER332011-08-24

Do not roll? That is the stupidest comment i have ever seen, if you do fall properly, you could break your neck or split your head open. Next time you write a comment, think about it before you post it.

nerd12 (author)josh13242011-10-05

if he rolled like that i am surprised he did not crack his skull like an omelet and break his neck.
1. that was a gymnastic roll, not a proper shoulder roll. so it hurts his neck.
2. at that angle he most certainly would break something.
3. rolling is fine is done properly. this is not properly.

jordomaller (author)2011-03-23

i always use the tuck and roll technique when falling depending on how big of a drop or bail it is. Most of the time you are going fast enough that when you push off with your hands you just do a sort of front hand spring and most of the impact gets absorbed throught rotation and not just downward momentum.

zs (author)2011-03-20

i was always told never put your arms down like that, as it ois how you break your arms. Just take the fall and dont risk further injury.

_kira_ (author)zs2011-03-20

True. I broke my wrist completely in half when I put my arms out when falling to drop in a half pipe (MINI).

The thing was 4 feet tall! What ever you do, never in your life stick your arms out.

Curl your arms around your head to prevent a concussion and lift the back of your head so it doesn't hit the ground. Head and arms protected.

Your ribs can take a serious beating and be fine. So you don't be afraid of breaking (or bruising) them.

supertoria12 (author)2011-03-11

well what if you crack your head and its bleeding heavily. you cant hide that, not to mention you'd need immediate help and a trip to the emergency room. play it safe, dont grind on a ramp like that until you know how to without falling.

supertoria12 (author)2011-03-11

In the last image, it looked like he could've landed easily on his feet.

supertoria12 (author)2011-03-11

Where's his helmet?

Peacemaker636 (author)2010-11-28

I honestly don't know how he didn't get more hurt from this. His hands and head are taking all the impact. If at all possible, try to land on your feet, or at least have them hit first...they are much hardier than your head. If you're too off-balance, try rolling on your shoulder or side, tucking your head the whole way. Trying to catch yourself/go into a roll may be more difficult than you expect and next thing you know you've got a concussion.

jilllemur (author)2010-06-18

Now I know, and knowing is half the battle.

spenfisher12 (author)jilllemur2010-11-16

thanks GI joe

jilllemur (author)spenfisher122010-11-22


jongscx (author)2010-09-26

this is how you take a fall...

tukmol (author)2010-09-08

the fall would damage your neck or spine, or even break your skull. at that height, even if you're muscular... you can never tell if your arms, elbows, wrist, and shoulders would bear all your weight at sudden impact.

search videos about Aikido Front Rolls on youtube. this is safer than the one illustrated. been pacticing Aikido for years and had performed these rolls (even hard falls/break falls) on concrete. no injuries.

lilrocker90 (author)2010-08-29


1joel8 (author)2010-08-08

At first i was like "lol wat?" and then i was like "lol fail"

Monkeyboy13 (author)2010-03-14

Having your head in that position while falling can give you a broken neck or concussion if your elbows go too far back. A better way to do this to do a side roll. Try to get your feet to the ground, then let yourself fall onto your dominant shoulder and roll off of that. It is much safer and doesn't kill your wrists. I can't fall on my hands anymore because I have "permanent sprain(according to the doctor)" in my right wrist due to falling on it so many times.

arkho (author)Monkeyboy132010-08-08

It's amazing how these skaters survive failed trick falls. I watch them a lot in my hometown block. It's like they don't have no bones. I would have to comment on this position though. I practice judo rolling as well as Aikido jump and fall kind of drop. So, falling on both hands is better than no hands at all. If you're light enough(which skaters usually are) you might be able to carry your weight to support the fall. Just to add a safety precaution, it is best to tuck your head inwards when rolling like this. So inwards that your chin should touch your chest. If your falling to your right, tuck it down to your left and vice versa. This will take some practice to be effective. The purpose of this is that should you fail to support your own weight, you fall on your back and not on your head. Once again in martial arts rolling, you must roll line a wheel starting with your hand to your upper back or top shoulder down to your butt. Like a big red carpet being rolled out.

The Dark Lord (author)2010-06-02

No harm meant to be done but... putting your hands out to catch yourself will dislocate your arm. Just saying.

Putting your hands out will fracture your radius and ulna. I have seen many of this type of injury and casted them. Don't lock your arm either. I suggest using wrist splint protectors, and to learn how to absorb the shock with your body.

seabananers (author)bluefly12152010-07-09

ow :f

covey12 (author)2010-07-08

do a barrel roll! haha yeah no matter how bad it hurts get back up if you can physically do it hahaha

EpicZombie (author)2010-04-20

thanks. my son is a cub scout and he learned how to do it . (he got a belt loop)

tokyosoho (author)2010-04-20

I don't care if this is fake, that's pretty funny.

nonoodlez (author)2010-01-17

 Ok, let me start off with the good: it's nice that you are somewhat compelled to teach people how to prevent hurting themselves. 

The rest of this instructable is so terribly misguided I can only list the problems:

1) The photos are very obviously photoshopped. The motion blur is all wrong.

2) The ledge isn't even grindable! The absence of wax or wheelmarks are dead giveaways. Plus, the concrete top is tiled; there are gaps in between that would make skating it even more absurd.

3) Ok all the falling stuff has already been said but you do not want to roll on your head. Period.

Anyways, who cares? Just go out and skate and have fun. You won't learn much about skating from here anyway (not to the detriment of the site; it's awesome!).

articice (author)nonoodlez2010-04-18

4) picture 3 is not a real ollie, pictures 4&5 aren't a grinding position, esp. picture 4. Picture 7 is a definite neck-break and death if it was for real.

nonoodlez (author)articice2010-04-18


noobiefied (author)2010-03-20

 This is DEFINITELY not a safe way. I vouch for this to be removed. Rolling front ways on your head definitely as a way to kill yourself.

rustyboy6 (author)2010-03-15


crak-a-bottle (author)2010-03-15

erm falling this way clearly risks breaking either your wrists, neck or head. not cool.

brunoxyz (author)2010-03-15

I think this should be removed for the sake of safety of people out there who do not read comments.

I fell once with my hands and I broke my wrist in no time. not recommended at all.

shocker187 (author)2010-03-14

NEVER fall on your hands.Im a lifetime skater,well since age 9 in 76,and now I am losing the use of both hands at age 43 due to taking falls hands first all those years ago....until I learned to take it on the shoulder and unless you want to be crippled before yor time.........

momento mori (author)2010-02-09


nice :-)

foxtrot4697 (author)2010-02-25

How did this win anyways?

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