Faster Bearings

Faster Bearings

Bearing cream is already pretty cheap, but you can do it cheaper (and better!).

How to clean your bearings? If you use oil and soap it will failed. It doesn’t have to be expensive, all you need is gasoline. Yes, gasoline.

First, filled a small circular container with about an inch of gas. I placed the bearings in the gasoline with the covers taken off. Then for about 10 minutes, spin the bearings in the container. The dirt will accumulate into the middle. Poke a stick in one of the bearings and sort of stir them, that’s why you need a circular container. You’ll see the dirt floating sooner or later.

Just let them soak overnight. Don’t leave it in a warm area condition, I’ve never experienced a fire, but it makes me sound responsible saying that.

By the time you realize your skateboard isn’t put together, get your super bearings and take them out of the gas and dry them with some old rags.

Get a stick or pencil, and spin the bearing on the stick. If it barely moves, stir it in the gasoline for a few minutes, because the dirt probably got back in it.

Now, just put your covers back on, and put your bearings in your wheels. Enjoy the feel of the smooth, fast bearings!


Riding / Turning

Riding / Turning

When you start skateboarding, the first thing you should learn is riding, turning and keeping your balance while doing so. (If you don’t know where to put your feet on the board, read more articles about stances & foot positions first)

There are a few ways to ride your board. The next chapters will discuss every option.


The most frequently used way to ride a skateboard is pushing.

Leave your front foot on the board, and use your back foot to gain speed by pushing off the ground. You can stear a bit with your front foot.

Always keep your legs sort of together. If you don’t, you might end up in a split when you’re riding fast.

Some people prefer to push with their front foot, and leave their back foot on the back bolts. This is called pushing mongo and it’s not a good thing, because it takes more time to get your feet ready for a trick, so you lose some speed. Try to push normal, if you really can’t learn it, there’s no shame in pushing mongo, it’s just a small disadvantage.


To change direction while riding, you can just lean to either side of the board to go in that direction. The looser your trucks are, the faster you will turn (though you’ll lose some stability).

The second way to turn is a kickturn. To do a kickturn, you push a little on the tail with your back foot, and swing the board to the direction you want to go with your front foot while your front wheels are in the air.

Kickturns can also be done on ramps, but you should wait with that untill you’re very comfortable on your board.


Tic-tacs are a sequence of small kickturns to alternating sides.

First you make a kickturn to the right, then to the left, then right again, etc…

This might look a bit silly, but it’s actually a way to get forward at low speed. Like when your buddy is two board lengths away, you can just tic-tac over to him, instead of pushing.

And of course it’s a good way to practise your board stability.


Time to practise the things you just read. Take your time to get comfortable on the board, because it’s really important.

Grab your board, cruise around for a while and practise some tic-tacs.


Ways to Stop / Slow Down

Ways to Stop / Slow Down

There are a few ways to stop, depending on the situation. They’re pretty easy, so make sure you got them down.

Jump off
The fastest way to stop riding is jumping off your board. You will save yourself, but your board will keep rolling.
It might roll under a car or something, so this is really just when it’s too late to stop in any other way. I’d rather lose my board than my life.

One foot on the ground
Instead of jumping off, you can also just remove your back foot from the tail and put it on the ground to stop.
If you go fast, you can’t just put your foot on the ground, so drag that foot a little over the floor to steadily descrease your speed.

This is the most frequently used way to stop.
Just lean back a lot and bend your front leg, like you would to start a manual, but lean more backwards so your tail scrapes over the floor.
This will make you slow down and stop.
By scraping your tail over rough surfaces, your tail will get thinner, and eventually it might break. This could be a reason not to do tailstops, or do them only on smooth surfaces.

180 tailstop
Start with a normal tailstop, untill you have lost most of your speed.
Then try to slide 180 frontside or backside (backside is more easy to start with), while still dragging your tail over the floor.
You will stop faster than with normal tailstops and you did a 180, so you are ready to hit that sweet rail (or anything else) again, without having to turn.

In my opinion, powerslides are the coolest way to stop. They can be done frontside or backside, whatever you prefer.
To do a powerslide, put your front foot near the front bolts and your back foot with your toes on the toe side of the board for a bs powerslide or on the heel side of the board for a fs powerslide.
Now just push your back foot forward (fs) or backward (bs) and slide over the ground with your back wheels.
Only do a 90 degree powerslide to stop.
You will nearly stop immediately, or make a little slide, but it’s a fast way to stop.
To start riding again, just pivot 90 degrees back.

180 powerslide
If you already go slow enough, you can do a 180 powerslide, for the same reasons mentioned in the 180 tailstop part.If you are going too fast while doing a 180 powerslide, you will just keep riding fakie. So what you could do it try a 90 powerslide untill you lost most of your speed, and then just continue with another 90 powerslide out.

Above are the most frequent ways to stop, but you can be as creative as you want with them. Tailstop fingerflip, 90 ollie to powerslide, … you name it!


Your First Tricks

Your First Tricks

Once you start feeling comfortable on your board, it’s time to learn your first tricks.
This is where the fun begins, enjoy it!


Before we start, here are some tips that can really help you learn tricks faster and more consistent:

  • Practice is the key. Don’t give up when something doesn’t work, no one can land a trick in the first try. Even after months of practice, it’s still possible that you fail to land a trick consistently.
    No one said it would be easy.
  • If the same thing keeps going wrong, just think about it and what could cause it, and really try to correct that, instead of just making the same mistake 200 times in a row until you’re exhausted
  • Try to practice tricks until you can really land them consistently. If you just land it a few times and move on to the next trick, you’ll just forget about the previous trick and you’ll have to learn it again.


There are more tips if you’re interested.


You should start off with some really easy tricks and work your way up. As I said in the previous chapter, you should really learn to land these consistently, because they’re the basic tricks that you need to learn other tricks.

  • Ollie: the most important trick in skateboarding. It can take a while to land it, but you can do some more easy tricks meanwhile.
  • Shove-it: this was the first trick I landed, because it’s really easy, but still a fun trick to do. And you can use it in combo’s when you get a bit better.
  • Manualnosemanual: very easy tricks, because you don’t land them, you just do them. But still it’s a good exercise, and great combo material.
  • Body: there’s no trick tip of this, because it’s too easy. You just jump in the air (without your board), make a 180 degrees rotation, and land on your board again.
  • Once you got the ollie down, you can start practicingkickflips and heelflips.After that, the sky is the limit.