How To: Freebord Tricks

Freebording is a great sport and as more and more freebord riders learn to carve up their world, new tricks are coming out of the woodwork. Some are variations on old skateboarding tricks, some have come from the snow covered slopes, and some can only be done of a freebord. Below you’ll find a list of basic tricks (and how to do them) that will get you started on your way to becoming the next master freeborder.

Always remember to keep your freebord in tip-top condition before you attempt any tricks (that means check your gear and buy replacement freebord parts when you need them) because equipment failure will lead to total devastation—not to mention make you look like a bit of a tool.

And always, always wear the proper protective gear! (Helmets can save your life and your pretty little face!)

Basic Freebord Tricks

Frontside 180 – Rolling ahead at a decent speed, ease backward taking some of your weight off the edge wheels and push forward with your trailing leg. Follow through until you’ve completed the revert. Now your previous leading leg should be trailing and the trailing leg should be leading.

Backside 180 – Just like above but backwards! Push backward with your trailing leg and follow through until you’ve rotated 180 degrees and your leading leg is now trailing.

Frontside 360 – Similar to the 180, just continue pushing forward with your trailing leg—all the way around in a circle. It’s important to maintain the correct amount of weight over the center caster wheels by balancing your body over the freebord. Too much weight on the center and the freebord will slip out from underneath you, not enough and the edge wheels will catch—which will either dry up your momentum or stop you quickly. It might be helpful to push backward with your leading leg at the same time but be careful not to take it too far—that’s a sure recipe for disaster.

Backside 360 – Reverse the Frontside 360 above and push backward with your trailing leg. It might also help to push forward with your leading leg at the same time but don’t unbalance yourself or the freebord will toss you like a bull rider.

Frontside/Backside Overslide – The frontside and backside overslides are similar to the 180s but instead of following through with the motion until you’ve rotated a full 180 degrees, ease off halfway through the trick and maintain a freebord position horizontal to you path of travel. Basically, you’re using the caster wheels as the main support for your body weight but keeping the rear or forward edge wheels (depending on whether you’re ripping a frontside or backside) for balance. You might feel a tendency for the freebord to continue the 180 motion so you have to “push back” against the freebord then maintain the horizontal position by alternating the “push” motions. Whenever you use the fronstide edge wheels be extremely cautious not to put too much weight on them. That will cause them to catch and your body’s momentum will put you face first into the asphalt.

Press – To complete a Press, simply lean back, taking some of your body weight off the front of the freebord and transferring it to the back. This will lift the front of the freebord off the ground, keeping the two rear edge wheels and the rear center wheel on the ground for stability. Take it slowly or you’ll go end up.

The Manual – Take the Press a little higher and you’ll go into a manual. This move lifts the rear center wheel right off the ground and puts all of your weight on the two rear edge wheels. Use your leading foot/leg for balance to keep the freebord from dropping down onto its tail.

Nose Press/Nose Manual – Reverse the motions of the Press and Manual to achieve a Nose Press and a Nose Manual. These moves may be a little more difficult because the majority of your body weight will be over the leading edge of the freebord. Be especially careful not to let the lip of the freebord hit the ground and watch out for cracks in the pavement, loose stones, or other hazards as any sudden decrease in momentum will send you off the leading edge of the freebord.

Frontside Nose Pivot – This move can be used to quickly rotate your leading leg to the rear or your trailing leg to the front. To complete this move, transfer some weight to the front of your freebord, as if you were attempting a Press or Manual. Then, push forward with your trailing leg quickly once the rear wheels of the freebord clear the ground. This will cause the freebord to “spin” on the front three wheels and reverse the freebord’s direction.

Backside Nose Pivot – This trick starts off the same as the Frontside but instead of pushing forward with the trailing leg, push backward.

Ollie – If you’ve ever skateboarded before, you know what an Ollie is. Essentially, it’s a bunny hop with a board. You lift the frontside of the board up and as that starts to drop, you bring the backside up. Ollies are an essential trick to learn as they gift you the gift of air and can be used to transition between uneven surfaces. Ollies on a freebord are a little easier than on a skateboard because you have the bindings to help “pull” the board up. Essentially, you squat (with knees bent) and then explode upward with your leading leg extending slightly before your trailing leg. Practice Ollies at slow speeds first because landing one gets harder the faster your going.

Pivot 180 Jump – like the Nose Pivot above, the Pivot 180 jump will quickly get your freebord reversed. This time though, you’ll being doing it with flair. Once you get the freebord up on the leading wheels and begin the pivot, bend your leading leg and then explode upward as you continue to bring the rest of the freebord around. This takes your remaining wheels off the ground and lets you complete the move in the air.

Jump 180 – this move lets you get your freebord reversed off the pavement. Bend your knees, explode upward and as your freebord wheels clear the ground spin your legs round in a circular motion (pushing forward with your trailing leg and backward with your leading leg). Reverse the push directions to complete a backside jump 180.

Standstill Spin – Start from a stationary position (hence the standstill) and bend your knees slightly. Explode upward but not so much as to lift your freebord off the ground. At the same time, push forward with your trailing foot and backward with your leading foot. This will take just enough of the weight off your edge wheels to cause the center wheels to slide. The pushing motion brings the freebord around in a circle. At the same time, twist your body to match the motion of your feet. This move can be terminated in a 180, 360, or even 720.

Advanced Tricks Await You!

These are just some basic tricks to get you started. Once you understand the mechanics of the freebord, you can move on to more complex tricks including Coleman slides, rails grinds, hand slides, and more. Get out there and learn to shred your world but always ride carefully and with the proper protective gear!

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