How to Skateboard: the Basics




This instructable is for people who would like to learn how to skateboard or for people who already skateboard. This instructable will teach you (hopefully) how to do the basics of skateboarding like turning and also how to ollie. I'll teach you how to stand and push on your skateboard as well. Now when you watch this video you probably wont get it the fist time so the best thing to do is to practice. Learning to skateboarding is all about practice.

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Step 1: Get the Gear, Then Prepare Yourself

First of all you need to be able to ballance a little and have a high tolerance for pain.(I'm serious)
Also you will need a pretty good skateboard and a helmet.
(You should always wear saftey gear!!!)

Here is the correct position of standing. PIC 1

This shows the correct position for when you are about to do a trick. PIC 2

PIC 3 shows that your foot should be near the very back and that your legs are spread apart.

PIC 4 shows the correct front foot position.

PIC 5 shows the stuff you will need.

Step 2: How Not to Stand

Here are some photos of how not to stand because if you use these positions, you will definetly fall.

Step 3: Pushing Off

Here is the picture of what it should look like pushing off.
Always have your dominant foot on the front. Then you will have your other foot on the back and push off with that foot.

You will need to figure out if your stance is regular, or goofy.

The first picture is how to push off. And the second picture is how to push off goofy. The third picture is how to push off regular.

Then there is a position where you stand normal but when you push you push with your front foot.
That is called mongo.

Step 4: Practice, Practice, Practice

Now you are almost done...YOU WILL JUST NEED TO PRACTICE ALOT!!!

Try all these things out, and hopefully after a while you will learn how to skate, or become a better skater.

There will be more lessons to come!!!
Just check out the: How To Skateboard group.

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    193 Discussions


    7 months ago on Step 4

    could you do one about a longboard?


    1 year ago

    Are sketchers good shoes to wear???


    3 years ago

    I can't do any of it

    calvin mukwamiri

    3 years ago

    Hi I jus started skateboarding and I can balance and move at a fast speed but I cant Ollie.any tips on how to ollie


    3 years ago

    I just started skateboarding. I can balance on the board, make little turns and ollie all while moving at a good speed, but I'm having trouble with kick turns. I can only do them when at a 100% stop. Any tips?


    3 years ago

    Cool explanation. I enjoyed this very much. I already know all this though, so do you have any more complex lessons?

    i have rlly been into skateboarding so i got one and ppl on vids make it look so easy to skateboard.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Question. I don't skateboard but a few of my friends got me on one and I felt most comfortable right foot in front pushing with my left. I know it was explained but I'm confused, that it regular stance right? Or is it goofy?

    1 reply

    7 years ago on Step 4

    Well,it did help with the basic stuff,thanks,but I still can`t steer to left or right,how can I do that?

    3 replies

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    lean forward putting your wieght onto the balls of your feet to turn one way, move the wight onto your heels to turn the other way (left and right are swiched depending on if you ride regular or goofy)


    heres what you do dude first
    step 1) turn a little to the way you want
    step 2) not alot or u will fall and crash
    step 3!) Make sure your back weels are helping you to steer


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    flat shoes with grippy rubber and stitching connecting the rubber sole to the fabric on the shoes so hey wont seperate


    4 years ago on Introduction

    ive been skating for 3 years still cant do any tricks but i can floor it going downhill easily. i skate mongo regular but if i try and skate goofy i have 0 balance but i can pop and ollie standing that way. riding mongo i can pop waist hight nollies with ease but cant do ollies in the mongod reg. any suggestions. i tried normal regular and i cant do it also tried normal goofy and that didnt feel right either so wtf?.

    also im looking at long board at the moment when i travel 12.5 km to my nearest beach by skateboard . i hate the wide turn feel of a long boad tried a double drop down longboard and it felt similar to a standard 7.5" short board for tricks in terms on how it felt to ride