Skateboarding is so much fun!

I don’t know what to write, but since it’s gonna be the last day of June and I have to end the month by visiting a dentist, I thought I might as well log something that’s more interesting.

So, up till this point, I’ve got 3 skateboards now and are used for the following purposes:

Skateboard Purpose
Grand Gopher To travel and cruise around places.
7″ Enjoi This one is just a looker. A decoration if I may. 🙂
Zero Actual board for learning tricks.

Since the day was kinda sunny/cloudy and the parking lot was empty, I had a bit fun cruising around in circle lol. I’m still super noob to this area, but I hope to be better someday. Fighting! 😛

How to Frontside Powerslide

This is a one of skills that helps you slow down stylishly. This post is going to focus on frontside only because it’s easier than backside. And personally, i think frontside looks more stylish and feels safer. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

Pre-requisite: Riding in high speed

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Skateboard Brands

Here are a few Skateboard brands that come as top result from Google. I personally only own a zero and an enjoi, but I’ve heard good stuff about Plan B, Element, and Girl. Definitely gonna keep an eye on them, try out in the local skateshop and maybe take a few one home in the future. 😀

When should you change your skateboard deck?

You should change it when your board gets too soggy or has pressure cracks! If you are into tricks, soggy board (with possibly razor tail) means you won’t have good high ollies because the board can no longer pop up very well. The performance of every single pop trick will be affected. Also, if you notice any pressure cracks near or in between the trucks, you should replace it for safety concerns.

Everyday use for cruising is fine as long as the board is still in one piece. Soggy or not won’t matter much in this case. To see if your board is too soggy for tricks, try tapping the tail to the ground and listen to the sound. Soggy boards have a staler sound while good-conditioned ones sound more snappy and crispy.

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What size of skateboard should you get?

You only need to know that wider decks are easier to land and thinner decks are easier to flick. Generally speaking, 7.5 to 8 inches are good for beginners.

When talking about the size of skateboards, people are normally referring to the width of the deck. While there are many sites point out references in relation to the shoe size, it really comes down to personal choice.

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Skateboarding – How to not look like a beginner

Great, so you’ve got your skateboard and you are starting your journey to be a skateboarder. Even though everyone starts out as a beginner, well, nobody likes to be one.

Here is a list of things that you can master so you look don’t look like a beginner when you are going down the street. Practice these well in some open area like parking lot with no cars or some skatepark. Don’t skate it on road until you’re fully confident for the safety of yours and others!

Look out for 💡  These are must learns!!

➡ Basic Cruising Skills: 

Push 

The very first step is to figure out whether you are regular or goofy. Practice standing on your board to push around with your back foot. Don’t push mongo! You will want to be at a point where you are super comfortable standing only on your front foot on the board. You need to be solid on your front foot. Move your back foot around (front-back, up-down, left-right) while moving and make sure you are still in complete balance and no wiggly-wobs. B-)

Turn 

For this one, you would want to practice it to the point where you can make 90-degree sharp turns both left and right in order to dodge objects or just make it in for some sidewalk. To achieve this, you have the following options:

  • Carve 💡
  • Kick turns 💡

Both are fun and cool to learn. So yeah, keep on turning!

Stop 

Unfortunately, there will always be hills while doing street skating and you have to learn how to slow down and stop. While foot-brake is easy and stylish, I think hand brake will be valuable to learn as well since it’s more for high speed. Sometimes, you just don’t know how steep the hill will be when you encounter it. Keep a bag of trick in hand is always good as backups. 😉

  • Foot brake 💡
  • Carving 💡
  • Powerslide (optional: don’t try on penny; you’ll fall hard)
  • Hand brake (longboarders use this often; you’ll need gloves) 💡
  • Stay calm, observe surrounding, and jump into the safest place possible (emergency!) Call out and make people aware that you can’t control your board to avoid collisions and hurting others. 💡

➡ Taking a break from Cruising  

Now you have master the traveling around with your awesome skateboard, you will want to get on and off your skateboard like a pro. So you need to practice these:

  • Running Start 💡
  • Nose / Tail pickups 💡

These should be relatively safe and easy. Ok, getting back to cruising around.

Curbs (optional) 

This is optional. In my opinion, if you can pick up and get back on your board like a pro, then you can step off in style. But if you wanna be more advanced, curbs definitely take some time and practice to master it.

  • Dropping off curbs:
    This one is definitely not as easy as it looks. Took me several tries and fails to get this correct even though i was following some tutorials. Quite challenging for me on my mini cruiser.

For getting up curbs, you have two options:

  • Ollie:
    Take hard work and practice. You need to be sure that at least your front wheels is high enough for the curb.
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  • Pop:
    For this one, when you approach the curb, you pop and make the front wheel up on the curb, shift the weight on your front foot and two-wheel’in your whole board up. Looks weaker but it works

 

How to Ollie

The algorithm is based from Aaron’s detailed instructed video (Aaron used minutes, but I think it’s easier to track the actual count in your head so you know where you’re going):

Step 0: Cruise around and be familiar with your board
Step 1: Pop for 50 times
Step 2: Swipe for 50 times
Step 3: Practice timing jump for 10 times

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