my name is Justin Lauria and today we're going over the top 15 things that only novice skateboarders do so that you know how to avoid looking like a beginner when you go to the skate park alright so I know that one of the biggest factors that holds people back from learning how to skateboard is that they're actually just too afraid to go to the skate park when other people are there because they think they're gonna get made fun of if they look like they're new to skateboarding now right off the bat I do want to go ahead and mention that for the most part these fears are completely unnecessary and most of the higher level skaters that I know will tell you that they don't really give a second thought to the other skaters at the park who don't look like they know what they're doing other than maybe wanting to offer a piece of advice here and there it's important to keep in mind that all of those skaters have been through the exact same process so they're not gonna judge you in a negative way for wanting to practice and get better at a sport that they've spent years practising themselves however I know that looking a little awkward and public is easier said than done so hopefully knowing a few key things that you can do to avoid looking like a beginner will give you the confidence boost that you need to finally make it to the skate park and stop worrying what other people are thinking about you okay so the first thing that people tend to associate with beginner skateboarders is a way of holding your board called a mall grab now a mall grab is when you carry your board like this as if the hanger of the truck was a convenient handle added to the skateboard for the sole purpose of helping you carry it allegedly the same way that a kid at a mall would carry a skateboard if he didn't actually skate but he just wanted to carry his board around with him in look cool I personally don't think there's anything really inherently wrong with using your trucks to carry your board like that but at some point along the way such a huge stigma developed around it that I eventually just stopped carrying it like that altogether so that I didn't have to listen to the younger kids tell me over and over that I was carrying my board incorrectly all right so now the second telltale sign of a beginner skateboarder is setting the board on the ground with your hands when you want to start riding it when you see someone doing this you can just tell that they haven't spent enough time with their skateboard in order to develop a more casual way of getting their board to the ground a couple of alternatives that you can use would be to drop your board under your foot like this or to get a running start and hop on as you throw your board down to the ground like this the third thing that people do that pegs them as a beginner is to push like one most people will push like this when they first start skateboarding with their front foot already perpendicular to the board so that they don't have to adjust it once they get up to speed and put their back foot off however this does force your body into an awkward looking position and you'll come off as looking a lot more natural if you instead start with your front foot on the board facing forward and then rotate it into position once you're up to speed have it number four is another pushing technique that is called pushing Mongo pushing Mongo means that instead of sending your front foot on the board over to the front wheels and pushing off at the ground with your back foot you actually start by sending your back foot on the board and push off of the ground with the foot that you normally ride with in front when you push like this not only are you making it harder on yourself to get your feet set up on the board properly but it also makes it harder to steer throws you off balance and makes you come off as an amateur so if that's how you usually push I would highly recommend that you go ahead and take some time out of your next few skate sessions in practice pushing with your front foot already on the board and pushing off the ground with your back foot number five covers what you do when you need to pick up your board and if you bend down and pick up your board with your hands again you're gonna look like a bit of a beginner instead of doing it like that try to get a little creative with how you pick your board up learning some of these shouldn't take too long to figure out so spend a couple minutes working on them the next time your board okay so let's move on to habit number six which is always skating in the same stance this one doesn't stick out quite as much as some of the others but the more advanced skaters at the park understand and appreciate the time and effort it takes to learn tricks in multiple stances so once you learn how to do a trick in normal stance take an extra five minutes or so and try to figure out how to do the trick in fakie stance or even better yet in switch or nollie stance now for number seven we're looking at how you ride up and down ramps at the skatepark the most efficient way to ride over obstacles at the skatepark is to use a technique called pumping which allows you to increase the amount of speed you gain when you go downhill and decrease the amount of speed that you lose when you go uphill beginner skaters you haven't mastered this technique yet we'll go for more of a straight legged approach to rolling down ramps which not only means that they'll have to take their back foot off more in order to push but it actually makes it harder to balance and gives you the appearance of being unsteady on your board all right so onto number eight which is performing all of your flat ground tricks while stationary when you practice in the land your first Ollie or your first kickflip for example it can sometimes be a little easier to wrap your head around the manoeuvre if you put your back wheels into a crack in the cement and try to land the trick from there once you get the hang of the basic motion though you should move on to learning how to do your tricks while rolling not only is it more functional and more stylish but it's also easier to land flat ground tricks and keep your balance throughout the maneuver if you're moving while you do it it's very similar to riding a bike if you've ever tried to keep your balance on a bicycle while you're not rolling forward you know how much more difficult that is to do than while you're rolling now let's look at number 9 which involves what is known as tick tacking which essentially just means that you landed your trick a little bit off balance and you had to pick up the front of your board in order to align it with the way that your momentum was going now on this point if you want to make an important distinction I'm not saying that advance skaters don't have this happen to them while they're working on a trick it happens to skaters at every level all the time the difference however between a beginner skater and an advanced skater is that a beginner skater will consider a trick landed in this way a mate and an advanced skater will consider it a do-over if you're filming the trick and planning on posting it somewhere online you'll be amazed at how big of a difference these few extra attempts can make and giving you the appearance of style and control alright so for number ten I want to talk about what the bottom of your board looks like one part of becoming an advanced skateboarder is practicing tricks from multiple disciplines of skating and if you're carrying around a board that looks like you just walked out of a skate shop all the time there's a good chance that you're missing out on some of them one of my favorite ways to give your board a little character is to do board slides on ledges and rails for a tutorial on the easiest version of that trick the backside boardslide you can click the link up here or in the description section below now let's take things over to the mini ramp for a bit and talk about number 11 which is starting your runs in the mini ramp from the bottom when you start learning how to skate a mini ramp one of the hardest things to overcome is learning how to drop in for the first time but once you do it for the first few times it'll start to become completely second nature to you and you won't have to feel afraid of the maneuver anymore so a good way to help you wrap your head around what it's going to feel like to drop in is to ease your way into it by practicing fakie tail stalls starting low in the ramp and then working your way to doing them up on top of the coping it might not make total sense why this would be easier at first but essentially what it boils down to is when you do a fakie tail stall you're doing a reverse drop-in followed by a drop-in so you already know what the reverse of the motion you're trying to do feels like and then on top of that you're keeping your body weight on the inside of the ramp so you don't have to worry about committing to leaning forward so that makes it a lot easier wrap your head around what's gonna feel like when you're coming back in number 12 is another mini-ramp habit and it occurs when you do tricks that are supposed to involve rocking your board over the coping like this but by just barely setting your trucks over the edge instead for tricks like the rock to fakie and the rock-and-roll take the time to develop the motion enough to be able to set the middle part of the board on the coping and rock your board forward so that your wheels touch down on the deck it might be a little harder to do your tricks this way at first but the extra style points that you get from it are more than worth the added effort all right so let's move on to number thirteen which involves doing runs in the mini ramp that only consists of the same one or two tricks over and over again until you're blue in the face now it's perfectly OK to do this when you're just getting the hang of pumping back and forth on a halfpipe but if you really want to add some style to your runs make sure to keep learning new tricks so that you don't have to repeat yourself as often if you be interested in a big list of easy to learn mini ramp tricks you can check out my video on that topic which I'll put a link to right at the end of this one now let's talk about number 14 which is not knowing how to fall gracefully one of the most useful things you'll learn as you improve at skateboarding is learning I'm gonna fall down without getting hurt if you're a beginner you may want to spend some time practicing what it feels like to fall from a little bit of a height so that when it happens during a skate session which it will you'll already have developed the muscle memory necessary to fall in a way that keeps you from hitting your head or breaking any bones all right so finally bad habit number 15 is using the terms front side and back side incorrectly unfortunately for the sport of skateboarding the use of these terms has evolved to have so many nuances and exceptions that learning how to use them correctly in every case becomes fairly difficult to do if you're doing a trick that involves approaching an obstacle where it's on one particular side of you you use one definition but if you're approaching the obstacle straight on or if you're doing a trick that doesn't involve an obstacle you use another definition except for in the case when you're riding in fakie stance in which case everything is completely backwards so it does take a few minutes to explain but it is information worth knowing and once again you can click the link that I'll put at the end of the video for the full breakdown alright so after hearing everything on the list I'm sure you can probably tell that most of this stuff will just come to you naturally as long as you're spending some time skating on a fairly regular basis so if nothing else I hope this video at least gave you some motivation to go out and do some skating when you do get new clips make sure to tag them on instagram with the hashtag NSI skate morning so I can easily find them and share them with the rest of the community and lastly never stop improving

15 Things That Make You Look Like A Beginner Skater (And How Not To)

36 thoughts on “15 Things That Make You Look Like A Beginner Skater (And How Not To)

  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    There’s nothing really wrong with these right? Like I’m about so start skating once I finally get a board, and I feel I might need to perform some of these “noobie” methods to get better

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    What's wrong with looking like a beginner lol?…

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    Hahahaha his hair cut lol

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    Just skate I honestly don’t see how this can help anyone he seriously talked about your graphic being scratched up so you don’t look like a “ beginner” skateboarder. Anyone who reads this that doesn’t matter, if you go to your skatepark have fun and don’t be afraid to ask for help it’s all about having fun. Also he says says something about repeating tricks keep repeating your tricks get those down! Just remember to have fun

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    His dead stare is scary

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    Wtf is wrong with the world.
    “SHUT UP AND SKATE”

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    Time to shave that head brother.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    Im scared to go to the skatboard park in my town bc im a girl and there way more older boys there and they will laugh

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    What wrong with looking like beginner

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    Awesome video for beginners bro!

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    there isn't really any skate parks in my town, only one i know which is too far away from my house and it's really really small it has like one tiny ramp and nothing else. what do i do? i really wanna learn how to skate better but i don't know how since there's really nowhere you can practise at, expect normal sidewalks

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    “Skateboarding is not a hobby. And it's not a sport. Skateboarding is a way of learning how to redefine the world around you. It's a way of getting out of house, connecting with other people, and looking at the world through different sets of eyes.” – Ian MacKaye

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    was wondering , would it be easier for a soccer player to start skating vs a normal person ? since soccer players have more foot / body control ? if so , this may motivate me to start skating lmao

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    always skating in the same stance? Dude come on…

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    Skating for 14 years, still push mongo

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    Also the best way to get good s starting from the bottom. I’ve never seen locals at my park make fun of beginners. That’s like making fun of a fast person for going to the gym

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    Fuck you I push mongo if I feel like it

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    I’m goofy footed but I’ve heard mongo helps get over cracks

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    I’ve been skating for a few months but still feel like a beginner😑

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    Your momgo push is shitty mine was dope lol

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    One questin why does your hair lok so ist kinda special

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    I´m 45 years old, any change to learn how to skate at this moment?

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    yes… nothing worse then looking like a beginner… oh wait. looking like a veteran who sucks lol.
    ide rather look new to skateboarding then look like ive been skating for years and still suck. at least when you look new to skateboarding people think you have an excuse… your new. lol.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    How bout more advanced tips that improve my overall skating ???????????

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    Most of these tips boils down to “Practice to make your tricks cleaner”

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    I don’t give a shit about the mall grab. I do it, will continue to do and and plan on doing it, end of story

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    i cant fw this dudes voice tho

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    WOAH your filming this at the skatepark I go to everyday! That really helps lol

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    Why is dropping in so scary anyway lol? It seems so easy. Yet it’s terrifying when doing it for the first time

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    Skaters aren’t really mean anymore anyway. You might have some dicks here and there but everyone is chill now and always willing to help you out.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    talks about learning vert skating on mini-ramps
    Looking at my local skate parks
    Skate Parks: IT'S FLIGHT OR DIE, BITCH BOY. MICRO RAMPS ARE FOR MICRO PENISES.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    You look and skate like shit, bold video for you to make , props to you x

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    I don’t agree with point number 1 , you can hold anyhow you want , but ur points are good

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    Number 16: Calling it "Mondo" instead of "Mongo."
    #guilty4years

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  • May 31, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    Intro had me thinking he was gona pull an aaron kyro.

    Ive NEVER see anyone do #3

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