How do you learn a new trick if you’re too
scared to try it? Today we’re going to talk about what you can
do to get over the fear and finally start landing the tricks that you’ve been too afraid
to try. So, we’ve all been there before. You’re ready to start trying to learn a new
trick and you’ve learned all of the prerequisites, but when you roll up and start to pop the
trick, something in the back of your head tells you to abort the mission, and you end
either up running off of the board, kicking the board out from underneath you when you’re
in the air, or when you go to land, one of your feet just refuses to stay on the board
and you land with one foot on the ground, and for whatever reason, you can’t get past
the fear of keeping both feet on your board long enough to land the trick. Alright, so let me go ahead and start this
whole conversation off by telling you something that you might not be all that excited to
hear: If you want to learn how to do new tricks, you first have to learn how to fall while
trying them. So, hopefully you’re already doing this, but
if you’re not, go ahead and make it a habit to only try tricks that you’re already comfortable
falling on. It’s okay to go a little bit outside of your
comfort zone, but you really shouldn’t be risking breaking a bone or getting a concussion
every time you try a new trick. Something that you won’t see in a lot of skate
videos that’s actually a hugely important part of learning more advanced tricks, is
that the individuals who learned those tricks first had to learn how to fall while trying
them. It’s really step one to the whole process. Once you can do that, you can really focus
on putting the rest of the trick together so that you can land on the board and roll
away. Alright, so let’s say you are, like I was
a couple of years ago, trying to learn how to do a blunt stall to fakie. Now, for the blunt to fakie, the scariest
part is when you ollie off the coping and try to land back inside the ramp, and when
you do that, it’s very easy to just take your back foot off while you’re in the air and
safely put it on the ramp, so that you can avoid having to face any real danger of the
board hanging up or shooting out from underneath you. So, as you can see in this clip, that’s exactly
what I started out doing, and to help get myself psyched up enough to really commit
to the trick, I went ahead and strapped on a helmet. Alright so how do you go from just being able
to just pop the trick to being able to actually land on top of the board? You’ve probably already guessed it, but sometimes
you just have to grit your teeth and get that inevitable first slam out of the way. Now I realize that it kind of sounds like
I’m telling you to just go outside and risk getting yourself injured, but keep in mind
that what I’m really saying is to first, make sure that the trick that you’re trying is
reasonably within the limits of what you can safely fall from, and then go ahead and give
the trick an honest attempt, landing with both of your feet on top of the board, accepting the
fact that you’re probably going to take a hit on that attempt. Once you do that, assuming that the fall you
just took wasn’t a day ender, everything about the situation changes dramatically. It’s like a switch flips inside your head
that goes from “Oh, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to do this trick” to “I know exactly
what I need to do to land this trick and it’s about to happen here in the next couple of
tries.” So first off, now you don’t even have to really
be afraid of falling any more. You just did it, and it turns out it wasn’t
quite as bad as you were making it out to be in your head. For most people, the fear of falling is less
about being scared of having to deal with the pain of falling down than it is not knowing
exactly what will happen when they do fall. Getting that uncertainty out of the way can
play a huge role in allowing you to continue learning the trick. Second, falling gives big rush of adrenaline
that you can use to focus in and really go for your next few attempts with a big wave
of confidence. And third, actually stomping the board down,
even if you fall, teaches your body what it’s going to feel like the next time you try,
and now you’ll know exactly what you need to do in order to roll away on your next attempt. In my case, even though I knew in my head
that I was supposed to lean back more in the transition, I wasn’t really used to doing
it from that high up and I’d never done it from a blunt stall before, so I ended not
leaning back far enough and having the board shoot out from underneath me. But right after I took that first hit, I knew
exactly what it was going to feel like to put my weight on the board in that spot on
the ramp with that particular amount of momentum, and a few tries later, I was able to commit
to landing on the board again and this time, I was appropriately leaned back enough to
prevent myself from falling that same way again. Then two tries later, I landed it for the
first time for real. Now at this point, I do want to reiterate
that skateboarding does carry along with it the inherent risk of serious injury, so even
if you take every precaution that you can, you always run the risk that something can
go wrong. If you’re not ready to accept that fact, you
should probably hold off on skateboarding until you are. However, if you use your head and skate smart,
you can minimize that risk and the amount of fun that you’re going to have from skateboarding
will easily warrant getting banged up every once in a while. Alright so now let me show you one more example. So when I first started trying this one, I
would pop the trick and flick the board with my back foot just fine, but as I was on the
way back down to the ground, I would take my front foot off at the last second so I
wouldn’t have to risk what might happen if I landed with it over top of the board. But then, here’s where the switch flipped. Now, every time I pop the trick, I just think
to myself, falling really wasn’t that bad. I can just fall over and over again until
my body adjusts to landing properly and then I’ll get a make. And five tries later, that’s exactly what
happened. Now, keep in mind that anything that you can
do to make falling less dangerous will make this whole process even easier. So, that means, if you have a helmet and pads,
wear them. If you can have your friend stand next to
you and catch you when you start to fall, have them do that as well. The more that you’re able to experience what landing
the trick actually feels like, the easier it will be to commit to it and the less scary
it’ll become. Now one thing I have to mention before I go
is that you should take a second and see if you can apply this advice to any other areas
of your life. For example, it was this exact approach that
eventually lead to me starting this Youtube channel. A lot of you guys probably don’t know this,
but before I started this one, I started another Youtube channel that I worked on for two years
and I made over 40 videos, some of them that I worked really hard on, and I never even
managed to get over 200 subscribers. So if you really want to do something new,
sometimes it’s best to stop debating the risks and just give it a shot. You might fail at it the first few times,
but it’s almost always through failure that you’ll learn how to succeed. Alright guys so remember to stay safe, and
never stop improving.

The #1 Way to Get Over the Fear of Falling in Skateboarding
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100 thoughts on “The #1 Way to Get Over the Fear of Falling in Skateboarding

  • August 10, 2018 at 6:53 am
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    Nice message at the end too. Thanks Justin.

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  • August 10, 2018 at 7:35 am
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    Great advice- thank you Justin

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  • August 10, 2018 at 9:55 am
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    Hey man, awesome video. Quick question, where is that ramp at? Is it your personal ramp or a public one? I live in Austin too and have been wanting to start learning miniramp stuff for the longest time now, just haven't found one to skate. Cheers.

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  • August 10, 2018 at 11:11 am
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    I broke my wrist learning pop shuvits, and now I can kickflip, heelflip, 360 flip, but I still can't do pop shuvs because I can never commit to landing with both feet

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  • August 10, 2018 at 11:25 am
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    Good advice.

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  • August 10, 2018 at 11:58 am
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    Overcoming fear is, in my opinion, the hardest part in skateboarding. Thanks for the advice!

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  • August 10, 2018 at 12:44 pm
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    Nice new intro Justin! 😆

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  • August 10, 2018 at 1:02 pm
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    😆👍✨

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  • August 10, 2018 at 1:03 pm
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    Well im not afraid of falling but im still stuck at 180 by back foot (the one i pop the board with) never comes with my body and im off about half a foot

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  • August 10, 2018 at 4:58 pm
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    Well done!

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  • August 10, 2018 at 7:51 pm
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    Such a good video, really good advice and especially the bit about the end in terms of applying elsewhere in your life. Really glad I found your channel 🙂

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  • August 10, 2018 at 10:23 pm
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    Great video, wonderful advice!

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  • August 11, 2018 at 12:12 am
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    this channel is underrated

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  • August 11, 2018 at 12:24 am
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    Someone needs to do a statistical study on the number of fails before you land a trick. I keep hearing the number 5 come up a lot.

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  • August 11, 2018 at 8:53 am
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    That's really useful to see your examples – it's easy to assume that great skaters have zero fear

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  • August 11, 2018 at 1:45 pm
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    How is that thumbnail POSSIBLE. Didn't that hurt? jesus

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  • August 11, 2018 at 3:58 pm
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    Thanks Justin, what's the song at the end?

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  • August 23, 2018 at 2:20 pm
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    It's easiest to accept and commit to the fall. Don't hesitate, just commit. I always say that falling is my best trick. Martial arts helps a lot. It's gonna hurt, but you can minimize the injury by staying in control and guiding your momentum.

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  • August 25, 2018 at 3:40 pm
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    dude, that was awesome to see your "I land it for the first time glee" and thank for sharing some past falls too.

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  • September 3, 2018 at 7:54 pm
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    You put this really well. We see dope tricks on YouTube all day, but the slams are the biggest part. Point at the end is totally right; I dropped in for the first time, after eating shit a few times and then went to a major work thing and crushed it.

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  • September 8, 2018 at 7:25 am
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    I don't even skate. but I loved your advice. It can be used to other aspects of life as well. Keep doing the great work.

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  • September 19, 2018 at 8:28 pm
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    Your hands distract me

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  • September 21, 2018 at 5:53 am
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    From my experience, I have seen much more people badly injured while riding a scooter or a bmx rather than a skateboard. Actually, I find that skateboarding is "safe" as long as you don't do extreme things 🙂

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  • September 22, 2018 at 8:50 pm
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    Another great clip👏🏾
    Can you refer me or better do a clip on the fear of skateboarding after injury , I got my first “major” injury this days and starting to thinking on the first day after I’ll return…

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  • September 24, 2018 at 11:01 pm
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    This is really great. Thanks for the video!

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  • September 28, 2018 at 11:25 am
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    you're great, I love seeing a decent skateboarder with humility and a true desire to teach something.

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  • October 21, 2018 at 9:20 am
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    Learning a new trick means taking a slam or 3. I don’t mind taking a slam. I do mind ppl telling me that a 40 y.o. should get their sh*t together and stop skateboarding.

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  • October 28, 2018 at 2:49 am
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    I can jump down huge stairs but rails scare me

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  • November 4, 2018 at 10:50 am
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    Thank you so much! Finally dropped in to half pipe!

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  • November 9, 2018 at 5:00 am
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    Tenacity is the word ,resilience wow I really wondered why in 1st grade they were teaching us gymnastics it helps with you r rolling out of falls and weirdly if u haven't been on the ground and know how roll like he said its fear the unknown thanks,good point, it not no fear u must become at piece with it take it to lunch,we do lunch sometime,in the bowl.thanks again,I never realized I was thinking that much when I skated.

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  • November 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm
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    Thanks dudes kids think too much ,it bad if your phsyce your self out of it.

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  • November 20, 2018 at 8:32 pm
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    Damn, I watched the whole thing and after your last sentences I guess I'll have to go and watch all your other ones to give each of them a thumbs up 😀 Good stuff, man!

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  • November 30, 2018 at 10:46 pm
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    If you dont want to get a concussion… WEAR A HELMET!

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  • December 1, 2018 at 2:32 pm
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    Wtf did you do to get that thumbnail

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  • December 3, 2018 at 5:01 pm
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    I have been skating for 5 weeks and I skate everyday I go everyday to the skatepark but I can drop in and Ollie and a couple of other tricks but I can’t shovit I hate it I can’t land it ;(

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  • December 5, 2018 at 9:32 am
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    Thats why they have rough cut

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  • December 7, 2018 at 2:03 am
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    I don’t wanna ask how he got that thumbnail

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  • December 8, 2018 at 12:44 am
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    I'm sorry but just in case you didn't notice you're balding and it's fucking disgusting

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  • December 11, 2018 at 5:44 am
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    6'3", size 13, u are a large skater! No hate lol I'm 5'10" 180, size 11 1/2, I thank you for your advice! 👍🤘

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  • December 18, 2018 at 7:04 pm
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    Great tutorial, as always!
    And yes, skateboarding philosophy can be applied to life.

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  • December 21, 2018 at 4:12 am
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    Will this work with roller skates

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  • December 22, 2018 at 9:15 pm
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    “Sucking at something is the first step to being kinda good at something”
    -Jake the dog

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  • December 28, 2018 at 6:28 pm
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    Ugh I broke my leg took 5 months to get back up

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  • December 30, 2018 at 12:53 pm
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    I got a skateboard for christmas, and i am having a very hard time stopping and tilting my board upwards to go over curbs, when I go to tilt upwards with my back foot on the tail of the board, I either don't commit or slam the tail all the way into the ground.

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  • January 1, 2019 at 6:59 pm
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    Hi any tips on how to ollie m a goofey steps so when I try to pop with my left foot I always hesitate and end up with my left foot shutting down pls help !!

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  • January 3, 2019 at 3:27 am
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    Thanks for making this video 🙂

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  • January 27, 2019 at 8:43 pm
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    Very good analysis of bailing and learning. I agree that it usually seems worse than the reality. Keep em coming bro. From England.

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  • January 31, 2019 at 1:21 pm
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    True

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  • February 4, 2019 at 7:45 pm
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    I'm Brazilian and I love the channel, Congratulations

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  • February 11, 2019 at 6:01 pm
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    prepare some medicine

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  • February 15, 2019 at 10:07 am
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    nice videos! but anyone also so sick off these hardcore dubstep or techno songs at the beginning of these videos

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  • February 25, 2019 at 11:34 pm
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    I don't really mind breaking a bone, but I do mind getting aches in my body without proof to show I'm a hardcore skater

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  • February 26, 2019 at 6:41 am
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    I nearly broke my hip learning how to drop in, but guess who just did their first drop in today!

    me

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  • March 11, 2019 at 7:31 pm
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    I'm trying to do a trick but it slides away and hits somone in the ankle😥😳😬

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  • March 13, 2019 at 10:30 am
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    That's why I like snowboarding cause I can except the fact that I will fall.

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  • March 17, 2019 at 2:44 am
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    this is me in general in skateboarding literally everything scares me but it's really annoying because i want to carry on but things like riding off curbs and going down ramps still scare the hell out of me. I cant even commit to an ollie i always land on one foot. i've been skating for about 4 weeks and it's really disheartening seeing my friends who have been skating the same time doing things like ollies and ramps.

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  • March 17, 2019 at 11:11 pm
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    Start on smaller ramps and work you’re way up if you’re doing ramp tricks

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  • March 27, 2019 at 10:09 pm
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    i'm five days into skateboarding and i've been practicing by myself every day after school. when i first started i was so excited and i felt like i was improving at things. the past two days i feel like i've made no progression. i'm trying to learn an ollie and i have the steps down when i try on grass but the second i go on cement i forget what i'm supposed to do and my mind just goes blank. i feel like having someone with me to push me to try it would really help but i'm feeling like i'm not making any progress and i feel defeated

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  • March 28, 2019 at 2:45 am
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    I've had a skateboard for a while and have always wanted to learn to Ollie but I was scared of falling this video gave me a lot of motivation so im gonna get on my board tommorow and take your advice thanks alot!

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  • March 30, 2019 at 1:01 am
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    this channel has actually helped me so much man, thank you

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  • April 11, 2019 at 9:41 pm
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    One of my greatest fears is falling so now i started skateboarding because you gotta face your fears, right? please someone tell me this is a good idea ugh

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  • April 15, 2019 at 3:51 am
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    I came here because of the thumbnail

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  • April 16, 2019 at 10:45 am
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    lmao, am i supposed to go to skatepark, at the obstacle i cant overcome and practice falling in front of all pro people? :d

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  • April 16, 2019 at 11:48 pm
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    I thought this was going to talk about how to fall properly. If you know how to fall properly, it is less scary because you know it is less likely you will get seriously hurt

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  • April 30, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    I fell dropping a 50cm curb and I don’t like ollieing down curbs but I can ollie down 6 stairs 😂

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  • April 30, 2019 at 10:10 pm
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    You are a robot

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  • May 3, 2019 at 11:18 pm
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    Thanks so much for helping me get over my fear. Now me and my friends go to the park all the time and I am not scared anymore

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  • May 8, 2019 at 11:22 am
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    Bruh you talking about ollie I'm scared of dropping Lmao

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  • May 19, 2019 at 2:22 pm
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    I’m scared to Ollie in concrete because it keeps moving right

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  • May 20, 2019 at 10:07 pm
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    Can someone give me advice? I can Ollie, Pop Shuvit, and FS 180. But when it comes to doing a trick off of anything I just can’t do it, I literally can’t do a Ollie off of a curb but I can ride off of the curb regularly. I ride up to the curb and ride up to it and as soon as I Pop to do the Ollie I basically black out while I’m in the air and I just can’t slide my foot to do the trick or even think about landing it. Someone please help me

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  • May 25, 2019 at 10:03 am
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    well i cant fall like you, i fall like a wet sack of potatoes

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  • May 25, 2019 at 5:44 pm
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    Everything has huge risk.. you just gotta day “fuck it dude”

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  • May 31, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    I literally get my heelflip to do the full rotation every single time but can NEVER get my back foot to stay with the board

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  • June 1, 2019 at 4:02 am
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    keep up the good work! really enjoy your videos!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:44 pm
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    How should i overcome the fear of falling, when im pushing the skateboard, im too scared, i think that i will fall off backwards, while pushing. Im a full on begginer, what should i do?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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    Every time i fall i get injured

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:45 pm
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    I have been stuck Olling on grass for 2 years I used to do it on the pavement till I had a bad fall on my own I can’t go to a park along or on metal ramps

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  • June 2, 2019 at 8:05 pm
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    How have you not got 100k subs already!!?🤨😆

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  • June 11, 2019 at 2:27 am
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    You just gotta go for it!, commit to it! In my personal experience i just close my eyes, i take a deep breath and tell myself that i can do it!! I try to calm myself and get rid of negative thoughts, i keep repeating to myself that i can do it, and then without thinking i just go for it!! And yes i may fall but every attemp is a step closer. Every attempt counts!!

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  • June 13, 2019 at 2:35 pm
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    Thanks for the video, I tend to chicken out while dropping in because I got stitches last year

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  • June 17, 2019 at 7:54 am
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    Thumbs up. Seems a genuinely good dude with some great advice.

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  • June 25, 2019 at 6:47 pm
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    I am trying to shuv it, my front foot does the job done my back foot won’t, still trying

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  • June 28, 2019 at 4:45 am
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    Honestly the thing that has made me less afraid to fall is falling itself. You just have to go for shit and take some slams and get back up. Injuries are always a possibility, but if you’re pushing yourself in a smart way and trying tricks that aren’t too crazy you have less of a chance of getting hurt. I fall a lot, get scraped and bruised all over the place, but those are minor injuries that I just live with. It has made everything less scary

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  • June 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm
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    I'm 33 and started skateboarding last week. Bought myself a decent board and making steady progress, rolling in on small banks etc, but dropping in is terrifying and riding fakie back down the quarters needs some work. The fear of falling is definitely a big factor but I'm hoping that will reduce as I get more confident on the board.

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  • June 29, 2019 at 8:51 am
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    Your videos are so positive. I love them.

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  • June 30, 2019 at 9:46 pm
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    The first time I got in a skateboard I was seven and my little brother pushed me to get moving but the board slid and I fell extremely hard. (Winded myself, bruised, cut) and didn’t skate after that for 8 years. Last week while trying to ollie I fell in the exact same way and got hurt the same way. Definite ptsd, but I got back on the board the next day

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:22 pm
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    Im not afraid to fall because of pain but I'm afraid of hurting myself and not being able to skate

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  • July 5, 2019 at 11:09 pm
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    I tried skateboarding the first time today and was scared as fk. I was just making mini steps and can’t really skate properly yet. I’m now doubting if I’m ever able to do this :p

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  • July 11, 2019 at 11:23 pm
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    why would you vote negative on this one? 18 people? Anyway, i'm 29 and just started skating again after 7 years. This is really helpfull dude! I was already able to land tricks after 3 weeks that i wasn't able to when i was 18, because of everything you talked about! THANK YOU! keep up the good work dude! btw, that blunt to fakie, big dream for me, nice one!

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  • July 16, 2019 at 4:02 pm
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    Idk if it's in the video or not.. cause i haven't seen it fully yet. But i think music will help you relax and make it easier to concentrate and not be afraid

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  • July 17, 2019 at 12:53 am
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    I broke my arm on my bmx on a half pipe and now I’m scared of going to do anything ramp related or anything I can get hurt on because of that moment but I want to get into skateboarding but don’t want to go on ramps what should I do? Thanks.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 5:15 pm
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    Never skate without my wrist gaurds on .for some reason they give me a psychological boost of confidence. Also bought a set of ankle protectors ,small and light can be hidden under socks but totally stops the bruising of the bone when your deck catches your ankle. As you get older you realise it is better to be safe than sorry cause once in your late 40s it takes longer to recover. Unfortunately I still try to push beyond me limits 🤕☠️

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  • July 20, 2019 at 12:36 am
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    This is my biggest problem at the moment, the back foot comes off. Flip tricks and dropping in have resulted in my back foot having a mind of its own. And it does seem like it is all because I've barely fallen off since I started skating again (I fell all the time when I skated regularly 15 years ago). I need to get past that fear by falling.

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  • July 20, 2019 at 9:50 pm
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    Good content brother

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  • July 24, 2019 at 10:39 am
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    Nollie heels I wanted to do them but I had the fear of commuting the back foot same for varial heels

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  • July 24, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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    Nice tips keep it up

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  • July 29, 2019 at 11:46 pm
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    i have a big fear of falling when i try to ride around AND i dont really have the balance or confidence to get my back foot on the board

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  • July 30, 2019 at 10:10 pm
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    Thank you so much for helping me

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  • August 11, 2019 at 7:18 am
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    Love your advice and attitude.👌

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  • August 16, 2019 at 9:26 am
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    actually im just scared to get on the board without the skateboard going into the future (going forward/backwards very quickly) without me so I break my bones

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