How to do a Bluntslide (And Perfect This Skateboard Trick)

Master the bluntslide! A step-by-step guide on how to execute a perfect slide trick on your skateboard. Be the envy of your skate park.

Have you ever found yourself watching a seasoned skateboarder effortlessly slide down a rail with the tail of their skateboard locked against the edge and thought, “Can I pull this off?” Well, you’ve come to the right place! Today, we’re going to break down the sweetest, slickest move on four wheels—the bluntslide.

How to do a bluntslide?

The bluntslide is considered an advanced trick because of the precision and balance required. Having it in your trick arsenal bolsters your cred at the park, but mastering this skill also unlocks new paths of creativity and style. Here’s a step-by-step guide you can follow:

Image of a skater doing a bluntslide trick. Source: pexels
Image of a skater doing a bluntslide trick. Source: pexels

Step 1: Approach the ledge

To start off, approach your chosen ledge or rail at a moderate speed and at a 45-degree angle. This is not a sprint; take it easy and ensure your position on the skateboard is solid.

Step 2: Ollie onto the ledge

It’s time to engage the deck! Ollie onto the ledge, striving to keep your board vertical and ensure your shoulders align with the direction you’re moving in. A little body twist towards the rail or curb will help lock your position. “Sticking the ollie onto the ledge is almost entirely legwork,” says skating guru Per Welinder.

Step 3: Connection the baseplate of the back trucks to your slide surface

You’ve got your ollie on the ledge? Great! Now, connect the baseplate of the back trucks to your slide surface. Balancing your torso and hips will help you maintain control.

Step 4: Maintain balance

Keep a low stance and extend your arms for balance. As you lose speed, be ready to disengage from the slide.

Step 5: Wrap it up

Well, you’re almost there! Wait until you reach the end, or pop out when you’re ready. Make sure to land smoothly and roll away like a pro!

My favorite complete skateboard (at the moment):

Enjoi Whitey Panda Complete Skateboard

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My favorite complete skateboard (at the moment):

Enjoi Whitey Panda Complete Skateboard

I had my board stolen a few years ago and was forced to quickly replace it with a complete. I got one with an Enjoi deck and loved it so much that I still buy the Whitey Panda deck each time I need a new deck. This complete with budget-friendly, beginner-friendly parts, but I still swear by it.

How to do a backside bluntslide?

Alright, alright, let’s get to it! So you’ve got the frontside down. Let’s flip the script and talk about “Backside Bluntslide.”

Step 1: Take your position

Like the frontside, you’ll want to approach the ledge at a 45-degree angle while moving at a moderate speed.

Step 2: Get those trucks over the ledge

Next up, perform a frontside ollie high enough to get your back trucks on top of the ledge. Make sure to plant the skateboard’s tail firmly on the corner of the ledge, keeping the nose sticking up high.

Step 3: Just glide through

As you move down the obstacle, let your momentum carry you forward as the wheels and tail of your skate slides deliciously along the ledge. Remember, the less weight you put on your wheels while sliding, the smoother the ride!

Step 4: Time to land

As you near the end of your ledge, pop the board with a quick snap on the tail and steer the nose with your front foot. Aim to land with all four wheels simultaneously, your feet perfectly over the nuts and bolts. After a smooth landing, it’s time to roll away with style!

There you have it. With a dash of commitment and a sprinkle of practice, you’ll be pulling off the bluntslide with ease in no time. And remember, as with anything new, the best way to learn is to take it slow, one step at a time, and practice, practice, practice. Happy shredding!

What are some tips for perfecting your bluntslide?

Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you want to perfect your bluntslide:

  • Choose your terrain wisely: Start with a low and relatively short ledge, preferably with a steel edge that’s well waxed. As you build confidence, gradually try more challenging surfaces.
  • Maintain correct body position: Try to keep your chest from turning as you would while doing a flatground backside 180 Ollie. Instead, try to preserve a straight, frontal position.
  • Work on your ollie: Your Ollie doesn’t need to be insanely high for a bluntslide. Practice getting just the right amount of lift to ensure your board doesn’t hit the ledge and slip away.
  • Manage your balance: When you’ve ollied onto the ledge, your lead foot should be crossed in front of you, with your shoulders aligning with the direction of the ledge. This will help maintain balance.

Ensuring a smooth and solid bluntslide also requires a clear understanding of the ‘Do’s and Don’ts.’ Let’s walk through a concise comparison to help keep your training on track:

Rush into trying the trick on high-edgesRush into trying the trick on high edges
Maintain some weight on your wheels while slidingPut excess weight on your wheels
Keep a low stance for balanceStand upright while sliding
Align your shoulders with the direction you’re moving inTwist your torso excessively
Do’s and don’ts of doing the bluntslide

How do skateboard parts impact your bluntslide performance?

Let me draw your attention to another significant facet of skateboarding that directly impacts your performance in tricks like the bluntslide: your skateboard parts. Knowing what each part does and how to maintain it is critical to your overall skating journey.

The role of your skateboard trucks

When attempting a bluntslide, one of the main skateboard parts that come into play is your trucks. The trucks are metal T-shaped pieces that mount onto the underside of your skateboard and hold the wheels and bearings. They play a key role in managing your balance, making turns, and performing tricks. The baseplate of the trucks connects to your slide surface in a bluntslide.

“Sticking the ollie onto the ledge is almost entirely legwork. Your chest doesn’t turn as it would if you were doing a flatground backside 180 ollie.”

It’s crucial to check whether your trucks are loose or tight. While looser trucks are great for sharp turns and carving tricks, tighter trucks provide more stability, which is a necessary factor when learning new tricks like the bluntslide.

Image of a skater doing a bluntslide in a skatepark. Source: pexels
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Maintaining your skateboard bearings

Bearings, too, are a crucial component that can impact your bluntslide performance. Bearings reduce friction and allow the wheels to spin smoothly on the axle. So, when sliding along a ledge or rail in a bluntslide, your bearings are working to ensure your wheels move smoothly as you execute the trick. Regularly cleaning and lubricating your bearings can significantly enhance their performance.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

As we venture further into the exhilarating world of bluntslides, it’s not unusual to have a few more questions bubbling up. Let’s tackle a few common ones to solidify your understanding of this gnarly move.

What’s the best way to maintain balance during a bluntslide?

Maintaining balance during a bluntslide rests on a few key factors. The first is keeping a lower stance. The second is extending your arms while sliding. Together, they’ll provide balance and control. Lastly, aligning your shoulders with the direction of the ledge helps in managing your balance more efficiently.

How important is the speed in executing a bluntslide?

Speed plays a crucial role in the execution of a bluntslide. Too slow, and you might struggle to ollie into a ledge or rail high enough. Too fast, and you risk losing control. Achieving a moderate speed that feels comfortable allows an optimal balance between control and momentum, setting the stage for an impeccable bluntslide.

Should I pop out of the obstacle early during the slide?

Mastering the pop out of an obstacle is a skill that comes with time and practice. While it’s fine to disengage as soon as you start losing speed, with experience, you can also wait until you reach the end of the rail or ledge. Ultimately, the choice depends on your comfort and confidence level with the trick.

Are there specific skateboard specifications for a successful bluntslide?

Specific skateboard configurations can aid in certain tricks, but, for the most part, a bluntslide can be achieved with any standard skateboard. However, the condition of the skateboard parts, especially the trucks and bearings, does play a significant role in the smooth execution of a bluntslide or any trick, for that matter.

Final thoughts

Skateboarding tricks may seem complex, but they’re much like a pizza, full of layers, and best enjoyed when you dive in one slice at a time! So, don’t stress about sharpening up your bluntslide skills. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor was Tony Hawk perfected in a session!

Did I cover everything you wanted to know? Let me know in the comments section below. I read and reply to every comment. If you found this post helpful, share it with your friends, and check out more tips and tricks on skateboarding on my blog. Thanks for reading, and I’ll catch you on the flipside!

Key takeaways

This shred-a-licious article covered how to nail a perfect bluntslide. Here are some key takeaways:

  • A bluntslide involves the skateboard sliding on its wheels while the tail locks onto a ledge or rail.
  • It’s crucial to approach the ledge or rail at a moderate speed and at a 45-degree angle.
  • Balance can be maintained by keeping a low stance and extending your arms while sliding.
  • Popping out of an obstacle is a skill that comes with time and practice.
  • The quality of skateboard trucks and bearings plays a significant role in the smooth execution of a bluntslide.

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