Learning some good skateboarding tricks like how to boardslide is the most gratifying part of learning how to skateboard.
How to boardslide
Basically a board slide is when you ollie your skateboard onto either a pipe or some kind of curbing, and slide over it with the middle of your deck.
My advice to beginners is that you get these 3 things down PAT before you try and learn this skateboard trick. I have huge tips and tricks up my sleeve but most things have their own prerequisites! In this case, it’s crucial that you know how to ride a skateboard, how to ollie, and how to 360 ollie, or at least 180 ollie.
There’s no sense in putting the cart before the horse here, so now let’s learn how to board slide! I’m assuming you already know how to wax so I won’t get into that.
Now I’ll describe the board slide on a curb first, only because it’s a safer place to start and get the feel for it, find a curb going slightly downhill if you want.
Your stance should be just as you would going for an ollie, we’re going to be turning our board into the slide, I discussed earlier that you should be able to at least 180 ollie first. You want your stance to be the same as your 180 ollie.
Now before you go for it you have to set it in your mind that you’re going for it, if you second guess yourself in the middle of executing any semi dangerous skateboarding trick, YOU WILL BAIL. So make sure you’re committed before you go for it.
Many skateboarders I’ve skated with like to slide their front foot up a little bit on the skateboard when they land on the curb or rail, whatever creates the best balance for you will be fine. Now a lot of skaters out there thing that staying level with the ground is the best way to be, but really if you picture it, your board will slide out from under you resulting in A BAIL. And if you lean to far forward of coarse you’re going to do what we like to call the face plant. So it’s important that you get a feel for maintaining your balance while sliding before you go for anything dangerous.
That part right there is the hardest part about learning how to board slide. And the most crucial.
Coming off of a rail is the easy part, and where you get your excitement because YOU DID IT! As you’re coming off the rail you just want to turn your board in the direction you’re going, land with a little bit of cushion in your knees, and you’re off. Keep in mind that your skateboard will be moving pretty fast down your rail so make sure you land it, especially if you’re skateboarding buddies are video taping you!