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New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« on: September 16, 2021, 07:53:50 AM »
Hitting a real dry spell these days, haven't had any brand new learns since June.

I skate probably 4 days in 7 and have gotten super consistent with my existing trick bag, but i just can't push any new learns over the line lately, despite spending a good chunk of time on various tricks. Was learning 1-2 new tricks a month from Jan til June this year then that momentum just seemed to disappear overnight.

Feel like i've hit a bit of a plateau.

Anyone else go through a bit of a progression drought? How long did it last? What pushed you through it?

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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2021, 08:04:42 AM »
I havenít learned any new ones since June 2005, stop complaining.
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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2021, 09:01:31 AM »
A change of scenery helps me. It's easy for skating to feel like Groundhog's Day to me cuz my favorite park is a mile from my house and it feels good to do comfort tricks every session.

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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2021, 10:22:05 AM »
Just try something new lol.

But you also gotta realise that getting super consistent with your existing bag IS progression, maybe even more so than learning new tricks.

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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2021, 10:48:41 AM »
Just try something new lol.

But you also gotta realise that getting super consistent with your existing bag IS progression, maybe even more so than learning new tricks.

agree with this. Even learning something weird can lead to progression. Maybe watch some skaters you haven't before to get inspired

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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2021, 10:46:11 PM »
For me, if Iím at the park or a spot, sometimes I tell myself I must do one new thing, no matter how kooky it is. It could be endless 5050-shove it out variations, a flip into manual, anything.

If youíre speaking strictly flat ground, then yeah itís tougher, but still possible.

Also agree on progression. Feels so good to realize you got something down better than a few months ago. Skateboarding allows for mindless repetition to be fun.

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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2021, 02:14:45 AM »
I like to try new stuff completely on my own  - itís always fun having something new (no matter how basic) in the bag to whip out next session with a friend.

As an example - something as simple as fakie manny across the top of the pyramid. Practiced on my own and something so simple blew my mates mind when I could pop into the bank switch haha.
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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2021, 11:43:11 AM »
Watch old videos.
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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2021, 03:11:17 AM »
I always think of trick ideas when I'm sat at work or home before going out skating then forget as soon as I get to the spot/park. I might start making a list on my phone or something

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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2021, 07:38:14 AM »
New spots and/or  different set ups tend to inspire and bring out new tricks for me.

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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2021, 05:17:36 PM »
Skateboarding collectively had this in the mid to late 80s, which is why the whole switch thing and double kick boards became such a big thing, which turned it into what it is today.

The questions I often asked people I skated with (of all ages) who would ask something similar is this, not so much with a specific trick, but with any tricks in general:

Can you do it forwards, then can you do it fakie?

Can you do it normally, then can you do it switch?

Can you do it frontside and or backside?


If we are talking flat ground, it is still not limited to simple tricks, but then trying any and all of the above, spins, big spins, bigger spins, flips, big flips, reverts, etc.

Ledges or pads, switch or nollie into things, half cab into things, combo tricks, eg fifty to boardslide, or nose slide to shovit out.

Transition (my happy place) there are so many combo tricks, variations, things you can learn on curbs, banks or mellow things that you can take to bigger or steeper edges, even on raw street things, flip in or out, shove in or out, if you are more technically minded or youthful enough, or if like me and old and more wary, just getting reverts, tricks to decker, to tail, to smith, and playing mix and match is often fun on really mellow edges.




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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2021, 07:29:46 PM »
Get a list going on your phone, you'll probably come with up with way more tricks on the wish list than ones you actually try, but it's a start. Simple stuff like 180 in / out, shuv in / out, even some basic switch / Nollie tricks. Even small bit of progress is encouraging and you'll actually discover trick that seem easy or kooky are way harder than you envisioned.

Grom tricks like Fakie 50-50s or a popped Fakie / Nollie Big Spin - easy on paper but difficult to get them popped, consistent and proper.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwWLX5xvDMk

In a similar way I break my session down into 3 parts, but I'd rather work on new tricks in the middle of the session after I'm warmed up and have already gone through my staples. That way my legs are still fresh and I'm not too beat up to put in a solid effort on new tricks. Then I end my session again with my staples because landing stuff feels the good I like to end on a high note.

But some days you just never get out of the warm up and spend the 80% of the session struggling with the basics. I tell myself not to beat myself up over it - I'm in my mid-30s, work full time and only have the weekend to skate. I'll take what I get and don't get upset. That's the difficult part, being OK with your lackluster sessions.

Also, play SKATE or the ledge variation SLIDES / GRINDS, alternating between the 2 (2 attempts each, last letter gets 3 tries). I fall into the trap of not working on specific tricks (5-0s, Smiths), but playing SLIDES / GRINDS forces me out of my comfort zone and you'll realize you're not too far off from XYZ trick if you put in a little more attention to it.

Edit: https://www.slapmagazine.com/index.php?topic=110096.0 - I like this thread, just reading about what pals are working on can inspire you to try new stuff. Regular Joes giving me trick tips is 100x more helpful than a YouTube video packed with filler to make the 10 minute video to appease the algorithm gods.
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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2021, 01:01:01 AM »
Lots of food for thought here, cheers all.

I switched things up a bit on the weekend, went to a new spot and had a pretty fun low-key but productive session on no comply and caveman variations...tricks i never really do so learnt a bunch of random silly tricks and had a good laugh doing it.

I skate purely flatground for various reasons, so when I don't make it to a park my skating can get a bit formulaic/by the numbers, almost like you're just trying to cross things off a list.

Inspiration came from something unlikely too - mate of mine broke his ankle on a nollie BS bigspin on the weekend, a trick that has always scared me a bit and felt really unnatural compared to doing them FS, that sparked me into trying them on Sunday and finally landing a few.

This now opens up the possibility of nollie BS 360s, and nollie bs 360 shuvs, two tricks i hadn't really previously entertained.

My take home from this is that I need to break out of my skate routine more, habit forming has helped my consitency but probably hampered progression a little.

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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2021, 03:44:44 AM »
Take what you know and try every possible combination. If you can kickflip and 180 try a 180 flip etc

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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2021, 07:17:52 PM »
i have not learned new tricks for a year and the ones i had are just getting worse

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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2021, 12:16:49 PM »
I'd try Scientology. Worked for Berra and Aaron Kyro.

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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2021, 12:44:08 PM »
I would say try switch or fakie.

But this is coming from someone who doesnít skate switch or fakie.
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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #17 on: September 27, 2021, 05:36:08 PM »
I have a trick list on my phone, but I barely ever do anything I write on there lol. My trick list is more like a continuous exercise of figuring out what my taste of tricks are. Whenever I learn something new it's usually a spur of the moment type thing where something pops in my head in the middle of a session that I think could actually work.

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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #18 on: September 29, 2021, 07:36:52 AM »
I tend to get something new if I'm with the homie and they're trying something new too.

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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #19 on: September 29, 2021, 07:42:17 AM »
Wound up learning Nollie bs3s a couple days ago after getting nollie bs bigspins last week... nollie bs3 shuvs next hopefully.

Unlocking one trick has definately opened up a few more that have been easier to learn off the back of the previous trick, so I would absolutely give that advice to my past self.

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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #20 on: September 29, 2021, 11:11:17 AM »
Wound up learning Nollie bs3s a couple days ago after getting nollie bs bigspins last week... nollie bs3 shuvs next hopefully.

Unlocking one trick has definately opened up a few more that have been easier to learn off the back of the previous trick, so I would absolutely give that advice to my past self.

Learned nollie 360s too. I was inspired by that Gonz line in video days where he nosegrinds a bench, 5050 to front boards two benches, nollie 360s, fs 180 sw manuals a little ledge and then fakie ollies up, kickturns around and grabs a pole. That nollie 360 is so fluid it seems like he had no plans to do that at the beginning of the clip but did so because it felt like the right decision at the time. I only can do them on pyramids right now but I learned them both ways. They're easier than cabs imo. Can't wait to get those on flatground going hella fast

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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #21 on: September 29, 2021, 01:20:04 PM »
I'd say I found nollie bs3s a bit easier than cab 3s to learn... was pretty much landing them with a little pivot after about 10 tries.

360 tricks on a skateboard are a bit of a no-go for me due to having two very dodgy shoulders, but it's nice to know I am capable of doing them.

Off the back of this recent nollie mission I'm really enjoying nollie BS1s and thats not a trick I've ever really done before.

Something else mentioned in this thread is deffo a thing I should address, I skate alone 99% of the time and I'm sure thats holding me back and imposing a bit of a limit on what I'm actually capable of learning. It's kinda hard to find skate friends in your 30s when you don't skate parks much, but I need to put some effort into changing that.


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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #22 on: September 29, 2021, 07:09:42 PM »
I tend to get something new if I'm with the homie and they're trying something new too.

Nothing better than 2 homies battling out a trick together.

GRINDS / SLIDES is such a good way to learn new ledge tricks or practice the variations in / out of your staples (180, shuvs).

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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #23 on: September 29, 2021, 10:25:55 PM »
Hitting a real dry spell these days, haven't had any brand new learns since June.

I skate probably 4 days in 7 and have gotten super consistent with my existing trick bag, but i just can't push any new learns over the line lately, despite spending a good chunk of time on various tricks. Was learning 1-2 new tricks a month from Jan til June this year then that momentum just seemed to disappear overnight.

Feel like i've hit a bit of a plateau.

Anyone else go through a bit of a progression drought? How long did it last? What pushed you through it?

Take a step back. Already mentioned, but being consistent with your current bag is progression in itself. I've been trying to practice mindfulness and self love, so don't beat yourself up. You can always try further refining what you can do now. Go faster and bigger. Put together a sick line. Learn your tricks in different stances. Have fun with it bro.

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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #24 on: September 29, 2021, 11:21:51 PM »
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Hitting a real dry spell these days, haven't had any brand new learns since June.

I skate probably 4 days in 7 and have gotten super consistent with my existing trick bag, but i just can't push any new learns over the line lately, despite spending a good chunk of time on various tricks. Was learning 1-2 new tricks a month from Jan til June this year then that momentum just seemed to disappear overnight.

Feel like i've hit a bit of a plateau.

Anyone else go through a bit of a progression drought? How long did it last? What pushed you through it?
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Take a step back. Already mentioned, but being consistent with your current bag is progression in itself. I've been trying to practice mindfulness and self love, so don't beat yourself up. You can always try further refining what you can do now. Go faster and bigger. Put together a sick line. Learn your tricks in different stances. Have fun with it bro.

+1 for this.

Do your Nosegrinds and 5-0s balanced, pop out in the middle if you want to get that Wenning vibes.

Doing simple lines is helpful too, gotta have proper landings on you previous trick so you can chain the next one together.

And even learning the basic slide and grind tricks switch is a blast. You never realize how shit your switch game is until you start trying pushing non-mongo and struggle with a 50-50.

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Re: New trick drought... how do you push through it?
« Reply #25 on: October 01, 2021, 12:44:19 AM »
Reverts!!! Try and revert out of your tricks both ways, this really opened lots of new doors to me as a 42 year old.
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