Keith Baldassare wants to make you a better skateboarder. And he has the skills to do it. In September 2008, Keith broke the Guinness World Record of 46 consecutive skateboard frontside ollies on a half-pipe. Keith’s amazing final tally: 348 ollies.
With a few ramps in his backyard, he has a great spot to practice right at home, which he does almost every day. Except that Keith doesn’t call it practicing.
“It’s just having a good time with my friends, being creative, doing whatever we want skating.”
Here are some skateboarding tips from Keith:
TIP 1: LEARN HOW TO FALL
It’s a fact, Keith says. “Be prepared for falls when you’re starting.” That’s why it’s important to learn the right way to take a tumble.
If the fall is too big for you to just land on your feet: Use your feet for a second as a stepping point. Tuck up into a ball (something like a skier’s tuck position), and then tumble and roll onto your shoulder.
And, Keith adds, always wear safety gear!
TIP 2: LEARN HOW TO DROP IN ON A RAMP
Start with the tail of your board on the edge of a ramp. Next, push down with the front foot and stay centered over the skateboard.
TIP 3: LEARN HOW TO OLLIE
You’ll be airborne for this trick, which can be done on either a flat surface or on a ramp.
Kick down on the tail of the skateboard and then level out the board by sliding your front foot forward. Think of it as sort of a jumping motion with the board “glued” to your feet.
This will take lots of practice. But once you master the ollie, you’ll have the foundation for many other tricks.