How to Learn to Skateboard in a Month

Skateboarding may seem totally impossible to you at first, but if you brush up on basics, wear appropriate gear, and have fun, you can learn the basics of this great and high-energy sport in one month!


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    Get all of the necessities to start. Get all of the gear you need as a beginner, such as a helmet, knee and elbow pads, wrist guards, and of course, your skateboard! You can also get skate shoes, which are special shoes built to grip on to your board. They are much better than the average sneakers. You can buy them at places like Journeys, or you can buy them at special skate shops with tons of skating gear.
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    Learn about the basics of skateboarding before you try the advanced stuff. Some of the first basics you learn will improve as you work, and will be some of the things you will need to do to start moving into the advanced tricks, like kickflips and grinds. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the basic push,(also known as "pumping")the kickturn, the regular turn with your heel and toes, and the stopping position. Keep practicing and you will soon move into more advanced things, such as dropping in, and going down larger ramps.
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    Practice makes perfect, so practice all that you can. Some skate parks offer special private lessons, free skate, and special skate clinics over the weekends. If you can, try going outside at least once a week to practice all that you have learned. Trust yourself, that all of this practice will eventually become really good.
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    If you want, brush up on your skateboarding knowledge. Learn about some of the famous skaters, such as Tony Hawk, Ryan Sheckler, and Shaun White. Read some of the books about them, or watch videos on YouTube about them. Some have cool skate mottos to live by, “These sports are just, you go do it, and you're doing it on your own. You don't have to answer to anyone.”-Tony Hawk. If you have some background knowledge about skateboarding, you might be able to improve yourself by following the mottos while skating.
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    Keep trying and never turn down an opportunity to become a better skateboarder. Remember, never get mad at yourself for being a "terrible" skater because of your mistakes. Even if you fall and get embarrassed, try to think how you can learn from it. Did you push of properly? Was something in the way? Think about how you can improve yourself, rather than getting mad and throwing your board across the floor.
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    Always be sure to know your boundaries and limits. Don't push yourself too hard. Always be sure to take long drinks of water every so often. If you are healthy, hydrated, and ready to go, you will be able to make better decisions. You will also be able to think more clearly.
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    Remember, that it might take you more than a month to learn how to skateboard. Think of your first month as a month to try skateboarding for the first time to see if you like it. You are not going to learn EVERYTHING in a whole month, so be sure to be practical. It will take a long time to learn how to learn advanced tricks and flips, so learn the basics in your first couple months and practice them to become better. Think of skateboarding as a book, and learning the basics can be ways to turn pages to new chapters!


  • If you want, you can wear some of the skate brands to show that you really love skating. Some of the most popular brands are Vans, D.C, Etnies, Element, and Emerica. There are numerous different hoodies, shirts, and even stickers to put on your board by these names.
  • You should always make sure your trucks are tightened, griptape is "grippable", and wheels are all spinning at the same speed on your board. In other words, make sure your skateboard stays in shape. There are various items to groom your board, such as the truck tightener, and the grip gum to rub against your grip tape, much like a nail file. You wouldn't want to skate around on a broken board, right?
  • ] Always remember to take breaks when you feel pooped out, you will really thank yourself and will be able to skate longer.


  • Don't ever get mad and throw your board.
  • Never take dares or show off to other people-you could get seriously hurt.
  • Know your limits and don't try things you aren't sure about.
  • You won't look "dumb" in your safety gear, and you will definitely thank it when you see the mean boy fall and break his neck.
    • If you ever injure yourself while skating, be sure to hold off on ripping it up at your local park. If you really want the skate vibe, watch some movies about skateboarding in bed, or read skate magazines while you heal.

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