[Guides & Videos] Skateboard Tricks for Beginner to Expert

Howdy, skateboarders, if you are new to skateboarding, and have practiced it for a short period, or even do not begin with it yet, to be honest, this will be a great start. Here I will show you the complete skateboard tricks list from the easiest to the hardest, so you can learn this sport well.

While, if you have practiced skateboarding for a long time, and are looking for big improvement and more cool skateboard tricks, you are at the right place, too.

This list of skateboard tricks consists of three parts for skateboarders at different phase – beginner, skilled skateboarder, an expert. Besides, base on different styles, each part have three sections – flatland, curb & rail, and transition. So according to your own situation, jump to the one that suits you well.

Skateboard Tricks for Beginner

There will be 18 basic skateboard tricks in this beginner list.

Flatland

Curb & Rail

Transition

Flatland

Ollie

Ollie is the first trick that every skateboarder has to practice all the time since many maneuvers introduced later evolve from it.

And it probably is the oldest skateboard trick that we will show in this post. In 1978, Alan “Ollie” Gelfand invented this awesome maneuver. Even though it is super basic and normal nowadays, it can also amaze every one if you practice it to perfection.

Aldrin Garcia did Ollie with the highest preferred stance 45.00 inches (114.3 cm) from the ground.

Gavin Caperton did Ollie with the highest switch stance 40.125 inches (101.92 cm), performed by.

Rob Dyrdek did 215 consecutive Ollies on the television show Rob and Big.

So how to do Ollie on earth? Here are the detailed steps:

  1. Foot Placement

Foot placement is kind of vital for an ollie. It depends on your size and the size of your board. Normally, you want your front foot just behind the nose bolts and your back foot bang on the tail where you put it when riding the board.

  1. Pop the Tail and Slide That Foot

In an ollie, there are two stages of movements, but they have to be done simultaneously. The first movement is the snap or pop. This is where you bend, jump and force your tail to the floor. This has to happen quickly so that you can get off the ground. The second movement is the sliding of your front foot. After you have given an almighty pop with your back foot, you want to slide your front foot up the board.

  1. Jump in the Air

For starters, you would first do small ollies and you probably won’t have much time in the air.

  1. Landing and Rolling Away

As long as you perform both of the movements correctly, the pop and the slide, you will land and roll away smoothly, and you’ll have just done your first ever ollie.

FS 180 Ollie

A Frontside 180 Ollie (FS 180 Ollie) is basically an Ollie but with a 180-degree turn. Its steps are much similar to Ollie.

The only difference is in the step of Pop the Tail and Slide That Foot. When you are about to pop your tail, you need to bend down and twist your shoulders slightly to help spring yourself into the 180 motion when popping and jumping. When you pop your board, push the tail with your back foot a bit forward to help make the 180 turns.

And the rest of the steps are just as same as Ollie. In the beginning, you probably cannot do the whole 180-degree turn, and you don’t need to. You just need to practice the whole steps well firstly, and it will be perfect sooner or later.

BS 180 Ollie

A Backside 180 Ollie (BS 180 Ollie), as its name suggests, is an opposite trick of FS 180 Ollie. So if you have done FS 180 Ollie, you just need to notice that you just need to bend down and twist your shoulders to the opposite direction.

Pop Shove It

A Shove-it (or Shuvit) is a skateboard trick where you spin your board 180 degrees without the tail touching the ground. However, a Pop Shove It is a little different from Shove It.

  1. Be careful of your foot position, just as same as an Ollie, then bend your knees.
  2. The back foot pops the tail, and drag it so that the board can turn 180 degrees, while the front foot has little to do.
  3. Bring up your feet to let the board spin 180 degrees. When it finishes, catch the board with both feet and land.

FS Pop Shove It

When you do a Frontside Pop Shove It (FS Pop Shove It), compared to Pop Shove It, when you bend your knees and pop your board with the back foot, you need to push the board forward, which is the only difference from Pop Shove It.

Note: Both Shove-it tricks mentioned above are the perfect entry practice for flip tricks.

No Comply 180

No Comply 180 is often used to change the stance from Regular to Switch. To do the trick, you must plant your front foot and pop the board with only the back foot. And here are the detailed steps,

  1. Wind your upper body a little by reaching your leading arm across your torso, and swing back frontside as you step off with your front foot and the board pops up.
  2. When your foot hits the ground, pivot around on the ball of your foot and swing your back foot – still firmly on the tail – around so that the nose of the board sort of hovers between your legs as it swings around.
  3. When the back wheels are now in front, set the board down with your foot on the tail, step off with your other foot – still on the ground – and set it on the board where it was in the beginning. With the board swinging 180 degrees, the nose almost stays in the same place, so there’s less hopping to get it back on the board as there is for a straight no comply.

Curb & Rail

BS Boardslide

In this part, we are going to grab some knowledge about Slide tricks to cross the obstacles, like a curb, rail, ledge, or others. Slide tricks require you sliding the skateboard sideways either on the deck, on the trucks or on the wheels. Obviously, when you do a Boardslide, you need to rely on the board.

BS Noseslide

If you have practiced BS Boardslide well, BS Noseslide (Backside Noseslide) would be much easier. It is like a combination of BS Boardslide and FS 180 Ollie.

When you are approaching the obstacle, you are in Ollie position; And then you need to Ollie your board up to get the nose on the ledge. Obviously, to get the nose on it, a half FS 180 Ollie is a must; Keep balance to the end of the ledge, and then turn the nose straightforward.

FS Tailslide

At this time, you do the slide trick on the board tail. Just similar to BS Noseslide, when you do the Ollie approaching the ledge, you need to put the tail on it.

50-50 Grind

Firstly, we need to get to know what is a Grind. Grinds involve the Slide tricks, but mainly relying on the use of the trucks of the skateboard.

50-50 Grind trick means that you slide across the ledge on both trucks. The tip is when you Ollie you need to make sure both trucks landing on the ledge. Either frontside or backside is OK with it, depending on the obstacle in front of you or behind you.

5-0 Grind
The difference between 5-0 Grind and 50-50 Grind is still the use of the truck. When doing 5-0 Grind, you need to make sure the back truck landing on the ledge. Still, both frontside and backside are totally OK.

Nosegrind
Nosegrind is just opposite to 5-0 Grind. Nosegrind requires skateboarder landing on the ledge only on the front truck.

BS Crooked Grind
This may be a little harder. BS Crooked Grind (Backside Crooked Grind) is also named Crooks, Crux, Pointer Grind, or the K-grind. We will show more specifics on this trick.

  1. Still, prepare your Ollie position when approaching the obstacle;
  2. You Ollie up, and make the front truck landing on the ledge;
  3. And then, you need to make sure the right side of the truck and the back wheels on top of the ledge, which is the essence of this trick.

Transition

In the transition part, we are going to learn about some tricks on the ramp.

Drop In
A Drop In is a maneuver of jumping into the quarter from the coping. It seems easy, but it is the most important and fundamental trick if you want to skateboard transition very well.

  1. Place the tail on the coping, and put your back foot on it; Then put your front foot on the bolts of your front truck, but please note that do not put weight on it.
  2. Then it is time to drop in: Change your weight from the tail to the front truck, and put your body forward to keep balance, but not too much in case of getting out of the board and hurting yourself.
  3. Roll out of the quarter.

Personally, the biggest problem for me, when I first practiced this trick, is the fear of jumping into the quarter. However, be brave, put your safety gear on, concentrate, and you will grab it soon.

Rock To Fakie
Rock to Fakie has a lot common with Drop In. Rock to Fakie is a process of rolling up from the bottom of the quarter to the coping, and getting back to the quarter again.

  1. Speed up your skateboard to make sure that the front truck can go out of the coping, but the back truck does not.
  2. When the front truck goes over the coping, press your front foot to hold the board on the platform, and then pull back your body weight.
  3. Then the gravity will pull you back to the quarter again, just like a Drop In.

Rock N Roll
The process is just as same as Rock to Fakie, ie: you just speed up the board to come over the coping, and then get back to the quarter again. The difference is when you are at the coping, you need to turn the board 180 degrees, by turning your shoulders either Frontside or Backside.

Axle Stall & BS 50-50
This is another trick evolving from Rock to Fakie. We just directly head to the difference.

  1. When your front truck is over the coping and back truck is almost approaching the coping, you should turn 90 degrees and then make sure both of the trucks on the coping. This is the first part of this trick – Axle Stall;
  2. Now let’s go into the second part. Slightly press the tail to make sure the front truck going up, and quickly turn its direction to the quarter. And then shift your body gravity down to the quarter and roll out of it.

Fakie Disaster
One more trick is just similar to Rock to Fakie, or a total reverse. This time, you still need to do something different at the coping.

  1. Speed up your board to make sure both of trucks can go over the coping;
  2. Then press down both trucks to make sure you locking in the Disaster.
  3. Keep it for a while, and then leave the coping like Drop In.

Skateboard Tricks for Advanced Skateboarders

From this part, we will dig into some a little harder skateboard tricks, but cool as always. If you have practiced the tricks for the beginner well, these tricks in this part are just a piece of cake for you, too.

In this part, we are still going to divide it into three parts – Flatland, Curb & Rail, and Transition. Check them now.

Flatland

Curb & Rail

Transition

Flatland

Kickflip
Kickflip is a variation of Ollie. The difference is when you Ollie up in the air, you need to use your front foot to kick the board and make it spin 360 degrees. Here are the detailed steps:

  1. Place your feet to the position like an Ollie.
  2. Bend down, pop up your board tail, and drag your front foot over the grip towards the nose, which would be the most import part for flipping.
  3. After the board spins 360 degrees, you need to try to set feet on the board and ride away.

Nollie Kickflip

Nollie is short for Nose Ollie, which means you do an Ollie by popping the nose, not the tail. And the rest of it just as same as the normal Kickflip.

FS 180 Kickflip

BS 180 Kickflip

These two maneuvers are both composed of two tricks that we have introduced before. A Frontside 180 Kickflip (FS 180 Kickflip) is a Frontside 180 Ollie and a Kickflip, and a Backside 180 Kickflip (BS 180 Kickflip) is a Backside 180 Ollie and a Kickflip.

Switch Kickflip

To learn about this trick, there is a skateboard knowledge point you need to figure out firstly – Goofy and Regular.

Regular means you push with your right foot, while goofy means you push with your left foot. And the switch is when you ride or do a trick in the opposite direction of your natural stance. So, if you’re goofy, a switch would be riding or doing a trick regular. Vice versa.

Skateboard Tricks - Switch Kickflip
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So a Switch Kickflip is a Kickflip that you do switch.

Heelflip

What is a Heelflip? After you learn about the Kickflip trick, Heelflip is easy.

We know that when we do a Kickflip, you need to use your front foot (toes) to kick the board and make it rotate. When we do a Heelflip, we do not use toes to flip the board, but our heel of the front foot.

Nollie Heelflip

Nollie Heelflip is doing a Heelflip with a Nose Ollie.

BS 180 Heelflip

A BS 180 Heelflip (Backside 180 Heelflip) is a Backside 180 Ollie and a Heelflip.

Switch Heelflip

A Switch Heelflip is a Heelflip that you do switch (Do not know what is a switch? Please move to Switch Kickflip for more info.).

Varial Heelflip

A Varial Heelflip is a combination of a Frontside Pop Shove-It and a Heelflip.

360 Pop Shove It

A 360 Pop Shove It is you doing a Pop Shove It with the board spinning 360 degrees.

BS Bigspin

A Backside Bigspin (BS Bigspin) is a Backside 180 and a Pop Shove-It.

Curb & Rail

FS Boardslide

FS Noseslide

BS Tailslide

These three tricks are just similar to the BS Boardslide, BS Boardslide, FS Tailslide, with the opposite position of your obstacle. If you have practiced those three tricks well, these would not a big problem.

FS Lipslide

Lipslide is very much similar to Boardslide. When we do a Boardslide, we use the front truck on the rail, while we do a Lipslide, we just use the back truck of board. So FS Lipslide (Frontside Lipslide) and BS Lipslide (Backside Lipslide) are also just similar to FS Boardslide and BS Boardslide.

BS Lipslide

You can refer to the FS Lipslide for the description of this skateboard trick.

FS Crooked

Even though FS Crooked, or Frontside Crooked Grind is in some commons with BS Crooked Grind, it is much harder. FS Noseslides and BS 180 Ollies are much helpful to practice it.

FS Smithgrind

A Smith Grind requires the back truck grinding an edge or rail, while the front truck hangs over the near side of the object, leaving the edge of the deck to rub the lip/edge. So when the obstacle is in front of you, you apply a Frontside Smithgrind (FS Smithgrind) to cross it.

BS Smithgrind

BS Smithgrind (Backside Smithgrind) is the other trick of Smith Grinds, which you can take when the obstacle is behind you.

Transition

FS 50-50

In this transition trick, we are going to still focus on the maneuver at the coping. It can be divided into three parts,

  1. You speed up to coping until the front truck goes over the coping while the back truck is on the coping;
  2. Then you need to press down the back truck to make it stand on the coping, and shift the front truck direction to make it on the coping, too. You make a 50-50 Grind on the coping.
  3. After some seconds, pop up your front truck and shift it into the quarter, then you do like a Jump In to roll away the ramp.

FS Ollie

BS Ollie

We take Frontside Ollie (FS Ollie) and Backside Ollie (BS Ollie) together to explain. These two tricks require that you should do an Ollie when you rush to the coping from the bottom of the ramp, which is in front of you or behind you.

FS Disaster

BS Disaster

Do you still remember the Fakie Disaster? A Frontside Disaster (FS Disaster) or Backside Disaster (BS Disaster) is just as same as it, with only one difference that before you are on the coping to do the disaster position, you need to turn 180 degrees.

Skateboard Tricks for Experts

In this part, we are going to learn some really hard tricks, but as long as you have practiced the skateboard tricks in the beginner and advanced parts, you will also achieve them, with hard practicing.

Flatland

Curb & Rail

Transition

Flatland

360 Flip | Treflip

A 360 Flip, or called Treflip is a combination of 360 Pop Shove-It and a Kickflip.

Hardflip

Compared to 360 Flip, Hardflip is a combination of FS Pop Shove It and a Kickflip.

Curb & Rail

FS Bluntslide

BS Bluntslide

Bluntslide, in fact, is very much similar to Tailslide. The difference is that you slide the wheel on the rail. This is really hard. Keep practicing.

Nollieflip Noseslide

This is just a combination of Nollie Flip and Noseslide.

Transition

Pivot to Fakie

The essentials of Pivot to Fakie is that when the back truck reaches the coping, you need to turn your body 90 degrees to put the board in Pivot successfully. Putting Pivot to Fakie in your pocket is really important and helpful for the next trick Blunt to Fakie.

Blunt to Fakie

Compared to Pivot to Fakie, Blunt to Fakie requires you that you should put both back wheels on the coping, not just a Pivot position.

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