DVD BREAKDOWN: I. SKATING INTRO II. THE FUNDAMENTALS - EVERY SKATEBOARDER SHOULD KNOW - 8 FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPALS OF RIDING A SKATEBOARD III. BASICS OF STREET & RAMP IV. THE MOST WANTED TRICKS Lake Owen Skate ... more »Camp presents Skateboarding Explained. A real skateboarding instructional, by real skateboarding instructor, Dan MacFarlane. Lake Owen is a world renowned skatecamp and a franchise of Woodward Skatecamp. Dan MacFarlane is a top ranked pro who has been skating for over 18 years, and is owner of the nationally distributed Mentality Skateboards. Lake Owen considers Dan to be their best Instructor.« less
A. M. (Dooce) from LILBURN, GA Reviewed on 3/1/2008...
This is a really good instructional DVD for beginners and those who want to review the basics and learn the terminology for a lot of the tricks.
The best instructional skateboarding video out there. period
V Q | Singapore | 11/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Skateboarding. Such a developing sport and lifestyle. Each year the populous of skateboarders grow. Could it be for the thrill, or perhaps the sheer technicality and accessibility of the sport? for any reason, Skateboarding is an exciting activity to be doing. For me, Skateboarding immersed me in a great active outlet in middle school. I also discovered music and art through various skate videos. The only problem for me, and many others who decide to take the challenge of skateboarding is its difficulty level. I remember when learning how to ride a board I would want to learn how to ollie, and follow crappy grainy pictures and short sentence instructions on how to do the trick on websites. I got slowly better but my friends were progressing a lot faster than me. I even got Tony Hawk Trick Tips (1,2 and 3) They helped a bit but I really did not see a vast improvement or feel in my skateboarding ability. Here I am as a college freshman, I decided to go back where I left off in 9th grade on skating. I guess it helps that I am much older now, but I started picking up my old tricks better and I got more style and ease over the board. I definitely was keen to improve again. I was surfing through youtube when I found someone recommending this video as a good instructional video, so I watched the sample 360 flip clip and was impressed how I quickly understood how to actually attempt the trick. I decided to order this video based on various testimonials, thinking it couldn't hurt my skating. Once I received the video, I was thoroughly impressed. I looked through the basic instructions on the ollie and just watching the video I understood how I could actually raise my ollie height to a few extra inches. Dan MacFarlane, the creator and instructor in this video really simplifies each specific trick and explains it in a very easy style any ages can follow. Each trick he teaches (from Ollie, Pop Shove Its (BS/FS), Kickflips, heelflips, 360 Flips, Board Slides) he stresses important key points each time. Watching him perform a trick in slow-mo, Its easy to copy and apply it to your skateboarding. I did not experience this ease of learning and applying watching other skateboarding instructional videos. Watching the video already after owning it for a week and half, I already increased my ollie height, improved my pop shove its and got clean frontside 180 ollies down and great popping kickflips and varial flips down.. His tips on the mini ramp are great too. Not only does Dan give you great trick tips (stressing the pre-requisites before each trick) He also teaches the fundamentals of skateboarding. How to push, how to figure out which stance a beginner is, how to turn properly. These tips will help any beginner to successfuly join the club. He teaches you how NOT to skate (mongo) which is essential because like many skateboarders, I look in disgust as many skaters around me push mongo. After these fundamental tips, he gives you 8 fundamentals that you can apply to experience level in skateboarding. I feel that these tips really help any skater and is something that makes Dan's video stand out even more. I recommend this video to all beginners, intermediate and pro skaters, it will make you skate the best you ever skated. I can't wait till his next installments.
Just a Reader | Oceanside, CA | 09/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I started skateboarding way back before they made instructional videos. The basics were always either self taught, friends teaching you, or other kids calling you names like "poser" or much too worse to metion forcing you to learn by the trial and error method which often resulted in a slow learning process. I eventualy became better and learned the tricks as they came along. After years of learning I became a good skater in my local scene. I havent rode a skateboard in years because I spend my days working or being a father. My kids recently became facinated with my old skateboards, so I wanted them to learn how to ride one. I bought Tony Hawk's Trick Tips thinking they could learn from my childhood hero, This didnt work/ My kids wanted to learn but couldn't stay focused, My wife said they werent interested in it because "they dont get it". I found Skateboarding Explained and it was great. I found my kids to be responsive to the methods of teaching on this video. The tricks were expained in a way my kids could understand. and they seemed to listen more and pay attention to the video. They didnt lose interest. I wish there was a video called "Cleaing Your Room Explained" With the same instructor. Id buy that in a heartbeat! I loved seeing my kids excited about something. I instantly had flashbacks the moment I walked through the door and found my kids practicing kick turns in front of the TV while watching the video. The first time I stood on a skateboard I was trying desperately to Tic-Tac and my kids were doing it on one of their first times actualy riding a skateboard. My kids were happy because they were accomplishing each trick after being taught on the video. My 6yo was learning fast while my 4yo was having taking a little longer, but the DVD navigates from each trick easily so I would skip back on whatever they didnt pull right away. This video teaches Ollies, frontside & backside 180's, nollies, how to ride ramps and do street tricks(my favorites) and any flip trick that you or your kids want to know. Skateboarding Explained is a great buy for kids wanting to learn how to skateboard. I highly recommend this video for kids who want to advance in skating and learn how to use tricks they already know and adapt them to the much more advanced tricks. The how-to's are great because they tell how This video has shown me a lot by helping me understand how the tricks work even the ones I already know. I felt like a kid again riding my skateboard in the living room. My kids made me where a helmet like the guy in the video. and then they let me get on a skateboard. I started getting my old tricks back! I landed a Backside 180 kickflip for the first time in 9 years. I felt like a hero to my kids, they were jumping up and dow cheering me on. I was suprised how well the video works. I was able to do the tricks again after relearning them by using this video. My kids were really suprised to see me doing the tricks. My wife looked so happy as she watched her son, daughter, and husband totally destroy our hardwood floors in our house. We were all having fun. This has been one of my best nights ever. Thanks Skateboarding Explained!"
The Best Instructional DVD I've tried
C. Graeff | Los Angeles | 06/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have used a couple other instructional DVDs to learn skateboarding, but it was nothing like Skateboarding Explained. I had read a very good review of the video on Transworld Skateboarding magazine, so I bought the DVD and am very happy I did so. The teacher is a professional skateboarder and a coach as well. He explains every trick in detail and makes it very easy for any beginners and intermediates to learn faster. The images are very well done because it shows every step of the trick. I highly recommend Skateboarding Explained if you wish to learn how to skateboard."
Very detailed and the best instructional skateboarding DVD.
B. Taylor | Copiague, NY | 10/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From the start of this DVD, Dan MacFarlane gives you the basics of skateboarding in a easy to follow pace. I watched this with my 9yr. old son, who has been trying to learn various tricks on his own. After his first viewing of Skateboarding Explained, he immediately put on his helmet, ran outside, and worked on his Ollie. He easily copied what he saw on the DVD; since all of the tricks are shown in slow motion, and graphics appear onscreen, to guide the viewer where to look, while attempting the tricks. What was funny was my son asked me, for the first time, to get him portable DVD player, so he could watch the DVD outside and practice skateboarding. I may actually to purchase it for him, since this is the skateboarding DVD he truly feels will help him. I've already bought for my son two other DVDs, "Zero To Hero", and "Tony Hawk's Trick Tips", but they did not seem to be as detailed as Skateboarding Explained. Skateboarding Explained already has my son performing his Ollie higher and leveled off, and he is getting better at other tricks he has never tried before, because now he understands what he needs to do to nail the tricks. After purchasing the "other two" DVDs, I was not sure "S.E." was going to be any different, but since my son did not have a mentor to teach him the tricks in person, I wanted to give this DVD a chance, and it was worth it. Thanks Dan Macfarlane, you did a great job, my son certainly appreciates it too."