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The San Diego Park Skater

If you’re a fan of Braille Skateboarding or skateboarding in general, you’ve probably heard by now that this summer, the 2020 Olympics taking place in Tokyo, Japan, are set to feature skateboarding for the very first time in Olympic history. Obviously, we’re excited and we think that you should be too!

At these upcoming Olympics, we’ll witness 80 of the world’s best skateboarders (40 men, and 40 women) compete for Olympic skateboarding glory. 20 Skaters will compete in each of the 4 divisions; Women’s Street, Men’s Street, Women’s Park, and Men’s Park. 

While many skaters dream of being on the big stage, the journey is almost as fun as the destination. And this journey has not been easy for the skaters. In fact, the final Qualifying Season is still underway! If you don’t know too much about how the qualifying system works, there’s more about that below.

Eve though it’s still Qualifying Season, you can get a rough idea of who’s going to the Olympics in June. Cory Juneau, for instance, has basically landed himself a spot on the Men’s Park Team.

In this blog will shine a light on Cory and his successful professional skateboarding career. We’ll go over some of Cory’s sponsors, notable contest runs, contest results, and more! Be sure to continue reading to learn more about this future skateboarding Olympian.

How Do You Qualify For The Olympics?

For starters, if you’re not too familiar with how the Olympics works, don’t worry we got you covered. Check out a couple of the blog posts below to give you a better idea of how this whole thing works. Additionally, here’s some info on how someone can get to the Olympics.

The biggest confusion behind the Olympics is picking out the competitors. You’ve probably seen many names, but you’ve already heard that there are only 16 spots. So, how does this work?

Selecting the competitors is based on a point system. These points are earned by skating in specifically sanctioned skateboarding events. There are two qualifying seasons. The first was from January 2019 to September 30, 2019. So this one has already happened.

The second qualifying season is from October 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020. The skater’s best two scores from the first season get added to their best 5 scores from the second season. This will create the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings.

From this ranking, you will get who is eligible to compete in the Olympic Games. Now, part of what determines this is that there are quotas that have to be met for each country and continent. This way you can have an equal balance of skaters from different countries and not only skaters from USA, Japan, and Brazil. 

Okay, now let’s get into the actual skaters of the Olympics! It’s without a doubt one of the biggest achievements for a skater to go on this journey to the Olympics. But, it looks like they’re having a blast, so I think they’re enjoying the journey!

Who is Cory Juneau?

Cory Juneau
Photo Credit: Cory Juneau’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/CoryJuneau

Cory Juneau is a regular-footed professional skateboarder from San Diego, California. He was born on June 20th, 1999, meaning he’s only 20 years old! But he started skating at the young age of 7. He quickly progressed and started skating parks, pools and bowls like a natural.

By 2014, he was already competing in Pro Contests, and was placing quite well in them. Below are a couple of contests he placed in back in 2014:

  • 3rd Place Dew Tour Ocean City Bowl
  • 11th Place Nike SB Classics Cup Australia
  • 7th Place Bowl-a-Rama Bondi Pro
    • 3rd Place Vans Pool Party Pros Division

Suddenly, it became apparent that Cory would go on to skate many more contests and place amongst the top in most them. From there, he kept skating and dialing in his style and progressing as a skater.

Take a look at one of his runs from the Dew Tour Competition back in 2014. Keep in mind, he’s only 15 here!

Cory Juneau in 2020

Cory Juneau is currently a member of the USA Skateboarding National Team. Representing the Men’s Park Division, Cory is ranked #3 in the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings with 88,700 points. Above him in 2nd place is Brazil’s Luis Francisco, and fellow USA skater, Heimana Reynolds.

Some of his sponsors include Vans, Creature, Independent, Bones Bearings, Shake Junt, and Rockstar. While he started skating when he was only 7, he had sponsorships by the age of 13.

Most recently, Cory has been killing it in the Olympic Qualifying Competitions. Below are some of his more recent finishes.

  • 1st Place, World Skate Oi STU Open (Brazil)
  • 1st Place, Vans Park Series Pro Tour Men’s Finals (France)
  • 2nd Place, 2019 Dew Tour (Long Beach)
    • 2nd Place 2019 X-Games (Boise)

Take a look at some of his video highlights below. You can really see how he just shreds around the skatepark and does it in style. He is seriously no slouch and his contest runs will blow your mind.

Video Highlights

In Conclusion

As you can see, Juneau knows how to shred the park, especially at such a young age. It’s inspiring to see someone who’s ranked so high in the Qualifying Season who’s only 20 years old. I don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see what he’s going to bring to the Olympic Stage in Tokyo.

Though most of us will simply be watching the Olympics, Braille Skateboarding knows that some of you dream of competing at the Olympics one day. We can help you achieve that goal! Check out Skateboarding Made Simple in our Online Shop. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding in existence, and you will surely improve your skills after watching and studying our SMS tutorials. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks…FIRST TRY! Now get out there and skate!

More On The Olympics

In order to keep up to date on the Olympics, check out the rest of our blog posts in our Olympics series. As skateboarding is new to the Olympics, there are many things that are being cleared up and put together. Take a look at some of our other blog posts on the subject below!

You should also check out or Meet The Olympians Series! We’re covering tons of Olympic skaters from all nationalities and backgrounds. Below are just a few of the skaters we’ve covered.

What do you think of Cory Juneau? What do you think he’s practicing on his journey to the Olympics? Who else should we cover on their way to the Olympics? Leave it in the comments below! We would love to hear your input.

Feature Image Credit: Vans Park Series

The 17 Year Old Japanese Skater, Sakura Yosozumi

Skateboarding will be making its debut at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan this upcoming July/August and Braille Skateboarding couldn’t be any more excited. It’s about time, if you ask us! The level of talent, skill and grit possessed by the world’s top ranked skateboarders is truly something behold. At the upcoming Olympics, people from all around the globe will finally bare witness to the incredible abilities that these pro skaters have to offer. 

There are only 20 spots available in each division;  Women’s/Men’s Street and Women’s/Men’s Park. With just 80 skaters competing at the Olympic Games, the qualification process to earn those spots has not been easy! We’re in the last season of the Olympic Qualifiers, so the skaters who are currently at or near the top of the divisions have almost claimed their spot. As long as these skaters can continue to do well in the rest of Olympic qualifying contests, it’s likely we’ll be seeing them skate in Japan this summer.

One of the skaters who won’t have to do much travelling to compete this summer is Japan’s own, Sakura Yosozumi. The 17 year old skater currently ranked 2nd in Women’s Street Park overall, so there’s a very good chance you’ll be seeing her in the Olympics.

This blog will take a closer look at Yosozumi and how she has performed at recent Olympic qualifying events.  We’ll go over some of her sponsors too, so be sure to continue reading as we get to know more about Sakura Yosozumi. 

How Do You Qualify For The Olympics?

For starters, if you’re not too familiar with how the Olympics works, don’t worry we got you covered. Check out a couple of the blog posts below to give you a better idea of how this whole thing works. Additionally, here’s some info on how someone can get to the Olympics.

The biggest confusion behind the Olympics is picking out the competitors. You’ve probably seen many names, but you’ve already heard that there are only 16 spots. So, how does this work?

Selecting the competitors is based on a point system. These points are earned by skating in specifically sanctioned skateboarding events. There are two qualifying seasons. The first was from January 2019 to September 30, 2019. So this one has already happened.

The second qualifying season is from October 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020. The skater’s best two scores from the first season get added to their best 5 scores from the second season. This will create the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings.

From this ranking, you will get who is eligible to compete in the Olympic Games. Now, part of what determines this is that there are quotas that have to be met for each country and continent. This way you can have an equal balance of skaters from different countries and not only skaters from USA, Japan, and Brazil. 

Okay, now let’s get into the actual skaters of the Olympics! It’s without a doubt one of the biggest achievements for a skater to go on this journey to the Olympics. But, it looks like they’re having a blast, so I think they’re enjoying the journey!

Who is Sakura Yosozumi?

Sakura Yosozumi is a regular-footed professional skateboarder. She was born on March 15th, 2002, in Wakayama, Japan. She picked up skateboarding in 2013 after being influenced from by older brother.

Sakura got her first taste of skateboard competition when the World Cup of Skateboarding made a stop in Tokyo in 2016. Though she placed 29th, Sakura Yosozumi was only 3 years into skateboarding at that point and had a promising future. In 2017, the Vans Park Series held the Asian Championships in Singapore where she had another chance to compete amongst the best in the world. Amazingly, Sakura earned herself 3rd place.

From that point on, she kept on improving. Since 2017, she’s placed in the top 10 in every competition she’s skated in. Don’t believe us? It’s true! No wonder she’s currently ranked 2nd for Women’s Park.

Here are some notable events where she’s placed well at:

  • Vans Park Series World Championships Womens Finals 2019 – 1st Place
  • World Skate OI STU Open Womens Park Finals 2019 – 2nd Place
  • ANOC World Beach Games Qatar Park Womens Finals 2019 – 1st Place
  • X Games Minneapolis Womens Park 2019 – 4th Place
  • Asian Games Women’s Park Finals 2018 – 1st Place

Those are just a few of many strong contest finishes from Yosozumi. The list keeps growing, too! We’re in the middle of the final Olympic Qualifying Season, and we’re confident Yosozumi will be bringing the heat!

Photo Credit – Vans Park Series: https://bit.ly/3bfa9Tk

What Has Sakura Yosozumi Been Up To?

Sakura Yosozumi is a member of the Japanese National Skateboarding Team. She is currently ranked 2nd in the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings for Women’s Park with 124,000 points. Above her is fellow Japanese skater, Misugu Okamoto with 180,000. As she’s the 2nd Japanase skater in the ranks, it’s pretty set in stone that she’ll be going to the Olympics.

Some of her sponsors include Red Bull, Five Cross Skatepark, 13mind, Willys Workshop, 187 Killer Pads, Bones, Pro-Tec, Mob, Stance, Oomiya, and Independent. Most recently, Sakura placed 2nd at the World Skate Oi STU Open Women’s Park Finals in November, 2019. Prior to that she earned 1st place finishes at the Exposure Women’s Vert Open, and ANOC World Beach Games Qatar Women’s Park Finals in October.

2019 was clearly a busy year for Sakura Yosozumi as she competed to earn her spot at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Rightfully so, Sakura has maintained a fantastic position in the rankings. It’s going to be really exciting to see what she pulls out of her trick bag for the Olympics.

Sakura Yosozumi’s Skateboarding Progression

One thing that’s very noticable with Yosozumi’s skateboarding is how much she progressed over the years. Even though she’s been doing well in the competitions over the years, you can clearly see how she’s gotten a lot better over the past couple of years.

It just goes to show how someone can have that passion to get better, work at it every day and achieve her goals. And that perfectly aligns with Braille’s goals. Keep it going Sakura! We support you all the way!

Check out the videos below to see just how far she’s come over the past couple of years.

Video Highlights

In Conclusion

As you can see, she’s extremely talented on a board. It’s also remarkable that she’s only 17 and is currently in 2nd place! We’re excited to see where she goes as she continues this journey into the Olympics.

Though most of us will simply be watching the Olympics, Braille Skateboarding knows that some of you dream of competing at the Olympics one day. We can help you achieve that goal! Check out Skateboarding Made Simple in our Online Shop. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding in existence, and you will surely improve your skills after watching and studying our SMS tutorials. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks…FIRST TRY! Now get out there and skate!

In order to keep up to date on the Olypmics, check out the rest of our blog posts in our Olympics series. As skateboarding is new to the Olympics, there are many things that are being cleared up and put together. Take a look at some of our other blog posts on the subject below!

What do you think of Sakura Yosozumi? What tricks do you think she’s practicing on her road to the Olympics? Who else should we cover as the skaters on their way to the Olympics? Leave it in the comments below! We would love to hear your input.

Feature Image Credit: Vans Park Series.

The 12 Year Old Skater That’s Taking The World By Storm

For the first time in the history of the Olympics, the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan are set to showcase the highest level of skateboarding talent in the world. There will be 20 skaters in each division; Men’s Park, Men’s Street, Women’s Park, and Women’s Street. With only 80 skateboarders able to earn a spot at the Olympics, the qualifying contests leading up to the Games have been extremely competitive. 

Currently near the top of the leaderboards is Rayssa Leal. She’s ranked second in the world in Women’s Street. Of course, with the second qualifying season still underway, the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking could have a shake-up by the time the 2020 Olympics roll around. However, we’re confident we will be seeing Rayssa Leal compete. It’s also very likely that she’ll earn herself a spot on the podium! 

In this blog, we’ll take a look at Rayssa Leal’s amazing skateboarding career, and we’ll shine a light on some of her most notable contest results from this year’s Olympic qualifying contests. Be sure to continue reading to learn more about the #2 ranked Women’s Street skater, as we will review some of her sponsors, contest runs, best tricks and more!

How Do You Qualify For The Olympics?

For starters, if you’re not too familiar with how the Olympics works, don’t worry we got you covered. Check out a couple of the blog posts below to give you a better idea of how this whole thing works. Additionally, here’s some info on how someone can get to the Olympics.

The biggest confusion behind the Olympics is picking out the competitors. You’ve probably seen many names, but you’ve already heard that there are only 16 spots. So, how does this work?

Selecting the competitors is based on a point system. These points are earned by skating in specifically sanctioned skateboarding events. There are two qualifying seasons. The first was from January 2019 to September 30, 2019. So this one has already happened.

The second qualifying season is from October 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020. The skater’s best two scores from the first season get added to their best 5 scores from the second season. This will create the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings.

From this ranking, you will get who is eligible to compete in the Olympic Games. Now, part of what determines this is that there are quotas that have to be met for each country and continent. This way you can have an equal balance of skaters from different countries and not only skaters from USA, Japan, and Brazil. 

Okay, now let’s get into the actual skaters of the Olympics! It’s without a doubt one of the biggest achievements for a skater to go on this journey to the Olympics. But, it looks like they’re having a blast, so I think they’re enjoying the journey!

Who is Rayssa Leal?

Rayssa Leal was born on January 4th, 2008, in Imperatriz, Brazil. And we know what you’re thinking. Yes, she just turned 12 years old!

Rayssa started skateboarding at the age of 6, quickly progressed and earned internet fame in 2015, when a video of her skateboarding in a fairy costume went viral. It wasn’t just the fact that the video showed a 7 year old girl skateboarding in a fairy outfit.

It was more so her level of talent, style, and determination that got the attention of the skate community. I mean, heelflipping down a set of stairs, tweaking it, and catching it with the back foot? Rayssa had skill beyond her years!

After competing more and more in the competition circuit, she started getting more recognition for her skateboarding. She placed 3rd at the Oi STU Open in 2018, and appeared at the Rio de Janeiro stop of the Street League World Championships in January of 2019.

She was invited to compete in London, at the Street League World Skate Finals in May of 2019, where she placed 3rd overall. Clearly this young, goofy-footed skateboarding phenom was where she belonged, competing amongst the very best skateboarders on the world stage. 

What Has Rayssa Leal Been Up to Lately?

Rayssa Leal is a member of the Brazilian Olympic Skateboarding Team. She is currently ranked 2nd in the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Women’s Street with 148,000 points. Ahead of her in first place is fellow Brazilian Olympian, Pamela Rosa.

Just in 2019, she’s made several key finishes in the Olympic Qualifying Contests. Below are a few notable ones. All of which are for Women’s Street contests.

  • World Skate Street League Pro – Los Angeles, CA (1st place)
  • World Skate Oi STU Open – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (2nd place)
  • Street League World Champions – Sa Paulo (2nd place)
  • X-Games – Norway (4th place)
  • X-Games – Minneapolis (4th place)

With all of these amazing contest performances, it’s no wonder she’s currently in 2nd place. It’s amazing to see how, even at her young age, she’s placing high in these competitions. We cant’ wait to see what she’s going to do when she gets to the Olympics!

Some of Rayssa Leal’s sponsors include Nike SB, Stronger Trucks, Eight Eyes, Ecoprint, Rockstar Bearings, Autonomy Skateboards and Colégio Cebama. You may have seen some of her stuff around the internet, so let’s take a look at those.

Rayssa Leal Video Highlights

In Conclusion

As you can see, she’s extremely talented on a board. Even though she’s only 12 years old, she’s been skating for 6 years and has clearly put everything she can into it. We’re excited to see where she goes as she continues this journey!!

Though most of us will simply be watching the Olympics, Braille Skateboarding knows that some of you dream of competing at the Olympics one day. We can help you achieve that goal! Check out Skateboarding Made Simple in our Online Shop. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding in existence, and you will surely improve your skills after watching and studying our SMS tutorials. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks…FIRST TRY! Now get out there and skate!

In order to keep up to date on the Olypmics, check out the rest of our blog posts in our Olympics series. As skateboarding is new to the Olympics, there are many things that are being cleared up and put together. Take a look at some of our other blog posts on the subject below!

What do you think of Rayssa Leal? What tricks do you think she’s practicing on her road to the Olympics? Who else should we cover as the skaters on their way to the Olympics? Leave it in the comments below!

Feature Image Credit: Brazil Olympic Committee

The Fearless Street Skater Representing His Home

Skateboarding is finally set to make its debut at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan starting in July! It’s about time, if you ask us. The level of physical talent and mental fortitude possessed by the top skateboarders is a sight to see. At these next Olympics, people all around the world will finally see the incredible abilities that these pro skaters have to offer. 

There will be 20 skaters in each division; Men’s Park, Men’s Street, Women’s Park, and Women’s Street. With only 80 skateboarders able to earn a spot at the Olympics, the qualifying contests leading up to the Games have been extremely competitive. Each skater needs to push themselves to rank higher in the qualifying rounds in order to make it to the Olympics.

One of the skaters who won’t have to do much travelling is Japan’s own, Yuto Horigome. This blog will take a closer look at Horigome and how he has performed at recent Olympic qualifying events.  We’ll also go over some of his sponsors, his Nike SB x April Skateboards pro part and more. If you haven’t heard of Horigome yet, get ready, because he has a lot to offer.

How Do You Qualify For The Olympics?

For starters, if you’re not too familiar with how the Olympics works, don’t worry we got you covered. Check out a couple of the blog posts below to give you a better idea of how this whole thing works. Additionally, here’s some info on how someone can get to the Olympics.

The biggest confusion behind the Olympics is picking out the competitors. You’ve probably seen many names, but you’ve already heard that there are only 16 spots. So, how does this work?

Selecting the competitors is based on a point system. These points are earned by skating in specifically sanctioned skateboarding events. There are two qualifying seasons. The first was from January 2019 to September 30, 2019. So this one has already happened.

The second qualifying season is from October 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020. The skater’s best two scores from the first season get added to their best 5 scores from the second season. This will create the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings.

From this ranking, you will get who is eligible to compete in the Olympic Games. Now, part of what determines this is that there are quotas that have to be met for each country and continent. This way you can have an equal balance of skaters from different countries and not only skaters from USA, Japan, and Brazil. 

Okay, now let’s get into the actual skaters of the Olympics! It’s without a doubt one of the biggest achievements for a skater to go on this journey to the Olympics. But, it looks like they’re having a blast, so I think they’re enjoying the journey!

Who is Yuto Horigome?

Yuto Horigome is a professional skateboarder, born on January 7th, 1999, in Tokyo, Japan on the outskirts of the city. Horigome’s father, a skateboarder, introduced Yuto to skateboarding at the young age of seven. Growing up, he would spend as much time as possible skating at his local skatepark, “Amazing Square”.

Though there was a vert ramp at his local skatepark which he frequently skated, Yuto took more of a liking to street skating. That’s not to say he doesn’t still kill it on vert, because he definitely does! For Yuto, however, he felt vert skating was a little “boring” compared to the endless options of street skating.

It didn’t take long for Horigome to get sponsored by a local Japanese board company due to his natural talent. By the age of 14, Yuto began travelling to the United States just to skate. In 2015, he entered various skateboard contests in Los Angeles and began getting more recognition in the states.

In 2015, Yuto was sponsored by Blind Skateboards, a major achievement for him. A few years after that, Yuto started placing first in many competitions. These include:

  • Oi STU Open in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (2017)
  • Dew Tour in Long Beach (2018)
  • Multiple Street League Competitions (2018 & 2019)
  • X-Games in Minneapolis (2019)

He’s clearly a beast on a skateboard and is extremely talented. He’s been going up against some of the top skaters in the world, and coming out in first place. How does he do it? Let’s look at what he’s doing now.

Yuto Horigome
Photo Courtesy of Nike SB YouTube Channel

What has Yuto Been Up To Lately?

Currently, Yuto Horigome is a member of the Japanese Olympic Skateboarding Team. He is currently ranked 2nd in the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Men’s Street with 133,200 points. Ahead of him is Nyjah Huston (USA).

Most recently, Yuto placed 5th at the World Skate Oi STU Open Men’s Street Finals in November. Prior to that, he earned a 2nd place at the Street League World Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Along with a 1st place at the International Skateboarding Open in Henan, China in September. 

Yuto Horigome left Blind Skateboards in January of 2019. He then joined April Skateboards in May of 2019 when Shane O’Neill turned him pro. Some of Yuto’s current sponsors include April Skateboards, Nike SB, Spitfire, and Venture.

On top of the heavy contest schedule, Horigome is also known for his incredible Nike SB x April Skateboards pro video part as well as multiple appearances on The Berrics. In 2016, The Berrics helped introduce Yuto to the North American skateboarding community when they released a Next New Wave video part from Horigome. Check out that video part below.

Yuto Horigome “Next New Wave” Highlights

That’s right, your eyes didn’t deceive you. Remember that huge 20-stair handrail Rob Dyrdek 50-50’d in the DC shoes commercial? Well, Yuto one-upped him at this famous spot with a buttery frontside 5-0 down the same handrail. Insane! Check out some more highlights and video parts below.

Here’s Yuto’s Pro Part from the Nike XB x April Skateboards Collab. Even though it’s only 2 minutes, it’s incredibly entertaining. Yuto has such a clean style and will make any trick down any obstacle look easy.

This video part had so many jaw-dropping moments for a 2 minute part. Crazy technical skating, with lots of heavy bangers added in for good mixture, Yuto Horigome impressed the skateboarding world when this highly anticipated video part dropped from the young pro. 

The first couple of tricks from Yuto’s part made for an insane line; The cleanest nollie frontside 180 kickflip you’ll ever see, followed by a massive switch bigspin heelflip down and over a 10-stair with poles at the bottom. Also, try wrapping your head around his ender! A nollie frontside 180 up onto a handrail, where he locks in a switch feeble grind then 180s out… WHAT!?

If this is just his first pro video part, we can’t wait to see what he has in store for us in the future.

In Conclusion

We expects to see the same clean and consistent runs from Yuto at the upcoming 2020 Olympics! He’s clearly a force to be reckoned with on the competitive street skateboarding circuit. Yuto is constantly improving, adding more tricks to his arsenal and dialling in his most difficult tricks, getting them consistent and contest-ready.

He still hasn’t even reached his prime, so be sure to follow alongside his journey on the road to the Olympics. He may not be a household name yet, but within a few years you can bet you’ll be seeing Yuto Horigome on a box of Wheaties in a grocery store near you.

We’re not sure about you guys, but we can’t wait to see what Yuto brings to the table at the upcoming Olympics. Though most of us will simply be watching the Olympics, Braille Skateboarding knows that some of you dream of competing at the Olympics one day. We can help you achieve that goal! Check out Skateboarding Made Simple in our Online Shop. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding in existence, and you will surely improve your skills after watching and studying our SMS tutorials. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks…FIRST TRY! Now get out there and skate!

Feature Image Credit: Street League Skateboarding.

The Female Skater Everyone Looks Up To

For the first time in the history of the Olympics, the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan will include skateboarding. There will be 20 skaters in each division; Men’s Park, Men’s Street, Women’s Park, and Women’s Street. With only 80 skateboarders able to earn a spot at the Olympics, the qualifying contests leading up to the Games have been extremely competitive. 

Currently at the top of the leaderboards in Women’s Street is Pamela Rosa. Of course, with the second qualifying season still underway, that could still change. But, being that she’s in the lead, there’s a very high chance that she will be competing in the Olympics.

But, who is Pamela Rosa? What’s her style? What’s her background? In this post, we’ll take a look at Pamela Rosa’s amazing skateboarding career and what she’s up to. She has to be #1 in the world for some reason, so let’s find out why.

How Do You Qualify For The Olympics?

For starters, if you’re not too familiar with how the Olympics works, don’t worry we got you covered. Check out a couple of the blog posts below to give you a better idea of how this whole thing works. Additionally, here’s some info on how someone can get to the Olympics.

The biggest confusion behind the Olympics is picking out the competitors. You’ve probably seen many names, but you’ve already heard that there are only 16 spots. So, how does this work?

Selecting the competitors is based on a point system. These points are earned by skating in specifically sanctioned skateboarding events. There are two qualifying seasons. The first was from January 2019 to September 30, 2019. So this one has already happened.

The second qualifying season is from October 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020. The skater’s best two scores from the first season get added to their best 5 scores from the second season. This will create the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings.

From this ranking, you will get who is eligible to compete in the Olympic Games. Now, part of what determines this is that there are quotas that have to be met for each country and continent. This way you can have an equal balance of skaters from different countries and not only skaters from USA, Japan, and Brazil. 

Okay, now let’s get into the actual skaters of the Olympics! It’s without a doubt one of the biggest achievements for a skater to go on this journey to the Olympics. But, it looks like they’re having a blast, so I think they’re enjoying the journey!

Who is Pamela Rosa?

Pamela Rosa is a professional street skateboarder, representing Brazil in the Olympics. She was born on July 19, 1999, in Sao Jose Dos Campos, Brazil. She started skateboarding at an early age after her parents encouraged her to ride a skateboard rather than her bicycle. Initially, she started riding BMX and would do crazy stunts, so her parents got worried. They thought skateboarding would be safer, which in many ways is true. Little did they know what they started.

When Pamela’s sister had a friend over who had a skateboard with him, Pamela asked to try his board. She hasn’t stopped skating since, and was even lucky enough to have a skatepark open up behind her house the same week she started skating. Talk about luck!

At the age of 20, she’s built her way up to the top. On top of natural talent and incredible drive she also began to skate regularly with pro-skaters such as Kelvin Hoefler. She continues to win contest after contest and push the envelope for Women’s Street skating, and skateboarding in general. 

What Has Pamela Been Up to Lately?

Pamela Rosa is well on her way on the road to the 2020 Olympic Games. Now in the second and final qualifying season for the Olympics, Pamela remains the #1 ranked Women’s Street Skateboarder in the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking.

The Olympic Qualifying events run up until June 2020. As long as she remains focused and stays injury-free, you can definitely expect to see Pamela earn her spot and do well in the Olympics.

Some of Pamela Rosa’s current sponsors include Nike SB, G-Shock, Silver Trucks, MVituzzo, and Bones Wheels. 2019 was an awesome year for Rosa as she took home some first place wins. These include:

  • World Skate OI STU Open Women’s Street Finals
  • Street League World Championships Sao Paulo Women’s Finals
  • Street League World Skate London Women’s Final

This doesn’t account for all of the other contests during 2019 where she earned a few second-place finishes, a 4th place, and a 6th place as well. All of these strong contest performances have earned her the top spot on the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking with a score of 180,000 points. 

Pamela Rose Highlights

Now, let’s take a look at some of her skating! Below are a couple of video highlights from various competitions and skate parts. Enjoy!

In Conclusion

Pamela Rosa is number one in the world for a reason, and we can’t wait to see what she’s going to bring to the Olympics. She’s currently pushing the sport forward and we love to see that! Keep going Pamela!!!

Though most of us will simply be watching the Olympics, Braille Skateboarding knows that some of you dream of competing at the Olympics one day. We can help you achieve that goal! Check out Skateboarding Made Simple in our Online Shop. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding in existence, and you will surely improve your skills after watching and studying our SMS tutorials. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks…FIRST TRY! Now get out there and skate!

In order to keep up to date on the Olypmics, check out the rest of our blog posts in our Olympics series. As skateboarding is new to the Olympics, there are many things that are being cleared up and put together. Take a look at some of our other blog posts on the subject below!

What do you think of Pamela Rosa? What tricks do you think he’s practicing on his road to the Olympics? Who else should we cover as they’re on their way to the Olympics? Leave it in the comments below!

Feature Image Credit: X-Games

From O’ahu to the Tokyo

The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan are rapidly approaching. 40 men and 40 women will have the chance to compete for skateboarding glory at the 2020 Olympics, but those 80 skateboarders must first earn their spot! Some, however, already have their spot cemented it seems. For instance, Heimana Reynolds.

With the second and final Olympic Qualifying Season already underway, it’s starting to become apparent who will be skating at the Olympics. A quick look toward the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking will tell you who is currently in first place in each discipline, which almost ensures the skater will be competing at the Olympics by this point. 

As long as these first place skaters can avoid injuries and be ready to skate this upcoming July and August, it’s safe to assume they’ve already earned their spot at the Olympics. At the top of the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Men’s Park is Heimana Reynolds.

This blog post will shine a light on Reynolds and his successful professional skateboarding career. We’ll go over some of his sponsors, most notable contest runs, results, and more!

How Do You Get To the Olympics?

For starters, if you’re not too familiar with how the Olympics works, don’t worry we got you covered. Check out a couple of the blog posts below to give you a better idea of how this whole thing works. Additionally, here’s some info on how someone can get to the Olympics.

The biggest confusion behind the Olympics is picking out the competitors. You’ve probably seen many names, but you’ve already heard that there are only 16 spots. So, how does this work?

Selecting the competitors is based on a point system. These points are earned by skating in specifically sanctioned skateboarding events. There are two qualifying seasons. The first was from January 2019 to September 30, 2019. So this one has already happened.

The second qualifying season is from October 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020. The skater’s best two scores from the first season get added to their best 5 scores from the second season. This will create the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings.

From this ranking, you will get who is eligible to compete in the Olympic games. Now, part of what determines this is that there are quotas that have to be met for each country and continent. This way you can have an equal balance of skaters from different countries and not only skaters from USA, Japan, and Brazil. 

Okay, now let’s get into the actual skaters of the Olympics! It’s without a doubt one of the biggest achievements for a skater to go on this journey to the Olympics. But, it looks like they’re having a blast, so I think they’re enjoying the journey!

Who is Heimana Reynolds?

Heimana Reynolds was born on August 1st, 1998 on the Island of O’ahu in Hawaii. Though much of his time growing up was spent surfing, his father got him into skateboarding at a young age. Kamiloiki Skatepark in Hawaii soon became like a second home. As the regular-footed youngster quickly progressed and gained some serious skills, he was taking his ability to the next level.

By the age of 10, he was being hailed as the next big thing. In 2010, he was the winner of Disney XD’s “Next X”, where he was mentored by 12-time X-Games medalist, Rune Glifberg. Since then, Reynolds has competed and done very well at several contests including X-Games,  Dew Tours, Vans Park Series and more.

On top of skateboarding, he’s also a very talented surfer. Growing up in Hawaii, surfing is one of the most accessible sports. It’s so engrained in the culture, much like skateboarding, that it’s not surprising he transferred those skills to skateboarding. To this day, he still surfs and looks like he loves it.

heimana reynolds
Photo Credit: Express

Heimana Reynolds Journey to the Olympics

Currently, Heimana Reynolds is a USA Skateboarding team member. He is currently in 1st in the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Men’s Park. Overall, he has a total of 121,320 points at the time of this writing. Luiz Francisco (Brazil) and Corey Juneu (USA) are currently in 2nd and 3rd places respectively, but have some catching up to do.

Some of his sponsors include Pocket Pistols, Vans (flow), Proper Rideshop, S1, Independent, 187, Spitfire, Stance, and Bones Bearings. At the ripe age of only 21, Reynolds has clearly made a name for himself in the competition circuit.

Most recently, he placed 2nd at the National Championships Men’s Park Finals in October 2019. He then placed 15th at the World Skate OI Stu Open Men’s Park Semi-Finals in November 2019.

That’s not to say he hasn’t had his fair share of first place finishes in 2019. He took home the first place prize at the ANOC World Beach Games Qatar Men’s Park Finals, the World Skate Sao Paulo Park World Championships Men’s Finals, the International Skateboarding Open Park Nanjing Men’s Finals, and at the X-Games Boise Men’s Park Finals. With results like these, no wonder he’s on top of the leaderboard! 

Heimana Reynolds in 2020

From the looks of his Instagram, he’s practicing for the upcoming qualifier rounds. The next qualifying events for Park is the WS Lima Open from March 16th-22nd in Lima, Peru. Even though he has a big lead over his opponents, he needs to have a good run in this event to keep that lead.

In Conclusion

We’re not sure about you guys, but we can’t wait to see what Reynolds brings to the table at the upcoming Olympics. As the the WS Lima Open is coming up fast, he’s gotta go all in to ensure he keeps the lead. We know he’s going to be bringing some amazing tricks to the upcoming Qualifying Events and the Olympics.

Though most of us will simply be watching the Olympics, Braille Skateboarding knows that some of you dream of competing at the Olympics one day. We can help you achieve that goal! Check out Skateboarding Made Simple in our Online Shop. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding in existence, and you will surely improve your skills after watching and studying our SMS tutorials. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks…FIRST TRY! Now get out there and skate!

In order to keep up to date on the Olypmics, check out the rest of our blog posts in our Olympics series. As skateboarding is new to the Olympics, there are many things that are being cleared up and put together. Take a look at some of our other blog posts on the subject below!

What do you think of Heimana Reynolds? What tricks do you think he’s practicing on his road to the Olympics? Who else should we cover as they’re on their way to the Olympics? Leave it in the comments below!

Feature Image Credit: Express Blog

Your skate shoes are one of the most important parts of your skateboarding gear. This is the main contact point between you and your board. Every trick and all the actions you do have to go through your shoes. So picking the right skate shoe is important. Have you ever tried skating with work boots or Crocs? Yeah, we don’t recommend it.

Your shoes are the basic control point of your skateboard. If your shoes are too big, too heavy or just generally uncomfortable, you’ll have a harder time learning how to skate. So, let’s take a look at what skateboarding shoes are, and why you should invest in your shoes.

Skateboarding Shoes

Skateboarding shoes are designed specifically for, you guessed it, skateboarding! There’s a wide range of skateboarding shoe manufacturers that have different features to make it better for skating. For instance, they’ll generally have a thick, rubber sole.

This makes it easier to grip the board, and last longer for tricks like kickflips and ollies. Some will thick insoles to cushion the landing and impact, which greatly reduces the chance for injury and shock. These are just a few ways shoe brands have made skateboarding shoes better over the years.

Of course, the shoe that you’re wearing won’t make you a better skater. It’s not like having a pair of Nike Zoom Janoski’s will suddenly make you tre-flip. That comes from practice. But, skateboarding shoes do make the journey more enjoyable. Especially when you find a pair of the “perfect” pair of shoes for you.

When looking at buying a new pair of shoes, make sure you get a high quality pair. While skate shoes are getting cheaper, it doesn’t mean the quality of really cheap pairs will be high. We recommend going with name brands like Nike, Adidas, FP Footwear and Vans. All of these are safe bets when buying a new pair.

Okay, now let’s get into the nitty gritty of it.

Making Your Skate Shoes Last Longer

Once you’ve found your perfect pair of skate shoes, you probably want to make them last. It sucks having to spend money on a new pair of shoes every month. And because of all the different points of contact, your shoes can get beat up real fast. So, how do you make them last? The answer isn’t to skate less.

Wearing down the bottom of your skate shoes

One of the most popular ways of stopping is dragging your toe or the bottom of your shoe on the ground. While this works, it greatly reduces the life of your shoes. After skating around the streets for awhile. the bottom of your shoe will start to rub off and before you know it, there’s a hole there.

Instead of doing this, try taking full steps to slow down. You won’t be pushing, but the impact from it will slow you down. Your leg is what applies the stopping power.

Dragging your foot against the ground while you are skating becomes a habit very easily.

Use “Shoe Goo”

Another point that you will see as a very common solution is using the item Shoe Goo. This is basically a gluey substance that you can put on your shoes to repair or cover parts of your shoes. If there is a tear, this can help glue the pieces back together. It can also be put onto the stitching of your shoes to give those weak parts of the shoe a bit more strength.

There are many ways to use this product or similar products to it. It is just putting an extra cover on the areas that get the most use and abuse. This product is useful, but not great for style. However, it does extend the life of you shoes and can keep you in a pair for a bit longer. So, it’s a thumbs up in our book.

When Skating Vert

There is another type of wear that can happen on your shoes. This most frequently happens when you are skating vert or transition. When you are wearing knee pads and are doing a lot of knee slides, you will be wearing out the top of the toes of your shoes. This is because of the way that a knee slide goes, part of the shoe gets pressure and slides as well.

When you are knee sliding it is like you are kneeling on the ground and leaning back a bit. This is the position of the knee slide, but moving forward. So, if you look at that position, you will see that the top part of your shoes are against the ground. This results in the top part of the toes getting worn down. Which is just annoying, because it’s not a spot that frequently gets worn down.

There are a couple of things that you can do to prolong the inevitable in this situation. One of the most common things done in this case is to take a couple of strips of duct tape and putting them across that top toe edge. I know what you’re thinking, that destroys the whole style aspect of the shoe. Well, it’s probably for the best.

This has the added benefit of protecting the top of the shoes from that wear. At the same time, it gives you a part of the shoe that you can, essentially, take off and replace. The duct tape wears down, you take it off and replace it. It looks weird and maybe not as fashionable, but it will get some extra life out of the shoes.

Making some repairs

Additionally, you can use the Shoe Goo to put on that same edge. A little tip with the Shoe Goo is that when you put the glob on there, instead of smoothing it out with your finger which leaves you with a bit of a rough finish. You can use a piece of ice to smooth it down with and that will smooth it out a bit.

Additionally, shoes are designed for longevity and durability. You can look at the edges around your shoes as some sort of meter to track how long they’ll last. That’s where they get most of the wear and tear.

When looking at getting a new pair of shoes, make sure the soles are high quality and durable. You don’t want to spend $80 on a brand new pair of shoes, only to have holes in them in a week. Some will have cloth toes, others will have a higher rubbing edge. It just depends what you like.

Let’s Recap

So, these are the main points to keep in mind so you can get the most out of your skate shoes.

  1. Buy high quality shoes. Make sure it’s durable, but also comfortable
  2. Don’t put extra, unnecessary wear and tear on the shoes
  3. Shoe goo those parts that are weakest or start to tear
  4. Use duct tape as need be

And that’s it! How long have you had your most recent pair of skate shoes? We want to see them, no matter how worn down they are! Snap a photo and tag @brailleskate, #brailleskate and #brailleskateboarding. We love seeing you guys skate, so post those photos!

Looking to add some more tricks to your arsenal? Check out Skateboarding Made Simple. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding that exists. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks in no time!

The Pro Who’s Taking Skateboarding To A Whole New Level

The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan will soon be upon us and Braille is beyond excited to see this global push for skateboarding. There are so many amazing skateboarders competing for their spot in the Olympics, but only 80 spots available. It’s hard to tell with certainty who will be skating at the 2020 Olympics. However, we know that Nyjah Huston will be skating on the biggest stage skateboarding has ever seen.

As the final qualifying season draws to a close, it’s safe to assume that the current top-ranked skaters will likely be competing. As long as they’ll be ready to skate this Summer, the top ranked skaters will most likely be going to the Olympics.

At the top of the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Men’s Street is Nyjah Huston. This blog will shine a light on Huston and how far he has come in his incredibly successful skateboarding career.

Currently, Nyjah is the highest-paid skateboarder in the world. He has the skills to back it up, as he’s widely known to be one of the greatest to ever do it. We’ll go over some of his highlights and accomplishments so be sure to continue reading and get to know Nyjah Huston, one of USA Skateboarding’s soon-to-be Skate Olympians!

Who is Nyjah Huston?

Nyjah Huston was born on November 30, 1994, in Davis, California. He started skateboarding, goofy-footed, at the age of five under the tutelage of his father. From there, it didn’t take him long to pick up his first sponsor, Element Skateboards, at only seven years old.

At eleven years old, Nyjah had competed in his first X-Games, and two years later, he turned pro. From 2008-2010, Nyjah lived in Puerto Rico with his father, who was also his manager. He then returned to California to really begin his full skateboarding career.

One major competition that made a big impact for Nyjah was Street League Skateboarding. SLS had its first event in 2010 and Nyjah was right there for it. He destroyed the competition and took home first place. He also won the Super Crown World Championship that same year. From there, he’s continue to compete and has made a name for himself in the competition circuit.

Since then, Nyjah has remained at the top of the heap of competitive skateboarders and has amassed several World Championship victories. Even as he gained some mainstream popularity, Nyjah still managed to stay true to his skateboarding roots.

The Competiiton Circuit

At the 2012 Transworld Skateboarding Awards, he was given the titles of “Best Street”, “Reader’s Choice” and “Best Video Part” (for Rise & Shine) all in the same year. In the 15-year history of the awards, a skater winning in three categories had only been accomplished twice. In 2013 (and 2014) Huston was awarded “Best Male Action Sports Athlete” at the ESPY Awards. As of May 19, 2013, Huston had won more prize money than any other skateboarder in history. 

He’s mostly known for competitive street skating, one point that many skaters tend to disagree with. As skateboarding progresses and expands, many feel competitions take away from the true and free spirit of skateboarding. They feel it’s too corporate or that it’s just there for companies to make more money, something that Nyjah is caught in the middle of.

Regardless, Nyjah is an extremely talented skater. He’s made a huge name for himself with all of his winnings. So, it’s kind of hard to dislike him when he really is that good. He deserves all of his praise.

Nyjah Huston’s Journey to The Olympics

Currently, Nyjah Huston is a USA Skateboarding team member and is ranked 1st in the Olympic World Skateboarding Ranking for Men’s Street, with 145,900 points. Most recently, he placed 7th at the World Skate STU Open in Brazil. It’s exciting to see what he’s going to pull off and what he’s going to do on his journey to the Olympics.

Some of his current sponsors include Nike SB, Monster Energy, Element, Diamond Supply Co, and Ricta. ‘Til Death is Nyjah’s most recent video part, filmed by Ty Evans and released in 2018 to celebrate the release of Nyjah’s first pro model shoe with Nike SB. The video is widely available online, so be sure to check it out! Below we’ll walk you through one of the craziest parts of ‘Til Death.

This part is full of amazing tricks and really showcases how amazing of a skateboarder he is. Thankfully, we’ll be seeing more of him as time goes on.

Nyjah in 2019

2019 has been an incredible year of Nyjah as well, and he continues to rack up the wins in contests around the world. One particularly impressive victory took place at the 2019 X Games in Shanghai, China. Nyjah was in 4th place going into his final run. He needed a flawless run at that point, to overtake Dashawn Jordan for first place. A flawless run is exactly what he produced, as his 3rd and final run earned him a score of 94.0 and earned him the win in the Street Finals. Let’s review his run and see exactly what he did in this amazing comeback. 

Madness, right?! That run earned him a score of 94, and walk off victory. Before this, he placed 4th at the 2019 X Games Street Finals in Shanghai, China.

As of November 22, 2019 Huston is currently in 1st Place with 145900 points. He’s definitely going to the Olympics for the United States Team. Right behind him, however is Japan’s Yuto Horigome with 133200. Still quite a gap, but he’s been catching up.

In Conclusion

We’re not sure about you guys, but we can’t wait to see what Nyjah brings to the table at the upcoming Olympics. The next Olympic Qualifying Event is in March 2020. So, Nyjah has some time over the next couple of months to perfect every line he’s been imagining in his head.

Though most of us will simply be watching the Olympics, Braille Skateboarding knows that some of you dream of competing at the Olympics one day. We can help you achieve that goal! Check out Skateboarding Made Simple in our Online Shop. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding in existence, and you will surely improve your skills after watching and studying our SMS tutorials. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks…FIRST TRY! Now get out there and skate!

In order to keep up to date on the Olypmics, check out the rest of our blog posts in our Olympics series. As skateboarding is new to the Olympics, there are many things that are being cleared up and put together. Take a look at some of our other blog posts on the subject below!

What do you think of Nyjah Huston? What tricks do you think he’s practicing on his road to the Olympics? Who else should we cover as they’re on their way to the Olympics? Leave it in the comments below!

Featured Image Credit: Nyjah’s Website.

There’s just something about skating in the fakie stance that looks and feels so good. Well, the Caballerial is no different! The way this trick flows is truly magical. We want to share this incredible feeling with all of you!

Have you mastered your fakie ollies, half cabs, shove-its, and now you’re looking for another fakie trick to add to your arsenal? Well look no further! Braille Skateboarding is here to help you welcome the Caballerial to your bag of tricks.

Below we’ll define Caballerials, show you a super helpful video tutorial, and you can read our full Cab walk-through as well! Now, where does the Caballerial come from and what is a Caballerial exactly?

History Of The Caballerial

In the early 1980’s, American professional skateboarder Steve Caballero invented and popularized the Fakie 360 aerial on vert ramps. Paying homage to its creator, the trick was given the name “Caballerial”, as in Caballero-Aerial. Caballero originally did the trick backside. Eventually, street skaters adapted their own version of the trick, performing fakie 360 ollies on flat, over gaps, etc…

Caballerial Definition

A  Caballerial is achieved by rolling in the fakie stance and performing a backside 360 ollie. Caballerials are also known as Cabs, or “Full-Cabs”. 

Check out our video tutorial on Cabs before reading on. In this video, Aaron Kyro will give you an in-depth breakdown of the Full-Cab with some fantastic practice steps to help build your muscle memory.

After you’ve had a chance to review our Caballerial video tutorial, keep reading! We will review the information from the video and further break down the trick. If you’re having trouble with this trick, this will help you.

Caballerial Tutorial

We hope you enjoyed the video and learned a thing or two from it! If you’re still unsure about learning to Caballerial, don’t stress! We have you covered.

Now, here’s the breakdown of this trick. In classic Braille style, we’re breaking it down into practice steps so you can really master this trick. There are 4 important aspects of the Cab that you’ll need to know before you land your first one.

  1. Foot Position
  2. Practice Step #1
  3. Practice Step #2
  4. Putting It All Together

Now… Let’s Get Into It!

Foot Position

Caballerial

While rolling in your fakie stance, position your back foot in the middle of the tail (or nose, if you prefer popping off the nose while rolling fakie). Your toes should be pointing straight, so don’t worry about putting your back foot at an angle. Ensure the ball of your foot is near the edge of the board, and your heel should be hanging off the heel-side edge of the board.

Place your front foot in the middle of the board, similar to the ollie position. Angle it slightly by pointing your heel toward your back foot. With both of your feet in the appropriate position, all that is left is to pop the trick, fully rotate, and land. Before we get to that point, let’s review some helpful practice steps.

Practice Step #1

Caballerial

Turning your shoulders is extremely important when learning Cabs. Our first practice step is designed to help your shoulders get used to this turning motion. While standing still on your board, simply press down with your back foot.

Bend your knees slightly, wind your shoulders up then turn your shoulders backside (in front of you). By the time your shoulders have turned 90 degrees, your hips should also be facing that same direction. Do this motion over and over again until it feels natural. Now, you’re ready for the next step!

Practice Step #2

When you first start trying Cabs, you’ll end up doing a half-cab and pivoting the final 180 degrees off your nose to complete the fakie backside 360. As you get better at Cabs, you’ll start pivoting less, rotating more in the air until eventually you’re popping and rotating the full 360 in the air. 

However, for this practice step we are going to break the trick down into two parts. The second step to learning cabs is to combine a half-cab with a backside pivot. If you’ve made it to this step but haven’t learned your backside 180s yet, we recommend you get these down first. Having these down will really help you in the Full Cab.

Set your feet up in the Caballerial position. Wind your shoulders up, and release as you pop a half-cab. Land the half cab, but focus your weight on your front foot upon landing. With the weight focused on your front foot, which should be on the front bolts or nose of your board, perform a quick backside pivot.

To do this, bend your knees, lift your back truck up slightly and bring it behind you 180-degrees. You should be rolling away switch by this point. Essentially, once you’ve done this, you’ve completed all the parts of the full-cab.

Helpful Tips

All you have to do now is add some speed and fluidity to the backside pivot after the half-cab to get the trick looking smooth. Don’t worry about fully rotating the 360-degrees in the air until you get this step-by-step version down. The full rotation will come with time and practice, don’t worry!

If you’re having trouble with this second practice step, slow things down. Focus on landing your half-cab and rolling away clean. Practice some backside 180s as well! Then focus on nailing a clean backside pivot after landing a solid half-cab. When you’re ready, simply half-cab, land on the nose, pivot backside, and roll away switch. 

Putting It All Together

To start getting more rotation and pivoting less, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, pay attention to your shoulders. When you bend down to pop, make sure you wind your shoulders up and get ready to throw them hard. If you throw hard enough, you should be able to get the full rotation on flat ground.

You can also bring your front foot down the board more, closer to your back foot, which may help you to pop the trick higher. Lastly, keep your eyes on the prize! Make sure you keep your eyes on your feet and watch them as they come around to spot your landing. With all this in mind, it’s time to get to work!

Start rolling fakie, set your feet up for the cab. Wind up your shoulders, bend down, pop hard and start turning with your shoulders as you throw them. Watch your feet on the board as they come around, brace for impact, land, and roll away switch. If you haven’t rotated the full 360-degrees in the air, just pivot the rest of the way off your nose and roll away clean.

In Conclusion

Looking to add some more tricks to your arsenal? Check out Skateboarding Made Simple. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding that exists. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks in no time!

Once you’ve picked up a copy of SMS, we want to see your best Caballerials! You can do them on flat, or keep it classic and do one in a bowl! Film a quick clip of you doing your best Cab and post it on Instagram. Tag @brailleskate, #brailleskate, and #brailleskateboarding

Let us know which piece of advice helped you the most so we can highlight that and we can get more people landing Caballerials. Now get out there, keep progressing, and have some fun!

-Written by Joseph Kovacs
@joseph.kovacs.skate

Unlocking the secrets of the Nollie Kickflip is no easy feat. It definitely is an advanced trick. But, with our tools and the Luck of the Gab, you’ll be Nollie Flipping in no time!

The trick itself can be difficult to learn for beginners, so before you start we recommend having a couple of tricks under your belt first. These are:

  • Kickflips
  • Fake Flips
  • Nollies
  • Nollie 180s (Frontside & Backside)
  • Nollie Shove Its (Frontside & Backside)

While it is nice to have these tricks down, because you have more control over your board, it’s not completely necessary. Once you’re comfortable with kickflips and some of the basic nollie tricks, you’ll be prepared to tackle Nollie Flips.

Now, let’s quickly go over the definition of a Nollie Kickflip.

Nollie Kickfip Definition

The Nollie Kickflip, otherwise known as the Nollie Flip, is simply a kickflip from the Nollie instead of an Ollie. They are achieved by rolling forward and using your front foot to pop the nose of the board down against the ground, and then quickly sliding your back foot up toward the tail of the board, flicking off the heel-side edge of the tail. This flips the board one full rotation. Catch the board on the grip-tape side using your feet, and boom! You’ve landed a Nollie Kickflip…FIRST TRY!

In the video below, Aaron Kyro takes you through some common Nollie misconceptions, as well as gives you an in-depth breakdown of the trick. After you’ve had a chance to review our Nollie Kickflip video tutorial, be sure to continue reading as we will review everything in more detail!

Nollie Kickflip Tutorial

We hope you enjoyed the video and learned something from it! Now, we’ll be breaking down what we covered in the video. This step by step breakdown of the Nollie Flip will help clear up any issues you may be encountering. So don’t worry, we’ve got your back!

There are 5 important aspects of the Nollie Kickflip that you’ll need to know before you land your first one.

  1. Foot Position
  2. 1st Practice Step
  3. 2nd Practice Step
  4. 3rd Practice Step
  5. Putting it All Together

Now… Let’s get into it!

For extra practice, warm up with some ollies, nollies, kickflips and any of the above tricks. This might help you get used to the foot position and for the practice steps.

Foot Position

nollie kickflip
Note: These photos show a goofy stance

While rolling forward in your Nollie stance, place your front foot in the middle of the nose. The ball of your front foot should be near the corner pocket of the nose on the heel-side edge. This is the foot you’ll be popping with, so focus your weight mainly onto this foot. You may find it more comfortable to angle your front foot slightly, pointing the heel toward your other foot.

For your back foot, you’ll need to place the ball of the foot right below the bolts near the tail of your board. In other words, slap that foot down in the middle of the board and mirror your regular kickflip position. Angle it about 45 degrees so that your heel is hanging off the heel-side edge of the board and pointing toward your popping foot.

Practice Steps

1st Practice Step

The first step to building Nollie Kickflip muscle memory is to repeatedly practice the front foot’s popping motion. When you push down with your front foot, you’ll need to pop down and out in front of you (the direction you’re moving in).

nollie kickflip
Note: These photos show a goofy stance

For the purpose of this step, just get comfortable snapping the nose down with your front foot, and that’s it! No stepping off, no trying to flick or land anything. Simply pop down with your front foot on the nose, and repeat this step until it feels natural. 

2nd Practice Step

Next, you’ll need to learn how to flick your back foot off the tail for the Nollie Flip. In this step, much like the practice step for kickflips, you’ll be rolling your back foot up the board, and flicking off the heel-side edge of the tail of the board.

nollie kickflip
Note: These photos show a goofy stance

This practice step is done while remaining stationary, with your nose being pressed to the ground by your front foot. Remember, you’re not flicking off the side of your board. You should be flicking out and off the tip of the board, and your toes should flick up slightly! If you are flicking down, you’ll end up landing the Nollie Flip with only one foot.

Ensure you’re flicking properly by inspecting your grip-tape and shoes for signs of wear in the proper spots. You should see some marks from your shoes creating a diagonal line on the grip, as well as some damage to the toe section of your shoe, as shown below.

3rd Practice Step

The third practice step will combine the first two practice steps we’ve gone over. To begin, you’ll pop the nose down with your front foot, then almost simultaneously, you’ll flick up and off the tail with your back foot.

nollie kickflip
Note: These photos show a goofy stance

For the purpose of this step, try to land with your front foot only. This way, you can master the flick, and safely plant your back foot on the ground while you catch the board with your front foot. You can perform this step while remaining stationary, but to make things more realistic, try it while rolling forward in Nollie stance.

With these three practice steps mastered, you’ll be ready to put it all together and start landing clean Nollie Flips.

Putting It All Together

Now, it’s time to take what you’ve learned and put it all together! Roll forward at a nice comfortable speed. Adjust your feet into the Nollie Kickflip position. Focus your weight onto your front foot before you bend down to pop the trick. Pop down and forward with your front foot, then quickly roll your back foot up toward the tip of the tail and flick up and off.

Suck your knees up and watch your board as it flips. Extend your legs, catching the board with your front foot on the front bolts as the grip tape comes back around. Try to land with your back foot on the bolts near the tail, and bend your knees to absorb the impact from landing.

Roll away cool, calm, collected and clean. Alternatively, roll away shouting “FIIIIIRSTTTT TRRRRIIIIIIIYYYYYY“. Congratulations, you’ve just landed a Nollie Flip!

In Conclusion

Now that you’ve got Nollie Flips down, practice them! After awhile, you won’t be afraid to take them to some obstacles. Try them down stairs, over gaps, or even out of other tricks.

The Nollie Kickflip is an easy trick to fall in love with, once you figure them out. Carlos Lastra loves them so much, he attempted a Nollie Flip down the Braille-drop. WHAT!? Be sure to check out that absolutely insane footage, below!

Check out Skateboarding Made Simple in our Online Shop as an Instant Digital Download. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding in existence, and you will surely improve your skills after watching and studying our SMS tutorials. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flat-ground tricks!

Once you’ve picked up a copy of SMS, show us your best Nollie Flips! We want to see YOU land this trick! Film a quick clip of you doing your best Nollie Flip and post it on Instagram. Tag @brailleskate, #brailleskate, and #brailleskateboarding.  Let us know which piece of advice helped you the most so we can highlight that and we can get more people landing Nollie Kickflips. Now get out there, keep progressing, and have some fun!

-Written by Joseph Kovacs
@joseph.kovacs.skate

Who’s In the Lead to Go to The Olypmics?

As you may have seen on our YouTube channel and on the Braille blog, the Olympics are coming up fast. So, we should probably figure out the Olympic Teams. Well, we are right in the middle of the Olympics qualifying season. This qualifying season goes from 1 January 2019 till 31 May 2020. So, we’ve been in the middle of it for awhile now. Today, we’re looking at where we stand now in the overall qualifying standings for the US Olympics Skateboarding Teams.

For this blog post, we’re just going to be looking at skaters from the United States. That means we’re not looking at the other countries like Brazil, Sweden or Japan. We’re doing it this way because the system is somewhat bizarre in it’s in own right. Each country can have 3 skaters per event, per gender. So 3 for men’s street, 3 for men’s park, 3 for women’s street and 3 for women’s park.

As long as they are in the top three in their country, they will be going to the Olympics. That’s why the other countries don’t really matter for what we’re looking at right now.

Top 10 USA Skaters: Men’s Street Section

Let’s start off with the Men’s Street Section. You’ll see some very familiar names on this list. Why? Well because these are the Olympics, and every skater has been dreaming of this moment for their whole life. Being apart of one of the Olympic Team really is an honor!

  1. Nyjah Huston: 145900 points
  2. Jake Ilardi: 42640 points
  3. Maurio McCoy: 39900 points
  4. Dashawn Jordan: 37480 points
  5. Jamie Foy: 34570 points
  6. Jagger Eaton: 18220 points
  7. Louie Lopez: 9530 points
  8. Alex Midler: 9220 points
  9. Sean Malto: 3200 points
  10. Chris Joslin: 2987 points

As the qualifying events continue, this list will be sure to change. Some things that might not change, however, are the top runners. We have Nyjah Huston in first place overall. He’s been on the US National Team and has been preparing in a big way for the Olympics. It’s almost guaranteed we’re going to see him in the Olympics.

The question is, will he stay in first place overall? Yuto Horigome from Japan has been giving him a run for his money. Horigome is closing the gap with each win and each new event. So, Nyjah might currently be in first place overall, but we’ll see if it stays that way.

Top 10 USA Skaters: Men’s Park Section

Here are the current rankings for The Men’s Park Section.

  1. Heimana Reynolds: 121320 points
  2. Cory Juneau: 88700 points
  3. Tom Schaar: 50050 points
  4. Jagger Eaton: 47500 points
  5. Alex Sorgente: 39110 points
  6. Ben Hatchell: 23410 points
  7. Tate Carew: 22530 points
  8. Liam Pace: 10320 points
  9. Tristan Rennie: 9990 points
  10. Gavin Bottger: 9260 points

So, as you can see, this list has a large range in terms of rankings and points. And in case you were wondering, Gavin Bottger’s current global ranking is 21st place. That just gives you some frame of mind of where everybody is at on an international scale.

With that being said, the men’s park contest is pretty close at the higher ranking levels. Heimana Reynolds, currently in first place, only has a 32,000 point lead. He only recently took over first place. He jumped to the front of the pack with some of his recent wins.

These rankings are all likely to change. These leaderboards are constantly changing with each new qualifying event there is. But, that’s what makes it so exciting! Nobody can feel safe, and each skater needs to perform their absolute best in order to represent their country at the Olympics. No pressure.

Top 10 USA Skaters: Women’s Street Standings

Now, we’re onto the women’s side of things. Here are the current standings for the women’s street event.

  1. Mariah Duran: 46670 points
  2. Alexis Sablone: 35730 points
  3. Alana Smith: 23530 points
  4. Lacey Baker: 7207 points
  5. Samarria Brevard: 6630 points
  6. Meagan Guy: 3130 points
  7. Kendra Long: 3100 points
  8. Jenn Soto: 2990 points
  9. Paige Heyn: 1197 points
  10. Kiana Parra: 805 points

This section is also interesting to look at. Do you see a difference between the Men’s Street and the Women’s Street rankings? The ranges of points are very different. That’s because in both of the Men’s events, the 1st place global rankings were both from USA. In the Women’s, the 1st place global spot goes to Pamela Rose (Brazil) with 180,000 points. As we said before, the standings are constantly evolving and it’s still anyone’s game!

Top 10 USA Skaters: Women’s Park Section

For the final event, let’s take a look at the Women’s Park event.

  1. Bryce Wettstein: 27810 points
  2. Brighton Zeuner: 21980 points
  3. Jordyn Barratt: 12840 points
  4. Jordan Santana: 11620 points
  5. Arianna Carmona: 10020 points
  6. Minna Stess: 9500 points
  7. Alana Smith: 3750 points
  8. Nicole Hause: 1910 points
  9. Hunter Long: 801 points
  10. Bella Kenworthy: 767 points

This particular event has a wide range of rankings from different countries. The top 10 global rankings are made up of 6 different countries, including Australia, Finland and Japan. The top two global spots are both held by Japan, with Misugu Okamoto in 1st place and Sakura Yosozumi in 2nd place. Out of all the various Olympic events, this is one to keep an eye on. I’m sure we’ll see several amazing comebacks in the upcoming months.


So, those are the current standings for the US Olympic Teams. If you’re not following along with these qualifying events, we suggest you start! These are a lot of fun to watch and you get to see all of the future Olympians.

A lot will change between now and the Olympics in July 2020. The qualifying season ends in May of 2020, so you’ll be seeing some major changes in those leaderboards.

Upcoming Qualifying Events

The next qualifying event will be the Southeast Asian Games. These will be held in the Phillipines from December 3rd to December 8th, 2019. Who knows, we might have a completely different leaderboard after that event! Maybe some of these gaps will close. It’s unlikely that Nyjah will be bumped out of first place, but a lot could change in the other events. I guess we’ll have to stay tuned.

Keep in mind that from the time of this article, there’s only a little more than 7 months until The Olympics. So, while nothing is set in stone just yet, some things will need to be. I have no doubt that the next qualifying events we’ll see some really amazing things from these skaters. Either way, the US Olympic Teams are going to have to skate hard to compete with the others across the globe.

In Conclusion

I hope this gives you some more information on where the Olympic Teams currently stand. I suggest following along with these skaters and their journey, as they’re only going up from here! If you want to see the full list of ranks, you can check those out here at the WorldSkate website.

In order to keep up to date on the Olypmics, check out the rest of our Olympic series blog posts. As skateboarding is new to the Olympics, there are many things that are being cleared up and put together. Take a look at some of our other blog posts on the subject below!

As you look forward to The Olympics, take this time to progress yourself! Check out Skateboarding Made Simple. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding that exists. With 7 different volumes, you’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks in no time! Who knows, maybe you’ll be competing in the Olympics or X Games in the near future.

So you have a child that wants to skateboard. You are one of the good parents, so you support them in whatever they want to do. But, you might be hesitant about skateboarding. You might be worried about the price or the safety aspects of it. Well, we’re here to educate you on all aspects of skateboarding, so you can feel comfortable while your child learns how to skate.

Why Skateboarding Is A Good Hobby

As a parent, we feel your concern about everything you might have heard about skateboarding. Some of these could be about the skateboarding culture and the “mean kids” at the skate park. Or how it doesn’t have any of the benefits of a team sport.

Well, we’re here to tell you that skateboarding is a fun and creative outlet – one that has many great aspects to it. While there’s no team involved, you can build meaningful relationships with other skateboarders. On top of that, skateboarding for many is just pure freedom. They don’t have to go to practice or wait for others, they can just go whenever they want and have fun.

Supporting your child in skateboarding is a great idea! Below, we break down some common barriers that might present themselves, along with some ways to support them. We hope you this post helps you!

Price of Skateboarding

To start, let’s talk about the price of skateboarding. In the grand scheme of things, it’s actually a pretty inexpensive sport. A good, high quality complete skateboard is about $150. When just starting out that skateboard will last at least a year, if not 2 or 3.

The cost of skate shoes will probably be the biggest expense. These can be anywhere from $60 – $100. Yes, you can find cheaper skate shoes, but you also will want to go with quality. Skate shoes will wear and tear depending on how much they get used, but a good rule of thumb is about every 4 or 5 months. But don’t worry, there are plenty of options out there!

This is also a great first step to supporting your child in skateboarding. If they already have a skateboard, quality skate shoes are the next best thing to get them.

Safety Equipment

As a parent, the safety of your child is the most important thing to you. Don’t worry, it is for us too! That’s why we wrote an entire article dedicated to skateboarding safety gear. We highly recommend skateboarding safety equipment, especially as they’re learning. This ensures that no matter how hard they fall, they will be protected and won’t get hurt.

Now, the biggest push back you’ll see is safety equipment isn’t “cool”. Most pro street skaters aren’t rocking a full set of elbow and knee pads when they’re riding. That’s because they’ve been doing it for so long and have taken a lot of falls. They’re practically fearless, and feel they don’t need them.

Would safety equipment help them? Absolutely. I’m sure there would be a lot less injuries if that were the case. Sadly, it’s become some sort of stigma that if you wear safety equipment, you’re not “cool”. But hey, some of the biggest pros like Tony Hawk, Danny Way and Andy Anderson all wear helmets.

With all that being said, here are the main pieces of skateboarding safety equipment:

  • Helmets
  • Elbow Pads
  • Knee Pads
  • Wrist Guards

Helmets are the most popular as they provide good protection and are generally pretty inexpensive. Knee and elbow pads help protect your arms and legs and provide some extra support. Wrist guards are restricting, but protect you from really hurting yourself when you fall. They provide that extra support, so if you put your hands out when you fall, you won’t badly injure your hand.

Ask Questions

Now that you’re at ease with the safety aspect of things, how else can you support your child in this adventure? Well, the first is simply to become interested in it. When they come running in screaming in excitement on how they landed their first ollie, congratulate them! Make sure they know that you support what they’re doing.

Here are some basic tricks and explanations of them so you can know what all the cool kids are saying:

  • Ollie: a basic jump on a skateboard. Often the first trick that beginners start off with.
  • Kickflip: When you do an ollie, but the board flips under you and land on it.
  • Pop Shove-It: A trick where the board rotates 180 degrees under you and land on it.
  • Drop In: This is done on a ramp and is simply where you start on the edge of the ramp and literally drop into the ramp on your board.

As time goes on, they will probably show you and explain these. You’ll be caught up to speed on the whole skateboarding world in no time!

On top of that, ask them about what trick they’re working on. Watch them skate and ask them to show you what they can do. Take them to the different skate parks and spend time there. Encourage them to keep going and practicing when they’re having trouble mastering their next trick. Be excited when they learn a new trick. Just overall be a fan of skateboarding and push them to skate and practice all the time. Obviously, after they’ve finished their homework or fed the dog. That’s top priority.

Be Interested

One of the best ways, however, is to actually learn how to skate with them. Many parents have started skating with their children because they used to skate. It’s a fun sport that many parents, even at age 50 or 60, are picking up. So, you might as well pick yourself up a board yourself and discover the magic of skateboarding!

But, even if you can’t skate yourself, you can still be supportive in many other ways. Let’s take Tony Hawk for instance. His dad never set a foot on a skateboard himself, but he helped Tony in many ways. He took him to skate parks and spent countless hours with him as he learned to skate. And he became the most well known skateboarder of all time. It also goes to show how amazing parents are.

The Sport Aspect of Skateboarding

If your child has picked up a board, chances are they’re pretty active. Most kids that learn to skateboard are, because it requires a lot of energy. The great thing about skateboarding is it gives them outlet for all that energy.

With all that energy, they can put it to good use. Skateboarding gives them the freedom to use that time and energy into something productive. And ultimately, that’s something that’s really helpful. Both for you, and for them. So, as the parent, supporting your child on this adventure of skateboarding will be helpful and fulfilling!

So, learn about what they are doing. Ask about their tricks. Chances are, as they learn you will too. They might not know all the tricks yet. If you ask and are interested, they will be happy to tell you. You will probably be fascinated by what you find out.  

In Conclusion

I hope that this gives you some insight into how you can help your child in their skateboarding. To recap, it’s a lot safer, cheaper and creative than you might have thought. So make sure they know that you’re supportive of this awesome adventure into skateboarding.

Do you have a child that’s learning to skateboard? Leave a comment with some tips that you’ve learned along the way. We’d love to hear what you have to say! You can also post to Instagram and tag @brailleskate, #brailleskate and #brailleskateboarding.

If you have a child that’s learning how to skate, definitely check out Skateboarding Made Simple. It’s the most detailed lesson plan for skateboarding that exists. With 7 different volumes, they’ll go from learning how to ride on a board, to skating skateparks and landing more advanced flatground tricks in no time!