You’re feeling pretty comfortable on the board. Cruising around, turning, gaining speed and making sharper turns are like second nature. It’s time for some basic longboard tricks to keep the progression going. Check out our top 5 favorite easy longboard tricks…
- Cross-Stepping – A iconic trick in longboarding (as in surfing), mastering cross-stepping will lock in your confidence and finesse on your board. Start on the grass. Stand with both feet on the back of the board. For regular riders, cross your right foot over the left, then sweep your left foot around again. As you become more balanced, try cross stepping all the way to the nose of the board and then back again.
- Ghostride Heelflip – First, get on your board and start to push (slowly!). Then, bring your left foot off and bring it near the board (toe side), as close as you can. Then, lift your right foot from the board, bringing it toe side and quickly flip the board behind you until it flips over. After this, jump up with both of your feet and jump onto the board to the other side of you. Practice doing this to get it right, it may take you a little while. When done, you can start to learn different variations on the board and ride like a pro!
- Shuvit – Perform a shuvit by jumping into the air without spinning, and spinning, and your skateboard spins beneath you. Put your front foot in the middle of the board and back foot on the tail. Bend your legs, then move the board 90 degrees. Let go with front foot, then hop it back on completing 180 degrees.
- No Comply 180 – Put your front foot in the middle of the board and back foot on the tail. With some speed (one push or so), step your front foot off the board (heelside) and allow the back foot to pop the board up. With the back foot on the tail, scoop the board around 180 degrees. Right before the board touches the ground, put front back on the board and ride away switch.
- Fakie Frontside Pivot – Put front foot on the nose of the board and back foot in the middle of the board. Press nose down on the board and swing the tail of the board around 180 degrees.
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