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Skate Tips: Walking Tricks

The tricks listed below are variations of tricks developed by surfers in the fifties and sixties. To them, it was just a cool way of getting to the nose to hang ten. They lend themselves real well to longboard skateboards. The secret of making them look good is speed and smoothness, and if you can get to the point where you don't have to look at your feet you're golden. The descriptions assume that you ride with your left foot forward. If not, just switch left and right, and it should still work.

Simple Board Walking.  This is a real basic maneuver. With your feet roughly perpendicular to the board and near the tail, step forward with your right foot around your left foot. Now step forward with your left foot and repeat. The number of steps you can take will be determined by the length of your board. If you have a 60-"-inch board, you could be there for a while.

Now from the front of the board, try to do the same thing backwards back to the tail. This is a relatively easy trick. You should be able to pick it up fairly quickly. The problem is that there's a big difference between doing it without falling off and looking good.

Spinner.  Move your left foot toward the front of your board, and bring your right foot to the middle. Pivot on the ball of your left foot, so the heel of your foot is facing the nose. Shift our weight to your right foot and pivot it, so that it is facing the same way it would if you were riding switch stance. Now step back with your left foot, and you should be riding switch stance. Continue to pivot with your right foot, and step forward with your left and you're back where you started.

A variation on this trick is when you get to switch stance. Jump up and turn your body 180 degrees and land in your normal stance. Actually when I was just learning this trick, I found that this was usually easier than taking another step. A good way to set this up is to use a simple walking move to get to the front of the board, then do your Spinner. The real secret of this trick is to try to keep your weight on your right foot, and just use your left foot to step around it.

For more longboard tricks, check out the [ride] section at the Sidewalk Surfer's Page.

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