10 Skateboard Easy Tricks
Here are 10 easy skateboard tricks. Usually, the first thing a rider wants to accomplish after learning how to stay on a moving skateboard are some skateboard tricks. That’s fine, because many of the easy tricks have to be accomplished before a rider can attempt harder ones. It is important, however, to keep safety in mind at all times. Wearing proper padding and head protection, as well as stopping when signs of fatigue begin to set in, are just a few ways to prevent injuries while learning easy skateboard tricks.
- Kickflip: This is usually one of the first easy skateboard tricks a rider wants to master. The objective is to use one’s feet to flip the board around so that the nose is now the tail and vice versa or the rider himself has changed direction (from facing forward to facing backward, for instance).
- Front-wheel balance: This is where the rider rides the skateboard while it is balanced on the front wheels only. The rider can first learn to do so with two feet, then “graduate” to doing it with one foot on the skateboard and the other foot in the air. By doing this, the rider can actually accomplish two easy skateboard tricks.
- Back-wheel balance: The rider is riding on the back wheels only in this one. The same variation as mentioned in the front-wheel balance can be accomplished with this trick, also. After doing so, the rider that is following this list can now already be performing four easy skateboard tricks—kickflips, front-wheel balance with two feet, front-wheel balance with one foot, back-wheel balance with two feet, then back-wheel balance with one foot.
- Jumps: Learning jumps, whether they are from ramps, rails, or even from straight off the ground are also some easy skateboard tricks to master. Again, once the rider can perform different types of jumps, other more difficult tricks will follow.
- Rail Riding: This does not necessarily mean riding stair rails, guard rails, or other similar structures although they can definitely be used. Basically, this means riding down a structure with only the board “straddling” it; no wheels are touching.
- Curb Riding: The skateboard and only one of the rider’s feet is on a curb; the other foot is dangling off the curb but not touching the ground. Learning this one of the easy skateboard tricks will allow a rider to work on achieving balance so that more difficult tricks can be learned.
- Step Riding: This is probably one of the first skateboard tricks a rider tries to accomplish. It may sound difficult, but not when practiced on a short flight of steps at first. The object is to maintain balance while riding down rough inclines.
- Backward Standing: This is a relatively simple trick, but one of the easy skateboard tricks that may best accomplish the rider’s goal of scaring a parent. As long as the rider checks first to make sure everything behind him is clear, and only rides on a straight surface (at first, anyway), things should be OK.
- "Shared” tricks: This can be two individuals riding their skateboards while holding hands, or performing simple jumps, body turns, and other easy skateboard tricks in perfect tandem.
- Footwork: The rider uses one or both feet to add spice and a little more style to easy skateboard tricks. This can include shifting from one foot to the other while the skateboard is moving, riding with the feet pointed sideways and the body straight ahead, or anything else the rider can dream up.