10 Tricks You Can Learn Fast in The Skateboard (Beginner Friendly)

Master 10 killer skateboarding tricks in no time with our ultimate novice guide. Start shredding the park today!

Ever wonder about those sick tricks you can just pick up within an hour? In today’s read, we’ll navigate through five, yes, just five, killer skateboarding tricks you can learn to conquer your local park sooner than you think! Even if you’re simply toying with the board or love shredding the rails, these tricks will get you the head-turns and, of course, the fun that comes along. Here, you’ll discover, learn, and master essential tricks that are fast to learn and insanely fun to try.

What are some tricks you can learn quickly on a skateboard?

Before we get into the meat of the matter, remember a seasoned shredder wasn’t built in a day. But with the tricks, you’ll be rocking the park quickly.

Image of a skater doing a grind trick in a skatepark. Source: pexels
Image of a skater doing a grind trick in a skatepark. Source: pexels

1. The cinnamon roll

The Cinnamon Roll isn’t just a sweet delight but also a sweet trick to lay your base in skateboarding. This trick, even though it seems simple, is crucial in getting the feel of your board. It’s essentially about getting accustomed to the board and knowing how it responds to your foot movements.

How to do it? Go goofy-footed. You flip up the board, put your right foot facing the grip tape on the tail, scoot it back, and take it forward. Finally, you just bring it up and jump. It’s awesome to watch and even more fun to perform. Not to mention, it’s definitely a confidence booster to know your board better. A novice’s suggestion: master this before you move on to gnarlier tricks.

2. The manual

All right. Once you’ve warmed up with the Cinnamon Roll, let’s move on to The Manual. Let’s just say it’s the wheelie of skateboarding: simple to understand yet tricky to perfect, but practice is the magic word here.

Your personal preferences come to the fore with the manual. It’s not a one-size-fits-all deal. Your footing and balance are largely based on what feels comfortable. The key here is to let your body adapt to the new kind of balance this trick needs. Remember, speed plays your ally here. The faster you go, the easier the trick becomes. Trust me, banging this out will make you feel pretty much alive!

3. The powerslide

Now that you know how to do the Manual, it’s time to slide in style with the Powerslide. This trick is a favorite among many skateboarders, new or experienced. If there’s one trick with street style written all over it, it’s the Powerslide.

Let’s break it down. You’ll need speed—a good chunk of it—to pull this off. It’s all about shifting your weight and letting your board slide. Experiment with your footing and see what works for you. Powerslide looks cool, feels cool, and adds that “oomph” factor to your newbie skater profile. Dodging those unexpected obstacles in style.

4. The drop-in or roll-in

Now for the beast itself: the drop-in or roll-in. You’ve probably watched skaters casually perform this at the park, and it’s time for you to join the gang. This trick is an initiation into serious skateboarding, where you’ll start to feel the adrenaline rush.

Image of a skater doing a drop in a ramp. Source: pexels
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Drop-in or roll-in is about belief. You have to believe that you can do it and lean forward, putting your weight on your front foot. It’s nothing short of thrilling as you feel the ground sweep beneath your board. As your comfort grows, you can try this trick on bigger ramps because, remember, no pain, no gain—something all skaters agree on!

5. The barricade

Time to spruce things up with the final trick called The barricade. This one’s a slightly off-the-cuff trick, not very well-known, but once you’ve mastered it, you’ve just upped your skateboarding game. Plus, the reactions you’ll get at the park will be fun to watch!

The barricade is about footwork coordination. As you’re riding, you put your foot off to the side, pop it down, and then pop it back up. It’s a bit weird but oddly satisfying, requiring more nuance than raw power. Consider it kind of an achievement that you’ve graduated from a newbie to a full-fledged skater. Congrats!

6. The no comply

One neat trick that is often overlooked is the No comply. This trick is achieved by stepping your front foot off the board, popping an ollie with your back foot, then jumping back on. It might sound complicated, but with practice, it’s a cool addition to your repertoire.

7. The beanplant

Next on the list is the beanplant. This little gem is a one-footed grab trick. You initiate it by planting one foot on the ground while grabbing the board and, with a good jump, landing back on it. It’s fun and adds variety to your tricks.

8. The caveman

The caveman is another simple and fast-to-learn trick where you start with your board in your hand, leap into the air, and then land on the board. With this trick, you can definitely show off some of your creativity!

9. The boneless

The boneless trick is an old-school one, but absolutely fun to do. You grab the board with one hand, take your front foot off, plant it on the ground, hop up, and get back on it. Learning doesn’t take much time and is super fun to perform!

10. The old school kickflip

Last but not least, we’ll look at the old school kickflip. Not to be confused with the regular kickflip, the Old School Kickflip involves flipping the board 360 degrees horizontally around one foot that stays in contact with the board throughout the trick. This trick quickly adds style to your skating!

Dos and don’ts of learning skateboarding tricks

While you delve into these tricks, there are certain dos and don’ts to remember. These will guide you to learn effectively and, most importantly, safely.

Start slow and with basicsSkip the safety gear
Cultivate patienceTry complicated tricks right at the start
Ask experienced skaters for adviceGet discouraged by initial failures
Remember, the goal is to learn and enjoy the process.
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.

What are some tips for learning skateboard tricks?

Working towards nailing these tricks? Great! Here are some additional tips that’ll make your learning smoother:

  • Always warm up before you start. A quick run or some stretches can go a long way.
  • Visualize the trick in your mind before you perform.
  • Practice in a safe, open space where you won’t run into people or things.
  • Record your practice. It helps to understand what you might be doing wrong.

My journey from fumbles to fluidity in skateboarding

I remember seeing skaters doing the ‘No Comply’ around my park and thinking how cool it looked. But when I began practicing, I found it surprisingly challenging. My footwork was a mess, and there were times when I almost gave up. But each day brought a little progress, and that excitement of landing a trick kept me hooked on it. Seeing myself cruise and pop the board, it feels amazing to see how far I’ve come!

Trying out these tricks, you might find yourselves in knots at the start. But hey, remember, every pro skater started just where you are right now. So gather your board, strap on your helmet, and as Shaun White said,

“Skateboarding helps a ton with balance, precision, with air awareness… it gets your senses to be spot-on and it’s also a great way to take a beating!”

If you are a visual learner, check out the video below from YouTube.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When delving into the world of skateboarding and trying to learn new tricks, you might have a bunch of questions. Here, we attempt to answer some of them to help you on your journey.

How much time should I practice every day?

As a beginner, practicing for about 30 minutes to 1 hour optimally per day is recommended. The key here is consistent and dedicated practice rather than cramming several hours into a single session. Skateboarding is a physical activity, so allowing your body to rest and recover is essential.

Can these tricks be performed on any skateboard?

Although these tricks can technically be performed on any skateboard, a standard street or park skateboard is recommended. For more detailed information, you can check out our beginner’s guide to skateboarding.

Is it necessary to wear safety gear while practicing these tricks?

Absolutely. Even though these are fast-to-learn tricks, they can still lead to falls and potential injuries. Therefore, always gear up with a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards each time you practice.

I’m having trouble with a particular trick. What should I do?

Take a break, to begin with. Sometimes, you can be too focus-intensive, leading to not performing well. Then, try to identify where you’re going wrong – a video recording can help. If need be, ask for help from an experienced skater.

Final thoughts

Skateboarding, like any other skill, is a journey – from your first trick to your hundredth, it’s all about progress and enjoying the ride. Learning these fast-to-learn tricks is not just about getting some cool moves under your belt, but they give you a feel of the board, help you build confidence, and most importantly, they’re fun!

So, what’s your favorite among these fast-to-learn tricks? And 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 article helpful, share it with a friend, and check out my full blog for more tips and tricks on skateboarding. Thanks for reading, and keep shredding the gnar!

Key takeaways

In the world of skateboarding, progress and exploration never stop. This article covered fast-to-learn skateboarding tricks that help any newbie gain confidence and elevate their shred game. Here are some key takeaways:

  • Cinnamon Roll, Manual, Powerslide, Drop-in or Roll-in, Barricade, No Comply, Beanplant, Caveman, Boneless, and Old School Kickflip are some fast and easy-to-learn tricks for new skaters.
  • Even for these quick-to-grasp tricks, consistency in practice is paramount.
  • Find out what works best for you regarding foot positioning and balance.
  • Always gear up before you start practicing.
  • The thrill of skateboarding lies in learning new tricks, so always strive for the next trick in your mind.

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