Bs pop shove-it tailgrab trick tip

Bs pop shove-it tailgrab trick tip

Pop shove-it tailgrabs are a fun variation on a simple trick.
You obviously need to learn how to do high pop shove-its first.

(Video by Blindsk8r)

  1. Start riding at medium speed in the pop shove-it position.
  2. Pop the board with your back foot and add a little shove to it, to spin the board in a 180 degree rotation.
  3. At the halfway point, already reach down for the tail grab.
  4. Hold on to the tail and guide it under your feet.
  5. Land and bend your knees to absorb the impact.
Fs nollie 360 shove-it trick tip

Fs nollie 360 shove-it trick tip

Shove-its are so easy in the nollie position. You’ll learn this nollie 360 shove-it in no time.

  1. Start riding nollie, with your front foot a little more to the toeside of the nose.
  2. Crouch down just a little and get ready to shove the board. This means you can already put some pressure on the toeside of the nose.
  3. Shove the board mainly with your front foot, and guide it a little with your back foot.
  4. Give the board some room to make the 360 rotation.
  5. Catch the board with both feet to land.

Bs shove-it trick tip

Bs shove-it trick tip

The shove-it (or varial) is one of the oldest skateboard tricks. It’s ideal for beginners, because you don’t need the ollie. However, the shove-it can be a good basis for more advanced tricks such as the varial kickflip.

  1. Position your feet like the image below. Lift up the heel of your back foot and let your toes lean over the edge.
  2. Crouch down a little and get ready to jump.
  3. Shove the board 180 degrees over the ground using mostly your back foot. Your front foot should guide the board.
    Jump a little while doing this. No need to go high, the board should sweep over the ground.

  4. Catch the board again with both your feet.

Fs halfcab trick tip

Fs halfcab trick tip

A cab or caballerial is a 360 fakie ollie, so a halfcab is a 180 fakie ollie.

If you can do regular 180’s, you won’t have many problems learning halfcabs.

1. Start riding fakie with your toes on the toeside of the tail.

2. Turn your shoulders in the direction opposite to your jump direction.
Crouch down a little and get ready to jump.

3. Pop the board and jump. If you pop on the toeside of the tail, the board will automatically turn 180 degrees.

Swing your arms to help you make the 180 rotation.

4. Use your front foot to guide the board.

5. Land and roll away.


Buying a Skateboard

Buying a Skateboard


For your first skateboard, we suggest going to a local skateshop. Usually they’re happy to help you pick the parts that are right for you.

There are a lot of online skateshops where you have a lot of choice at a decent price, but you don’t get help and often you have to put the parts together yourself.

I don’t recommend buying a skateboard in a toy store. They’re ok for learning to ride a skateboard, but once you start learning tricks you’ll regret your purchase.

Prebuild completes

Prebuild completes are skateboards already put together for you. They are cheaper than buying all the parts separately, but you can’t choose the parts yourself. That’s not a big issue for beginners though.

Make sure to check if all the parts are ok, some completes have a pro deck, but bad trucks or bearings.

If you’re just starting, getting a prebuild complete is probably a good idea.

Custom boards

The obvious advantage of a custom board is that you can select the parts you like.


There’s a huge variety of decks in different sizes and shapes.

  • The most important factor is your own size. If you’re a huge guy, don’t buy a mini deck.
  • Buy a light/small deck for street skateboarding or a more heavy/wider deck for vert skating.
  • Don’t worry about the concave, there’s not much variation and you won’t notice it.

Blank decks are usually pretty good, you should definitely try one if you haven’t yet. They’re made of the same wood, but they just don’t have any graphics applied to them. They are a lot cheaper, because you don’t have to pay for the brand.

After all, graphics are at the bottom of the board, they will fade once you start doing slides, and they won’t improve your skating.

There have been a lot of discussions about what the best deck brand is, but it’s mostly personal preference. For a beginner, it really doesn’t matter that much. Your first deck will last you pretty long.

When you are at the skate shop, ask the shopkeeper if you can stand on the deck (on carpet) to see if you feel comfortable on it. Also, try to compare the weight of some decks you like. Don’t just point to the one that looks nice, feel it, compare it.


Trucks are the metal axles attached to your deck.

Because they’re made of metal, they’re the parts that will last the longest. So, don’t worry about spending some money on them.

  • Don’t get blank trucks, they are generally very heavy, and that’s definitely a bad thing. Also, they are made of lesser-quality metal, so they’re not as durable as brand trucks.
  • Lower trucks bring you lower to the ground and provide more stability, high trucks give more space to pop the board.
  • Your trucks should be as wide as your board, especially if you’re going to be doing freestyle tricks like primo flips.
  • Turn the biggest bolt with a wrench to loosen or tighten the trucks. Loose trucks give you more control to make surf-turns, but can get wobbely at high speeds. Tight trucks provide more stability for doing tricks. Whatever you do, make sure both trucks are as tight as the other!

In the skate shop, put one truck in one hand and another in the other hand, and compare the weight. Weight is not the only factor, but only by trying them out you can find out if they’re durable.

Trucks are often sold separately, which can be very handy if you just break one, you don’t have to buy a new set.


You also need bolts to attach the trucks to the deck. They’re cheap, and they’re pretty much all about the same. The weight won’t make a difference, so you could buy cheap ones, or more decorative ones of you prefer.


Bearings make your wheels spin smooth and fast. You need 2 for each wheel, so there are 8 in a pack.

You often see an ABEC value on bearings. Higher ABEC is better, but it doesn’t guarantee good bearings. Blank ABEC-7 bearings are a lot worse than good ABEC-3 bearings.

Try our Titanium ‘Anti Rust’ Bearings, you won’t regret it.


There are two factors to decide what wheels you need:

  • Diameter: small diameter wheels (50mm) have less resistance with the ground, so you can go faster. Big diameter wheels provide more stability and are ideal for vert skateboarding.
  • Softness: soft wheels are better for rough surfaces, because they absorb some shocks, while hard wheels can go faster on smooth surfaces.

Medium is never bad for a beginner.


Griptape is not optional. We prefer the standard black ones, but you might go for another color or one with a decoration, but make sure it’s really grippy (that’s what it’s for).

New grip can break your shoes pretty fast, but well… that’s skateboarding.

Risers are shock absorbing pads between your trucks and your deck. Some trucks (such as Phantom) already have some rubber on the base to perform this function. If your trucks don’t have this, consider buying risers.

Don’t forget to consider our Signature Griptape, check out product at our store!


Wear what you like, as long as you wear something. You don’t have to wear baggy pants if you prefer tight. Most skaters prefer wide clothing because it feels good to skate in. If you don’t feel comfortable in wide clothing, simply don’t buy it! Just do whatever feels right for you.

Some people think they are skaters because they wear ‘skate clothing’, but they’re not. You are a skater because you skate and not because of the clothes you wear.


And again, buy shoes that fit you well, buy shoes you like. I prefer shoes that are just a tiny little bit too large. But make sure they aren’t too large, or a kickflip might launch your shoe and hit someone in the face. Just normal shoes are okay, as long as the tip and the soles are strong enough, because the grip tape will speed up the aging process.


Applying Griptapes

Applying Griptapes

A lot of shops can apply griptape for you, but not always for free. Maybe you ordered online and have to assemble everything yourself? Anyhow it’s good to know how to this yourself.

Removing griptape

  1. Get a knife and a hair dryer.
  2. Start heating your old griptape to melt the glue. This might take a while, but it makes the next steps easier.
  3. Peel the griptape back for an inch or a little more, using your knife.
  4. You can pull off your griptape with your hands now, just heat-peel, heat-peel, heat-peel.
  5. After about 6 inches, put your foot on your deck behind the griptape, and pull slowly.
  6. Now just peel off the spots you’ve missed and you have a skinned deck.


Applying griptape

  1. You’ll need a screwdriver, a knife and a fresh roll of griptape.
  2. Peel the grip from its backing paper.
  3. Start in the center of your board and press the griptape down.
  4. Everything down? Okay let’s get those air bubbles out. Simply push them down with your thumb (or a skateboard wheel)

11. Rub over the edges of your board with the screwdriver to make a fold.

12. Cut the griptape with your knife at the edges you just created.

13. Use the scraps of griptape to smoothen the edges.

14. Put your trucks back on and you’re ready!

Really simple, right?