Now that you’re comfortable riding a skateboard, it’s time to learn some basic skateboard tricks. I don’t recommend moving to ollies and kickflips straight away, although it’s tempting. You need to get the basics right before you can move on to harder tricks. This will really benefit you in the long run. If you get the basics, you’ll progress much faster and learning new tricks gets you motivated. I honestly don’t get why there are soo many ‘guides’ out there that skip the basics entirely (Kickflip as a beginners trick, C’mon!).
Here are some real entry-level tricks. 23 easy tricks that aren’t too difficult to learn, and still make you look good. I did sneak some more difficult tricks in there to challenge you a little, but 90% is beginner stuff.
Jump on your skateboard with your feet under your deck
Let’s start off really easy, something everybody can do. You may think this isn’t a trick but my 6-year-old son thinks it’s impressive, so there’s that. I’m not sure what this trick is called though. Hey, that’s not a trick! Well, I think so. Once you got the hang of it you could try to land premo which means you land on the side of your deck with your feet on the wheels. This is a bit sketchy though, so you might want to skip that for now. Let’s move on to some tricks that actually look good.
The hippie jump
Before you practice an ollie, start learning the hippie jump first. You’ll get a bit of a feeling what it’s like to jump without popping your deck. This is a really easy trick which you can start doing by just jumping on your skateboard and work yourself up.
Once you feel comfortable just give your deck a push and jump up and down and land on your skateboard. Next, look for a rail or anything that allows your skateboard to pass under and jump over the obstacle.
Don’t forget to land on you skateboard properly. If you have a friend nearby he can help out by holding a stick or skateboard which you can jump over. Continue to do this until you can’t jump any higher.
Be careful to land on your bolts. If you land too close to your tail or your nose your deck might bounce up and hit your shins, or worse, your face.
- Give your board a small push
- Jump up
- Done, do it again but jump over something to make it a challenge
Nosebleed or nose stall
A nose stall involves an obstacle like a curb with an edge and applying pressure on your nose while leaning backward. To make it easier to lock your nose on, start on a low obstacle and work your way up. You’ll need to push a little bit first and roll up to it.
Once you run into the curb lift your deck a bit by applying a little pressure to your tail and set your nose on the curb. Lean on your forward foot to stay in position. You’ll also need to roll off, I’ll leave that up to you to figure out. Once you get the hang of it, move to taller objects. Eventually, you can work your way up to noseslides.
- Roll towards an object with a ledge.
- Gently press your tail.
- lock your noise on the obstacle.
- Lean on your front foot.
- Either gently push your nose, or just lean on your tail and roll back.
Again an easy trick that looks great. You already know the basics of riding and steering so you’ll have no problems learning the Caveman.
Start by practicing jumping on your skateboard with a little forward movement. Just take a couple of steps back, run towards and jump on your board. Now you’re ready to learn the caveman.
Hold your skateboard’s nose with your front hand and place your thumb on top of your deck. Run for a few steps and jump off the ground using your back foot. Let go of your skateboard and land on the deck’s bolts. You just did your first Caveman. There are many variations to this trick, once you master the Caveman, get creative.
- Hold your nose using your front hand.
- Run and jump with your back foot.
- Release your board and land on your deck.
Nose pick up
This requires you to take off your back foot while rolling and popping your skateboard with your front foot. The tail will automatically come up behind you and then you’ll need to grab your deck.
Grabbing is easy because your skateboard will stay behind your leg in a vertical position, just move your hand to your back and you should be able to gran it. The easiest way to practice this is by starting out stationary. Just put your front foot on your nose (not over it). Next, you use your front foot to press down your nose and let your board pop up.
It may not look like much, but you made progress. Progression keeps you motivated and helps you to move forward to your next goal.
- You’ll need a bit of forward momentum.
- Press your nose with your front foot.
- Grab your board.
Ollie pick up
Really easy and great to get used to popping your deck a little. You need to ride in a forward direction and pop your tail a bit. Put your back and front foot to the ground right after the pop the board.
Start by just letting go off your deck and see how it responds. After that just grab it and nail the trick. Just pop it and your board will fly upwards and it should be fairly easy to pick it up. Once you’ve grabbed the nose, why not jump back on? That’s called a bomb drop so let’s talk about how to do that trick.
- Ride forward and gently pop your tail.
- Put both of your feet on the ground.
- Grab your board.
Bomb drop or acid drop
Now that you learned the ollie pick up, it’s time to get familiar with the bomb drop. Basically, you grab your nose with your front hand and jump on your skateboard. When you’re holding your board you should give the board a little bit of a swing.
You’ll probably do this naturally as it makes landing the trick a lot easier. It takes some guts to do the trick but it’s really easy. Make sure you land on the bolts because landing with both feet in the middle will probably snap your deck in two. This is a great trick to combine with the ollie pick up, so go for it!
- Be confident, you can do this!
- Grab your nose and take a few steps.
- Give your board a bit of a swing.
- Land with both feet.
Really awesome trick and you’ll need some luck, but it’s something that will impress your skate buddies. It’s certainly a creative trick and requires some confidence, well actually a lot and bring some guts. If you don’t feel confident skip it and focus on something else for now.
It requires you to pop your tail a little and make your board jump forward. Your deck will have some forward momentum and naturally move upwards. The wheels will bounce off the wall and with great timing, you might land it. It looks kind of scary, to be honest.
- Roll towards a wall.
- At the right time, pop your tail and jump off the board.
- wait for it to bounce back and jump on your board.
This trick requires you to just put a little pressure on your tail and ride off a stairway, but let’s just start with curbs first. Once you feel confident doing firecrackers on a curb, try to find 2-step stairs somewhere. It’s all about starting small and building up towards bigger stairs.
Once you get to stairs, bend your knees a little and put a bit of pressure on your tail (just like when you ride off a curb). Like the guy says in the video, it’s a mental challenge.
Don’t think about the stair just try to think of a manual and ride down the stairs. Keep your balance and don’t lean forward, lean a little to the back but not too much. It makes a lot of noise, hence the name, but is easier than you might think.
This should be fairly easy. Just move your front wheels from side to side and push using your knees to get a little speed. It’s horrible, I know, but great to get more familiar with your board.
Is it actually a trick? I’ll leave that up to you but it deserves a place in this list. You’ll learn how to gain speed without having to push. It might not look like much but it will help you correct your balance when learning new tricks
Fakie kick turn
I don’t really need to show a video here, it’s so basic that you can just read and do it yourself. Just to be sure and for consistencies sake, I added the video. It just requires you to ride backward and turn 180 degrees. Move your shoulders and head first and let the rest of your body follow.
Your board should naturally follow, just make sure you gently push your tail with your back foot while turning around.
- Get your board rolling in fakie.
- Turn your head and shoulders and gently push your tail.
- Turn your body and your board should follow.
Kick turn on a ramp
A basic trick that will benefit you greatly in skateparks. You can do this frontside and backside, but start with backside as it’s a lot easier. Once you feel comfortable, practice frontside kick turns. A kick turn on a ramp is like most of the tricks all about posture.
Gently lift up your front wheels by applying a bit of pressure to your tail. Start to turn your shoulders and head a bit when you ride up to the ramp, the rest of your body will follow. Don’t put too much pressure on your tail and keep leaning into the ramp when you turn. If you do, your skateboard will decide to move forward without you. Just let gravity do its thing.
Just start slow, don’t try to make your way all up to the ramp but gradually move up. Remember not to overturn.
- Move up the ramp.
- Turn your shoulders and gently press your tail.
- Turn your body.
Another great beginners trick with potential. Once you know how to Boneless, there are infinite possibilities. This requires you to grab the (outer) side of your board near your wheels and jump back on again. It a bit scary at first and not for people with bad backs.
- Grab the side of your board and step off with your front foot.
- jump up and get back on your board.
This looks scary but it’s really easy. Best to just start by balancing on your board first and get on your deck. Later on try to get into the rail stand position.
For the rail stand, “All you have to do is set your feet up so your front foot will be pushing down the side in order to flip it over.” It’s kind of a four-step process:
- Put some pressure on your feet to make it flip.
- Once it flips your back foot rests on the back wheels. When your board turns your make a transition and over it and step on top of your back wheels.
- You’re almost in rail stand. You just have to bring your front foot back and assume the rail stand.
- Stay balanced. Now you need to make push slightly forward. Your deck will flip over and you should land on top of your board.
The best way to practice? “It’s best to learn this trick while holding onto something, but it only takes a few times and you start getting the feeling of it,” VLSkate says.
A cool way to get on your skateboard. It requires you to throw your board down and jump on. Easy right? I forgot to mention you need to throw your grip side down, wait for it to flip back and then jump on. You can practice this without jumping on your board, just throw it down a couple of times to see how the board reacts. When you get the angle right, it’s time to try and jump on your board.
- Grab the board with your thumb on the grip side your board and the rest of your finger at the other side.
- Turn around the board, throw it gently forward and make sure the grip side hits the ground. Make sure your tail is still on the ground and you throw it down slightly angled.
- The board will bounce back and flip, time to hop on.
This is a great trick for practicing your balance and once you master it, you can combine it with other tricks. It’s difficult at the beginning but it’s a type of trick that you’ll get better and better at. You won’t get very far the first time, but like all tricks, you’ll improve.
- Put your front foot just down from your front bolts and place your other foot on the tail.
- Put some pressure on the back of your tail and ben your front knee a little. Keep your back knee straight. (while moving).
I’ve seen my old school skater friends doing this in our local mini ramp and it always amazed me. Turns out you can just practice this on a curb, now why did I never think of this before.
- Roll towards a curb
- When you’re close, pop an ollie but leave your back foot on the ground (you don’t need to be good at ollies for this).
- Get your board on top of the curb while holding your front foot close to the bolts and leaving your foot at an angle (about 45 degrees).
- You’ll end up in sort of a split and then pull your front leg back.
- Pull up your back foot and place it on your board.
I’m going to practice this one and get back to you. I always wanted to do this trick in the mini ramp but it’s just scary. Time to head over to a curb and start practicing!
Step off under flip
Not sure what the name is of this trick is but my friend suggested to call it the ‘step off under flip’. It requires you to jump off your board, take a few steps and then flip your skateboard by placing your foot under the board. I found a video of a guy doing exactly that, but I’m not sure if this is actually the right name. Doesn’t matter, it’s a cool trick.
- Roll forward and jump off your deck.
- Use your front foot and reach under your deck and flip it.
- jump back on.
Mike Vallely Shove it
Now that you learned about the nollie shove it, it’s time to get creative. A really fun trick that’s supposed to be relatively easy is the Mike Vallely shove it (Vlskate named it this way and I’m stealing it. It has similarities with a 360 shove it. There’s not much risk in this trick because your board is sliding on the ground, so no worries about ankles. Do the slide, jump off your board and jump back on. Legend Mike Vallely is the one who came up with this, hence the name.
This is a bit more difficult and at the end of the spectrum of beginner tricks. I wanted to mention it because it’s one of the first tricks many skateboarders try to learn. I also think you want something more challenging and the shove it should provide you just that before you go on and do ollies. I’m getting tired and let the video do the talking for me.
Not the be confused with a no comply or impossible. For this trick, you jump off your board and scoop it around and jump back on. You can take it slow at first. Just stepp off with your front foot, pop your tail and step on back again. Gradually increase speed and you learned another trick that isn’t too hard and looks amazing.
- Step off with your front foot positioned to the side of your board.
- Flip your board onto its side with your back foot.
- Scoop your board around using your back foot, like an Impossible.
- Jump back on.
- Take off your front foot and pop your tail.
- Grab your nose with your front hand (thumb on the grip).
- Jump back on your board (just like the Caveman)
Saved for last, the no comply. It’s such an elegant trick which you really should try to master.
- Turn your shoulders backside and step off your front foot.
- Pop your deck 180 degrees using your back foot.
- Jump back on your board.
23 real beginner skateboard tricks, I can keep going for a while but this is enough to get you going for a while. Some are too easy for your liking but I’m sure there’s a couple of tricks in there that you want to try. Skateboarding is about fun and progression, when you learn something new the adrenaline kicks in and endorphins release and you get stoked, ready to do the next trick.
If you know any or can help me name some of them I would appreciate it. As you know you won’t get muscle memory from reading and watching but it helps you to think about what requires you to do a trick. So go out there and train your muscle memory. Once you got a few of these tricks you’ll know all the basics which makes it much easier to move on to more difficult tricks.