I wanted to talk to you a little bit today about practice! Practicing on a skateboard is a kind of funny thing. It’s not like you go to practice and your coach tells you to run a lap. You kind of have to run things on your own and that means when you are first starting out skateboarding you need to know what to do. So I want to tell you some things that I did when I was first starting out that helped me practice, that helped me progress and that helps me to continue to progress every single day.
So the biggest thing I think personally is skating as much as possible. Skating every single day. Even if you aren’t planning on skating that day, let’s just say you’re going to school, bring your board with you. Just skate down to the school, grab your board, hold your board, have it there and just get really familiar with it. The more you are with your board the more familiar you’ll get and riding it back and forth will get you to the point where you really know it.
There is a very specific way that I tell people to practice because it’s just very very effective. As some of you know from Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 1 the tricks are laid out in a very exact sequence:
1) How to ride (not a trick but essential)
3) Frontside 180
4) Backside 180
5) Pop Shuv
6) Front Shuv
What most people do is they start out skating and they watch someone else skate and they think that “Wow! That kickflip was amazing! I want to learn how to kickflip.” Then they get on their board and they try kickflips over and over and over with no luck. They then think that skateboarding is the hardest thing in the world and they quit, thinking that they aren’t “naturally talented” enough to skateboard. But that’s not actually it, they were just practicing incorrectly. Fixing it means that you need to start with the list in the correct order as shown above.
Once you have learned each of these one by one I suggest doing each of these above tricks at least five times a day when you are practicing and the order is very specific because it goes from easiest to hardest. This is the way to progress fast! I start with doing a bunch of ollies first and then progress through the tricks one at a time in a ladder. I do this because it gets your basics down really really well. If you do this every time you skate you’ll see really good progress on the more advanced tricks.
Remember that doing these tricks in order means that you can learn the next trick in sequence more easily and you will make moves faster. Spend more time learning the right way and you will get those tricks down in no time!
Thanks to all of you for everything and all the support!