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Skateboarding video tips and tricks

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Keith Baldassare wants to make you a better skateboarder. And he has the skills to do it. In September 2008, Keith broke the Guinness 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.

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159 Comments on Skateboarding video tips and tricks

  1. 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.

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

  3. easy

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

  5. GOD BLESS SKATEBOARDING!!!

  6. paintball boy 75 // January 29, 2011 at 1:17 pm // Reply

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

  7. ollie master // January 29, 2011 at 9:36 am // Reply

    its not as simple as u think kids

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

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

  10. Newbe skater // January 26, 2011 at 8:01 pm // Reply

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

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