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How to improve style?
« on: November 22, 2022, 07:56:57 AM »
I'm sure everyone gets this feeling where they watch footage of themselves and they think, 'YUCK do i really skate like THAT?'

How do you improve your style if you currently have bad style? Is it possible or are you just stuck this way? I'm a reasonably tall guy at 6'1 and it seems being tall is a disadvantage for having good style on a skateboard.

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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2022, 08:22:02 AM »
i'm not a style guy but if i had to guess... loosen your trucks and go faster

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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2022, 08:44:56 AM »
Worst thing you can do is think "I want to skate like _____". Never try to skate like someone else.
I'm a tall guy too (6'4), i'd love to skate like Yuto Horigome but even if I emulated his movements perfectly it wouldn't look as good as him because I have a totally different body shape than him and I move differently.

Number one thing is get your tricks down solid, bolts. Eg - If your kickflips are mobbed, fix that and you now have a more useful kickflip and better style.
If you're tic tacking and flailing while you roll away from tricks, that's not your style, that's you not refining your tricks.
Style comes after perfecting the trick. Never before.

Another thing is, loosen up a little and bend your knees a little more.
This almost always improves your technique and style, especially for us tall kings.





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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2022, 08:53:41 AM »
i dont think being tall is a disadvantage. i think it can make you stand out more,but you are just as capable of making a nice looking trick as anyone. reynolds, jake johnson, etc. tons of sick tall skaters make it happen because they put in a lot of effort. it is mostly a matter of being comfortable on your board. there is no shortcut. its just a matter of putting in a ton of time.

i think a lot of people skip steps. i definintely did. focused so mcuh on 3 flips when your kickflips are not perfect. etc. trying to do back smiths but you dont have back 5050s or back 5-0s that good. if you really spend the time learning each foundation, the next tricks come easier and look better.

in my mind a pro should be able to do every single trick on any board... that is someone who has really accomplished "skateboarding". some people just stay in their lane and thats cool. when i go on an old school board, i can still do all my tricks. its a little bit harder but i know the adjustmetns i need to make to get it to work just cuase i have done them so many times.
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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2022, 09:38:49 AM »
i dont think being tall is a disadvantage. i think it can make you stand out more,but you are just as capable of making a nice looking trick as anyone. reynolds, jake johnson, etc. tons of sick tall skaters make it happen because they put in a lot of effort. it is mostly a matter of being comfortable on your board. there is no shortcut. its just a matter of putting in a ton of time.

The biggest struggle I have as a (very) tall guy is it's hard to not look stiff.
https://www.youtube.com/shorts/Ncqoa3X738s
That's the only short clip I have ready to post, but even on such a small trick I feel like I look so rigid.
I don't think I look bad, necessarily, but I'd love to have a more smooth, flowing style.

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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2022, 10:41:40 AM »
One change I made as a tall guy after seeing footage of myself and thinking oh fukn gross is I don't grab either edge of my board. Only grab the nose or tail and Beanplant instead of boneless but to be honest I rarely do boneless or grabs anyway.
I don't wave my arms around. my theory is they are too tired from working to do any more unnecessary exercise so maybe get some type of labouring job

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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2022, 01:02:38 PM »
One change I made as a tall guy after seeing footage of myself and thinking oh fukn gross is I don't grab either edge of my board. Only grab the nose or tail and Beanplant instead of boneless but to be honest I rarely do boneless or grabs anyway.
I don't wave my arms around. my theory is they are too tired from working to do any more unnecessary exercise so maybe get some type of labouring job

Why don't you grab the sides of your board? Do you think it makes you bend over too far and look awkward or something?

I work in construction too so I feel you on waving your arms around, but I feel like my arms are too stiff if anything. Maybe that's the other end of the tired arms issue.

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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2022, 01:11:26 PM »
Just to add to the discussion, I think feet placement can make or break style when skating transition. If you have your front foot too far forward it means when you crouch down you're likely to pull your knees together which looks wack, if you have your front foot in the right place (just behind front bolts for me) your knees will be more parallel when crouched and it looks more natural. I'm trying to unlearn the wide feet stance when skating transition, I think I've always just done it because it feels safer and more stable. Also I never skated much street so I never got that default ready to pop stance that street skaters have.

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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2022, 02:10:17 PM »
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One change I made as a tall guy after seeing footage of myself and thinking oh fukn gross is I don't grab either edge of my board. Only grab the nose or tail and Beanplant instead of boneless but to be honest I rarely do boneless or grabs anyway.
I don't wave my arms around. my theory is they are too tired from working to do any more unnecessary exercise so maybe get some type of labouring job
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Why don't you grab the sides of your board? Do you think it makes you bend over too far and look awkward or something?

I work in construction too so I feel you on waving your arms around, but I feel like my arms are too stiff if anything. Maybe that's the other end of the tired arms issue.
my stiffness issue is more my back so I use my legs more with grabs. I could do all different tweaks of frontside grabs and stalefish like noseboned, tailbone, tucknee, methodish etc but my stupidly long legs being bent out all crazy. Looked like a frog or something. Nosegrab, crail, tail, seatbelt you can get your legs way more straight. Like nosegrab super rocket straight back leg.
I'm not some vert/transition guy anyway I don't need all the grabs

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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2022, 02:36:03 PM »
I'm sure everyone gets this feeling where they watch footage of themselves and they think, 'YUCK do i really skate like THAT?'

How do you improve your style if you currently have bad style? Is it possible or are you just stuck this way? I'm a reasonably tall guy at 6'1 and it seems being tall is a disadvantage for having good style on a skateboard.

Iím roughly the same height (6í2Ē) and I have found that doing ďgo toĒ tricks over and over has helped with my style immensely. For me itís something like a crooked that Iíll do numerous times in a row and you start to feel the ones that look better stylistically. Once you feel more comfortable with those itíll help you get a better feel for what tricks you do are more aesthetically pleasing.

Also I never really filmed much and started doing that and itís helped. Well it helped me realize I got Pudwill arms lol, but now I know it Iím more cognizant of it and can tell if I should redo a trick or not.

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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2022, 09:28:47 AM »
go fast and get your tricks down. people with the best style are always the most consistent

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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2022, 12:51:34 PM »
Enjoy what Bukowski has to say about style.. if you like it, go find the animated video of iconic tricks edited to his voice track..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HpgtW8tGfA

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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2022, 08:26:52 PM »
Start skating when you are 10yos or preferable sooner.

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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2022, 09:48:44 PM »
Relax your shoulders and get low.
No, lower than that. You might think you’re low, but you look like Bambi.
Lower.
Lower.
Goddamit, this isn’t a grant application to the Ministry of Ugly Skating
Thats better.
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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2022, 11:17:27 PM »
Just start faking it on your most consistent tricks.
 Dance. Have fun with your arms.

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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #15 on: November 25, 2022, 01:46:35 AM »
Don't worry about it. Just skate and get comfortable with how you look. You better get used to it because that's who you will be for the rest of your life.
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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #16 on: November 25, 2022, 02:52:53 AM »
Bend your knees when you land stuff. Keep those weird hand gestures mid-trick in check.

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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2022, 05:52:08 AM »
Film the same trick several times until you get a clip you're happy with. That's what Reynolds does: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWUHOpHII4A

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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #18 on: November 25, 2022, 07:14:19 AM »
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I'm sure everyone gets this feeling where they watch footage of themselves and they think, 'YUCK do i really skate like THAT?'

How do you improve your style if you currently have bad style? Is it possible or are you just stuck this way? I'm a reasonably tall guy at 6'1 and it seems being tall is a disadvantage for having good style on a skateboard.
[close]

Iím roughly the same height (6í2Ē) and I have found that doing ďgo toĒ tricks over and over has helped with my style immensely. For me itís something like a crooked that Iíll do numerous times in a row and you start to feel the ones that look better stylistically. Once you feel more comfortable with those itíll help you get a better feel for what tricks you do are more aesthetically pleasing.

i have watched Morgan Smith and Bobby DeKeyzer skate in person and they just do the same tricks over and over again. they would do like 20 kickflips in a row before moving on to another trick. hit the same grinds over and over again... like 20 nosegrinds back to back. 20 back tails etc. it is not enough for them to land it just 1 time
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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #19 on: November 25, 2022, 07:44:49 AM »
I have weird wide open gorila arms while doing anything, so what I do to not look ridiculous is to rest my arms closer to my body, like bending my elbow backwards instead of outwards, it still looks bad but not as bad.



Knowing that, reading stuff like:
Dance. Have fun with your arms.
is pretty funny.
I'm not saying it's a bad advice btw.

I'm not tall, and in general I look uncomfortable as fuck skating, it's probably because I don't cruise around often, but I do have a lot of tricks down really well. All my time was spent practicing tricks, the state of the aslphalt and sidewalks here is horrible and I used to live too far from any skatepark.

Enjoy what Bukowski has to say about style.. if you like it, go find the animated video of iconic tricks edited to his voice track..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HpgtW8tGfA
Dunk old man talks danger of having sex, and domestic animals.
Good vid.

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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #20 on: November 27, 2022, 06:13:30 AM »
Like others have mentioned, it's my arms and hands that look akward on the few videos I've seen. I don't mind what my legs and posture look like too much, but I look like I'm doing the robot dance with my arms.

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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #21 on: November 28, 2022, 09:43:45 AM »
Most people look like shit when they skate.
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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #22 on: November 28, 2022, 10:31:47 AM »
agree with lots that's been said. go fast(er), get your go-to tricks really consistent, and just develop more confidence in your setup. be mindful of things that help you have especially good seshes, whether it's stretching, music, footage, or a certain indica that just works.
strike a balance between what you think is ergonomically correct (i.e. looks good) and what comes naturally.
don't be afraid to change up foot placement, i resonate with the earlier comment about avoiding knees bending inwards.
get some other skaters' opinions on whether you're really riding too small or too large of a board.


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Re: How to improve style?
« Reply #23 on: Today at 07:29:06 AM »
Keep that duck butt tucked in