Mastering Skateboarding Book

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Title Mastering Skateboarding
Latest Edition 1st
Author Per Welinder
Author 2 Peter Whitley
Format Paperback, eBook
Pages 272
Publisher Human Kinetics
Published 2011, November 22
Language English
ISBN-10 0736095993
ISBN-13 978-0736095990
Dimensions 8.4" x 0.6" x 10.8"
Print Status In Print
Available at Amazon $16.63

This book isn't dedicated to freestyle, but it does cover a few freestyle tricks and has good general information on the basics of skateboarding, equipment and maintenance. I will list the freestyle-applicable information in the contents below.

Table of Contents

Part I - Skateboarding Essentials
Chapter 1 - Equipment and Safety
  • Skate Culture (p5)
  • Pads and Protection (p7)
Chapter 2 - Building and Maintaining a Board
  • Skating Styles - Freestyle (Only two paragraphs on page 16)
  • Anatomy of a Board (p16)
  • Building a Board (p22)
  • Tuning Your Board (p25)
Chapter 3 - Balance and Control
  • Skateboarding Terms (p31)
Part II - Techniques and Tricks
Chapter 4 - Basic Maneuvers
Chapter 5 - Ollies and Shuvits
Chapter 6 - Lip Tricks
Chapter 7 - Grinds and Slides
Chapter 8 - Vert, Downhill, and Slalom
Part III - The Skateboarding Life
Chapter 9 - Challenging Your Environment
Chapter 10 - Skating Competitively
  • Contests and Competitions
  • Sponsorships

From the Back Cover

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!


  • The photos shown on pages 84-85 for the Pressure Flip actually demonstrate the Varial Kickflip on pages 96-97.
  • The photos shown on pages 96-97 for the Varial Kickflip actually demonstrate the Hardflip on pages 102-103.
  • The photos shown on pages 102-103 for the Hardflip actually demonstrate the Pressure Flip on pages 84-85.
  • On page 15, the third sentence of the third paragraph under the Longboarding heading should be "Some drop down in the middle of the board to lower the skater's center of gravity, known as drop-through decks, and others, known as camber boards, actually rise up in the middle and flatten out only when someone is standing on them." The board illustrations should be as follows:
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