Impressions and Overview of Zero to Hero Skateboarding
For each step, and each trick, Mike demonstrates what he's talking about while talking you through it. Then, the trick is seen in slow motion, with Mike Ogas explaining everything again in a voice over. The later tricks in the video all have several steps outlining what you need to remember.
In fact, the DVD comes with a little booklet with these steps repeated, so that you can shove it in your pocket and take it to the skatepark with you. It's pretty handy.
In the later tricks, pro skaters step in and help Mike Ogas out, instead of little kids. This is helpful, since they really know what they are doing, but they also lack some depth that the start of the DVD has.
What's In Zero to Hero Skateboarding: the Basics
- Building your skateboard
- Basics (safety, how to fall, stance, pushing, turning and stopping)
- Park Basics (parts of a skatepark, rolling in, rolling fakie and kickturns)
- Street Basics (riding off a ledge or curb and grinding)
- 180 Ollie
- Nose Manual
- Ramp Basics (parts of ramps, pumping, kickturns and dropping in)
- Axle Stalls
- 50-50 Grinds
- Tail Stalls
- Rock n' Roll
Extra time is also spent on teaching new skaters how to stop, how to turn, and how to do some basic things like riding off a ledge.
Zero to Hero Skateboarding Complaints
And keep in mind, if you want to buy Zero to Hero Skateboarding: The Basics, that it truly is aimed at young skaters. And I mean young. On the cover of the DVD, Mike Ogas is kneeling next to a little skater, and that should give you a good idea of the target market. I think that adults and teens could still learn from it, but it's not aimed at them. In fact, I think a teenager could feel talked down to.
On the other hand, because it's aimed at young skaters ("groms", as they're called in skateboarding. It's short for "grommets"), it's free of any attitude or questionable content. That part should make a lot of parents happy.
My last complaint is that often the music overpowers what people are saying. It's a strange problem, but only happens every once in a while.
Zero to Hero Skateboarding - The Final Word
However, the instructions for things past the basics aren't as strong.
So, I would recommend this video for pure beginners - for little kids who just got their first skateboard. Older kids might also get something out of Zero to Hero Skateboarding: The Basics. But if you are shopping for an instructional DVD for someone aged 15 and up, I might recommend getting a different video.
However, if you find this DVD at a great price, it would be a great addition to a library. There are some things covered here (like how to put griptape on a skateboard deck or how to fall) that aren't covered anywhere else. And, Mike Ogas' style is very comfortable, real, and approachable.