My name is Justin Lauria, and today I’m going
to teach you how to ride a skateboard. First off, you’re going to want to know how
to get rolling. For first-timers trying this exercise, I would
recommend tightening up these bolts quite a bit before you start riding so that balancing
on your skateboard is going to be easier. The absolute best way for a beginner to start
moving on a skateboard, is to stand with your front foot on the board, push off the ground
with your back foot, then put your back foot on the board so you can evenly distribute
your weight on both feet. The most useful foot positioning for riding
looks like this. The front foot is directly over the front wheels, and the back foot is
behind the back wheels, both perpendicular to the board. This positioning allows you
to steer, speed up, stop, and do most tricks comfortably and efficiently. When you’re first learning how to ride, it’ll
probably be easier for you to ride like this. This is the same stance as before, but with
the front foot riding parallel to the board. This is easier for beginners because since
you’ll be riding at low speeds, you’ll need to take your back foot off to push fairly
often to maintain your momentum, and riding this way eliminates that extra step of pivoting
your front foot back and forth every time you push. Despite being told to push this way, it is
fairly common for beginner skaters to mistakenly push like this. This is called pushing mongo,
and has a laundry list of issues associated with it. For one, pushing mongo drastically reduces
your ability to steer while pushing. While it may not seem that important at low speeds
and on a flat piece of concrete, increasingly you will find yourself needing to steer one
way or the other while you’re gaining speed, and if you’re pushing mongo, it’s gonna be
really hard. Also, pushing this way makes it more difficult
to balance, reduces the maximum speed you can obtain while pushing, and forces you to
take extra steps to set up your feet into a useful stance. So once you get good at pushing off with your
back foot, you can look into a number of other ways to start moving. Keep in mind, these
techniques won’t give you very many advantages over basic pushing other than style points,
but knowing some of them can add a little variety to your skating and make you a little
bit more well rounded. Alright, so now that you’re rolling forward
on your skateboard, now you need to know how to steer. The easiest way is to just lean
either heel-side or toe-side. Leaning to one side will cause the trucks of your skateboard
to pivot, orienting your wheels so that your board starts to turn. If your trucks don’t
pivot enough for you when you try this, you may need to loosen…these bolts. There is another, more effective, way to steer
but it will take a little practice before you get it.
The whole maneuver starts with turning your shoulders in the direction you want your board
to turn. Once your shoulders are in place, immediately transfer weight to your back foot
so that your front wheels come off the ground. Then because your body is already oriented
in a different direction, the board will curve around to align itself with your body. Now
you can just transfer your weight back onto your front foot and set down those front wheels. Once you master this maneuver, you will have
learned yet another way to start moving on a skateboard called tic-tacking. OK , so once you’re rolling around on
your skateboard, how do you slow down and stop? The easiest way is to just take your back foot off and brake using the ground. You can use this technique
to stop all at once, or slide it on the ground until you slow down enough. Note that a lot of the time, braking is going
to involve using friction to slow yourself down. So, the more ways you have to brake,
the more life you’re going to get out of the shoes, skateboard decks, and wheels that you
buy. Here are a few more ways you can use to slow yourself down. This technique is used a lot in high-speed
street skating where space can be very limited. Unfortunately for skateboarders everywhere,
this is another way that you’ll come to a stop. Now, if you haven’t already been introduced
to the idea, let me go ahead and tell you: skaters expect to fail…all the time. It’s
an inevitable part of the learning process. What this means for you as you’re learning
how to do these basic maneuvers is that you’re going to always want to have a backup plan.
Make sure you’re comfortable falling down at the speeds and terrain that your riding,
and if you’re not, either dial it back or strap on a helmet and some pads. Just by spending
time skating, your overall comfort level with riding will naturally increase; so if dropping
in on that quarter pipe looks a little too menacing, give it some time and come back
to it another day. Skate as often as you can, and remember: have
fun.

How to Ride a Skateboard for Beginners – Pushing, Steering, and Stopping
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100 thoughts on “How to Ride a Skateboard for Beginners – Pushing, Steering, and Stopping

  • September 26, 2017 at 2:28 am
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    Im 24 and today was the first time I rode a skateboard for the first time in 9 years. Forced myself to ride normal and it's not as hard as i thought. I bet in a week riding mongo will be a thing of the past!

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  • September 29, 2017 at 4:39 am
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    Great job! Very informative and well explained. Thanks!

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  • October 10, 2017 at 9:32 pm
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    The BEST and SHORTEST tutorial ever!!! Tells all important info. Thanks
    (I came to learn zig-zag and found this amazing well of knowledge o/. Thanks)

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  • October 14, 2017 at 11:46 pm
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    Thanks to you, I finally know how to ride a skateboard. If you look at my profile picture, this is me during my first skateboard trick.

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  • October 25, 2017 at 9:12 pm
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    Thanks for the tip about turning your body in the direction you need to go. It seems so obvious but it’s the first time I’ve seen someone mention it!

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  • November 7, 2017 at 9:50 pm
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    Thanks so much for this video now I can skate in a straight line without falling off the board!

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  • November 25, 2017 at 3:57 pm
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    I just got my first skateboard yesterday and I don't know how to ride it.

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  • December 19, 2017 at 4:00 am
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    This is the most useful begineer video i saw so far 🙂

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  • December 25, 2017 at 8:06 pm
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    Im trying to do this put i still cant start moving

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  • January 2, 2018 at 11:59 pm
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    2018 anyone

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  • February 1, 2018 at 11:57 pm
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    For some reason I can't skate straight…the back of the board always goes to the side while im kicking. Is that normal? I skate goofy btw

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  • February 18, 2018 at 9:01 am
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    Very nice tips about turning your shoulders to turn when doing a tic-tac.

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  • February 19, 2018 at 4:03 am
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    Ayy I’ve been to all these parks

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  • February 25, 2018 at 5:04 am
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    i got the hang of it but as soon as i did it the back wheels came off

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  • March 18, 2018 at 11:48 am
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    beginners and I learned them very quickly. I was thinking that my video would be long because I showed the whole process but I learned them easily.

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  • March 31, 2018 at 1:51 am
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    1:02 nice kicks doe

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  • April 1, 2018 at 3:22 am
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    I got a cruiser and it’s hella heavy is that ok?

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  • May 22, 2018 at 4:44 pm
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    Is that California?

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  • June 2, 2018 at 6:43 am
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    what city is this?

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  • July 10, 2018 at 4:50 pm
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    This video is so helpful!

    It's funny I was at the skate park last night and as I was observing the other skateboarders I saw that (when pushing) they would place their foot up front/towards the middle of the board. And i'm thinking to myself "how the heck? I can't do that (because I was pushing Mongo), I would be standing 'switch' once I put both my feet on the board." But now I know!

    I just got back into Skateboarding after 15 years. I stand on the board "goofy", and i currently push Mongo. I see the ~error~ in my ways, it'll definitely take time to correct and get used to doing it the right way.

    THANKS so much for making this video!

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  • July 13, 2018 at 12:38 am
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    Just started skating and good grief. I thought I was doing good (which i probably am I guess), but I tried switch and holy frig it was like starting all over again. I appreciate the videos.

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  • July 13, 2018 at 11:37 am
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    Thank you

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  • July 15, 2018 at 10:32 pm
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    I’m pushing goofy but riding regular what should I do?

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  • July 22, 2018 at 7:45 pm
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    All i want to do is learn to ride, i can't seem to find it in Myself to balance on my one leg while pushing off of the other. Is there any advice you have?

    Also, I've tried learning on a long board as well and still also seem to have the same issue. Perhaps i just need to be persistent until I'm comfortable

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  • August 3, 2018 at 5:15 pm
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    This video was helpful to me thanks bro and keep more great videos like this rollin

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  • August 3, 2018 at 8:56 pm
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    If you found the information in this video useful, you will definitely want to check out my much more recent video (link below)!

    "10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Skateboarding": https://youtu.be/hvw34Cj6q6E

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  • August 27, 2018 at 6:01 pm
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    How about how to not eat shit as soon as you get on?

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  • September 2, 2018 at 3:13 am
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    I don't know why u waste the time to show us how to stop I been skating for 45 years and I haven't stopped yet and don't plan to….
    Hah hah hah potsi u so funny,thanks for setting the clueless in motion more cone at the skate park just kidding,really I joke but skate boarding is awsum I would have never though before I started that I could climb up a wall and jump off using the force gravity it gets me stoke to this day and I'm coming up on 55 years old I was thinking that I should be ready for the X games by 60 years old ….I am just learning pools from half pipe riding the last 5 years…good stuff man way to graphic for modern folk,but that's good…they need that they got know imaginenation,yet….piece.

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  • September 2, 2018 at 3:23 am
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    Yeah remember it all for fun so don't stress out getting started it takes some time to get rythym and if u got good or great balance things should be a little easier,but if you don't have great balance what the heck are you doing on a skate board any way just takes more patients,Justin great stuff I hope kids are seeing you stuff because I don't think it gets anymore simplyfyd than what your show the repetition is up to the learner..thanks

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  • September 2, 2018 at 12:51 pm
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    Thanks just keep Rock in brah,surfs up,its hard to believe its been 45 years since I was a ten your kid with a sheet metal skateboard that bent everyone I did tic tac toe,I even invented my own tic tac toe on the air,they told me its called Cali moon walk,well first on the east coast anyway,where ever that is in the skateworld,piece out nice job on the vids,I really want to ad that Rock in roll kick to my tricks bag ,tail stands and board slides I thought would a good way to get back jamming but I'm having trouble with lame hip so I'm just taking what ever I can right now,flexibility is my trouble….see ya,thanks again,I practice I promise.

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  • September 3, 2018 at 8:22 pm
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    Thanks again skating is awsum,it so good to get started right,bad habit ain't no good,break. Them early by do it right first….piece

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  • September 19, 2018 at 11:29 pm
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    hell yeah good video man!!!!!

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  • October 1, 2018 at 9:14 am
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    It's very hard for biggners 😅

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  • October 12, 2018 at 7:03 am
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    Damn thank you so much for this. I realised I've been doing my tictacs wrong – keeping my body aligned with the board – and after few weeks trying to do more than barely 90° I was getting really disappointed with myself. I was trying to push the board too much with my front foot ahah.

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  • October 13, 2018 at 2:17 pm
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    i been doing mongo this hole time

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  • October 16, 2018 at 4:45 am
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    Where should I put my stringer foot?

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  • November 20, 2018 at 12:48 am
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    I can only push consecutively regular and I learned my tricks goofy ???

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  • November 21, 2018 at 5:15 pm
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    Honeatly this is helpful, i just want to be able to skate , i was never taught growing up but now that im older i want to try it, i have nothing to do most of the time so in the summer i want to get around this way or bike around.

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  • December 4, 2018 at 9:37 pm
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    I have to admit that pushing mongo on a skateboard is not the best.
    I push mongo on a longboard however and it's more convenient in my opinion.

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  • December 14, 2018 at 1:33 am
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    I'm stuck at pushing. It is difficult for me to get back on without the board slipping out from underneath me.

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  • December 27, 2018 at 10:14 pm
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    It’s crazy how I got on my board for the first time since 3 years and I didn’t push mongo thinking I was man lol now I gotta learn some tricks

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  • January 12, 2019 at 8:18 am
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    i tried pivoting my foot and ate so much shit lmao

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  • January 23, 2019 at 3:55 am
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    Pushing is so hard for me, I can only push with very small steps so I need to push every 2 seconds. Any tips? 😩🙏

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  • February 10, 2019 at 3:18 pm
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    hooouuussee

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  • February 10, 2019 at 7:20 pm
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    If you found the information in this video useful, you will definitely want to check out my much more recent video (link below)!

    "Everything You Need To Start Skateboarding As A Beginner": https://youtu.be/MDjz_cnpuAk

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  • February 23, 2019 at 11:30 am
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    2019 :v

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  • March 3, 2019 at 5:37 am
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    I got my first one and flew off backwards and hit my sister. As I got up, I looked around and she was all the way across the yard groaning. It kills me everytime I think about it.

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  • March 17, 2019 at 12:32 am
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    Me trying so hard to learn how to skate…in my rooms hallway -.-

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  • March 20, 2019 at 10:02 pm
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    Give your life to Jesus

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  • March 27, 2019 at 11:10 pm
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    What shoes is he using

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  • April 1, 2019 at 4:06 am
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    Mongo only pawn in game of life.

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  • April 3, 2019 at 5:53 am
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    does it matter the feet? because I usually ride with my right foot first

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  • April 7, 2019 at 8:57 pm
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    I know this video is pretty old so you might not see this, but I am starting skateboarding and I am trying to work on getting really comfortable going anywhere on my board. I keep running into this problem where my balance is pretty good when I’m just cruising, but when I take my back foot off to push, I find that I have trouble keeping the board directly under me and not swerving off in one direction. Do you know why that might be and how to fix it?

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  • April 11, 2019 at 2:27 am
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    I’m a goofy

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  • April 18, 2019 at 3:21 pm
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    i need help. i can push good but not sideways like I’m supposed to. it doesn’t feel right pushing like that & i can’t even do it. i do it with both feet facing forward. what should i do?

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  • April 24, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    As somebody whos skated for four years with breaks inbetween sometimes going back to the basics can make or break your ability to skateboard. Thanks for the sick vid keep it up.

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  • April 29, 2019 at 9:56 pm
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    THANK YOU SO MUCH. I have confidence balancing and having both feet on the board but have struggled so so much with pushing and putting the back foot on the board. Even watching what you did has given me an idea and I didn’t think to keep my front foot parallel with the board to practice. Happy skating!

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  • May 1, 2019 at 4:44 pm
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    Thank you so much I learned how to stop, all thanks to you

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  • May 4, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    I really like this guy but i have no idea why 😂🥵

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  • May 6, 2019 at 8:54 pm
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    You forgot the I am sponsored part

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  • May 11, 2019 at 12:06 am
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    Why am I watching this I can do like every trick

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  • May 11, 2019 at 7:06 am
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    I’m a 21yr old girl and I’ve been wanting to skate for a little while now but I know that I’m kinda old to start and I don’t know any other girls who skate. However, I watched the movie Mid 90s, and a couple “how to skate” & “beginner skating” videos so I thought I knew what to do.
    As soon as I bought my board and fell kinda hard within seconds of stepping my foot onto it, I quickly realized I did not. I’ve just spent the last two days still trying to get the hang of simply pushing. Infact, even just introducing my back foot to the board to then transition into riding stance is still pretty difficult for me. I’ve fallen three times now and every time I felt like a failure. Watching this video gave me the confidence boost to I needed to keep trying and was much more informative than any other video I’ve seen for beginners. Thank you so much for making this.

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  • May 18, 2019 at 9:18 pm
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    If you think skate boarding is easy skip this video- Skate trainers

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  • May 19, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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    I’ve been skating mongo for a week now and wondered why my hell hurts so much now i know Thank you sooo much!!!

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  • May 28, 2019 at 2:10 am
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    Which foot goes forward

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  • May 28, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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    I’m right handed which foot do I push with ?😕

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  • May 30, 2019 at 2:40 am
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    Is it ok if I push with my front foot

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  • May 30, 2019 at 2:49 am
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    falling, skating downhills, and places that I knew that would make me fall, i kept doubting myself to the point i really gave out on myself, but I knew that "falling" just means "you're learning" and that is the fundamental of basic skateboading. To be honest, its ok to "pussy" yourself out. wherever or whenever you are skating, and If you don't think you are able do it. Then don't do it. However, if you want to do it, then go for it.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 6:02 am
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    You have the best videos, my friend. You do such a great job explaining for beginners like me. Cheers!

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  • May 30, 2019 at 10:43 pm
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    Justin is your skateboard 7.74

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  • June 9, 2019 at 4:16 am
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    I'm too scared to fall but you help me on the last part

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  • June 11, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    I just started skating today I practiced for about an hour and a half I'm proud of myself I was scared to even get on it at the start and by the time I left I could push and get into the right stance

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  • June 12, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    This is a great tutorial but I find it hard to balance on my board, how do I get better?

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  • June 14, 2019 at 9:48 pm
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    when i'm pushing myself the board just stops itself

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  • June 19, 2019 at 4:00 pm
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    You make it seem so easy Sksksk

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  • June 24, 2019 at 3:27 pm
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    I bought a skateboard 2 days ago

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  • June 25, 2019 at 6:28 am
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    3:53 THAT KID IN THE BACKGROUND OMG!!!!

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  • June 26, 2019 at 8:21 pm
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    yesterday was my first time learning skating. its really scary when it move fast. i almost fall backwards. hard to control moving left and right. tried to step on the tail to adjust the movement but got stuck instead… but i found this video helpful haha. tomorrow gonna try again. get rid of fear first..

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  • June 27, 2019 at 2:16 am
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    I'm glad I found your videos. I just started skating again after like a year and a half. And needless to say I'm rusty

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  • June 27, 2019 at 12:43 pm
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    When I was younger, I hit my head on a curb and broke my front teeth lmao. I just bought a board yesterday. I just practice pushing in the driveway and it's starting to look like I actually know what I'm doing. Starting to feel more confident as well. I'm just wondering how long should I practice in the beginning? After 20 to 30 minutes I need to take a break and then I just go do something else. Is half an hour a day enough for a beginner?

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  • June 30, 2019 at 12:59 pm
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    Nice video I hope you upload more about for the beginner . My first time in skateboard to ride and so happy cuz I can ride my penny board. But I was afraid when it fast makes me scared

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  • July 1, 2019 at 3:45 pm
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    i’ve been doing this for like 3 days and i think i’m pretty good with everything except for stopping

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  • July 2, 2019 at 8:07 pm
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    I've been doing mongo everyday Everytime I skate and I haven't had a problem

    I'm not trying to hate
    I still love your vids so keep up the good work

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  • July 6, 2019 at 12:09 pm
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    Thanks man, I learned how to skate pretty well thanks to this tutorial.

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  • July 11, 2019 at 3:15 am
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    Nothing wrong here, but I'm pretty sure just it's better for both feet to be on both bolts, instead of the backfoot on the tail

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  • July 14, 2019 at 3:50 am
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    Today was my first day time skating ever and I wish I watched this before I busted my ass trying to just go forward.

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  • July 17, 2019 at 12:57 am
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    You look like my brother creepy

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  • July 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm
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    The steering process is giving me a hard time as well as the riding straight.. every time I get on the skateboard I go to the right and off the sidewalk.

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  • July 21, 2019 at 5:31 am
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    I didnt know i was pushing wrong, i was like, "im not going anywhere man what the hell 😂" Thanks to you im getting better and better

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  • July 25, 2019 at 6:33 am
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    😍😍. Thx for this vid! Can't say enuff how important the basics are, and I think you gave me confidence to start. Gracias!!

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  • July 29, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Learning to skateboard again at 25 (after 9 years) just to cruise around and I'm so scared of falling and breaking something 😂 but the next step is gaining confidence and learning to stop, this video was really helpful

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  • July 31, 2019 at 7:50 pm
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    So I’m like a lefty person and I ride with my left foot on the board and push with my right but my right foot stays behind my left foot is it still mongo?

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  • August 5, 2019 at 4:40 am
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    I was pushing mongo the whole time and I was like omg why is skating so hard thanks for showing me dude

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  • August 5, 2019 at 8:43 am
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    Thanks for the super helpful tips! 🙂

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  • August 5, 2019 at 12:23 pm
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    skateboarding is really easy, especially when you have interest for doing it and you’re open to trying new things and not scared of getting hurt sometimes.

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  • August 5, 2019 at 6:22 pm
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    Sometimes I stumble or hit a crack and my board shoots into the road lmao

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  • August 6, 2019 at 5:13 pm
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    I am scared of falling to imma be strapping some pads when i first start

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  • August 14, 2019 at 4:27 pm
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    So like once i get my pushing foot onto the board no matter how fast i push the board stops, is that a board problem or weight distribution problem

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  • August 15, 2019 at 12:13 am
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    Being scared to fall was probably my biggest set back. Thanks man!

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