Bring out your kids, or the inner kid in you, and celebrate International Go Skateboarding Day!
Go Skateboarding Day is an annual one-day celebration of skateboarding, held on 21st June (and this year on the 22nd June also), with the aim of promoting the sport and encouraging skaters to drop everything else and get outside. Originally conceived in 2004, with a few simple skate sessions and barbecues held in skateboarding’s unofficial capital, Southern California.
This year, for the very first time “DOB SKATESHOP” celebrates Go Skateboarding Day in Bangladesh. More than 50 skateboarders joined the event from all over the country. We started our journey from Nikunja and we all got together at Rabindra Sarobor. We skated there for several hours and then we moved Purbachal City Sector-9 Helipad where we spent rest of the day there. Here are some photos and videos from our event.
Skate Punk culture is in full bloom, and there are skate parks appearing all over the world as this sport takes on a growing popularity. We thought we had seen it peak with video games and skateboarding greats like Tony Hawk, but that was really just the beginning. Controversy surrounds it, with bumper stickers that carry such slogans as “Skateboarding Isn’t A Crime”. If you’ve never been skateboarding, get on out into the world and start learning the glories of this amazing sport. After all, if you can’t beat them, Go Skateboarding Day is your opportunity to join them.
History of Go Skateboarding Day
Skateboarding is a sport with a long history, starting off with some of the most basic of designs, wooden boxes, and boards with wheels. Originally they were formed from Crate Scooters, which were pretty much exactly what they sounded like, wheels attached to a wooden crate with a pair of rudimentary handlebars. By the time the 1950’s rolled around it had taken on an indelible bond with surf culture, so much so in fact that it was called “sidewalk surfing” and the skaters of that time took to embodying surfers culture without hesitation.
The real revolution for the sport happened in the 1960’s, when skateboarding started taking on a larger and larger following. The first competition was started in 1965, and John Steverson said of this era:
The sport has gotten so incredibly popular in the years that followed, and now more people under 18 have picked up the skateboard than played baseball. That’s a sport come into its prime!
How to Celebrate Go Skateboarding Day
Seriously, do we even need to answer this question? It’s right there in the name, get out there and grab your favorite board and Go Skateboarding on Go Skateboarding Day!
There’s a hundred million different designs, and if you’ve never gone skateboarding this is your best opportunity to start! Check out your local sports stores and find a board that really says ‘you’. Whether you prefer a longboard or a standard one, you’re going to have a great time learning how to speed through your day with this excellent sport.
Don’t forget to wear knee and elbow pads and a helmet, it’s Go Skateboarding Day, not Go To The Hospital Day!
These are skaters who pushed the limits, impressed everyone or added positively to skateboarding in some significant way in the 2000s. One way or another, they make the list of the top skaters of the aughts.
Tony Hawk retired from competing in 1999. So why is he the top skater of the 2000s? In 1999, the first Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game came out. By 2010, the Tony Hawk video game franchise (12 games) moved mountains in promoting skateboarding and dominated the skateboarding video game scene. Also in 1999, Hawk became the first skater to pull off a 900, the holy grail of vert skateboarding.
In 2001 Globe skateboard shoes came out with the Globe: Opinion skateboarding video. Rodney Mullen was already well-known by that time (he was in the Bones Brigade), but this video really showcased what Mullen was capable of. His technical street wizardry showed that he was a magnitude above everyone else, and he maintained that status. He’s come out with several more skateboarding videos, each challenging what people think street skateboarding is.
Danny Way dominated the stunts and spectacle side of skateboarding during the 2000s.That’s not to say he’s not a good skater in competitions — he’s done his best to take home as many gold medals as he can, too. In 2000, Way had his first knee surgery. He would have six more through the decade, including having his ACL replaced three times. But before you feel sorry for him, here’s a list of his bigger achievements: During the 2000s he claimed the world’s record for Highest Freefall, Longest Jump and Highest Air. In 2005, he took the distance record while jumping over the Great Wall of China, becoming the first person to do it without a motor. Way’s Mega Ramp has also become a staple in the X Games.
Ryan Sheckler provokes strong reactions in skaters. Some love him, and some absolutely hate him. He’s like the Leonardo DiCaprio of skateboarding. In 2004 Sheckler became the youngest pro skater to take gold in the X Games. Then he swept competition after competition, winning first place more often than not. He’s good, and his skill has won him a fortune. He’s also done well with his money, keeping a fairly clean reputation and acting as poster boy for skateboarding.
For a lot of people, the first time they saw Rob Dyrdek skate was in 2003 when The DC Videocame out. This was a revolutionary skateboarding video because you could tell that money had been spent making it. Up to that point, most skateboarding videos looked like a step above home movies. It was in The DC Video that people first saw the fun gimmick of Dyrdek and Big, his bodyguard. People liked it, and Dyrdek used that to catapult his career into show business. He is now on of the most popular skaters on the planet.
Bob Burnquist started off the decade winning TransWorld’s Best Vert awards for three years in a row. Then he spent the rest of the decade winning medal after medal in skateboard vert contests like the X Games. Burnquist is easily one of the world’s best vert skaters, and he has proven that in the contest arena over and over again, and he’s still competing. He co-founded the Action Sports Environmental Coalition, which spreads a lot of information about ecological awareness through the Action Sports scene.
Daewon Song is a genius technical street skater — most people know him from his series of videos that he came out with Rodney Mullen vs. Daewon Song, Rounds 1, 2 and 3. These videos showcased both skaters and showed the world that there are some incredibly talented and fresh skaters out there who you won’t see at the X Games. For pushing the limits of what technical street skateboarding can do and for reminding the world that contests aren’t the heart of skateboarding, Song is one of the top skaters of the decade.
Paul Rodriguez Jr.
Paul Rodriguez has charisma. He’s an excellent skater and has won plenty of skateboarding contests and demoed his skills in plenty of videos, but what really pushes him over the top is how dang likable the guy is. In 2004 Rodriguez became the first pro skater sponsored by Nike — people might have hated Nike, but they still loved P-Rod. During the 2000s, P-Rod did his best to bust into Hollywood. In 2007 he was in the movie “Vicious Circle,” and it won Best Film at the New York International Latino Film Festival in 2008. In 2009 he starred in “Street Dreams,” the skateboarding feature film by Rob Dyrdek. All of this has been accomplished while still skateboarding in contests and generating film for skateboard videos.
Elissa Steamer dominated the world of women’s street skateboarding during the 2000s. In 1999, Steamer won the women’s street contest at the Slam City Jam — this was the first female-only contest at a World Cup Skateboarding event. This victory set the pace for the next 10 years. Steamer was the first woman to have a pro model skateboard, the first to have a pro model skateboarding shoe(etnies) and the first and only female skater in any of the Tony Hawk video games. In 2004 and 2005 alone, Steamer took first place at 10 major skateboarding contests worldwide.
Jamie Thomas is on this list because he’s not only a dominating presence in pro skateboarding, but during the 2000s he also slid into a dominating role in the skateboarding industry. Thomas was well known for his Leap of Faith in 1997 (a 20-foot drop), but it was during the aughts that he really took over. He bought Black Box Distribution (parent company of Zero, Mystery, Fallen and $lave), and with all of these business dealings, Thomas skated in about one skateboard video release a year.
Goofy, goofy stance or goofy foot all refer to a skateboarder, snowboarder, surfer, or wakeboarder riding with his or her left foot in back, toward the tail of the board. Goofy stance gets this name because most people put their left foot forward, which is called a regular stance.
There is no right or wrong way to stand on a skateboard (or snowboard, surfboard, or any other board), but most people feel more comfortable riding a skateboard regular, instead of goofy. The dominant foot is often back because it is better able to control the board. Beginners should go with the stance that feels best.
Some new skaters try to force themselves into a goofy stance because it’s more unusual and has a cool name—and that may work for them—but don’t try to force yourself to change. Just like writing with your right or left hand, it’s important to go with what comes naturally to you.
Knowing Your Stance
In order to ride a board of any variety more easily, it’s important for beginners to understand which stance they can use to the greatest effect — they’ll pick up skateboarding much quicker once they do.
The important goal of a boarder’s stance in riding successfully is to place the rider’s dominant foot at the back of the board in order to provide more precision in movement. The dominant foot will, therefore, do most of the power steering, while the less dominant foot provides direction and balance in the front of the board.
In order to determine your own preferred stance, try standing with your eyes closed with equal weight distributed to both of your feet, then have someone attempt to push you over and see which foot you instinctively put out to stop yourself from falling. This foot will likely be the front foot on your snowboard, as it centers your balance most.
Another way to figure out whether you should use a goofy stance is to walk up a staircase. Notice which foot you used to step up onto the first step. That foot should likely be your back foot on the board. If it’s your left foot, you should try a goofy stance.
Goofy Vs. Regular
Why exactly left-foot-forward earned the label of the “regular way” to ride a board isn’t known, although it could be because right-foot dominance is more common. Regardless, it led to the creation of the term “goofy stance” to describe when a boarder leads with his or her right leg instead.
The only marked difference is in the position of the foot, with neither regular nor goofy providing any added benefit for every rider. Truly, the way you position your stance on the board is entirely up to your own internal balance and the power of your left versus your right leg.
If you’re just starting out in any board sport but have been finding it difficult to achieve control or forward motion of your board, you may have been using the wrong stance from the very beginning. If having your left foot forward feels unnatural, chances are you’re just a naturally goofy rider and should switch to steering with your right foot and providing precision with your left.
When you are just starting out with skateboarding, one of the first problems you face is figuring out how to put your best foot forward. In skateboarding terminology, that means you have to determine if you are a regular- or goofy-footed skateboarder.
There are two different ways to stand on your skateboard. These are called stances. The goofy stance means you skate with your right foot forward, while the regular stance is when you are skating with your left foot forward.
Get Comfortable Standing on Your Skateboard
There are three ways to figure out how you will most likely feel comfortable standing on your board. Try one of these three tricks:
The Ball Trick. Get a ball and set it on the ground in front of you. Then kick it. Whichever foot you kicked it with should be your back foot on your skateboard. You want the balancing foot in the front and the kicking foot in the back.
The Step Trick. Go to a staircase, and walk up it. Notice which foot you used to step up onto the first step. Whichever one you chose should be your back foot on the skateboard.
The Friend Trick. Stand with both your feet close together. Then ask a friend to lightly, and safely, shove you from behind. The foot you used to catch yourself and prevent yourself from falling is the foot you should put in back when standing on your skateboard.
Just like most people are right-handed, most people are regular-footed. That’s why it’s called regular. Keep in mind that there’s no right or wrong way to stand on your board. If all of these tricks tell you that you are regular-footed, but you just like riding goofy, then ride goofy.
Do What Feels Natural
Some skaters have a hard time figuring out if they should skate regular or goofy. For example, it might feel more natural to cruise and push regular, but to ollie goofy. This is not all that rare of a situation and not necessarily a problem, either. Some people are ambidextrous, meaning they can use either their right or left hand just as well as the other. Perhaps you are the same, but with your feet.
Keep skating whichever way you want to. Once you get fairly good at skating, you are going to want to ride switch, which means that you are going to want to try riding the opposite from whatever stance you normally use. Even before you get that good, you are going to want to ride fakie, for example, which is when you ride up a ramp and then ride back down backward.
Default Skateboarding Stance
Either way, you might still be bugged by the question of which skateboarding stance you want to pick as your “usual” stance. Change it up until, eventually, one feels better. If not, then do both. If nothing else, it will be nice for when you are cruising, because you won’t tire out just one leg.
If you find that skating with one stance is comfortable, but ollying with the other stance is good, then give the nollie a try. There’s no rulebook for skateboarding, so you can learn tricks in whatever order you feel like.
Skateboarding is full of opportunities to set and break world records, and the sport is new, fresh, and inventive enough that people are still setting records all the time. Some of the most impressive records include the longest jump, the biggest spin, and the most ollies in a row.01of 10
Aldrin Garcia holds the official record for the highest ollie, at 45 inches. However, there is video footage of a skater named Jose Marabotto from Peru ollying a stack of skateboards. Many people think the stack should be at least 50 inches tall, but as the trick is only on video, it’s impossible to tell.
Longest Jump and Highest Air
Danny Way holds several world records in skateboarding. He invented the Mega Ramp, a massive skateboarding ramp first seen in the DC Video. In that video, Way broke the records for longest jump and highest air off of a ramp. At the 2004 X Games, at the Big Air competition that used a similar Mega Ramp, Way broke his own record for distance, setting the current record of 79 feet. In 2015, he set the record for the highest air, landing 25.5 feet off a quarterpipe.
Longest 24-Hour Distance
What is the longest distance covered on a skateboard in a 24-hour period? In 2013, Andrew Andras broke the record by skating an incredible 261 miles. The previous record was held by “Barefoot Ted,” who skated his way to fame by covering 242 miles in 24 hours during Ultraskate IV in Seattle, Washington.
Most 360-Degree Spins
The current Guinness world record holder for the most 360-degree spins is Richy Carrasco, who completed 142 consecutive spins.
The unofficial record holder is Russ Howell, who supposedly did 163 spins at the Long Beach World Championships in 1977. A true “old school” skater, Howell began skateboarding back in 1958. He has competed and won several contests, including the main event at the 1975 Del Mar Contest (seen in the movie “Lords of Dogtown”).05of 10
The record for the fastest speed on a skateboard was broken in 2017, when English skater Peter Connolly achieved 91.17 miles per hour on his board.
For many years, the record for the most rotations in mid-air was held by Tony Hawk. At the 1999 X Games, he pulled off a 900—meaning he completed two-and-a-half full spins, or a 900-degree turn. In 2012, 12-year-old skater Tom Schaar did one better, completing the very first 1080-degree spin.07of 10
Most Ollies in a Row
In 2017, German skater Marcel Meckel broke the record for the most consecutive ollies, performing 285.08of 10
In 2006, Danny Way destroyed the “Bomb Drop” (jumping off a structure on a skateboard and freefalling onto a landing) world record by freefalling 28 feet from the Fender Stratocaster guitar atop the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, landing cleanly on a ramp below. Before this, the freefall record was only 12 feet.09of 10
In 1996, Todd Swank became the first record holder for the World’s Largest Skateboard. He built a skateboard that was 10 feet long, four feet wide and three feet high. It weighed 500 pounds and used a variety of parts, not all of which looked like skateboard parts (such as tires from a sports car).
Rob Dyrdek claimed the world record for the largest most realistic skateboard in 2009. Dyrdek’s board is 38.5 feet long and about 5 feet tall.10of 10
Russ Howell holds the official record for the world’s longest handstand on a skateboard—two minutes. In a conversation with a skater on Silverfish Longboarding, Howell said,
“It was [disappointing] for me when I set the record. At that time, I was doing handstands down long hills at speed (40mpg+) which lasted several minutes. When I arrived at the Guinness site, all that we were allowed was a small 30′ x 30′ asphalt area. All I could do was to kick into a handstand while the board remained motionless. That’s much more difficult than when the board is moving. I held the static handstand for two minutes and to the best of my knowledge, that time has never been challenged; too bad because it would be easy for someone else to break the record if given a larger area.”
The list of basic skateboard tricks is a little tricky to come up with! What’s easy for one skater can be very hard for another! For example, I learned to Primo stand before I learned how to Ollie. For me, balance tricks like Manualing and all came a ton easier than flip tricks! But, even so, there are certain tricks that every skater should at least try and conquer. These are the basic skateboard tricks, and they’re a good place to start if you’re new to skateboarding, or if you’ve been skating for a while, and are looking for what to do next! Also, some skaters end up skipping whole types of basic skateboard tricks – that’s OK, but if you want to be a well-rounded skater, and not lose every game of SKATE simply because you never learned to truck stand, for example, then this list is a great place to get some ideas for things to learn!
Most skaters think that the first basic skateboard trick is the ollie, but it’s not! That’s a trap! The ollie can actually be difficult to learn for a lot of skaters, and most skaters will learn a lot better if they truly start with the basic skateboard tricks! And one of the MOST basic is the kickturn.
Kickturning is the name for when you need to turn quickly, and so instead of simply leaning and carving, you lift your front trucks off the ground, and pivot. Learning to kickturn takes balance, and the more you practice your kickturns, the better your balance will become!
Now, a lot of skaters don’t even think of kickturns as tricks. It’s more basic skateboarding 101 – and it’s true, kickturns are step #8 in our Beginner’s Guide to Skateboarding. But the truth is that a lot of brand new skaters might come across this list, and jump straight to it. But, if you can’t kickturn, then I’d recommend working on that, first! Maybe even go back and check out the other steps in the beginner’s guide,and make sure you have the balance and skill to tackle these harder basic skateboard tricks.
Where the kickturn becomes a full-fledged trick is if you can spin 180 degrees or more. If you can do a 360 kickturn, people will watch!
The ollie is a very important trick to learn. The ollie is certainly one of the basic skateboard tricks, but like I said before, it can be a TOUGH trick for some skaters to learn. Other skaters might pick it up quickly, in just a few short hours. Others (like me) might take a YEAR! Don’t stress it – skateboarding is all about you, your board and the pavement. Skateboarding is very personal. You’ve got to be OK with that, or you’ll get frustrated, and then be tempted to give up!
Check out these step by step instructions for how to ollie. We’ve also got a TON more on how to ollie:
So. There’s a LOT of help there with learning how to ollie!
Rock N’ Rolls / Rock to Fakies
These are basic skateboard park or ramp tricks. The skater rides up a ramp, and at the very top, rocks his or her front trucks over the coping or edge. How the skater rides out of this trick is what determines whether it’s a rock n’ roll, or a rock to fakie!
If a skater rides up a ramp, rocks on the coping, and then rides back down fakie (the opposite direction the skater usually rides), then the trick is called a “Rock to Fakie” (read Learn How to Rock to Fakie to learn this trick). If the skater rides up the ramp, puts the front trucks over the edge, and then kickturns out and rides down the ramp in the skater’s usual stance this is a Rock and Roll (read Learn How to Rock and Roll to learn it).
Rock to Fakie and Rock N’ Roll are both very good basic skateboard tricks. With these, you can feel confident at the skatepark or around a ramp. Also, learning these tricks will open up all kinds of other lip tricks for you to learn!
The 50-50 grind is the first grind trick that most skaters learn, and is a great basic skateboard trick to learn.
The 50-50 grind is where the skater grinds the ledge or rail with both trucks. The nice thing about the 50-50 is that you can learn to do it on a curb, which is a pretty safe and easy place to practice. Check out these step by step instructions, and learn how to 50-50 grind!
Before learning to 50-50, however, you’re going to need to be able to ollie. Skateboarding is like that – one trick builds on another.
Boardslides are the first sliding skateboard trick most skaters learn – it’s perfect for this list of basic skateboard tricks.
A boardslide is where you skate along next to something like a rail or curb, and then ollie up onto it. Your board lands sideways, with the object in the middle of the board, and you slide along down the rail or curb. At the end, you jump off the obstacle and ride away. Take a look at my step by step instructions, and learn how to boardslide!
Before learning to boardslide, you’re going to need to know how to ollie, and you should be comfortable with turning your body.
The manual is a great basic skateboard trick to learn – mainly because it’s a trick that you can ALWAYS improve on!
A manual is something like a “wheelie” on a bike. The skater balances on his or her back wheels, and continues rolling. A nose manual is similar, just off the skateboard’s nose. The trick to manualing is balance, confidence, and just doing it. But be careful – it’s very easy to lean too far back and launch your board out in front of you! In fact, you’ll probably do it a time or two, so wear a helmet, and make sure you know how to fall safely. And once you’re ready, take a look at our step by step instructions on how to manual, and get to it!