What to Know First
Before you can tailslide, you should first feel comfortable with:
- Ollies (6+ inches high)
- FS 180’s
- 5-0 grinds
It is helpful but not completely necessary, if you also know BS noseslides and Lipslides. If you don’t know these tricks, it doesn’t mean you can’t learn the tailslide. However, these tricks will drastically decrease your learning curve.
The tailslide is learned after the noseslide because it requires a stronger ollie. To start, find a small curb or ledge (2-5 inches high). It is best to start with tail stalls. This will help you focus on your foot positioning before you worry about sliding. Approach the curb straight on for the tail stall (90-degrees to the ledge). You will need to do a complete 180 ollie. Transfer your weight into the tail to lock it in. Practice trying to get those wheels to lock into the ledge. The more control you have, the easier the tailslide will be.
(Practice the tail stall 15-20 times)
Ready to Tailslide!
Now, it’s time to go for the tailslide. Your foot placement is going to be similar to the FS 180. Your front foot may may positioned at a bit of an angle with toes pointed outward. Your front foot should be about an inch behind your front bolts. The toes on your back foot should be on the board so that they can produce a powerful pop.
Roll slowly towards the ledge. Initiate a 90 ollie with your weight equally present over each of your feet. Do not land to hard on the ledge. You also do not want to slam your wheels into the ledge. Lightly have your wheels rub up against the side of the ledge. If your wheels don’t lock in, the tailslide will be difficult to hold.
Keep your weight centered between your toes and heels as you start sliding on the ledge. Some skaters find it helpful to place a majority of their weight just behind the centerline of the skateboard. (See the video above for the explanation.) As your board starts to slow down, start turning out. This turn should be initiated by your shoulders. It is usually easier to slide out to regular. Your board should slide off the ledge and you won’t need to pop out. Land on the bolts and ride away!
(Increase the ledge size as your confidence increases.)
This article was written by GoSkate.com. They provide skateboard lessons throughout the US and Canada.