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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.

157 Comments on Getting Started in Skateboarding

  1. short not cool :(

  2. COOL!!!! TEE-HEE!

  3. I can ollie

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

  5. WHOOO-HOO OH YEAH! I WANNA’ BE LIKE HIM

  6. he is so cool and I want to be like him

  7. He is so awesome!!!

  8. tony hawk lover // September 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm // Reply

    i luv 2 sktebrd

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

  10. i can kickflip, heelflip, frontside and backside 180

  11. Brando Cammando // May 7, 2012 at 7:17 pm // Reply

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

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

  13. firefly2015 // April 23, 2012 at 7:51 pm // Reply

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

  14. I can’t get the Ollie

  15. i can do a backflip on my board

  16. MAC AND STEEZE // February 7, 2012 at 9:06 am // Reply

    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. ii took me a long long time to ollie

  18. rad!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. This is how i started skating and now im turning pro

  20. shadow bord // January 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm // Reply

    it took me 4 days to learn how to ollie

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

  22. im a neighborhood ollie record set:43 ollies.

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

  24. i can do a 360

  25. I LOVE skateboarding so I think it is so cool

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

  27. can someone help me?

  28. I can’t do the ollie

  29. will this be ok fo praticing on side walk?

  30. How do you do this?

  31. nice! i’m working on it : )

  32. sleepyturtle23 // August 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm // Reply

    now i can get 9 in.

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

    • or would i? // August 8, 2011 at 9:37 am // Reply

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

  35. nice dude i wonna be like you not tony hawk

  36. 100acrewood // July 25, 2011 at 6:12 pm // Reply

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

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

  38. sleepyturtle23 // July 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm // Reply

    i can only get off a few inches

  39. i have so much truble skateboarding until now

  40. NINJ11202 // July 8, 2011 at 9:20 am // Reply

    IT WAZ PRETEY GOOD AND HARD

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

  42. billy bob joe // June 12, 2011 at 7:44 pm // Reply

    that was totaly RAD!!!!☺

  43. kurosacki // June 9, 2011 at 9:23 am // Reply

    i can barely do an ollie

  44. ollies are really hard i cant get them

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

  46. i can alaredy do all of that

  47. mr.ketchup // April 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm // Reply

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

  48. It was rad

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