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How to Do a Tailslide on a Skateboard

Learn how to do a tailslide from professional skateboarders Bam Margera and Kerry Getz in this Howcast skateboarding video.


Bam Margera: Now we're going to talk about tail slides.

Kerry Gatz: A tail slide is an Ollie turning half of a 180, landing on the back tail of your board and sliding forward or back slide, it all depends on which way you're sliding, front side, tail slide or backslide. It's a 180 onto a ledge with your tail and sliding, that's a tail slide.

Bam: Basically with a tail slide you're going to want to learn you're 180 ollies whether it's front side or backside and just approach the ledge just as parallel as you could possibly be. Actually it is sometimes good to sometimes go at an angle because you can just jam the tail right into the rail, just 180 ollie right to your tail.

Kerry: The difference is backside, tail slide; you're riding with the ledge behind you. When you do a front side tail slide the ledge is going to be in front of you. Like you said, it's all 180s and land on your tail front side or backside.

Bam: If you're going to do an Ollie to it you have to make sure that you slide your back foot up as much as you can right to your tail so you're pretty much switching both your feet here to both your feet there. And there's your variations of tail slides.

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