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# Name: Tony Hawk
# Gender: Male
# Hometown: San Diego, California
# Date of Birth: May 12, 1968
# Family: 3 children - Riley, Spencer & Keegan
# Occupation: Launcher of the Boom Boom Huck Jam, Tony Hawk Foundation, Hawk clothing, Birdhouse, and featured in Tony Hawk video game series
# Began Skating: 1977
    * First Sponsored: 1980
    * Turned Pro: 1982
    * Favored Discipline: Vert
    * Stance: Goofy
    * Tony Hawk is retired from competing

Tony Hawk Skateboarding Style and Strengths: Tony Hawk is harder on himself than anyone else ever could be. This drive is seen in Tony Hawk's skateboarding style - he is original and relentless. He has a monsterous list of skateboarding tricks invented, a huge stack of trophies and gold medals, and is easily the most recognisable name in skateboarding. Tony Hawk has never settled for anything but his best, and his best skateboarding has earned him the position at the top.
Tony Hawk Favorite / Signature Skateboarding Tricks: Tony Hawk's favorite trick is the 540, with his favorite variation being the Mute.
Tony Hawk Skateboarding Tricks Invented (partial list):

    * Backside Varial
    * Shove-It Rock'n Roll
    * Fakie-to-fronside rock
    * Ollie-To-Indy
    * Fingerflip Backside Air
    * Varial Gay Twist
    * Gymnast Plant
    * Frontside 540-rodeo Flip
    * Lipslide Revert
    * Airwalk (vert)
    * Airwalk-To-Fakie
    * Madonna
    * Saran Wrap
    * Stale Fish
    * 720
    * Backside Ollie-to-Tail
    * Indy 540
    * Frontside Gay Twist
    * Nose Grind
    * Backside Pop Shove-it
    * 360 Frontside Rock n' Roll
    * Frontside Cab
    * Stale Fish 540
    * Eggplant-To-Fakie
    * 1/2 Elguerial
    * Frontside Hurricane
    * Cab Shove-It
    * 360 Varial-to-Fakie
    * Backside Rewind Grind
    * Ollie 540

# Backside Ollie One-Foot
# Varial 540
# Frontside Blunt
# Cab-To-Tail
# 360 Varial Disaster
# Heelflip Varial Lien
# Frontside Noseslide
# Switch Indy Air
# Switch Backside Ollie
# 540 Board Varial
# Kickflip Mctwist
# Cab Lipslide
# Heelflip Varial Lien Revert
# Heelflip Slob Air
# Stale Fish 720
# Varial 720
# 900
# Frontside Stale Fish 540
# Shove-it-to-Backside Smith
# 360 Varial Mctwist
# Shove-it Fakie Feeble Grind
# 360 Shove-it Nose Grind
# 1/2 Cab Frontside Hurricane-to-Fakie
# Shove-it-to-Fakie Frontside 5-0
Tony Hawk Skateboarding Career Highlights:
1982 - Joined the legendary Bones Brigade team
1989 - Featured in Gleaming the Cube movie starring Christian Slater
1999 - Activision releases Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, the first in a long line of successful video games
1999 - X Games 4 - Tony Hawk lands the first 900
2003 - featured in the 300th episode of The Simpsons
2003 - wrote HAWK -- Occupation: skateboarder , a New York Times Best Seller
Life - Tony Hawk has entered about 103 skateboarding competitions. He has won 73, and taken second in 19
Tony Hawk Personal History: Tony Hawk was a troubled kid. He would push himself to do well in everything - in fact, to do better than he possibly could do, and then get angry with himself for failing. His parents had him psychologically evaluated, and discovered that he was "gifted". His older brother Steve gave him a skateboard, and Tony found something that he could focus on, and get good at. He would still push himself relentlessly, which helped propel him to be the world's most recognizable skateboarder today.
Tony Hawk Interesting Fact: Tony Hawk had his first film debut in the 1989 movie, Gleaming the Cube - the first feature film to use skateboarding as a major theme. The movie stars Christian Slater, with Tony playing Christian Slater's friend, Buddy. Mike McGill does all of Slater's skateboarding, Rodney Mullen is seen skateboarding during the opening credits, and Stacey Peralta did all of the film's skateboarding directing.
Tony Hawk Quote: From the Tony Hawk Website - "I'm pretty happy with the way things turned out. I mean, I never thought that I could make a career out of skateboarding."
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Step 6 - Stomp and Lean
When you put your front foot on the board, stomp it down with all your weight until your front wheels hit the ramp, and lean into it. Put all of yourself into the ramp - you can't hold anything back.

It can be scary to stomp down and lean into open air. There is no turning back once you've started the stomp, and I would say at least 80% of the problems people have when dropping in is not being committed enough to this part. You have to trust that you and your skateboard will make this work. You have to invest in dropping in 100%. It's all or nothing. Be committed to the drop in. Once you do it, it will get easier and easier every time.

Here's a secret about skateboarding - skill is very important, but even more important than skill is self confidence. It's all in your head. This is what separates something like skateboarding from other "sports". Your strongest opponent is yourself. So when you face something like dropping in, and you do it, you are taking a huge step toward self control.

That was a little deep, but it's true. The point is, if you are going to try and learn to drop in, then just do it. It's like Yoda says, "Do or do not, there is no try." Yeah, I just quoted Yoda. But he would agree - when you get to the top of that ramp, and you are ready to drop in, just put your foot over those front trucks, stomp it down, and LEAN IN!
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Step 5 - Place Your Front Foot
When you are ready, put your front foot over the front trucks of your skateboard.

I recommend blurring this step with the next one, and not putting your foot there and waiting. But take a look at the picture above to get an idea for where your front foot should go.
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# Name: John Rodney Mullen
# Gender: Male
# Hometown: Redondo Beach, CA or Hermosa Beach, CA
# Date of Birth: August 17th, 1966 in Gainesville, FL
# Family: married to Traci Mullen
# Occupation: Engineer / Skate Brand Owner / Skateboarder
# Started Skating: 1974
# Started Competing: 1977
# Turned Pro: 1980
# Favored Discipline: Street
# #1 Sponsors: Almost, Enjoi, Darkstar, Tensor, Speed Demons, Matix, Globe
# Stance: Regular
# Nicknames: Mutt, King
Rodney Mullen Skateboarding Style and Strengths: Rodney Mullen is easily the best street skateboarder the world has yet seen. His skateboarding style is comfortable and relaxed, making the incredible tricks he does look light and simple. Rodney Mullen often smiles and laughs, while pulling off trick after trick that no one has ever seen. Rodney Mullen is inventive, creative, confident and easy going.
Rodney Mullen Favorite / Signature Skateboarding Tricks: "I like frontside crooked grind variations, particularly the munkey flip out, or nollie hard flip. Darkslides are fun." (Quote from
Rodney Mullen Skateboarding Tricks Invented:

    * Flatground Ollie
    * Godzilla Rail Flip
    * 540 Shove-it
    * 50-50 Saran Wrap
    * Helipops (360 Nollie)
    * Gazelles
    * No Handed 50-50 Kickflip
    * Heelflip
    * Double heelflips
    * Ollie Impossible
    * Sidewinders
    * 360 Flip
    * 360 pressure Flip
    * Casper 360 Flip
    * 50-50 Sidewinders
    * One footed Ollie
    * Backside 180 Flip
    * Ollie Nosebones
    * Ollie Fingerflip
    * Airwalks
    * Frontside Heelflip Shove-its

    * Switchstance 360 Flips
    * Helipop Heelflips
    * Kickflip Underflip
    * Casper Slides
    * Half Flip Darkslide
    * 540 double kickflip
    * Caballerial impossible
    * Half-cab kickflip underflip
    * Handstand flips
    * Rusty slides
    * Kickflip

Rodney Mullen Skateboarding Career Highlights:
1977 - Mullen won the first freestyle contest he entered
1980 - joined the Powell-Peralta Bones Brigade
1984, 85, 87, 88 - featured in The Bones Brigade Videos 1-4
1988 - appeared in feature film, Gleaming the Cube
1992 - began World Industries with Steve Rocco
1990+ - featured in videos by Plan B, A-Team, Globe and Almost
2002 - won Transworld Readers' Choice Award for Skater of the Year
2002 - created Almost skateboard company
2003 - wrote "The Mutt: How to Skateboard and not Kill Yourself"
Rodney Mullen Personal History: Rodney Mullen's father, a doctor, only allowed Rodney to skate if he always wore pads and would quit after his first serious injury. Rodney Mullen avoided injury and obeyed his father, and got sponsored 9 months after getting his own skateboard. Freestyle skateboarding faded from popularity, but Rodney Mullen took his creative skills and continues to feature in skate videos up to the present day. Rodney Mullen no longer skates in competitions, but still skateboards two hours a day.
Rodney Mullen Interesting Fact: Rodney Mullen has only lost one freestyle contest. Ever. In his entire life. And in the contest he lost, he came in 2nd, because he was sick. Rodney Mullen has even won one vert contest.
Rodney Mullen Quote: "Do what you love and try not to look at what other people occupy themselves with. Most people seem restless and bounce around too much to focus or even pay attention enough to themselves to figure out exactly what they really do love, as opposed to what the people that surround them are doing.
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Step 4 - Set Your Tail
Put the tail of your skateboard on the coping (the rounded edge or pipe that runs along the top edge of the ramp, where the ramp and platform meet). You want your back wheel hanging down over the edge of the ramp. Hold your skateboard there with your back foot, putting your foot straight across the tail of your skateboard.

Your front wheels will be out hanging in the air, and your board will be cocked up slightly. Your front foot can be on the ground next to you, while you wait for your turn to drop in on your skateboard.
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Step 3 - Set a Line
While standing at the top of the ramp, take a look at where this ramp goes. Does it end in a large flat area? Or does it go directly up into another ramp? Think about where you want to head, once you get to the bottom of the ramp. For your first time dropping in, I recommend finding an area with a large flat area at the bottom of the ramp, but you don't need to worry too much about this. Mainly, you want to be aware of what you'll be skateboarding to wards, once you get to the bottom.

You also want to be aware of other skateboarders! Don't get so focused that you block out everyone else at the skatepark, and smack into someone when you drop in on your skateboard.
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Learn How to Drop In on a Skateboard

Step 2 - Check Out the Ramp
When you first get to the skatepark, try skateboarding around the bottom of the ramp. Push around the park a little bit, getting a feel for the transition (ramps). Also, make sure you are wearing a helmet before you try this. Messing up while dropping in is a great way to smack your brain case on the ground, and end up never skateboarding again. Wear a helmet.

If you aren't used to skateboarding on the material that this ramp or park is made from, this step is very important. The feel of concrete, wood and metal are all very different when skateboarding. Certain skateboard wheels will work better for park or on other transition than others - if you are planning to mainly skateboard at the skatepark or on skate ramps, you might want to get some park formula wheels. However, if you want to skate both park and street, that is great too. Learning what kind of terrain you want to ride on will help you better decide on your skateboard setup.

Once you have a good feel for what it is like to skateboard around the bottom of the ramp or park, and a little of what the transition feels like, head to the top of the ramp.
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Learn How to Drop In on a Skateboard

Dropping in - Setup(step-1 in 8 step)
Learning to drop in at the skatepark or on a ramp is one of the hardest things to master in skateboarding. Not because it takes so much skill, but because it takes a lot of will and guts. However, if you are going to learn to ride at the skatepark or on a ramp, you will need to learn to get comfortable dropping in on your skateboard.

What is Dropping In? - Dropping in on a skateboard is how most skateboarders will enter bowls, skateparks and vert ramps. At the top edge of skateboard ramps and along the edges of bowls there is a rounded raised lip called the "coping". Being able to drop in allows skateboarders to go from stranding on the edge of the coping, straight into skateboarding with a lot of speed down the ramp.

If you are brand new to skateboarding, you'll first need to get comfortable with skateboarding around the park, along the ground, and over transition. You don't need to know any tricks befire learning how to drop in on a skateboard, but you will need to know how to ride your skateboard. This is because once you drop in, you will be riding very fast, and you'll need to feel comfortable with riding and guiding your skateboard. If you are brand new to skateboarding, read Just Starting Out Skateboarding and take some time to get comfortable with your skateboard.

Make sure you read all of these instructions before you head to the skatepark to drop in. Once you are familiar with them, go for it! Also, watch the How to Drop In Video for more help. 

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 Manual playing skate

As a skateboarder, you know that you want to learn how to do the different tricks that you see on TV performed by the pros. You need to consider the fact that skateboarding is a painful sport to learn and more pain will come as soon as you try out different tricks on your skateboard.

If you are going skateboarding and are comfortable riding your skateboard, then it may be time for you to start learning different tricks that will surely impress anyone who sees you.

One trick for beginners that you will definitely want to learn is the Manual. This particular trick is like doing a wheelie on a bike but in this case, you will be using a skateboard. You will ride the skateboard with only the back wheels rolling and the front wheels on the air.

The Manual is a great trick to learn and every skateboard enthusiast should learn how to do this trick.

Basically, this trick is very different from flip tricks which are more technical. What you need here is good balance and also a lot of practice in order to achieve this trick.

If you are new to skateboarding, it is recommended that you get comfortable riding your board first and perfect your balance. Also, it helps if you know how to Ollie.

Because this trick is not very technical, you can try it even if you are just beginning to go skateboarding.

To properly execute this trick, proper foot placement is important. To do the Manual, you need to place your back foot at the tail of the skateboard and your front foot just behind the front trucks.

You will want your back foot to cover most of the tail of your skateboard.

You need to remember that there is no right or wrong way to skateboard. You just need to be comfortable. So, if you feel more comfortable doing the manual with your front foot a little bit in front of the skateboard, do it.

Remember that safety is everything. So, put on your helmet before attempting this trick.

To do the manual, you need to have a lot of flat ground to practice it on. A skate park or long stretches of flat sidewalk are great places to practice. Make sure that the surface is mostly flat and smooth.

You need speed to perform the Manual. If you gained enough speed, then you better get ready to do the trick.

To manual, just put most of your weight slowly to the back foot. Never lean backwards as this will result in falling. When you see that the front wheels are lifted, you now need to balance your weight so you will not fall behind and send your skateboard flying across the street.

To end the Manual, just shift most of your weight in front and bring your weight back again to a balanced level once you land. Make sure that you put your shoulders forward. Again, never lean back unless you want to hear your own skull cracking.

These are the things that you need to remember about doing the Manual on a skateboard. All you need is balance and good speed.
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Eric Koston Basic Bio Information:

    * Name: Eric Koston
    * Gender: Male
    * Hometown: Los Angeles, California
    * Date of Birth: April 29, 1975
    * Family: Single
    * Occupation: Pro Skater, Co-owner of Fourstar Clothing Company
    * Began Skating: 1986
    * First Sponsored: 1991
    * Turned Pro: 1993
    * Favored Discipline: Street
    * Stance: Goofy
    * #1 Sponsors: Girl Skateboards, eS Footwear, Fourstar

Eric Koston Skateboarding Style and Strengths:
Eric Koston is a fearless skater. He has technical skill combined with the willingness to try out new, untested tricks in the middle of a competition. Eric Koston is one of the few ultra successful pro skateboarders who retains his reputation for throwing everything he's got into every competition he comes across, be it the X Games, or Koston's famous games of SKATE.
Eric Koston Favorite / Signature Skateboarding Tricks:
Eric Koston's signature trick is the K grind, or crooked grind. The K is for Koston. Though he didn't in fact invent the trick, he was the first person to show it to the world in a video. Eric Koston has a battery of other tricks that he has invented.
Eric Koston Skateboarding Career Highlights:

1993 - Helped start Fourstar Clothing Company
2000 - Eric Koston won Globe World Contest, X Games and Gravity Games
2001 - won TransWorld Skateboarding Best Video part for his segment in eS Menikati
2002 - won gold in Gravity Games Street
2003 - won gold in X Games Street competition
2005 - Listed in Thrasher's '15 Most Loved Skaters of All Time'
2005 - Koston's Game of SKATE went international, with 24 contests world wide, and the winner competing against pros in the fall.
Eric Koston Personal History:
Eric Koston's father, Bob, was in the airforce when he and Eric's mom met. Wanida, Eric's mom, was from Thailand. Eric was born in Bangkok, and moved to the states at 9 months old. His parents were divorced when he was only 5, and Eric grew up in San Bernardino, CA. Eric's older brother Chris gave him his first skateboard. Eric later went to a skate camp in MI, and met Eddie Elguera. This is where Eric realized his potential as a professional skateboarder.
Eric Koston Interesting Fact:
Eric Koston plays basketball on an NBA Entertainment league in the winter. The team is called the Maverics, and he plays with Ashton Kutcher, Justin Timberlake and Mike Marlin to name a few. Eric also loves to play golf.
Eric Koston Quote:
From - "The progression of skateboarding seems to be getting more technical with a flip into a slide then a flip back out as well as going down bigger rails and down more stairs. I like to do all that stuff, especially when it feels good. I don't stick myself into one type of style, I would get bored with that."
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Forward and Backward Crossovers

A great way to pick up speed going around corners on the ice - not to mention looking like a pro in the process - crossovers are where it's at. Learn how to do crossovers.
 Forward and Backward Crossovers
These moves are the fundamentals for everything else that you wind up doing in skating. Hi - thanks for tuning in. My name is Sean - I'm part of the management team here at Pickwick Ice in Burbank, California, and has invited me to talk to you about forward crossovers and backward crossovers.
Form and Posture During Crossovers
So, the most important thing - as we know at this point - is that you want good form and posture: your feet centered - parallel on the ice, your knees bent, your torso up, your chin up, and then your hand position.
Forward Crossovers
With forward crossovers the first thing that we're going to wind up doing is we're going to go onto the ice and we're going to find one of the hockey circles. Because what's going to wind up happening in a crossover, is you're going to be moving around the circle. With crossovers, what I normally suggest, is starting from a "T" position, stepping on your hockey circle, working with a one-foot glide. You can either do a half-swizzle, working around the circle, or you can do a stroke position, towards the left. So if we're going towards the left, our left skate is going to be on our outside edge, and we're going to pivot around the ice, going that direction. This left foot is not going to leave that hockey circle.

So now we're going to start getting a little more complicated. Your right foot is going to cross over your left foot. How do we do that? We start from the "T" position - we're going to push off, at this point we're going to be gliding around the circle on our left outside edge. At this point we've picked up our right foot, and we're actually going to cross over our left foot onto our right blade. At this point you are riding on your right skate, and then you're going to push off behind you with your left skate. We'll get back to balance and we'll push off again - we're going to cross over onto our right, putting our weight onto our right, and then pushing again off on our left. We're going to do the exact same thing for the other foot.
Backwards Crossovers
So, with a backward crossover, we're going to start with our right foot planted on the ground. We're going to push off with our left foot, gliding on our outside right leg. We're going to cross onto our left, and it's going to be our inside blade, and then we're going to push off again.

Now, these moves are a little complicated, and it takes a lot of practice. Don't get discouraged if you don't pick it up right away. You'll find people that work on these moves for a long time, but don't feel afraid to ever talk to a coach or sign up for one of these classes if you're not getting it quite on your own - it's a great idea.

If you have any more questions regarding these topics or anything else regarding ice skating, feel free to visit us on the Web at Thank you.
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How to Skateboard: The Basics

Learning how to skateboard is just like - riding a bike, but without the training wheels. The more you practice, the more comfortable you'll feel riding your board, and once you get the basics of skateboarding down, you'll never forget them.

So, let's talk about the board a little bit: this is your deck - this wood, the deck - this is your grip tape, these are your bolts that connect to your trucks, your wheels, your bearings, this is a bushing - some people have soft bushings for better turns, some people have harder bushings - this is your nose, this is your tail.

You can usually tell the difference because the nose is usually a little bit thinner than the tail, and if you turn your board over, the graphic is usually pointing upwards. Steve Berra rocks, by the way.
Basic Skateboard Gear
There's all kind of options for shoes out there. Really, the best options for you are going to have a flat bottom, probably a thicker sole. I like ankle support - usually if you go with a higher top shoe, you have less of a chance of rolling your ankle. Some other gear to keep in mind would be protective gear - I know it's not cool, but it tends to take a lot of the pressure off when you're first learning.

You're not afraid to fall as much, and you're more inclined to try different things. A full set of gear would be wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, and of course a helmet. They also sell a butt pad if you're interested.
Riding Skateboards: Goofy or Regular?
The first and most important thing to know when you go to ride a skateboard is whether you're regular or goofy. If you've never ridden anything like a board, then the best way to try to figure it out is to stand on your board and hold something like a gate or a wall, and to push yourself one direction, then to push yourself another direction - whichever way feels more comfortable to you, is probably the way you're supposed to be going. If you push regular, generally you're going to be pushing with your right foot, and your left foot's going to remain on the board. If you push goofy, then your right foot remains on the board while your left foot is pushing.
How to Skateboard: Stance
So, your bolts are going to be your marker points for where to put your feet. As long as your feet are there, it's not going to come up from the nose and it's not going to come up from the tail. It's good to stay loosey-goosey, which means you bend at the knees, and push your butt down just like you're sitting-standing, and the more your knees are bent, the more balance you'll have - the looser you are, the better off you are.
How to Skateboard: Pushing
So, once you feel like you have your balance down, then you're going to want to try giving yourself a push. Put your front foot on first, just behind your bolts, give it a little push and hop on your board and just roll out for the first time. In order to keep yourself in motion, take your back foot off the board, step onto the ground and from front to back you would basically sweep at the ground with your foot.
How to Stop on a Skateboard
Once you've got yourself in motion, the next important thing to learn how to do is to stop yourself. If you're using your foot to push, you'd go front to back - but if you're using your foot to stop, you would go from back to front. And you just want to be careful not to kick at the ground, because that will actually hurt your knee, and probably your ankle, too. Let your foot hover a little bit, and slide along the ground, almost like you're skiing. So you'd have one foot on your board in the front, and then one foot on the ground, and it would just be sliding across the ground until you come to a stop.
How to Skateboard Over Cracks
The one thing that's going to trip you up the most when you're skating on sidewalks are cracks, and the easiest way to clear a crack - as long as it's not any bigger than something like that - would be while keeping your front foot on the board, you would use your back foot on the ground as if you were pushing, but you would push right over the crack. As opposed to standing on the board - where you would hit the crack and fly - you're pushing yourself and the board over it. Basically you're going to clear the crack by taking a little bit of weight off the board and using speed and momentum to push your board over the crack.
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How to Kick Flip

After you've mastered the ollie, you're ready to step up to the kick flip. Find out how to do a kick flip, and easy practice tips that will help you execute and master this trick.
Kick Flip Set Up
For a kickflip, what you want to do is you want to put you back foot in the middle of the board, right at the center of the tail, and your front foot right under the truck bolts - a little bit pointed, not completely straight. And when you pop - while you side your front foot up - you want to flick out at the top of your ollie.

You want to ollie first, and when you're ollieing, that's when you flick out at the top of your ollie. That's going to make it flip, and then you catch it, and then you land. You don't want to kick down, because then it will just rocket flip, and it's not good.
Practicing a Kick Flip
It's a lot easier if you're moving - you probably should learn it stationary first and then practice on moving and don't give up on it. Because if you give up on it, you won't ever learn it. Just make sure you get a flick out, not down.
Common Kick Flip Mistakes
You're probably going to hit yourself in the shins a lot - trying to flick out - because a lot of people flick straight forward and it will just come up and hit them. You want to flick, but you want to flick out, at the top of your ollie. And heel side - just flick out to the side. Make it flip.

Thanks for watching. I'm David Willis with Uptown Skate School - for more trick tips check out
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How to Ollie

The ollie is not just the mother of all skateboarding tricks, it's also the technique you'll base most of your future tricks on. Find out how to master the ollie, what mistakes you'll probably run into, and how to solve them.

What Is an Ollie?
Alright - the ollie is the most fundamental trick in skateboarding. All your tricks that you're going to learn in the future all come from being able to do the ollie.
Ollie Set Up
To do an ollie, what you want to do is have your feet set up on the board in a V-shape with the ball of your foot on the tail - the back of the board - and your other foot kind of pointed outward just behind the front bolts.

What you're going to do is you're going to bend your knees, kick down on the tail with your back foot, and slide your front up simultaneously as you jump. When you come down, you bend your knees, so that way you have more balance so you can ride it out. Bend your knees, kick down, keep your shoulders parallel to the board, and dragging your foot - definitely one of the most important parts because you want to level the board out while it's in the air. That way you land, all four wheels touch the ground at the same time.
How to Practice the Ollie
Ways to practice the ollie: if you're afraid of the board moving at first, try practicing in the grass, holding up against a fence, on the rug in your living room if your parents let you, and eventually just take it out into the street. And once you get it down stationary, just start giving a couple kicks - start moving slow - practice your ollies going slower and just bring up the speed and eventually you'll be doing it in no time.
Common Ollie Mistakes
Common mistakes people make are not bending your knees when you land, because if you land with your knees locked, you're just going to kind of bounce off the board. It's easier to balance if you're come down and bend your knees. So always remember, bend your knees when you start it, and have your knees bent when you end it. And just practice - practice makes perfect.
Tips for Doing an Ollie
Some tips to remember while doing the ollie: keep your feet in a v-shape, always remember - shoulders parallel to the board, bend your knees when you're setting up for it, bend your knees when you land. The closer your front foot to the back of the board, the higher your "pop," or the higher you're going to get up off the ground, but also the more you've got to slide your foot up forward. You've got to be able to account for that, too.

Timing: just remember that as soon as your foot hits the ground, you want to jump up, and have your foot slide up at the same time. And, that's the ollie.
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How to Tre Flip

The tre flip is a 360 degree kick flip that might take a little bit of time to get just right. Before you take this trick to the streets, see how to tre flip, and how you can best practice doing it.

Tre Flip Position
For a tre flip, what you want to do is you want to put your back foot - and you want to put your toes hanging off a little bit - right where it starts to curve. When you first learn, you want to put your front foot close together so you actually get the spin. And once you start getting them down you want to move your foot up more and more - and the higher your foot is up, the more control you have over it. You might flip a little bit slower but it's easier to control it.
How to Tre Flip
As you're popping down, the whole thing's with your back foot - just scoop back behind you with your back foot, and you do a little kick out the front. You don't need to kick too hard - just your ankle - and it will start to rotate like that. It's pretty much like a scissor kick: once your back foot goes behind you, your front foot goes in front of you. And then you land it.
How to Practice a Tre Flip
Don't ever practice them stationary. Just practice it moving - because once you get them moving, then you'll get them stationary. It's weird, but that's what happens.
Common Tre Flip Problems
A problem that a lot of people have is that either the board goes in front of them or the board goes behind them. It's usually because you're leaning too far forward or too far back, and if it over-flips, just don't kick as hard. When you first learn them you might just start doing varial flips and it will keep hitting you - you just have to work out how to scoop with your back foot to get it all the way around. You don't even have to worry about the flip, just worry about the scoop until it spins all the way.
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Mystery is a relatively new skateboard company that makes decks, wheels and all kinds of other gear, all with their classic white and black design, and the Mystery heart with a lightning bolt logo. Buying skateboard decks from a newer company can be dangerous, but Mystery skateboard decks are strong, flexible and look good. Plus, the Mystery skateboarding pro team is pretty awesome as well!
Mystery skateboard decks came on the scene only a few years ago, and the first mystery team skateboarding video is set to come out soon. With a brand new company like this, I usually like to avoid their decks, because you don't know if you can really trust them. But with Mystery, there's no problem - Mystery skateboard decks are well designed and built. Why is that? (continue reading below)

That's because of the man behind the scene, Jamie Thomas. Jamie Thomas owns Zero skateboards as well, and Mystery skateboard decks are every bit as good as Zero, if without a few of the little extras (like extra slick bottoms, or free stickers!). But don't start thinking that Zero and Mystery are the same company - not at all. In fact, Jamie Thomas isn't even on the Mystery pro skateboarding team! (though you'll see him riding mystery decks from time to time)

Mystery's pro team is tough - with Ryan Smith, Lindsey Robertson, Adrian Lopez, Ryan Bobier and Dan Murphy, Mystery has a strong team. All of these guys know their trade. Keep an eye out for that video.

Mystery Skateboard Decks Review - Well Built Boards
But a good team doesn't always mean a good skateboard deck. Rest assured, Mystery skateboard decks are everything you need. Made in Mexico with 7 plys of rock hard maple, with graphics and color that cover the entire board (even the edges), and stark Mystery white and black graphics, Mystery skateboard decks rock. For testing, I tried out the Dollar and Bandera
Mystery skateboard deck graphics are all in high contrasting white and black, with strong, stark imagery. Some feature skeletons and other Gothic imagery (the heart with the lightning bolt, and the name Mystery borrow from old Catholic iconography), while the team decks feature the rider's style (often with striking and bold images). Take a look at Mystery skateboard decks and see for yourself - if you like strong contrasts and great pro decks, Mystery should have something for you.
Mystery Skateboard Decks Review - The Bottom Line
Mystery is a strong skateboard company with a great team. Mystery decks are very well built, with slick, bold graphics and design elements. I easily recommend Mystery skateboard decks.
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Seal and Protect Your Deck

Learn how to seal and protect your deck so it looks great and lasts as long as possible.

Choosing Deck Sealer
When choosing a sealer, make sure the product is waterproof. Some products are designed to let the wood gray or gradually lose color, while others will preserve the original wood color.
Preparing to Seal the Deck
Before you can apply your sealer, you will need to thoroughly clean the deck surface. For new wood, sweep away any dust or debris that may have settled on your deck. Wipe the wood with a wet rag and let it air dry.
Power Washing the Deck
If your wood has been sitting unsealed for some time you will want to use a power washer or pressure washer to remove the dirt and grime. Always wear eye protection when using a pressure washer.

Connect the pressure washer to a garden hose. Then turn on the water and the machine.

Pull the trigger with your finger to spray the water. Never point the nozzle at a person.

Power washers can be rented, but you may consider purchasing one as they are very useful for a variety of cleaning jobs. Be sure to angle the washer under the railings to remove the hard-to-reach dirt.
Drying the Deck
Let your deck dry completely before applying the sealer. Also, check the weather reports and make sure it isn't going to rain for 48 hours after you are finished or the temperature won't get below the required 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Applying the Deck Sealer
You will need a sprayer that holds several gallons of liquid. This sprayer holds 5 gallons and is fairly easy to carry even when full. Wear eye protection while using this toxic material.

Pour the sealer into the sprayer. Pump the handle to build pressure in the sprayer.
Now evenly coat the entire surface of the deck. Allow the sealer to dry for 2 days before using the deck.
Maintaining the Sealed Deck
You will need to repeat this process every few years depending on the effectiveness of the sealer you purchased. Some products claim to last 7 years or more.
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