New Skateboarders Guide

Welcome to skateboarding! Being a new skateboarder can be tough - it can be hard to find the help you need, to find out what tricks you should be learning, what gear you should buy (and avoid!) and more. This New Skateboarders Guide should give you some help.

Kickflip close up
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Just Starting Out Skateboarding is a great step-by-step article that will help walk you through everything you need to know as a brand new skateboarder. You will learn what gear you need, what your ​skateboarding stance is, foot placement, pushing off and simple beginning riding. More »

Skateboarding Gear - beginners skateboarding guide
Steve Cave

Buying the right skateboard and equipment for you can be pretty confusing - there's so much to choose from! So let me help you out:


  • First off, buying your skateboard! Check out Build your own pro grade skateboard for step-by-step instructions on picking out the right board for you (you can also go right to the part you need, if you want to know what kinds of wheels or deck to get, for example).
  • Skate Gear Reviews - read reviews of ALL KINDS of skateboarding gear.
  • Want some deeper advice on which skateboard you should buy? Check out the Skateboard Buyer's Guide for more detailed help!
  • You should wear a helmet, but what about elbow pads, knee pads and wrist guards? Read Should I Wear Pads?, and find out what I think.
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Skateboard Tricks Help - Ryan Sheckler
Ryan Sheckler. Jamie O'Clock

 iHere's everything you need for learning tricks! I have a bunch of different skateboarding tricks in the Trick Tips Section (broken up into street, park, and vert tricks), plus some extra help for some common trick problems:

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Jean Postec
Jean Postec. Jamie O'Clock

The Skateboarding FAQ is a big list of questions I often get e-mails about. There are just certain things that a lot of skaters have a hard time with or a lot of questions that seem to pop up often.

Take a look at the list of questions - you might come across something that you didn't even think to ask about! It might also help to see what problems others skaters often have. More »

Skateboarding Dictionary
Skateboarding Dictionary. Steve Cave

Want to make sure you're calling a trick the right name? Not sure what the difference is between a slide and a grind? Take a look at the Skateboarding Dictionary, and get an education in skateboarding vocabulary! The dictionary is broken into skateboard parts and skateboard tricks. More »