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The Secrets of Skateboarding

By Tony Waters

Secrets of Skateboarding 2008


DISCLAIMERPlease note that the author and publisher of this book are NOT RESPONSIBLE in any manner whatsoever for any injury that may result from practicing the techniques and/or following the instructions given within. Since the physical activities described herein may be too strenuous in nature for some readers to engage in safely, it is essential that a physician be consulted prior skateboarding. First published in 2008 by Secrets of Skateboarding Inc. 2008 by Secrets of Skateboarding Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without prior written permission from Secrets of Skateboarding, Inc. Distributed by: Secrets of Skateboarding, Inc. First edition Printed in the United States of America

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Table of ContentsPart I: Comprehensive Trick Guide Introduction Beginners Guide Q& A Stance Terminology Flatground Tricks The Ollie Troubleshooting How to Ollie Higher Pop Shove-it Backside Pop Shove-it Frontside Pop Shove-it Troubleshooting 180 Ollie Backside 180 Ollie Frontside 180 Ollie Kickflip Troubleshooting Heelflip Troubleshooting Varial Flip Troubleshooting Backside Flip Troubleshooting Frontside Flip Troubleshooting 15 19 21 24 25 27 29 31 32 34 36 40 44 47 49 53 54 58 59 63 5 7 7 11 12

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-4________________________________________________________________________ 360 Flip Troubleshooting Hardflip Troubleshooting Backside Heelflip Troubleshooting Grinds 50-50 Grind 5-0 Grind Board Slide Nose Grind Crooked Grind Nose Slide Smith Grind Tail Slide 5 Most Common Mistakes Getting your Tricks Higher Part II: Skating for Success 79 81 83 85 98 90 92 94 96 99 100 65 68 70 74 75 78

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Introduction: How to Make the Most of this Book

Dear Reader, Congrats on taking the first step to becoming a better skateboarder! You are about to uncover some of the most valuable secrets of skateboarding. The methods and techniques you are about to learn will not only dramatically slash the time it takes for you to learn a new trick, but can also be applied to any other area of life to achieve success. Applying these techniques to directly to skateboarding will significantly improve your skateboarding skills. Applying these techniques to other parts of your life will yield financial abundance, lasting relationships, and a fit body. Again, I want to congratulate you on making a decision that may carry you to your skateboarding goals. The reason I say may is that there is only so much I can do to guide to you. The rest is entirely up to you. If youre the type of person to carefully read this guide, actively take notes, and most

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importantly, take action, then you are about to reach a level of success you can hardly imagine. Whether you skate for fun or aspire to skate for a living, this guide will help you reach your goals. Part I of this guide explains how to properly execute the tricks. Park II is about goal setting and how to truly make this program work for you. It is crucial that you study this information carefully, since it is the foundation of this course. You may be tempted to quickly dive into Part I and learn the tricks, but the real secret to success at skateboarding lies in your attitudes, beliefs and habits. Part 1 of this guide will teach you how to condition your brain in order to reach your goals as quickly, efficiently and effortlessly as possible. Most importantly, have fun when skating. Skateboarding is a privilege and having a good time is what skateboarding is all about! Do not become so frustrated or upset when you meet an obstacle that you forget the purpose of skateboarding. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel said, Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion. Love skateboarding. Sincerely, Tony Waters

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Chapter 1- Beginning Skateboarding Beginners Q & AQ. Whats a good board for beginners? A. Anything but a Wal-mart deck. If you are seriously striving to become a good skateboarder, you need a good deck to practice on. A $19.99 K-Mart board definitely wont cut it! I recommend starting out with a blank complete. Blank decks are cheap and are constructed very well, so they last a long time- theyre great for beginners. As you get better and better, you may want to start looking into brand name decks. offers great blank completes starting at $69.99! Q. Does it matter which end of the board I use? A. Not really- Most use the shorter and lower end as the tail. The higher and wider end is the nose. However, its all a matter of personal preference. For example, some find that the tail has better pop but the nose is easier to scoop. Q. Do shoes matter? A. Obviously, you dont want to be skating in sandals or dress shoes, so I strongly recommend getting a pair of skate shoes. They are a great investment because they provide comfort and can withstand the stresses of skateboarding.

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Skate shoes have a larger surface area to allow more balance, and many come with ankle support to prevent yourself from rolling your ankles. Q. How should I push? A. You always want your front foot on the board and push off the ground with your back foot. The opposite is called pushing mongo. Make sure you develop the habit of pushing your board the right way- pushing mongo makes it more difficult to set your feet up for tricks. Q. How do I turn? A. To turn, you simply lean in the direction you want to turn into. Just bend your knees and place more weight on your heels or toes, depending on the direction you want to turn into. For a tighter turn, do a quick manual by placing more weight on the tail, lifting the front wheels off the ground and turning in the direction you want to go in. Q. How do I stop? A. To stop you can simply put your weight on the tail, and drag your tail on the ground. This is called a tailstop and can wear away your tail. You can use an alternative method and use your pushing foot to slow yourself down. Q. When can I start learning tricks?

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A. Before learning any trick, you must be comfortable standing and riding a skateboard. If you cant even stand on the board without falling, there is no way youre ready to learn the Ollie. Practice riding around everyday until you can easily push, turn and stop. Then, you know you are ready to learn the Ollie. Q. Why is your method so much better than tutorial videos? A. You see, most trick tip videos give so little information that its almost impossible to get a good idea of all the details of the trick. If you have lots of free time to explore and mess around with learning a new trick, then a traditional video tutorial might be a good place to start. But if you want to learn new tricks in the fastest, most effective way possible, then most likely, video trick tutorials wont do much to help you. Even if the video gave you the instructions in detail, youll still have trouble remember exactly what to do. Thats why a written guide is so important. However, a visual can still be very helpful. Thats why I encourage you to watch a few videos on how a trick is supposed to be executed so you have a clear image of what to do. Q. What can I do to ensure I learn these tricks quickly and effortlessly?

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A. Have fun when skating! Read the trick tips thoroughly, watch videos of pros, ask questions on discussion boards but most importantly, practice, practice and practice

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Finding your StanceWalk up to your skateboard and stand with one foot in the middle and the other foot on the tail. Which foot is in front? If your left foot is forward you are regular. If your right foot is forward you are goofy. If you still have trouble deciding which foot goes where try this. With out giving it too much thought, walk up to a soccer ball and kick it. The foot you used to kick it will most likely be your back foot, since you want the balancing foot in front and the kicking foot in the back. The stance you choose is entirely up to you. One stance is not better than the other. Its all personal preference and you should stick to whichever feels more comfortable.

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TerminologyHow many times have you been given ambiguous skate tips such as, just move your front foot up a little as you Ollie. What does up mean? Toward the nose of your skateboard? Toward the direction of your toes? Up in the air? It is very difficult describing 3 dimensional movements in words. For this purpose of this guide, we will be using the north/south/front/back system to refer to a