Mastering Skateboarding

Mastering Skateboarding


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Mastering Skateboarding by Per Welinder, Peter Whitley, Pete Whitley

Ever watched pro skaters and wished you knew how they were able to pull off the tricks that you see? If so, then Mastering Skateboarding is the resource for you!

Two-time world champion skateboarder Per Welinder teams up with longtime skateboard advocate Peter Whitley to bring you the techniques and tricks used by the pros. But the information doesn’t stop there. Welinder and Whitley also provide in-depth coverage of skateboarding equipment, including how to select the components that work best for you and how to build and tune a board that fits your individual riding style. Packed with 88 tricks, this full-color guide is the only resource you’ll need to pull off all the moves you’ve dreamed of doing.

Whether you ride street or vert, competitive or recreational, Mastering Skateboarding has you covered. Add this one-of-a-kind resource to your collection and you’ll soon be ready to put your new skills on display!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736095990
Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc.
Publication date: 11/22/2011
Edition description: Original
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 798,762
Product dimensions: 8.52(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Google Per Welinder and your search will reveal the history of a pro skater—a legend who performed all the skateboarding stunt scenes for Michael J. Fox in the famous film Back to the Future, a two-time world champion freestyle skateboarder, and an iconic pioneer in the second generation of skateboarding. Today he is an entrepreneur who earned his MBA from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA. Welinder is the president and cofounder of Blitz Distribution, a major player in today’s skateboarding world thanks to brands like Baker Skateboards, Hook-Ups, Sk8Mafia, Fury Trucks, and JSLV clothing.

The accomplished lifelong skater brings a unique perspective to the brands he works with and believes that skateboarding serves a vital role in youth culture. Welinder has promoted the growth of skateboarding worldwide through his roles as the former chair and current board member for the International Association of Skateboard Companies.

Peter Whitley is a lifelong skateboarder, artist, and advocate for skateparks. He is the former executive director of Skaters for Public Skateparks, a nonprofit organization dedicated to skatepark awareness, advancement, and advocacy. Currently he serves as the programs director for the Tony Hawk Foundation. He is also the author of the Public Skatepark Development Guide. When not working with communities on skatepark matters, Whitley is a graphic designer and illustrator.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Equipment and Safety

Chapter 2: Building and Maintaining a Board

Chapter 3: Balance and Control


Chapter 4: Basic Maneuvers

Chapter 5: Ollies and Shuvits

Chapter 6: Lip Tricks

Chapter 7: Grind and Slides

Chapter 8: Skills for Other Types of Skating


Chapter 9: Challenging Your Environment

Chapter 10: Skating Competitively

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Having come from a generation of skateboarding that was very experimental, I’m reassured to know that there are now high-quality instructions and tutorials for learning the tricks that we struggled with for so many years.” -- Tony Hawk, Legendary Skateboarder and Entrepreneur

“All other sports have coaches and how-to books. Skating is such a different animal, but it is also a very precise and dangerous sport. Having someone give you the small insights into the techniques involved in skating is invaluable.” -- Chris Cole, Professional Skateboarder

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Mastering Skateboarding 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
mandymarie20 More than 1 year ago
A must for anyone who takes up a board! 'Mastering Skateboarding' is the ultimate how-to manual for skateboard enthusiasts. This must manual contains everything from the basics of how to put your feet on the board; a great step-by-step breakdown for each skill and trick with accompanying photographs; how to customize your board; different kinds of architecture to do your tricks on; how to be a competitive skateboarder; and even how to run a skateboard competition. The text is easy enough to understand for someone who has never boarded but does not talk down to advanced boarders. Everyone who skateboards needs this book!
SCory More than 1 year ago
Mastering Skateboarding is a great book for anyone who wants to skate, whether you're just learning or you know how and want to learn some tricks or technique. The first part of the book is devoted to basic riding, and it explains in detail how to start riding if you are a beginner. The book gives great step-by-step guides on many tricks, starting with the basics and going to very advanced tricks. The guides are very informative; the instructions have several steps, with a color photo for every step. This makes it much easier to understand exactly what the book is talking about. The authors also added a bit about skateboarding culture, how to act and a general guide of how not to make a fool out of yourself. There is also information on different styles of skateboarding - such as street boarding and vert boarding - a guide on deciding what kind of skateboard is best for you, and information you will need to tune-up your skateboard. All-in-all, the book is a great book for beginning skateboarders, and even many people who don't skateboard could feasibly enjoy reading Mastering Skateboarding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great photography by legend Bryce Kanights.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg so good