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How to Do a Smith Grind on a Skateboard

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


All right, on this one we're going to teach you how to do a Smith grind, which is riding parallel with the ledge in front of you. There's two ways to do it, there's a back side and a front side, Dan will tell you how to do the back side since his back is facing the rail on that side.

But as for a front side Smith, parallel riding and you're going to be kind of hanging off the ledge like this and just all your weight's going to be focused on the back truck and grinding. And you're going to want to force your board out ahead of you like this so it forces the grind.

If you're approaching the rail in front of you, that's going to be a front side Smith grind, but with the rail facing your back, that's a back side Smith grind. And that's probably the hardest one to do.

Yeah, so don't get frustrated if you're doing it because it's really hard to learn back side. Just learn front sides first and a few grinds, and then try to take it to a back Smith.

But just basically lean back a little bit more than you usually would, with a 50-50 or 5-0, and just point your front leg as much as you can down so you're kind of just pointed backwards like this. And your front foot is kind of tweaked out this way.

And you always want to have that pressure on your toe to kind of keep your wheel locked into the spot on the rail. So, put pressure down and keep it locked into that position.

And then ride away smooth. So that's how you do your Smith grinds.

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