How to Skateboard on a Quarter Pipe

by Michael Monet
Get comfortable riding the board before attempting tricks.

Get comfortable riding the board before attempting tricks.

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After a skateboarder attains superior coordination on her board, she'll want to begin skating obstacles and ramps. Many novices begin with the quarter pipe because it's the smallest of the pipe obstacles, both in height and width. Skating a pipe is all about balance. After you master dropping in on a pipe, you'll be able to ride it up and down with ease, ollie for some height and attempt tricks after your ollie skills are solid. To perform an ollie, skaters kick the tail of the board down at the same time they jump to cause the nose of the board to pop up in the air.

Items you will need

  • Elbow pads
  • Knee pads
  • Helmet
Step 1

Experiment with skateboarding downhill after you have superior balance riding on flat ground. The quarter pipe has a steep slope that the rider must maintain balance on to avoid a fall. Ride down hills of graduating steepness. Learn to stop yourself by naturally slowing down or skidding on the back of the board. Press your back foot down and skid the wood of the board on the ground to come to a stop.

Step 2

Put on elbow pads, knee pads and a helmet. Take precautions with your body when navigating an unfamiliar skill, such as riding a quarter pipe.

Step 3

Start at the top of the quarter pipe. Stand on the flat top. Kick up your board and stand against it with your back foot. Balance your dominant, or front foot, on the top of the board when it is in the air.

Step 4

Bend your knees to prepare to drop in. The board will pick up speed quickly. Take the drop with an athletic stance, going with the speed rather than trying to hold back or slow down.

Step 5

Prepare to hit a jump, rail or other obstacle and perform a trick with the speed you've gathered from the pipe. If you're just working on riding the pipe, skate back up by pushing off as you normally would and gaining enough speed to ascend the pipe. Pause at the top by popping your board up on the lip. Repeat the process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Position two quarter pipes facing each other so that you can go back and forth between the two without stopping. This placement will teach you how to descend and ascend a quarter pipe back-to-back. With enough balance and speed accumulation, you can begin to ollie and perform tricks at the top of the pipe.

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