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Getting Started in Skateboarding





Keith Baldassare, 15, wants to make you a better skateboarder. And he has the skills to do it. In September 2008, Keith broke the Guiness World Record of 46 consecutive skateboard frontside ollies on a half-pipe. Keith’s amazing final tally: 348 ollies.

With a few ramps in his backyard, he has a great spot to practice right at home, which he does almost every day. Except that Keith doesn’t call it practicing.

“It’s just having a good time with my friends, being creative, doing whatever we want skating.”

Here are some skateboarding tips from Keith:

TIP 1: LEARN HOW TO FALL

It’s a fact, Keith says. “Be prepared for falls when you’re starting.” That’s why it’s important to learn the right way to take a tumble.

If the fall is too big for you to just land on your feet: Use your feet for a second as a stepping point. Tuck up into a ball (something like a skier’s tuck position), and then tumble and roll onto your shoulder.

And, Keith adds, always wear safety gear!


TIP 2: LEARN HOW TO DROP IN ON A RAMP

Start with the tail of your board on the edge of a ramp. Next, push down with the front foot and stay centered over the skateboard.


TIP 3: LEARN HOW TO OLLIE

You’ll be airborne for this trick, which can be done on either a flat surface or on a ramp.

Kick down on the tail of the skateboard and then level out the board by sliding your front foot forward. Think of it as sort of a jumping motion with the board “glued” to your feet.

This will take lots of practice. But once you master the ollie, you’ll have the foundation for many other tricks.

Find out more about skateboarding basics in the February 2011 issue of Boys’ Life magazine.

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Comments about “Getting Started in Skateboarding”

  1. skateboarder says:

    if you do an ollie cant you do any trick?

  2. Slash says:

    Awesome!!!

  3. stanley says:

    i havn’t done any tricks yet but i’m not bad. And unlike the video i have no pads.mayby i’ll get some for my birthday!

  4. skatedaddy says:

    iam advaced i do nollies kick flips and even a frontside noseblint revert

  5. MOONMAN200 says:

    FIRST I’M DOING OLLIE!!!

  6. 10sparky says:

    Awesome once I get my mom to give me a skate bord I will be soo ready

  7. sert says:

    i love the video but i still need help with the ollie

  8. loo hardy says:

    this is good advice thanks

  9. ollie kid says:

    It took me like 20 times to do an ollie.But i kept trying and i finally did it.remeber,hard work always pays off

  10. MOONMAN200 says:

    I HAVEN’T DID ANY TRICKS ON MY SKATEBOARD YET!.

  11. 54 bergman says:

    I KNOW HOW TO SKATE BUT THAT WAS COOL!

  12. wix says:

    you bet he is

  13. skate master28 says:

    skateboarding is one of the best sports in the world love it!!!i learned the ollie

  14. Zeke says:

    Guys, you may not acomplish your goals fast, but you will get it soon, because I could’nt get to 360 flip for a while, but I did not give up.-DONT GIVE UP!

  15. mario says:

    I love skating and this is so cool. but I can’t do an olly yet.
    I have lots of skating friends.

  16. logan says:

    i have landed the ollie and also the kick flip at 10

    • jay18 says:

      i learned how to ollie,360 kickflip,and360 grind so kool thanks keith

      • Skateordie says:

        I ride a birdhouse and 2 world indistries. I can do an ollie,nollie,kickflip,heelflip,shovit,360shovit,180,and frontside 180 shovit,tell me sum tips to go pro please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. greekman10 says:

    i have a birdhouse sb. its built for speed, not tricks

  18. sk8in freako says:

    buy your protective gear

  19. trefliper says:

    i learnded how to do that when i was 7 i am serious

    • carzy skater says:

      nice i starded skating last year and can do an olli and no how to do a kickflip but cant stick the landing and i also no how to drop in

  20. Ollieman says:

    I have been skating for a while and I can now Ollie, 50-50, and Ollie off a curb. If u need a deck, just ask around for a local skate shop. Once you get there, find a board u like. BUT I warn u- decks are NOT going to cost you at least under a hundred dollars. If you have a board from Target that was $30, u aren’t skating.

  21. Broker5 says:

    Sk8ting is God’s way of saying “I love humans.”

  22. jj1456213 says:

    easy

  23. jake says:

    dont count on doing it that fast, it takes a while.

  24. jake says:

    GOD BLESS SKATEBOARDING!!!

  25. paintball boy 75 says:

    I JUST LEARND HOW TO DO AN ollie!!!!!

  26. ollie master says:

    its not as simple as u think kids

  27. Yo Mama says:

    Skateboarding is the best sport in the universe!!!!!!

  28. mdog says:

    thats cool yeah can you give me some tips to get a board in houston

  29. Newbe skater says:

    Could ya give me some tips on where to get a board

  30. Newbe skater says:

    Love it!!! Could you do a video on a cupl of others?

  31. jc FLAME says:

    cool

  32. evan says:

    i still cant do it /:

  33. coolio says:

    wow he can do the loop! thats awesome!!!

  34. booshk says:

    wow i have been trying to ollie thnx

  35. fire says:

    that is boring

  36. dude says:

    nice to read

  37. fly says:

    guys, when u start dont count on doing an ollie that high because you wont be able to do that for a long while

  38. Anonymous says:

    just got back from a 2 and a half hour sk8 session! wiped out! i love skateboarding, have won 1st place in comps at my skatepark, and i am 10 going up against adults and awesome teens! anyways, everyone keep skating and be consistant to make your way up to the big leagues. :)

  39. jon says:

    that was asome

  40. mayo says:

    hu dose u sponser

  41. some one says:

    cool make some more

  42. splash says:

    these are not real tips i can do all these things and its not as simple as they made it sound

  43. matt says:

    This really helps right i mean im still doing it really helps

  44. erik_maine says:

    Keith is a great kid – we have known him for years and he has always been one of those kids you just have to stop and watch – congrats Keith

  45. cola king says:

    wow i love skateboarding but i was missing the basic foundation. i leaned alot thnx

  46. lion says:

    cool i have been trying to do an ollie for a long time this should help

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