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The Frontside Bigspin is often considered an intermediate or advanced trick, mostly done by the pros or sponsored skateboarders. Way too hard for a beginner or novice right? WRONG! We’re here to tell you that not only you but, anyone can learn how to Frontside Bigspin! All it takes is some practice and perseverance.

We can walk you through Frontside Bigspins to help you finally unlock them. Even if you only know your basic skateboarding tricks, you’ll be able to land them! All you’ll really need to know to be able to Frontside Bigspin is Frontside Pop Shove-Its and Frontside 180s. If you are pretty consistent with those two basic tricks, the Frontside Bigspin is well within your ability!

Having all the tricks from Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 1 mastered really helps. More than anything, you need to be completely comfortable on your board. By this point, you should have those tricks down and have a good feel for your board. So keep going, keep practicing and land this trick!

Before we go any further, let’s define the Frontside Bigspin. It’s important to know and understand the trick you’re attempting.

Frontside Bigspin Definition

Frontside Bigspins are achieved by combining the Frontside 180 and 360 Frontside Shove It as one spin trick.

Although the motion the board does during a Frontside Bigspin is a Frontside 360 Shove-It, you will not need to learn how to do Frontside 360 Shoves to be able to Frontside Bigspin. Think of this trick as if you were doing a Frontside Pop Shove It, catching it, then turning frontside 180. As long as you have solid Frontside Shove Its and Frontside 180s, you’ll be able to land this trick in no time. 

Frontside Big Spin Tutorial (from Ride)

We hope you enjoyed the brief video tutorial on Frontside Bigspins. We’re going to go over everything in greater detail for you to really understand how the Frontside Bigspin works. There are 4 crucial steps to the Frontside Bigspin:

  1. Foot Position
  2. Back Foot Snap
  3. Turning Your Shoulders
  4. Landing Switch

This trick takes a lot of practice and commitment. So when you’re out there skating, don’t give up! You’ll be able to land it soon enough. Now, let’s get into the trick!

Foot Position

The foot position for the Frontside Bigspin is very important. Your back foot is the most important one here. The power from your back foot is the most critical parts of performing a Frontside Bigspin.

For the FS Bigspin, place your front foot near the front bolts of the skateboard, just before the bolts but quite close to them. Your toes should be hanging off the edge slightly, almost like you would for a Heelflip. Place your back foot in the heel-side corner pocket of the tail. Your heel should be angled towards your front foot instead of pointing straight back. This should be at about a 45 degree angle.

Having your back foot angled in the heel-side corner pocket of the tail will allow you to snap the board down to pop the trick while still giving you the full 360-degree rotation required to be set up for a clean landing.

Back Foot Snap

When it comes to Frontside Bigspins, all the magic happens with the back foot. Your front foot does nothing but stay over the board waiting to catch it. It’s ALL in the back foot. With your back foot in the proper FS Bigspin position, snap the board down as hard as possible. If you scoop the board too much instead of snap, the board will likely flip on you and you won’t be able to land the trick.

When you’ve snapped the tail down for the FS Bigspin, give the board a small nudge forward with your back foot. This will keep the board from rotating behind you so you won’t land in front of the board.

Remember, it’s basically the same technique as the Frontside Pop Shove-It, just with a little more force. When you are first learning this trick, getting the full rotation will be the most difficult part. If this is the case, you can land on the nose of the board and pivot it around to complete the rotation.

Another helpful tip for achieving the full rotation when learning the FS Bigspin is to take the trick down a curb or small ledge. This will give you the extra hang-time needed to rotate the board and the full 360-degrees. Once you land those, it will give you a good basis to eventually get the full rotation on flat ground.

Turning Your Shoulders

While still looking forward (the direction you are traveling), before popping the FS Bigspin your shoulders should be turned slightly. This is to wind up for the Frontside 180 that your body will need to do. This technique is almost identical to the shoulder turning technique used for a regular Frontside 180.

Wind your shoulders and as you snap the board down and nudge it forward with your back foot, begin to turn your shoulders for a frontside 180. If you’ve popped the trick high enough you’ll be able to catch the board with your front foot as it comes around. Then, it should simply complete the rotation in the air.

If the trick is staying lower to the ground, you can turn with the board as it spins. Then pivot off the nose with your front foot once the board has come to about 270-degrees to finish the rotation.

Landing Switch

When you land a Frontside Bigspin, you’re going to be rolling away switch. Because of this, you should practice riding around switch as a warm up. This way, you won’t have the problem of being uncomfortable landing when you’ve got the whole rotation of the trick down.

It’s important to be comfortable with riding around switch for this reason. It will help make your Frontside Bigspins look cleaner and you’ll roll away from them more often. Again, if you’re having trouble landing Frontside Bigspins, you can take them off a curb for some extra hang-time.

Another way to make Frontside Bigspins a little easier to land is to try doing them over a hip. This will allow you to slightly under-rotate the FS Bigspin while still rolling away clean, and switch. This should help give you the confidence to commit to landing the Frontside Bigspin on flat ground. 

In Conclusion

If you want to learn other tricks like this, check out Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 5! SMS 5 covers intermediate flatground tricks and dives into deep detail into every trick. It covers other intermediate tricks like the Tre Flip, Hard Flip, Varial Heelflip and the Inward Flip. If you want to take your skateboarding to the next step, check out the Skateboarding Made Simple Series!

Finally, we want to see your best Frontside Bigspin! Film a quick clip of you landing a FS Bigspin then post it on Instagram, tagging @brailleskate, #brailleskate, and #brailleskateboarding. Let us know which part helped you the most so we can highlight that and get everyone landing Frontside Bigspins. Now get out there, master your FS Bigspins, and have fun!

Looking for other tricks to land? Check out our Skateboarding Trick Guide! This page has detailed blog posts for every trick on there, so you’ll know exactly how to do each and every trick. If you’re starting from the beginning, we have all the tricks from Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 1. If you’re looking for more advanced tricks, there are tricks from Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 5 as well. No matter what level you’re at in skateboarding, there’s something there for you. GO OUT AND SKATE!

Pop Shove It Definition

This trick is a classic one. Pop Shove its are achieved by using your back foot to pop and spin the skateboard around 180 degrees in the air while you stay neutral above it.

The Pop Shove it by default is Backside, meaning the tail of the board would spin away from your back-foot’s heel side. A fun alternative to this trick would be a Shove-It, which is the same trick with no the pop of the tail.

Before you get into this trick, it’s important to be comfortable with your board. Make sure you have this down before you attempt this trick! In classic Skateboarding Made Simple style, you should also have your Ollies, Frontside 180s & Backside 180s down. Is it necessary to have all of these down? No, but it definitely is helpful.

The pop shove it is a classic trick and has been around for awhile. There are many variations of this trick, such as the frontside pop shove it. Many skaters like to combine this trick with other tricks in a line as it adds some style points. There’s something about this trick that just looks so good!

Enough talk, let’s get into the trick

There are a few things to cover when going over this trick. As mentioned above, it’s important to have at least your ollies and your regular shove its down before going for this trick. You’ll see why below.

Here’s what we’re going to cover:

  1. Foot Position
  2. Shove its
  3. Back Foot Flick
  4. Practice Steps
  5. Common Problems

Foot Position

The foot position for this trick isn’t too far from the regular riding position. Your front foot is up near the front bolts. You could have it at a 45° angle if that helps. The front foot is pretty simple, but is your point of control. It should come up slightly to make sure the board doesn’t flip under you.

The back foot is where the magic happens. Your back foot is pretty center on the tail. Your toes should be slightly hanging off the board, but not too much. This is because you’re going to want a good amount of force from your back foot as you swing the board around and makes sure it gets that full rotation. When you do the pop shove it, you’re going to force your back foot down and back so it gets that pop. Check the photo down below for reference.

pop shove it

Shove its

The secret to the pop shove it, is actually to try the shove it. Sounds weird, I know. But getting the motion of the shove it down is very important to getting the pop shove it. The shove it is the exact same thing, just without any pop. The board will still rotate under you, but doesn’t pop at all.

The secret to learning the pop shove it, is learning it with no pop…

-Aaron Kyro

Back Foot Flick

When practicing the shove it, your back foot is simply scooping back, but not down. When you scoop back, your board will rotate and not want to flip at all. You’re going to jump just a little bit, and your front foot should stay directly above the board while your back foot flicks back and then comes on top of the board.

Get your regular shove its down, then continue on and learn it with the pop. You should practice these for awhile before you try the pop shove its.

The practice steps below are almost the same. The biggest difference for the shove it, is flicking your back foot straight back and not down. When you go for the pop shove it, you have to flick it down and back. Other than that, they’re the same.

Practice Steps

The first practice step is to get the rotation with your board. Practice getting the rotation down and catching it with your back foot. When you’re doing this practice step, make sure you’re flicking the board back and down which creates the pop. This really is the only difference between the shove it and the pop shove it. So practice popping the board and getting that rotation. Practice this for 10 minutes, or however long it takes to where you’re catching the board consistently.

After that, you’re going to do the rotation and the pop and step off with your back foot. Pay attention to catching the board with your front foot. This will give you a good idea of how the board will react when you pop it.

You still want your front foot to be right above the board so it can control it. Since you’re scooping down now, your board will want to start turning under you, so having your front foot right there to catch it is key. if it does start to turn, your front foot will be there to stop it.

At this point, you basically have the trick down. From here, all you have to do is bend your back knee. Once the board does the full rotation under you, you can extend it again and place it right on the tail. This doesn’t always mean jumping higher, just make sure the board has enough room to rotate under you.

Common Problems

This is a pretty simple trick, but there are a couple of common problems that you might run into.

Too much force

If your board is over rotating or starting to flip under you, it’s because you’re flicking that back foot too hard. It doesn’t take a lot of force to get the board to pop and rotate under you. Keep this in mind when doing the practice steps!

Not Enough Shove its

As we stated before, the shove it is the secret to this trick. When Aaron sees people at the skatepark asking for help on their pop shove it, he asks them to do a shove it. After they land that, he has them do a pop shove it. And most of the time, they land it right away.

Make sure you practice the shove it enough times before you continue to the pop shove it. Then, simply apply all the same actions except flicking your back foot down and back.

Front Foot

The front foot should stay directly above the board so it can catch it if it starts to flip. If the front foot is too high or too far off to the side, then it won’t be there to catch it. If you’re having this problem, go back to the practice step of catching the board under you.


Below is a video we made all about the pop shove it. You can visually see how the trick plays out and how important the back foot is. We hope you enjoy it and can see all the different tips and tricks to landing this classic trick!

Pop Shove It Tutorial

We want to see your best pop shove its! Film a quick video and tag @brailleskate, #brailleskate and #brailleskateboarding on Instagram. Let us know what part of this helped you the most to landing this trick so we can help get everyone into skateboarding!

If you’re just starting out in skateboarding, take a look at Skateboarding Made Simple. It’s the most detailed and laid out lesson plan on skateboarding that exists. With all 7 volumes, you will progress from riding to advanced flatground tricks. You CAN learn to skate, and Skateboarding Made Simple is your key to it!

The crew at Braille thinks it’s fantastic that you’re progressing on your skateboard. You’ve mastered riding, and you’ve got your ollies down, so let’s get into some more tricks! One of the first tricks to learn after learning how to ride your skateboard and ollie comfortably is the Frontside 180. What exactly is a Frontside 180, you may ask? Well, let’s take a look at the definition.

Frontside 180 Definition

Frontside 180’s are ollies, combined with a half spin turning towards the heel-side of the skateboard.

It seems simple enough, right? Though it can be tricky at first, once you learn the Frontside 180 (FS 180 for short) it will quickly become the easiest trick you know.

This is a great trick to do on flat ground, over obstacles, or down stair sets. Start out slow before taking it down that 4 stair, though. The key is to start out simple, and then you can take it bigger and bigger.

Check out the video tutorial below and read the information that follows to get your Frontside 180s down, FIRST TRY.

Frontside 180 Tutorial

We hope you learned something from that tutorial! If you still have some unanswered questions about the Frontside 180, don’t fret! We’re here to walk you through it, step by step. Allow us to break this down for you to help you get your Frontside 180s clean and consistent.

Remember, before trying this trick, you should be very comfortable with riding and landing ollies. Since you’ll be landing switch, you should be comfortable enough riding switch to at least roll away from the trick.

You don’t have to be bombing hills switch or anything like that, but do keep it in mind that when you land the Frontside 180 you’ll be rolling switch. Practice riding around switch and you’ll be well prepared for landing the Frontside 180.

The following points will provide you with all the information and tips you’ll need to land the Frontside 180.

  1. Foot Position
  2. Body Position
  3. Practice Steps
  4. Popping and Turning
  5. Landing

Foot Position

frontside 180

The foot position for the Frontside 180 is very similar to ollie. Your back foot should be on the tail with the ball of your foot at the very tip of the board. 

frontside 180

Your front foot should be close to the front bolts of your skateboard. It will be positioned very similar to the ollie. You may feel more comfortable with the foot slightly higher up than your ollie position, or with the toes just slightly hanging off. Play around with the front foot position until you find something comfortable and that works for you. 

frontside 180

Body Position

This is the most important part of the Frontside 180. Before you even pop this trick, your body should be beginning to turn frontside (towards your heels). As you pop this trick, your body being halfway rotated will force your hips and legs to follow you to complete the 180-degree rotation. It is extremely important to follow through with this motion to ensure you fully rotate and roll away upon landing.

frontside 180

Practice Steps

The best way to begin practicing this trick is to first practice your ollie steps. Start with practicing popping your tail down as you would for an ollie.

The second step is sliding the front foot up the board. The difference between this Frontside 180 practice step and the ollie practice step is that you’ll be turning your head and shoulders towards your heel side as you slide your foot up the board for the Frontside 180. So pop your tail down, and turn your head and shoulders to the side as you slide your foot. Practice this motion until it feels natural. 

At first sight, it looks like all you’re doing is moving your feet. In reality, this doesn’t work out that well as you saw in the video above. The secret to this trick is pivoting your upper body right before you pop. This will help ensure your feet follow and pivot underneath you.

Below is a photo of Aaron Kyro using the final FS 180 practice step. As you can see, his body is already pivoting as his foot is almost all the way up the board. If you’re having trouble landing this trick, this could very well be why!

frontside 180

Popping and Turning

This part of the trick often works itself out if you’ve paid attention to the practice steps and have your ollies down. Simply pop your ollie, slightly turned already as you pop. As your front foot slides up the board and your head and shoulders turn towards your heels, your hips will follow through with this motion and bring your legs around 180-degrees with the board.

Sometimes if you aren’t able to complete the full rotation, you will be able to land the trick more on the nose end of your board and pivot the final few degrees of the rotation. Eventually, though, you’ll be able to pop with enough height to fully rotate and land switch without any pivots or tic-tacs. 

Landing

Almost there! The final part of this trick, and perhaps the most awkward aspect is landing. Upon landing, you’ll be rolling away switch, so it’s important that you are somewhat comfortable riding switch. Remember to have your knees bent for landing and to compress any impact you may feel.

Often times this trick will be landed with the front trucks touching down first, as you pivot the rest of the rotation before your back trucks touch down. You may find yourself landing this way more often than not when you are first beginning to learn FS 180s.

However, over time or with enough pop, you will be able to fully rotate in the air, and landing will be as simple as bending your knees, bracing for the impact, and rolling away switch. To have that smooth rollaway it’s important to FULLY COMMIT TO TURNING YOUR SHOULDERS. If you are having trouble with the full commitment, try this trick while riding fakie.

Use the exact same principles you would with a regular FS 180, only this time you’ll be landing and riding away in your regular foot position, instead of switch. This may help give you the confidence to fully commit to a regular Frontside 180 where you will land switch. 

With the video tutorial and the information above, Braille Skateboarding is confident you can learn this trick. This is an awesome trick to start to do over obstacles because this trick is essentially just like an Ollie. If you can Ollie over something, most times you can 180 it!


In Conclusion

We are really pumped to see that so many of you guys are learning how to skate and we want the best tips for you guys. If you’d like some tips for skating definitely check out Skateboarding Made Simple. This trick is covered in more detail in Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 1. Aaron Kyro put his heart and soul into this video and promises it will make learning how to skate easier!

We also have the Ultimate Beginner’s Package that gets you a very high-quality complete skateboard, helmet, skate tool and Skateboarding Made Simple Volumes 1-6 on DVD!

Once you’ve landed the Frontside 180, don’t forget to show us! Film a quick clip of you doing your best Frontside 180. Post it on Instagram tagging @brailleskate, #brailleskate, and #brailleskateboarding. Let us know which piece of advice helped you the most so we can highlight that part and get more people landing FS 180s…FIRST TRY!

An ollie is one of the most fundamental skateboarding tricks that many future tricks are built on. With that being said, it can take some time to fully master. It actually took Aaron Kyro 6 months to finally get his ollie high enough to get it over a garden hose!

Don’t be discouraged if you have been working on it a while and can’t seem to get your board off the ground. Let’s see if we can help you with that.

Now, it’s easier than ever to learn how to ollie how to ollie higher. YouTube is filled with countless videos on the above. If there was ever a time to learn how to ollie, it’s now.

Let’s break it down!

The key is breaking the trick down and working on each step over and over until your muscle memory just clicks in. 

A quick first step you can take is starting with your back wheels in a crack in the sidewalk. This will help you from slipping and makes it easier to focus on getting the Ollie down and not worry about the balance as much.

Foot Position

As with any skateboarding trick, the foot position is very key. Your back foot is going to need to be at the center of the tail with your foot hanging off the edge just a little bit. You’ll be right on the ball of your foot, so that you can snap it down hard. This action will cause the board to pop off the ground propelling into the air. 

Your front foot is going to need to be just down from the front bolts, pretty close to the center at a perpendicular angle. You are going to want enough room to get a nice drag with your front foot. That is why the front foot position is so very important.

When you’re trying to ollie higher, your front foot will be slightly farther back than it normally is. This lets you drag more on the board, helping you get the height you need. So getting proper foot placement for your ollie is vital to being able to perform a good ollie that you can use for later tricks. 

Popping the tail

how to ollie

Your next step is going to be popping the tail of the board down onto the ground. When you pop the board you are going to want to push straight down with your back foot.

This is going to need to be a sharp hop with your back foot. The point of this action is to snap the tail of the board against the ground so that it pops back up, starting the motion of the board going into the air.

One of the most common problems with getting higher ollies is with the back foot. If you’re having trouble getting them off the ground, this might be the key to helping you. When you pop the back foot, you have to use your ankle to pop it and be ready to pop the board up. You don’t want your back foot to act as an anvil that prevents the board from elevating into the air.

You are going to want to practice just this step to get use to this motion alone. Put your wheels in a crack to make it easier. Practice pushing the tail into the ground with your feet in the ollie position. You should practice this for at least 15 minutes straight. Yes, 15 minutes. Putting the time in now to practice it will greatly help you in the long run.

The front foot drag

Another common problem is with the front foot drag. When you’re starting out, you may think your toes are dragging with the bottom of your shoe. It’s actually the outside-center of your foot, and with the side of your shoe.

When you pop the board, roll your front foot ninety degrees to the side of your shoe. Then, slide your front foot forward towards the nose of the board.

To practice, this you are going to be standing still with the tail of the board on the ground and your front wheels in the air. You are going to practice sliding your foot up the board using the proper part of your foot. When practicing this, you can slide your front foot from the middle of the board in order to get that height that you’re looking for.

You can actually check this by looking at your shoe and seeing where you shoe is starting to wear. Unfortunately, it is important that you shoe is wearing away. If it isn’t wearing away it means that you are not sliding your foot correctly. That can be a major error effecting your ollie.

If your foot is staying flat on your board as you are sliding it up you are not going to get the lift that is needed to get the board in the air. So make sure that your foot is rolling onto its side. Your shoe will show you.

Practice this step for another 15 minutes.

Positioning the board

Now the next part, after you have done those first two major steps of the ollie is, you want to push the board forward slightly and lift your back foot up off the ground. This motion of pushing your front foot forward will get the board to level out in the air.

When you see pro skaters performing high ollies, you’ll see them bring their knees up to them as close to their upper body as possible. This is important to high ollies. You have to actually jump and allow your board to stay under you and slightly in front of you.

Now, it is very important that this push forward with your front foot occurs at the same time that you lift your back foot off the ground. If your back foot does not come off the ground, your board won’t either.

Landing

Now you are in the air with you board leveled out underneath you. This is the last step, but without this one the trick doesn’t count. This, of course, is the landing.

Extend your legs down till your wheels hit the ground. Once they touch the ground absorb the impact by bending your knees slightly. You are going to want to make sure that you are not leaning back at this time, which can sometimes be hard to do especially when you are learning.

You want your weight evenly distributed so the board doesn’t shoot out from underneath you. So make sure that you are learning forward over your board so that it stays where you want it, under you.

Putting them together

Now you want to practice these steps individually and then practice these steps individually and then practice these steps individually. Then once you feel comfortable with all these separate motions you want to put them all together, going for the full ollie. Practicing it all together will also give you an idea of what you can be better at.

If you can’t land it after awhile, go back to each practice step and go through the motions of each for about 10 minutes. This is all about getting used to the muscle memory that’s necessary for this trick.

Learning How to Ollie Recap

So let’s go over those steps again:

  1. Place the ball of your back foot right on the end of your board in the center of the tail. Place your front foot behind the bolts with enough room for your foot to slide up.
  2. Snap the tail of your board down with a quick hop from your back foot. Remember to lift it so the board can actually go up.
  3. Sliding the side of your front foot up the board with the center of your foot.
  4. Kick your front foot forward while simultaneously lifting up your back foot. Creating the actual jump of your ollie and leveling out the board under you.
  5. Extend your legs for landing and absorb with your knees on impact. Make sure you are not leaning back. 

Once you learn the ollie, everything else will be a lot more fun. Even jumping up and down curbs when cruising around town makes it a lot more fun. The key is to practice them, and practice getting them higher. Once you do that, you’ll be able to ollie gaps, stairs, cones and whatever else you want.


For the full break down on exactly how to ollie with all the practice steps, get Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 1. This is an incredibly detailed lesson plan that will always keep you progressing and getting better on your skateboard!! Fast.

As always, we want to see your ollies! The ollie is one of the most common tricks that new skaters have trouble with. We want to put out as many tutorials as we can to make it easier to learn. Film a quick video of your ollies and tag @brailleskate, #brailleskate and #brailleskateboarding on Instagram. We love seeing you guys progress! So go out there, keep skating and land those ollies!

Pushing Definition

Pushing is the act of simply hopping on your board and pushing so you can ride your board with enough speed. It’s literally what gets you rolling and up to speed when learning how to skate.

So, you want to learn how to skateboard

That’s awesome! We’re so excited your starting this amazing adventure. Everyday, we hear from people around the world about how excited they are to learn how to skateboard. If you stick with it and persist, we know that you’ll enjoy progressing through tricks every single day.

Skateboarding 101

Before we get into pushing, let’s get a brief history of skateboarding. Skateboarding was born in California around the early 1950s. Surfers wanted a way to continue to surf, even when the waves were flat. This became known as “sidewalk surfing” and became very popular.

As time went on, the skateboard adapted and changed to what we know. But the way we ride the board and the tricks we do are basically the same. See, skateboarding has always been standing on a board and pushing. Which is why it’s important that you know how to push properly!

Along with pushing, you’ll also learn how to ride. If you’ve ever seen anyone cruising around your neighborhood, you know how much fun it looks. Here are some basic tips to get you on your board!

Let’s get into it

There are several key parts that go into pushing these are what we’re going to go over.

  1. Stance
  2. Foot Position
  3. Turning
  4. Riding
  5. Stopping

Stance

This is arguably the most important part of skateboarding. It’s the first stepping stone into skateboarding. Therefore, it’s important to get this right!

There are two stances, or ways you stand and push on your board. These are regular and goofy. Neither stance will make you a “better” skater. It’s simply what’s more comfortable to you. The definitions for each are below.

  • Regular is your left foot forward, and you’re pushing with your right foot.
  • Goofy is when your right foot is forward, and you’re pushing with your left foot.

Now that you know the two stances, here’s how you figure out which one you are. Visualize running and sliding on ice or something slippery. What foot would you put forward? If you were to kick a soccer ball, which foot would you kick with? If the answer is left, you’re regular, and if the answer is right, you’re goofy. Congratulations, you figured it out!

Foot Position

Now that you have your stance down, let’s look at where your feet should go. Your front foot will be just below the front bolts about a third of the way down the skateboard. your back foot will be on the tail, so you can easily transition into tricks when riding.

When pushing, it’s a little different. Pushing is very similar to walking. To start out, you should literally just walk onto the board and keep walking. Practice having your front foot on the board and pushing with your back foot.

When actually pushing, your front foot is facing forward for maximum stability and support. When you’re no longer pushing, your back foot goes back on the tail of the board and your front foot pivots to now going across the board, facing the direction with your body. That little movement of switching back and forth can take some getting used to. Be sure to practice this slowly and build up from there. Take a look at the photo for reference below.

pushing

The proper way to push is with your back foot. When starting out, you may be inclined to push with your front foot. This is called pushing “mongo”. Pushing mongo isn’t as comfortable and doesn’t feel very stable. So learn to push the right way with your back foot forward when first learning.

Once you’ve got that down, start just pushing and riding around your neighborhood. If something doesn’t quite feel right, slow it down and make sure all previous steps are in. You want to take the time to get this right so it’s not a problem later on.

Turning

The next step is turning. There are two, very simply ways to turn when you’re skating. The first is to simply lean your body. This is called the carving turn. The more you lean to the right, the more you’ll start going to the right and vice versa. Make sure you have good balance. If you don’t, you’ll start to develop that as you progress through skateboarding. Think of it as a practice step.

The next step is what skaters call the kick turn. This is done by slightly leaning back, lifting up your front wheels and facing them in the direction you’d like to go. You have to apply some pressure to your back trucks to lift the board up slightly.

When you’re turning, it’s important to know where you want to go. This goes hand in hand with getting comfortable with your board and cruising around. When you’re turning, be aware of your surroundings so you don’t accidentally ride into something or someone.

Riding

Now that you know how to push and turn, it’s time to get to the best part: riding! Riding around is a lot of fun, and it’s really important to practice this. Spend a lot of time riding and cruising around time.

We always say, ride to the store, to work, to school, ride everywhere. In order to get really comfortable on your board, you have to ride it around in all sorts of terrain. This will get you used to being on the board.

We can’t stress this part enough. Learning how to simply ride around will make a world of a difference when you start learning tricks. If you’re not comfortable on your board and riding, it’s going to be much harder to learn them.

Stopping

Now that you’ve been riding, it’s a good idea to learn how to stop. There are many different ways to stop. The two most common are the power slide and dragging your foot on the ground. The power slide is a little more difficult and will easily eat up your wheels. It’s good to know when you’re going super fast. But that can be for another tutorial.

The easiest way to stop is to put your back foot down and let it drag. When you’re at a comfortable speed, you can step that back foot off so you stop moving all together. And that’s the easiest way to stop. That should be enough to get you riding around everywhere!

There you go, that’s the basics of pushing and riding! If you’re a beginner skateboarder, this is the first series of steps you’ll need to know. You can think of pushing and riding as Trick 0. It’s the first thing you learn. This is also going to be a lot of fun, because you’re starting on this new amazing journey. And we’re happy to follow along with you!

We want to see you riding on your board! Film a quick video of you cruising around the streets and tag @brailleskate and #brailleskate on Instagram. We love to see your videos and your progression.

How to Ride a Skateboard Tutorial

If you are ready to get riding we have a complete skateboard package and our complete lesson plan Skateboarding Made Simple! Skateboarding Made Simple is the most detailed and complete tutorials on skateboarding everywhere.

Also, be sure to also earn your Rank in the Braille Army! You’ll be able to see your progression with other skaters and all your friends. You can also find new skate spots using the Braille Skate Map. Let’s start pushing skateboarding all over the world!