How to Bail out of Skateboard Tricks Down Stairs

Learning tricks down stairs is tough. Kickflips, Heelflips, 180s, switch tricks, or even ollies can be intimidating. Learning how to properly bail down stairs can help prevent numerous injuries.


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    Understand the need for bailing. Sometimes you just bail a trick down sets to get a feeling of what you need to do, other times you really goof up and bail by mistake. The following steps dictate how to bail in multiple cases.
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    Know how to bail when getting a feel for the trick. Roll up to the stairs ready to attempt whatever trick you want. If you just bail out and kick the board away, then be ready to squat and roll. If the concrete at the landing is smooth, like a skatepark, then you can slide out but be sure that you roll over onto your side or back, because that's more comfortable.
    • The squat and roll is what saves you from injuries resulting in shock, and from cuts or bruises. The squat absorbs shock into your legs rather than just your feet, and when you roll you should roll onto your side or do some kind of flip over your shoulder, but make sure you're not going to hurt yourself. Practice the roll on flat ground or in the grass.
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    Know how to safely get out of an accidental bail. If you caught the trick, but kick out for some reason then do the squat and roll, it's your best bet. But sometimes you stick your trick and you feel like you're going to fall off. If this happens, start crouching down so you don't have so far to fall. You may be able to stop yourself with your hands but be careful, your wrists aren't shatter proof. If you stop yourself with your hands try to spin and slide out.
    • Sometimes during flip tricks or tricks involving 180s and spins you may land primo or land sideways and slam. It's best to spot your landing and make sure you've caught the flip before you stick it. Try not to stop your falls with your hands if you can help it. You don't want a broken wrist.


  • Small stairs aren't always safe, but if you're trying tricks down "4"s, "5"s, or even a medium-sized 6 set, you may just be able to run out of the trick.
  • You're better off going faster than you think you should. Doing tricks down stairs at a slow speed can lead to bruises or even broken bones if you just slam and stop where you are.
  • Learn tricks consistently on flat ground before taking them over stairs and gaps. Make sure you can catch flip tricks and that you are comfortable with the basic ollie down gaps and sets before you try anything else.
  • Wearing shoes with good cushioning such as System G2, Heel Airbags, or foam soles is a good idea to help with the shock that may come from initial impact.
  • Distance is just as dangerous as height, so be ready to squat and roll if you bail out of a trick down your local double set or extra long grass gap


  • Prior knowledge of how to save a bail will help prevent some, but not all injuries. You never know what you're going to get when trying tricks down gaps and stairs.
  • Skateboarding can be dangerous, and adding the stair and gap factor makes it even more dangerous, so know what you're getting into before you try it.

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