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    Default MiloMywhy's Beginner Guide to Skateboarding[Fixed]

    There are lots of new skaters coming on here and asking simple questions, so I thought that I would just type one mega thread out for the beginners.


    What is skateboarding?


    Wikipedia defines skateboarding as: the act of riding and performing tricks using a skateboard.

    What is a skateboard?


    All of you know this one, a skateboard is a piece of wood, mostly 7 ply.
    Skateboards come in a variety of shapes, the most common are popsicle and pointed.
    A skateboard is made up of a deck, trucks, wheels, hardware, and griptape.
    Riser pads are optional but I would recommend them. They help with shock resistance, good for stair skaters.


    What should I buy for a skateboard?


    If you are a beginner, and are looking to not spend that much on a board, look into a mini logo, or even just your local shop's blank!



    If you have money to spare, and price doesn’t matter I would look into a Real, Anti Hero, or a Krooked, but that's just my personal preference.


    What size board should I get?


    This is just preference but I would recommend these;
    Shoe Size 1-5.5 :7.5
    Size 6-10: 7.75 – 8.5
    Size 10+ :8.5 – 9+


    Again, I want to stress that this is a recommendation!


    What size trucks should I buy?


    Width:
    Your skateboard truck should match your deck in size. Skateboard deck sizes vary from 7.45 to 8.5 inches in street skating. Measure the body of the truck to get the info you need to determine if it will fit your deck.
    - 5″ Hanger / 129mm / 7.75″ Axle skateboard trucks fit decks from 7.5 to 8 inches.
    - 5.25″ Hanger / 139mm / 8.0″ Axle skateboard trucks fit decks from 8 to 8.5 inches.
    For skateboard decks 9 inches and above made for street cruising, ramp, and pool skating, you’ll need a larger truck
    - For decks 8.5 to 9 inches, use a 149mm skateboard truck.
    - For decks 9 to 10 inches, use a 169mm truck.
    - For decks 10 inches and above, use a 215mm skateboard truck.


    Height:
    The height of your truck will affect what you can do with the board. If you want more stability for flip tricks, a low skateboard truck and small wheels are your best bet. For cruising and speed, you need a higher skate truck to accommodate large wheels. If you’re a beginner, stick with a standard medium truck.


    What size wheels should I get?
    This is just preference.
    Some people like big wheels for bowls and small wheels for street.



    I don’t have a local shop. Where should I buy my board?


    I recommend going to;
    Http://www.shop.ccs.com/
    Http://www.skatewarehouse.com/
    All are trustworthy websites


    Please support your local shops! These are the true skateboarders. CCS is owned by JCPennies!
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    Beginning to ride your new skateboard


    If you are lefty, you will most likely be a goofy skater.(Right foot forward)
    If you are righty, you will most likely be a regular skater.(Left foot forward)
    Please, please, push with your backfoot and guide with your front.


    Stances:


    Regular: skating your normal goofy or regular.
    Switch: If you are goofy you will skating regular will be your switch, the opposite for regulars.
    Nollie: Your normal stance, just scooted up to your nose.
    Fakie: Your switch stance, scooted up to your nose.


    Frontside: Going behind you(Towards your back)
    Ex. Pop Shuvit that flicks towards your back.


    Backside: Going infront of you(Away From your back)
    Ex. Pop shuv it that flicks away from your chest.


    FS/BS Explained Better:
    if you frontside ollie your front stays on the outside of the spin
    So therefore on a backside ollie your back stays on the outside of the spin
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    You’ll want to adjust the looseness/tightness of your trucks to where you are comfortable riding.
    You can turn by leaning into the side you want to turn to.
    You can also turn by picking up your nose and shifting to the left or right.


    Simple maneuvers:

    Stopping: Place your foot down, or stalling on your tail(Try not to do this, as you will grind your tail down).
    Manuals: Balancing on two wheels.
    Reverts: Sliding into another stance. If your on Tony Hawk Pro Skater you would make that memorable creaking sound.


    Powerslides: Sliding your board so its sideways and sliding.(some people stop like this.)
    After you have cruised around and gotten a feel for your board, we can move on to some tricks.


    Basic Tricks:

    The ollie: Jumping on your skateboard, the base to all tricks. You’ll find a guide here.
    http://www.skateboard-city.com/skate...cks/ollie.html
    Once you can ollie, try ollie-ing down something!
    http://www.skateboard-city.com/skate...down-gaps.html


    Pop shuv-it: Simply popping the board 180 fs or backside.
    http://www.skateboard-city.com/skate...-shove-it.html


    180′s: A combination of an ollie and a 180 turn.
    http://www.skateboard-city.com/skate...kside-180.html


    Kickflips:

    Flipping the board, another base to alot of tricks.
    http://www.skateboard-city.com/kickflip.html


    For more trick tips you can visit:
    http://www.skateboard-city.com/skateboard-trick-tips
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    You have just learned the basics of skateboarding, keep working at it and maybe someday you will get paid to do it!
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    shoe size doesnt really matter. use risers if you ride loooose trucks

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaterTillDeath View Post
    shoe size doesnt really matter. use risers if you ride loooose trucks
    They do a little actually, someone size 1-7 should not ride an 8+ that's way to big for them.

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    The link for 180s isn't working.

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    not many actual skaters have a shoe size below 5 or so. and little kids only cruise till they get older usually

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaterTillDeath View Post
    not many actual skaters have a shoe size below 5 or so. and little kids only cruise till they get older usually
    Yeah, I know, but still. I felt like I needed to include it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamp View Post
    The link for 180s isn't working.
    Fixed it, nice catch.

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    actually theres a pro that wears a size 4 shoe, I forget who it is though. Brootal told me about it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gunz View Post
    U beyond 4Loko. U 10Loko boiiii

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    Frontside: Going behind you.

    Backside: Going infront of you.

    are you talking about shoves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grzyb View Post
    Frontside: Going behind you.

    Backside: Going infront of you.

    are you talking about shoves?
    Thats the one thing I was having trouble explaining, of you were to do a backside 180 you would be spinning in front of your body and vice versa for frontside.

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    should take out the stopping on your tail thing
    it ruins the board

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broskate View Post
    should take out the stopping on your tail thing
    it ruins the board
    I agree. I, unfortunately, learned this the hard way.

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    What size board should I get?

    This is just prefference but I would reccomend these;
    Shoe Size 1-5.5 :7.5
    Size 6-10: 7.75 - 8.5
    Size 10+ :8.5 - 9+
    I wear 14, and I skate 7.5 haha.

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    Board size section is kinda so so.. it has much more to do with preference. The rest of the post looks good though, good job man.

    Board size also has to do with your height, leg length and other factors combined with how long the board is and what type of style and terrain your skating really comes into the mix too. Someone who cruises pools and parks will want a 8.5+ regardless of their shoe size. Someone who wants to get really into tech shit and be able to flip the board with little effort is going to want a skinnier board like a 7.5" or 7.75"
    The key is to craft a skating technique that keeps your center of gravity low... which is easy for shorter people... not so easy for the taller folk like me. The longer the board you ride, the further apart the bolts will be... and therefore theoretically the wider your stance will be while skating. The wider your stance is and the more spread apart your feet are, the more your legs will be bent and finally this will lower your center of gravity significantly.
    Someone with short legs or short stature will want a shorter board (29"-31"), someone of average height and leg length will want something 31"-32" and someone whose fairly tall or has longer legs will want 32"+.
    Length of board combined with width will be hard to come by if you want a 7.5"x32.75" (you want a skinny board, but you're tall as fuck too) .. for instance, which is where that comes into play. You're basically going to want a width closer to 8.25" just because most boards made with that width or wider will come with a shape that carries a length closer to 32" or more.

    Some of the kids I teach are like 4ft nothing with size 5 shoes... but they prefer skating 8" or wider boards. It makes it easier to stick with tricks if you've got more real estate to stand on, ya know?

    So this has been my in depth analysis of board size! Use it or take it how you want..

    Also... yeah... I'd touch up the Frontside / Backside definitions.
    Frontside is suppose to refer to doing things in front of you. When you Frontside 180 off a staircase, the front of your body is facing the staircase through the rotation. Backside is the same, only behind you. When you go for a frontside grind, you start the grind with your body facing the entry grind surface. Backside is the same, only behind you.
    I'm not sure how you mean Frontside is behind you, Backside is in front of you. That doesn't make any sense.
    Last edited by wforbes; 09-15-2010 at 12:53 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wforbes View Post
    Board size section is kinda so so.. it has much more to do with preference. The rest of the post looks good though, good job man.
    Yeah thanks man, I think I said that the board size is all preference somewhere in there.

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    What size board should I get?

    This is just prefference but I would recommend these;
    Shoe Size 1-5.5 :7.5
    Size 6-10: 7.75 - 8.5
    Size 10+ :8.5 - 9+
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    A size 9 board would be nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarcraftLedZeppelin View Post
    A size 9 board would be nuts.
    I've skated a 9.5, I could only varial on it.
    It was about as big as my shoe.

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    I have size 12 feet and I'm using a size 7.6 fine and dandy.

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    this is a nice little beginnners guide here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayce090 View Post
    this is a nice little beginnners guide here.
    Thanks little banned member.

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    Awesome guide! Trick links are broken though.

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    Yeah, I don't know why, they are the correct links.

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    I'm size 14 men and ride a 7.5 lmfao

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    i push with my front foot. i dont see the difference but i find it easier to control the board while pushing with my left

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    I ride mongo to so its cool

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