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BEGINNER TRICKS


Skimboarding Tricks

 

 

 


Beginner: Most of the beginner tricks are done on the water (as opposed to popping your board out of the water)

 

 

How To Do Spins Trick Tips 


One of the first tricks that most people learn when they begin skimboarding is to spin.

To spin, bend down and stick your hand in the sand/water, this will cause you to begin to spin.

Tips

Use your “back” hand to create the spin
You can use the hand you put in the sand to help “push” you around and get a little more speed on your spin.

Squat more than bend
When you put your hand down in the sand, don’t just bend over. That will move your center of gravity from over the center of the board. To keep your center of gravity over the board, bend your knees and squat down a bit to reach down to the sand.

Lean
For better and more spins, adjust the way you are leaning so as to keep the part of the board that is at the front of your forward motion out of the water a bit. If that dips under the water, it will stop the board and you’ll crash.

Speed 
The faster you go, the more spins you will be able to do. Speed is the key.

 

How To Do A Flat Backside (BS) 180 Trick Tips

A flat backside 180 is where you and the board rotate 180 degrees while on the water. Backside in this case means that your back foot is going to rotate in the direction of your back.

To do a backside 180 rotate your hips and swing your back leg in the direction of your back. The board should rotate 180 degrees with you on it.

Tips

Hip Rotation 
Don’t let your feet do all the work. Rotation at the hips will help drive the board around.

Lead with your head 
One thing that a lot of people struggle with is getting the upper part of their body to rotate when they are first learning the backside 180. If this is a problem, practice leading with your head. Rotate your head towards your back shoulder and then the rest of the way around (remember to rotate your hips as well). Your shoulder will follow as well as the rest of your body. The exaggerated head turn should help you get the feel of the rotation. Eventually you’ll want to get in the habit of looking down so when you start to pop your 180s you can see your landing. You can begin to make this adjustment by looking at the back of your board and following it around…again…not the front but the back of the board. Eventually you just start to do backside 180s and not even think about where you’re looking.

Turn your upper body
Another thing you can do to help you get this trick down is to turn your upper body so that it is facing backwards, then do the trick. You will probably find it much easier, however, you don’t want to continue to do this forever. It’s ok at first to help you get the feel, but eventually you’ll want to set up normally to do this trick.

Do it quick
You really want to learn to do this trick quick. This trick will be built upon to do other more advanced tricks like popping BS 180s out of the water and BS bigspins. For it to help, this trick needs to be learned right. It needs to be quick. This trick can technically be done by leaning on the rails and “coxing” the board around, however, that usually takes most of the run to do it. Technically that is a flat 180, but that is not the spirit of the trick. This trick needs to be done quick and succinctly so that it can help you develop other tricks.

 

 

How To Do A Flat Frontside (FS) 180 Trick Tips

A flat frontside 180 is where you and the board rotate 180 degrees while on the water. Frontside in this case means that your front foot is going to rotate in the direction of your back.

To do a frontside 180 rotate your hips and swing your back leg forward. The board should rotate 180 degrees with you on it.

 Tips

Hip Rotation 
Don’t let your feet do all the work. Rotation at the hips will help drive the board around.

 Lead with your head
One thing that a lot of people struggle with is getting the upper part of their body to rotate when they are first learning the backside 180. If this is a problem, practice leading with your head. Rotate your head towards your back shoulder and then the rest of the way around (remember to rotate your hips as well). Your shoulder will follow as well as the rest of your body. The exaggerated head turn should help you get the feel of the rotation. Eventually you’ll want to get in the habit of looking down so when you start to pop your 180s you can see your landing. You can begin to make this adjustment by looking at the back of your board and following it around…again…not the front but the back of the board. Eventually you just start to do frontside 180s and not even think about where you’re looking.

Turn your upper body
Another thing you can do to help you get this trick down is to turn your upper body so that it is facing forwards, then do the trick. You will probably find it much easier, however, you don’t want to continue to do this forever. It’s ok at first to help you get the feel, but eventually you’ll want to set up normally to do this trick.

Do it quick 
You really want to learn to do this trick quick. This trick will be built upon to do other more advanced tricks like popping FS 180s out of the water and FS bigspins. For it to help, this trick needs to be learned right. It needs to be quick. This trick can technically be done by leaning on the rails and “coxing” the board around, however, that usually takes most of the run to do it. Technically that is a flat 180, but that is not the spirit of the trick. This trick needs to be done quick and succinctly so that it can help you develop other tricks.

 

 

How To Do A Shoot The Duck trick tips

Shoot the duck is a fun trick to learn when you’re first beginning.

To Shoot the duck, squat down on the board and stick your back leg forward. To help stabilize the board, put your back hand on the back of the board.

Tips

Spin
To liven the trick up a bit, quickly stick the foot of the leg that is kicked forward into the sand to start a spin.

Grab your toes
You can grab your toes to add a little flare to this trick as well.

Finish
Standing back up and riding away will help finish the trick off.

 

 

How To Do A Body Varial Trick Tips

A body varial is where you jump in the air and rotate your body. This trick is often combined with other tricks, but if you are just doing a body varial, then the board would not rotate underneath you.

To do a body varial, bend your legs slightly and wind up your arms as you prepare to jump. Jump into the air and turn your body. Watch the board so you can land back on it and ride away. If you do a 180 body varial you will be riding switch after you land it.

Tips 

Rotation
A body varial can be done frontside or backside and be a 180, 360, or more. A frontside body varial is when your front shoulder rotates toward your back. A backside body varial is when your back shoulder rotates toward your back. Most people find the backside body varial a bit tricker just because you feel more “blind”.

Jump high for more rotations 
The higher you jump, the easier it will be to rotate more times.

Don’t spin the board 
This can be difficult at first because of a little physics principle called conservation of angular momentum (this usually causes the board to spin in the opposite direction of your body spin). If the board is spinning beneath you then you are relying on too much on your feet and take-off to create the spin. You want to use your upper body more. Practice this technique to help. You’ll need a partner. Stand facing your partner. Jump in the air and do a body varial. Your partner will tell you whether you will be doing your body varial frontside or backside. (They can also just say left or right if you prefer.) However, they will not tell you which one to do until after you have jumped into the air. This will give you practice using your upper body and hips to create the rotation rather than you feet to push off. That will help so the board doesn’t spin. This will be immensely helpful when you learn your bigspins. In a bigspin, you need the board to rotate the same directions as you do, but if you use your feet and take-off to create your spin, the board will spin in the opposite direction (it’s that conservation of angular momentum thing again - stinking physics!).

Learn it! 
It is definitely a good trick to get down as a beginner so that you can use it later in combination with other tricks.

 

 

How To Do A Hippy Jump Trick Tips

A hippy jump is where you jump over and object while your board goes under it. Common objects are tree branches or rails.

 To do a hippy jump, ride up to the object with your knees slightly bent. Jump into the air and suck you legs up to clear the object as your board goes under the object. Watch the board clear the object, then land back on the board and ride away.

 Tips 

Combine with other tricks
This trick is a lot cooler if you combine it with other tricks like a backside shuvit.

Be careful of pop
Depending on the height of the object, you might not want to get too much pop if you are combining it with other tricks because the board will hit the object instead of going under it.