The delivery of the instructions can be pretty dry, but the depth of the explanation is top notch. Skateboarding Explained is a great choice for brand new skaters of all ages (you won't get too much skater attitude or childish style). Read the review for more details, drawbacks, and more.
Tony Hawk is very easy to listen to - he's funny, friendly and charismatic. Of all of these videos, Tony Hawk's look the most un-rehearsed, and yet they do a great job of teaching. Each trick is covered well, and then common problems with that trick are explained.
This is a great video for new skaters, but new adult skaters might feel a little talked down to. Still, if you can get past that, anyone will learn a lot with this video, and enjoy learning it.
Keep in mind though that this is an advanced skateboard instructional video. The tricks are things like Backside Nosegrind Pop Outs, or Darkslides. Read the review for a full list of tricks covered, who they're covered by, and how well they teach them.
Most of these tricks aren't covered in any other instructional skateboard video that I know of, and with all the pros, this video is great to own.
In this instructional skateboard video, Tony Hawk covers several old school street tricks, and then he seriously tackles the basics of vert skateboarding.
Mike Vallely helps with the old school street section, and he's a lot of fun to watch. The instructions are in typical Tony Hawk fashion, where tricks are explained slowly, then demonstrated, and then common problems and mistakes are discussed. It works well.
Bucky Lasek helps out with the vert section, and while the instructions aren't as fun as the street part, this is the only serious vert skateboarding instructional video I know of.
Powell Basic Training Plus, along the same lines as Transworld Show Me The Way, is a great instructional skateboard video for intermediate or advanced skaters to have on hand. It covers tricks that you won't find explained in other videos, and all from pro skaters. Check out the review to find out about what tricks are covered, and by whom.
I liked this video - it has good production quality, and the tricks are explained again with a good amount of depth. Common problems with each trick are discussed, and in the street part, you actually get to watch Tony Hawk struggle with each trick as he re-learns them.
This video isn't quite as well done as the first Tony Hawk video, however, but if you are a true intermediate skater, then this might be the right choice for you. Read the review for more details about this instructional skateboard video.
8. 1st Step
These videos are made by 411, a skateboarding video magazine. The production value is OK, better than some, but the videos have a very scattered feel, like they are made of parts that were not filmed to ever go together in the first place. Plus, you get a fair amount of goofyness that older skaters might not enjoy.
On the other hand, if you are looking to learn a thing or two about skateboarding, and you want to be entertained along the way, these videos might not be a bad choice for you! The instructions aren't poor, and some pretty unique tricks get covered in Basic Tricks. Plus, the game of SKATE is explained. Take a look at the review for more.
The video is calm and relaxed, but I would say too relaxed. It gets pretty boring. And the instructions aren't very deep. However, you can often get this video in a two-for-one deal with Trick Tips with Willy Santos. If you can get that, at a very good price, then it might be worth it to own Starting Point. But I would recommend you buy it to go along with some other videos you already own - don't rely only on Starting Point to learn.
Still, this is the last instructional skateboarding video on this top 10 list for a reason. This is a good video to get if you find a great deal, and if you are having a hard time with an intermediate skateboarding trick you never know what will click and make sense. However, if you are only buying a couple of videos, buy other ones.