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A simple introduction to skateboards and skateboarding

Jon Turner

on 17 January 2013

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Transcript of Skateboarding

An Introduction to Skateboarding By: Jon Turner First, let's break
down the parts Deck The deck is the main
piece of the skateboard. Maple wood is most commonly used because of its durability. Trucks The trucks are what hold the
wheels and bearings.
Looser trucks means better
mobility, but tricks become
more difficult. Wheels The purpose of the wheels
is fairly obvious.
Bigger wheels are used for street
skating, while smaller wheels are
used for in-line skating. Bearings Bearings go inside the
wheels, and are what keep
them spinning.
There are 3 different kinds
of bearings:
Shielded, sealed, and thrust. Grip tape Grip tape is a sandpaper-like
material with a strong adhesive
on the back.
It's used for balance, as the
name suggests, "gripping" the
board when performing tricks. Now for some tricks Ollie An ollie is essentially jumping, and is the basic starting point for most tricks. How to perform it: Place your back foot on the tail, and press down hard. Use the grip tape to guide the board up and keep it under you. Kickflip Kickflips are a staple for any
skater, and are exactly what
they sound like - a kick and a flip. How to perform it: In the midst of your ollie, kick off the side of the board with your lead foot to get it spinning. Quickly bring your front foot back to the board to land the trick. Shov-it A shov-it is when the board makes a full 180° rotation under you. How to perform it: Make a "scooping" motion with your back foot to start the rotation. and guide it with your lead foot. Pull your feet back to land the trick. (not to be confused with a pop shov-it, where you would ollie first, and then do the rotation in mid-air.) It was absolutely freezing when
I made these videos, so some of the
landings are kinda sloppy. Also, the
cold made my board really squeaky. Rail stand Rail stands aren't necessarily a trick, but they lead into other tricks (i.e. primo flip). This can be tricky to learn. How to perform it: Place your lead foot's heel on the edge of the front of the board, and place your back foot's toes on the edge of the board facing you. In one motion, push down with your back foot to get the board to go up, and roll your lead foot around the edge of the board and stop once the board is at a 90° angle. Well, that's all I got, hope you enjoyed the presentation.
And yes, I actually took apart my skateboard to make the video. Take a moment to watch
Tyson, the skateboarding bulldog.
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