5 Skateboarding Tricks All Skateboarders Should Know


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April 12, 2019

5 Skateboarding Tricks All-Skateboarders Should Know

At Dickies, we’ve been supporting skaters since the beginning. Our skater pants and gear have allowed skaters to accomplish all types of tricks without getting in the way.

What kind of tricks?

Here are the core tricks that every skater knows, loves, and needs.


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1. Ollie and Nollie

The ollie and nollie are key to mastering the next four tricks we’re going to talk about. This essential skateboarding trick is a simple jump that requires most of the work from the back foot. To ollie, push down on the back tail of your board with your back foot until the front tail comes off the floor. Right before the back tail hits the ground, let up the pressure on your back foot and swing your body in an upward motion, as if you were jumping. This will cause the back wheels to come off the ground and meet the front wheels that are already up.

A nollie is the same concept as the ollie but rather than leading with the back foot, we lead with the front. So, apply force down on the front tail then snap it up to create a front jump instead. Because we mostly lead with our back foot for tricks, the nollie usually leads into a turn that positions the body back in place for the back foot to be in place for grinds, tricks, or slides.


2. Kickflip

The kickflip is another skate essential. It’s a variation of the ollie—but rather than just jumping straight up and coming down, there’s a twist. Not a metaphorical twist, a literal one. Right when the board comes off the ground, you use both your front and back foot to send the board into a twist. Typically, you use your front foot to push the side of board down to lead the sprial. Before you land, the board spins completely around and secures itself back to your feet as you come down.


3. Frontside and Backside Pop-Shove It

Similar to the kickflip, both the frontside and backside pop-shove its are a variation of the ollie with a twist. Rather than a spiraling twist, the pop-shove it sends the board into a rotation, switching the front and back sides.

Starting with the ollie, when you get into the air, you’ll use your front and back feet to kick each tail in the same direction, causing the front tail to end up under the back foot.


The frontside pop-shove it moves in a clockwise rotation, while the backside moves counterclockwise.




4. Grind

Griding is another classic skate move, but it involves another surface. This could be a curb, rail, or stair. As you’re skating towards the curb, you’ll ollie with just enough force to gain the same height as it. Then, you’ll hook the front tail of your board onto it and slide. To end the tick, you use a combination of force from the back and front feet to pop off and continue riding on the flat ground again.


5. Railslide

Similar to a grind, the railslide and tailslide involve a rail of some kind. This could be a staircase handle, an isolated curb, or something along those lines. Rather than using only the tail of your board to slide, you’ll use the space on the bottom of your board between the two trucks.