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Learn how to skateboard with this Howcast video series for the beginner skateboarder.
You Will Need
- A skateboard
- A flat, dry surface
- Lots of practice
- Courage and stamina
The easiest way to perform this trick is by using a rolling start. Begin by pushing the board forward at a comfortable speed – but the faster you go, the higher the board will lift off of the ground.
Position front foot
As you roll, place your front foot about halfway up the board, at a slight forward angle. Your toes should be near the outside edge of the skateboard.
Position back foot
Put the ball of your back foot on the center of the tail.
Lift back heel
With both of your feet on the skateboard, lift the heel of your back foot so your weight is on the ball of your foot and your toes.
In preparation to spring upward, squat down in a crouched position.
Twist your torso
As you bend your knees, twist the top half of your body by turning your torso around toward the tail of the board in the opposite direction you are heading.
Straighten legs and unwind
Straighten out your legs to start your jump, and quickly unwind your body by spinning your torso back toward the front of your board. Try not to lower your head.
Stomp back foot
Stomp your back foot down so you smack the tail of your board to the ground, lifting the front of the board into the air.
Jump off of your back foot into the air, and slide your front foot up toward the nose of the board.
While jumping up, tuck your knees into your chest, which will pull the back of the skateboard with you into the air. Be sure to pick up your back foot as well, because that levels out the board horizontally.
At this point you should be halfway around. To complete the 180-degree turn in the air, pull the board with your back foot, using your toes to swing it the rest of the way around.
When you've turned all the way around and the board is heading back down to the ground, extend your legs and land. Bend your knees as you touch down, making sure both feet are squarely on the board.
Practice looking over your shoulder
You will now be rolling backward, so practice looking over your shoulder before trying this trick!