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INTERMEDIATE TRICKS


Intermediate: Most of these tricks require popping the board out of the water and/or a 180 rotation of the board

 

How to ollie a skimboard.
In order to ollie, you need to find some deeper water or dig an ollie pit. It should be at least 4 inches deep. As you approach the deeper water, your feet should be about shoulder width with your back foot as far back as you can put it. Your knees should be bent quite a bit, keeping your center of gravity low. Once you get to the deep water, slam down with your back foot and then explode upwards, with your front leg coming off the board first and most of your force being generated by your back leg. Once your back foot is off the board, pull both legs up towards your chest. Flatten out the board with your front foot while it is in the air. As you come down, make sure the board is as flat as possible. When you land absorb the impact with your legs.

 

Tips

 
Squat down and bend your knees!
It is very important to have your knees bent dramatically when approaching your ollie. The reason for this is because you can only ollie as high as you can jump, and if you don’t bend your knees, you can’t jump very high. Let’s try an experiment. Stand up. Lock your knees straight. Now jump as high as you can, keeping your knees locked…or at least try to jump. If you used some momentum from your arms and have strong calves, you may have gotten off the ground a few inches. Now bend your knees so your hips drop a few inches. Jump as high as you can without bending you knees any further. You probably got a bit higher. Now squat down and jump as high as you can. You can jump much higher when you bend your knees and are able to use your upper leg muscles. When you ollie, make sure you squat down and bend your knees! You can only ollie as high as you can jump.

Keep your center of gravity over the center of the board.
Do not lean back when you push down on the back of the board. This will pop the board out from under you making it impossible for you to land your ollie and ride it out. Keep your body straight up and down. If you were to draw a line straight down from your head, it should hit your board half way in between your front and back foot. If your head gets over, or past, your back foot, you’ve leaned back. Don’t! Press straight down with your back foot.

Speed is crucial.
The faster you are going, the higher you will be able to ollie. Most of your speed is generated in your running approach. Some extra momentum can be gained as you step onto your board. Practice going fast!


Ollie over something.
Having something to ollie over helps with a number of different aspects. First of all, it gives you a goal. It will help you get your timing down. It will also help you hit your ollie pit. Start out small and work your way up.

Use your front foot to level out the board.
Leveling out the board in the air will do two things for you. First, it will increase your overall height. Second, in order for you to ride out your ollie, you need to land with the board flat on the water.

 

 

How To Do A Backside (BS) 180 Trick Tips

Also known as Backside Ollie 180 or Backside 180 Air. A backside 180 is where you pop the board out of the water and rotate it and your body 180 degrees. Backside in this case means that your back foot is going to rotate in the direction of your back.

To do a Backside 180, begin by turning your shoulders slightly in the opposite direction that you are going to spin. This is a wind up. Bend your knees to get ready to pop. Pop the board and unwind your shoulders. Bring the board with you as you turn backside. As you’re turning, stayed centered over the board just like for an ollie. Complete the rotation and prepare to land. Land softly, absorbing the landing with your legs by bending your knees. Land riding switch or fakie and skim away.

Tips

Foot Placement 
Get your back foot as far back as you can. It will help you scoop the back part of the board around.

Flat 180s
Practice doing flat backside 180s without popping out of the water. You’ll want to have these down and get the feel before you start popping them.

Bend your knees
Remember to bend your knees to help you get some pop out of the water. It will also help you keep your balance better as well as help with the landing.

Rotate your hips
Rotation at the hips will help drive the board around.

Get your ollies down
Obviously if you can’t Ollie, you won’t be able to pop the board out of the water and you will be doing a flat backside 180. So make sure you have a solid, controlled ollie before trying this trick.

Practice riding switch
Knowing how to ride switch can really help on the landing.

Rotate 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. This does leave you a little blind on the landing, but the exaggerated head turn should help you get the feel of the rotation. Eventually you’ll want to probably look down so 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.

Complete the rotation 
It’s actually quite difficult to completely rotate the board 180 degrees while in the air. If you watch close, most people only get the board around between 100-120 degrees in the air and then finish the rotation on the water.

 

 

How To Do A Frontside (FS) 180 Trick Tips 

A frontside 180 is where you pop the board out of the water and rotate it and your body 180 degrees. Frontside in this case means that your front foot is going to rotate in the direction of your back. The first 90 degrees, you will be facing the way you are going.

To do a frontside 180, bend your knees and wind up by twisting your shoulders in the opposite direction that you will be rotating. Pop the board while unwinding your shoulders and continue to turn them until they have rotated 180 degrees frontside. The momentum from unwinding your shoulders will help you rotate. Use your feet to help guide the board around. When you pop it should be like a normal ollie, unwind and turn your feet with the board. Complete the rotation and prepare to land. Land softly, absorbing the landing with your legs by bending your knees. Land riding switch or fakie and skim away. Be careful as it will be much harder to maintain control now that you’re in switch stance.

Tips

Flat 180s
You will also want to practice flat frontside 180s as well. It is important that you get a good feel for the frontside rotation. Frontside for most people is usually a bit tougher than backside. For some reason, backside rotations seem a little more natural.

 Get your ollies down
To begin with, you’re going to want to have your ollies down.

Practice riding switch 
Being able to comfortably ride switch can really help on the landing.

Complete the rotation
When you’re first landing these, don’t stress it too much if you’re not rotating a full and clean 180 degrees. You can come up a little short and under rotated and still be okay, just finish the rotation on the water.

Wind up
If you’re having trouble rotating a full 180 degrees, twist your shoulders more and unwind faster. Pop harder to get more air time.

Face Forward
It might help to position your shoulders facing forward instead of winding up if you are having trouble with the rotation. If you start it out this way, your body is pretty much already halfway there.

 

 

How To Do A Backside Shuvit Trick Tips

A Backside shuvit is probably one of the first really cool tricks that you are going to learn. A Shuvit is where you jump into the air without spinning, and the skimboard rotates 180 degrees underneath you. Backside in this case means that the back of the board is going to rotate towards your back.

 To do a backside shuvit, bend your knees slightly and then jump into the air. As you jump, start to rotate the board in a backside rotation with your back foot. Keep an eye on the board while it spins around, and you are in the air. When you see that it has completed 180 degrees, catch it with your feet. This means put your feet down on the board, with your front foot near the middle of the board, and your back foot near the tail. Bend your knees when you land to absorb the shock. Keep your balance and ride away.

Tips

Be smooth
You don’t have to shove the board very hard to get it around 180 degrees. Stay over the board Make sure to stay over the top of the board. You need to keep your center of gravity right over the top of the board. Don’t shove the board out from under you, just spin it.

Foot Placement
Put your back foot as far back on the board as you can. This will make it easier to spin the board. Your back foot will be doing all the work.

Bend your knees
Bending your knees will help you keep your center of gravity lower and make it easier to keep your balance. It will also make for better smoother landings.

Getting Pop
Once you get the shuvit down, you can start to pop it. You should probably have your ollies down, however, popping a shuvit seems to be a bit easier than a straight ollie. You can also pop a shuvit in much shallower water than you can do a straight ollie in. To get more pop, make sure that you really bend your knees and also jump. To get some pop in your 360 shuvit, you are going to need to push down on the back of the board while simultaneously "shuving" it. Here is the deal though, while learning to get some pop, don't focus much on "popping" the board. Focus on bending your knees and then exploding into the air. What you will find is the board will naturally follow you into the air. As you get a feel for this, you can then begin to focus on getting more pop by "popping" that back foot harder. (See the ollie tutorial for more discussion on "popping" the board.)

 

 

How To Do A Frontside Shuvit Trick Tips

A Shuvit is where you jump into the air without spinning, and the skimboard rotates 180 degrees underneath you. Frontside in this case means that the front of the board is going to rotate towards your back.

To do a frontside shuvit, bend your knees slightly and then jump into the air. As you jump, start to rotate the board in a frontside rotation by pushing your back foot toward the toe side of your board. Keep an eye on the board while it spins around, and you are in the air. When you see that it has completed 180 degrees, catch it with your feet. This means put your feet down on the board, with your front foot near the middle of the board, and your back foot near the tail. Bend your knees when you land to absorb the shock. Keep your balance and ride away.

Tips 

Frontside 
This frontside motion seems to be a little less natural for most skimmers than the backside motion. At first you may feel like you have to push a little harder to get the board to spin 180 in the frontside direction.

Stay over the board
Make sure to stay over the top of the board. You need to keep your center of gravity right over the top of the board. Don’t shove the board out from under you, just spin it.

Foot Placement
Put your back foot as far back on the board as you can. This will make it easier to spin the board. Your back foot will be doing all the work.

Bend your knees
Bending your knees will help you keep your center of gravity lower and make it easier to keep your balance. It will also make for better smoother landings.

Getting Pop
Once you get the shuvit down, you can start to pop it. You should probably have your ollies down, however, popping a shuvit seems to be a bit easier than a straight ollie. You can also pop a shuvit in much shallower water than you can do a straight ollie in. To get more pop, make sure that you really bend your knees and also jump. To get some pop in your 360 shuvit, you are going to need to push down on the back of the board while simultaneously "shuving" it. Here is the deal though, while learning to get some pop, don't focus much on "popping" the board. Focus on bending your knees and then exploding into the air. What you will find is the board will naturally follow you into the air. As you get a feel for this, you can then begin to focus on getting more pop by "popping" that back foot harder. (See the ollie tutorial for more discussion on "popping" the board.)

 

How To Do A Small Spin Trick Tips

A small spin is a backside 180 shuvit with a frontside 180 body varial. The board spins the opposite way your body does.

To do a small spin, do a backside shuvit and at the same time do a frontside 180 degree turn in the air with your body. Remember that your body is spinning opposite the way the board is spinning. Suck you knees up slightly to avoid your feet from stopping the rotation of the shuvit. Make sure to stay above the board while spinning your body. Keep an eye on the board while it spins around, and you are in the air. When your feet and the board line up again, catch the board with your feet. This means put your feet down on the board, with your front foot near the middle of the board, and your back foot near the tail. You will now be riding switch. Bend your knees when you land, to absorb the shock, keep your balance, and ride away.

Tips 

Practice Your Body Varials 
If you’re having trouble spinning your body, first just practice some body varials. Once you have these down, this should be a pretty easy trick to master.

Frontside or Backside
You can also do this with a frontside shuvit and backside body varial.

Physics is on your side
In this particular trick, physics is on your side. Due to conservation of angular momentum, the board naturally wants to spin in the opposite direction of your body rotation. So unlike a normal body varial where you try to use your upper body rather than your feet and take off to create your body rotation; use your feet and take-off to create your body rotation, it will just help push the board around.