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In this day and age, Skateboarding is undoubtedly a trendy sport for young people.
Some people may consider skateboarding simply a hobby or a means of transportation. Nonetheless, enthusiasts perceive it as pure art, in which passion and creativity flourish.
Kind of Skateboard Ledges
Skateboard curb or ledge can be made from everything – from a park bench to a self-made wooden box with a metal edge. There are perhaps some disadvantages when using these kinds of ledges, but such obstacles facilitate all sorts of unique grindings and slides.
There are many different types of skateboard ledge. Those you encounter on the street vary in materials, from concrete to metal or even stone. They can be anything you can glide on.
A straight flat ledge is the most common skateboarding ledge thanks to its advantages. You can easily perform hundreds of tricks with this kind of ledge.
Hubba refers to a curb / ledge that slopes down next to a staircase or bench. It is always a bit higher than the steps or slopes in itself, so you can jump on it and grind down or slide.
On a flat trail, a horizontal pole above the ground, you can perform almost every grind and slide that go on the curb. It offers you the perfect training camp to prepare you for a handrail.
Ideal Size of a Skateboard Ledge
The ledges should be of 9 “to 18” high. If it is lower than that, your ollie is obstructed and you cannot perform the right tricks. Slightly higher skateboard brings more challenges to players.
To help you grind and slide well, the ledge should be at least a few feet long. It may range from 3’ to 8’ depending on the kinds of trick you want to do.
A good ledge should be about 3’ or over in width. This will lower falling incidents and avoid injuries because you have more space to land. It also encourages you to push your tricks further.
How to DIY a Skateboard Ledge
Materials needed :
- Pallets: any size or height
- Plywood : at least 9mm thick
- 90 degree angled stainless steel
- Small nails, or screws if using drill
Step 1: Lay down the sheet of ply on the pallet
Step 2: Nail down the ply to the corners of the pallet
Step 3: Saw the remaining ply of the edges off the pallet
Step 4: Finish of nailing down the ply on all edges and corners
Step 5: Place steel on the edge of the pallet and mark where you are going to cut
Step 6: Cut where you have marked on the steel. Once you’re done cutting, place the steel on the side of the pallet.
Step 7: Create holes in steel for nails to go in. This can be done by using a punch or a large screw. Then hammer nails in where the holes are.
Then do the same thing to the sides of the steel and other sides.
Step 8: Go skate.
Top High Performance Skateboard Ledges
Practice your ollies, grinds, flip tricks and other maneuvers with these top high performance skateboard ledges . They are extremely durable, and suitable for skaters of different levels.
- Ramptect 2’ tall 4’ wide quarter pipe. It is simple and quick to be assembled as provided with detailed building guide. It features pre-cut materials with the top surface made of ABS plastic and exterior screws.
- Mojo skate bench. Features a laminated wood bench top with exterior steel edging for maximum grinding and welded steel construction.
- Landwave four-sided pyramid skateboard kit with four events and one deck. Easy to assemble. No tools required. use with skateboards BMX bikes inline skates and door RC cars.
- 2ft professional skateboard quarter pipe. The two feet quarter pipe colors in kit form pre-drilled and pre-cut transition templates make assembly a breeze.
- OC ramps three feet wide quarter pipe. Features include portable made from highest grade lumber and designed for skateboards scooters and bikes.
- Fresh Bart’s skateboard rainbow grind rail kit. Create custom grinds with interlocking rail sections great for skateboard BMX scooter snowboard and inline skate grinds.
- Mojo port a park. Features portable poured a park welded steel construction powder coat finish and black resin board top.
- Fresh spark professional BMX and skateboarding wedge round. Features waterproof urethane / ABS surface that requires no treatment and will not rot or warp like wood.
How to Grind a Ledge
First thing you want to do is put your trucks on there and make sure that whatever ledge you have picked out is going to grind. You need to wax the ledge because metal or concrete doesn’t always go so smooth. You can practice by tossing your board up there and scrapin your trucks along that ledge.
The next step is just stand still and use a line. You can practice by standing there and ollieing over that line. Lean forward and going forward from where you are and make sure that your trucks land on the ledge with the wheels right up against the edge. That’s very very important if your wheels aren’t up against the edge your trucks are going to flip out and you’ll fall.
So make sure you get your wheels slammed up against the edge of the curb or ledge. The next step just put your board on there run and jump. It’s much easier to guide yourself as you’re moving because then you just pop up land with your wheels straight up against that ledge. You have to be able to ride with some speed with your wheels close to up against that ledge as you can grind across it and then lift up at the end.
The more you grinds, the more comfortable you’ll be with it and it’ll just get easier and easier. So get out there and skate up. The more you progress the more you’re going to have fun and that’s what skateboarding is all about.
Tricks with Mini Ramp/Ledge
With a mini ledge, you can do a lot of tricks. Below are some basic ones you can practice .
The Frontside 50-50
Let’s get started at number one. We have the frontside 50-50. For this one have both your front and back trucks grind along the ledge and then come off. This is the easiest of the grinds.
It’s just a matter of finding a grinder coming at it with a good amount of speed and then rolling up onto the edge. The two easiest ways to get used to the feeling of the 5050 are to first just put your board on top of the ledge and then run and jump onto it.
And then when you’re comfortable with the way that feels you can move on to try and caveman 5050 s which is just throwing your board down onto the ledge.
The Back Side
For number two we have the back side. For this one you roll up with your back facing the ledge, ollie up and turn 90 to get your nose on the side and then with most of your weight on the nose you slide along the ledge and then come off.
And for this one you can come out regular or fakie but fakie might be easier for you at first. The only thing you need to know for this one is how to ollie in turn 90 degrees and then land with all your weight on the nose. It’s important to note that your weight distribution should be mostly on your front foot. And your back foot is floating on top of the board helping to guide it.
You can practice this one a little slower at first. Just making sure that you lock it on the nose and then you can slowly work your way up to go a little faster.
The Backside Boardslide
Number three we have the backside boardslide. With this one you’re once again rolling at the object with your back towards it. Then you Ollie in turn 90 so your front wheels go up on top of the ledge slide along it and then come up. To start off practicing you can go straight at the ledge and Ollie up into a board stall and then you can roll straight at it and practice the 90-degree Ollie into the board scull.
Something to keep an eye on is that when you ollie up you’re not leaving your weight too far towards your back foot because you won’t get all the way up. You lean all the way towards your front foot so you’re up on top of the box.Another thing is that because your wheels are actually sliding along the top part of the box you gonna need to put on a good layer of wax right about there. And then with enough speed you should be able to roll at it ollie up and slide along.
The easiest way to practice this one is that you don’t actually ollie. You turn your board onto the ledge which only takes being able to turn frontside 90 degrees on your tail and then lifting up on your nose to get your trucks up and over. Next you roll up , lift your wheels up and over the edge and lift your weight up on top of your front trucks and then slide.
The Frontside 5-0
Number four we have the frontside 50. This is pretty similar to a 50-50 except you’re only grinding on your back truck with your nose in the air. This one is just as easy to balance and grind as a 50-50 but it’s a tiny bit harder to get into. For this one make sure you can ollie all the way up and over onto the ledge with just your back truck landing.
Once you’re comfortable ollying and landing on your back trucks with your tail down and then you can try out doing this on a curb a few times because it’s easier on something lower. Remember that even though you’re landing on your back truck and your tail you need to make sure that your weight is nice and centered over your axle and that you’re not leaning too far back.
It’s like a manual where even though you’re on your back truck you’re still kind of keeping your weight forward so you don’t slip out backwards. The good thing about the 50 is you can put your tail all the way down onto the ledge to help keep you balanced.
To practice getting comfortable with this feeling of just being on your back truck you can set your board up on the ledge in 50/50. While you’re standing on it you can press the tail down into a 50. You can also practice this with a 50/50 spell on a curb just all the up and once you’re well balanced, put all your weight down on the tail.
Once you get a little more comfortable you can actually all the up onto the ledge into a 50/50 grind and then turn it into a 50 at the end. This should help you get used to how it feels when you’re grinding on just your back trucks .
The Backside Crooked
For our last grind we have the backside crooked. The backside crooked is like a backside noseslide except this time you’re on your trucks and your nose. Now, this one’s definitely the hardest one on the list. You can practice this while standing still next to your ledge. The weirdest thing about this trick if you’ve never done one is the way it feels to stand on the board while it’s in that position.
You put all your weight towards your front foot to bring the tail up and then slide along it in that crooked position. The easier way to practice this one is to not actually ollie but doing the teeter-totter motion up onto your front truck, because of the leverage you’ll have from your truck being up on the ledge.
If you can barely get hit up on there then all you have to do is press down on the nose to bring the tail up in the air. Practice this next to a curb at first just to get the feeling and then you can actually practice doing this into a grind which is easier on something lower.
You might notice that when you’re trying this method you may do a little bit of an ollie even though you’re not trying to. But this one’s more of a mental practice so you don’t feel like you have to do some big ollie into the grind.
Concluding What has Been Said Above
These were five relatively easy grinds. If you’re trying to learn these, the practice steps can help you get more comfortable with each one. Doing grinds and slides can feel kind of awkward at first if you’ve never done them.
But once you get a little bit more used to them there are a lot of fun and they open up a whole new world of tricks so have fun and keep skateboarding