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 kicktun, people will watch!
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 ususal 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 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.
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.
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!