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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:


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!


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.


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.


Comments about “Getting Started in Skateboarding”

  1. drew says:

    short not cool :(

  2. Ha Ha says:

    COOL!!!! TEE-HEE!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I can ollie

  4. Who me? says:

    I can ollie and shuv it ( I am awsome at doing an Ollie down stairs and vert! )

  5. knight2000 says:


  6. corlos102 says:

    he is so cool and I want to be like him

  7. Chunky D says:

    He is so awesome!!!

  8. tony hawk lover says:

    i luv 2 sktebrd

  9. fergie says:

    those guys look awesome I can naerly oly but I can do all the other ones.

  10. trickster says:

    i can kickflip, heelflip, frontside and backside 180

  11. Brando Cammando says:

    Is there any easyer way to learn an “Ollie”? :)

  12. skater says:

    i could only go up like 5″ until i got a new board that had new everything. Skateboarding never gets old!!!!

  13. firefly2015 says:

    i practice with my ripstick but i am getting a skateboard.

  14. Skate 14 says:

    I can’t get the Ollie

  15. shredagon says:

    i can do a backflip on my board

  16. MAC AND STEEZE says:

    Why dont they teach how to kickflip, heelflip, frontside and backside 180, front pop shuv, back pop shuv, 50 50 grind, ollie to manuals and 360’s. i can do all of these tricks.

  17. NINJ11202 says:

    ii took me a long long time to ollie

  18. zzeebb says:


  19. dylan says:

    This is how i started skating and now im turning pro

  20. shadow bord says:

    it took me 4 days to learn how to ollie

  21. b-ball boy says:

    i just got a new sk8board and went a down 3 ft ramp!!!

  22. skatemasta says:

    im a neighborhood ollie record set:43 ollies.

  23. joey says:

    i can do a kickflip and a pop shove it a 360 and a 5-0 and a 900.

  24. Snowman123 says:

    i can do a 360

  25. Mr.Cool says:

    I LOVE skateboarding so I think it is so cool

  26. white says:

    never will try skatebording again because last thanksgiving, sprained ankle badly. :(

  27. bily says:

    can someone help me?

  28. bily says:

    I can’t do the ollie

  29. bill says:

    will this be ok fo praticing on side walk?

  30. bill says:

    How do you do this?

  31. sk8rchic says:

    nice! i’m working on it : )

  32. sleepyturtle23 says:

    now i can get 9 in.

  33. carlos says:

    I am still mad that I can’t do a ollie

    • or would i? says:

      the thing is you need to pop as hard as you can,im only a begginer and i hold on to stuff whem im doing it

  34. awesome says:

    i can do like a kickflip and a frontside ollie and a 5-0

  35. pop says:

    nice dude i wonna be like you not tony hawk

  36. 100acrewood says:

    I saw these videos obout a year ago when I started skateboarding. It realy helped alot!

  37. mikey says:

    that was cool but my cousin does better skating than him no offence

  38. sleepyturtle23 says:

    i can only get off a few inches

  39. snake boy says:

    i have so much truble skateboarding until now

  40. NINJ11202 says:


  41. Joey says:

    dude that kid did a foot and I can only do an inch or two

  42. billy bob joe says:

    that was totaly RAD!!!!☺

  43. kurosacki says:

    i can barely do an ollie

  44. nitehawk says:

    ollies are really hard i cant get them

  45. Piggy says:

    I didnt get what I needed! I need to learn how to actualy ride!

  46. stinker says:

    i can alaredy do all of that

  47. mr.ketchup says:

    I can’t do this because it’s raining!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. Bubby says:

    It was rad

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