Freestyle scooter riding, much like any other sport, features within it, a small list of tricks that are widely considered to be the fundamental tricks that everyone should learn when they first begin riding a scooter. Some people may be bold enough to choose to ignore the basics and move on the more advanced scooter maneuvers, but that can only negatively effect you down the road. Learning the basics is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself, especially when you start attempting those more advanced tricks. Here is a little breakdown of all of the basic tricks to help you better understand each and every one of them:
1. Tail-whip: The tail whip is arguably the single most important scooter trick that you will ever learn. It can be utilized in so many different ways and incorporated into so many different tricks that it is a must that you learn how to do it sooner or later, so why not sooner? All it requires is a quick kick of the feet and a rotation of the wrists and there you have it.
2. Bar spin: The bar spin essentially goes hand in hand with the Tail-whip because it is another one of those tricks that can be added to any trick or combination and it is also a very stylish trick when executed properly. The bar spin can be a little bit more difficult to learn at first as it requires a certain level of hand eye coordination, but once you figure it out, you will think it is the easiest trick ever.
3. 180: The 180 is every scooter rider's first experience with spinning both their body and their scooter around at the same time. The most difficult aspect of this trick is landing fakie and learning how to ride fakie, but that will come with time and practice. The most important thing to remember when attempting a 180 is to turn your head and look in the direction that you are spinning. This is another trick that can be beneficial to learn later on because it can be incorporated into so many other combinations.
4. 360: The 360 is definitely the toughest out of the 4 most crucial basic tricks. Learning how to spin your body at that speed, while still maintaining full control of both your body and your scooter can be a huge challenge, which is why we recommend mastering the 180 first. However, if you insist on learning how to 360 then it is best to practice this one out of a banked fly out at your nearest skate park because the extra air time will really help you out. Once you take off, just start spinning in the direction that feels most comfortable to you and keep turning your head in that direction until you complete the spin.
Now that you all fully understand the 4 basic freestyle scooter tricks and what it takes in order to pull them off, it is time apply your newfound knowledge and learn these awesome tricks. Once you learn these 4 tricks, you will find it much easier to learn other more advanced tricks and combinations as you will be able to more easily incorporate these tricks into the mix. We at Pro Scooter Shop hope that this article has been helpful and don't forget to practice practice practice.