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Dropping in 101

Pierre-Luc Gagnon Dropping In at Slam City Jam

Learning to drop in at the skatepark or on a ramp is one of the hardest things to master in skateboarding. Not because it takes so much skill, but because it takes a lot of will and guts. If you don't know how to yet, now's the time to learn!

Skateboarding Spotlight10

How to Take Care of a New Skateboard

A reader named Jayden wrote in recently, "Hi Steve, I was reading one of your articles on what kind of skateboard to get for beginners and I wanted to ask for some advice or tips on what you should and shouldn't do to keep your board in relatively good condition." Taking care of your skateboard is a great idea. Too many skaters ride their board ... read more!

New Skate Gear Videos

Reading about skateboarding gear can be helpful, but sometimes you just need to see what I'm talking about. Here at About.com, we have a steady stream of videos being produced to help you, the skater, get the most out of your skateboarding. This hub is for videos featuring skateboarding gear! All of these videos are free to watch, and well made!

Rob Dyrdek Pro Skater Profile

Rob Dyrdek is easily one of the most famous skateboarders in the world today. For his success in competition skateboarding, to his overwhelming success as a businessman and celebrity, Dyrdek has managed to remain a fun, easy going guy. Read more about Rob Dyrdek!

Chad Muska Pro Skater Profile

Chad Muska is a professional skateboarder, honored by Transworld Skateboarding as one of the 30 most influential skateboarders of all time. Muska was born May 20, 1977, and moved early on to Arizona, USA. While growing up, Muska got good at skateboarding, and spent time with... read more!

Stavros Niarchos III Pro Skater Profile

Stavros Niarchos III is a skater, though not sponsored or pro by any means (he doesn't need to be), he is recognized and listed as a pro skater on many websites. Personally, I feel like this is ridiculous. But, he comes up enough that I do need to explain why, and add him for that reason, if no other.

Just Be Willing to Bleed

A lot of new skaters work hard to be accepted. They try to fit in with the other skaters in their area, and they get frustrated when they can't break into the local skateboarding clique. Skateboarding is weird. I've been at this for a long time now, and I've seen so many different sides of skateboarding, what it takes to be a skater, and how skaters treat and interact with each other. To belong is all about one thing - blood.

How to Build a Skateboard Manual Pad

Manual pads are the easiest skateboarding obstacle to build. These instructions are for a 4' by 8' manual pad, but you can adjust the measurements to make any size of a manny pad that you'd like. This should be the cheapest building project I have on this site, running you much less than $100 US. It's the perfect beginner project.

How to Build Skateboard Ramps and Obstacles

For skaters, bikers, and anyone else who wants to have fun on their own terms, check out this ever-growing list of our step-by-step instructions on how to build ramps, obstacles, rails and more! These instructions include what tools and materials you need, blueprints, and easy to follow instructions.

How to Build Your Own Ramps, Rails, Boxes, and More!

Building and owning your own ramps, rails and obstacles isn't as much work as you might think.  And, it's a great way to spend time with your skater kid, or for

Skateparks Designer Interview - Aaron Spohn

In the early 90's, Aaron Spohn had a dream to build skateparks, and started Spohn Ranch. These days, Spohn Ranch is an award winning skatepark designer and building firm, creating skateparks all over the world for the biggest skateboarding events that exist. Aaron Spohn took some time to answer a few questions for me, and to tell his story about what it's like to live a life of creation, of building, and passion for skateboarding and skateparks.

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