How to Frontside and Backside Powerslide on a Skateboard (Flatground and Hill Bomb Tutorial)
How to Frontside and Backside Powerslide on a Skateboard (Flatground and Hill Bomb Tutorial)

Hi, my name is Justin Lauria, and today I’m
going to teach you how to do a skateboard trick called a powerslide. A powerslide is a trick that involves turning
your board perpendicular to the direction you’re traveling and sliding your wheels on
the ground. This maneuver can be used to slow yourself down when you’re skating at high
speeds, but it’s a trick by itself so you can do them on their own or add them to a
line as well. One thing to note before you start doing this
trick is that your wheels need to be made out of something hard. Soft wheels are great
for giving you extra traction and absorbing bumbs in the road, but they’re not
going to slide along the ground very easily. Worse yet, if you do get them
to slide, you’re going to file down a flat spot on one side of each wheel. Alright, so the easiest powerslide to learn
is the frontside powerslide. It’s called frontside because you’re going to be rotating your body
so that the front side of your body will be facing the the direction you’re traveling. In order to do a frontside powerslide, you
want to make sure you’re riding on a smooth surface that your wheels can slide on, and
that you’re going pretty fast. If you’re going too slow, the friction between your wheels
and the concrete is going to keep you from sliding at all, so be sure to get a few good
pushes in before you start. Once you’re moving forward with a good bit
of speed, set up your feet so that your front foot is on top of your front wheels, and your
back foot is behind your back wheels, both perpendicular to the board. Now comes the wind up. Crouch down and turn
your arms and shoulders opposite of the way you’re going to turn when you do the slide.
When you unwind, you want your shoulders to be facing completely forward, so that your
hips and eventually your feet can turn to face forward too. But most importantly, you’re
going to be using your legs to jump up, almost to where your feet come off the board, so
that your weight isn’t pressing the wheels down into the concrete very much. This is
the key step that will actually allow your board to slide more than just a few inches. Ok, so now, simultaneously uncrouch, and unwind
your arms and shoulders to face forward. As you move into this position, you want to
lean slighty backwards, and kick out your back wheels so the board turns 90 degrees
and starts sliding. While you’re sliding, you going to want to keep even
pressure on both feet, and since you’re going to be deccelerating, make sure to keep your
body weight behind the board so it doesn’t stick and send you flying forward. When you’re ready to roll away from this trick,
crouch down again and take some of the weight off of your back foot, and your board will
naturally slide back into its normal alignment. When you first start learning frontside powerslides,
you probably won’t slide very much, and sometimes not at all, but you just need to keep practicing
them and eventually you’ll be able to control them enough to slide them as far as you want. Once you get your frontside powerslides down,
you can start working on your backside powerslides. Backside powerslides are a little tougher
since you’ll be turning to face backwards while you slide, and until you really get
used to it, you’re going to have a hard time getting the board to turn the full 90 degrees.
Even if you do manage to get it to turn all the way, the board is going to
have a tendency to suddenly stop sliding halfway through the
maneuver, sending you flying backward over your heels. While this might seem like a good reason not
to practice this trick, I can assure you that once you get it down, it feels and looks great,
and it’s definitely worth going through the process of learning them. If you don’t feel
like you can comfortably run backwards out of this trick at the speed you’re going though,
put on a helmet before you start. Alright so on to the technique. Just like
with frontside powerslides, you need to be on a smooth surface, and you need to have
a lot of speed. Then, you’re going to slightly wind up your shoulders to face forward and
crouch down. Remember that crouching all the way down and
springing up to take your weight off the board is the most important part, and the hardest
part to get your body to do, so pay attention to whether or not you’re actually doing this
while you’re learning. As you jump up, also turn your shoulders,
hips, and eventually your feet backwards, so that
your board turns 90 degrees and starts to slide. During a backside powerslide, you want
to keep your head facing forward as much as you can, so you can judge how you need to
balance and to see where you’re going. Also, keep your weight leaned back, away from the
direction you’re sliding, and press fairly evenly on both feet, keeping your weight on
your toes. In my opinion, it’s better to lean too far
back and have the board slide out from underneath you, causing you to gracefully fall down onto
your hands, rather than not lean back enough and have your board stick, causing you to
either have to run backwards out of this trick, or fall to your back or even possibly your
head. Now, before you slow down too much, use both of
your legs to simultaneously straighten your board out as much as possible and ride away
clean. Backside powerslides are fairly difficult to straighten out completely before you start
rolling again, so expect the whole maneuver to steer you a little bit to one side. When you really want to start sliding these
a long ways, you can practice them by doing the slide and riding away fakie. To get into fakie stance, you have to turn your board at least all the way to the 90 degree point,
and doing this will help your body understand what it feels like to be sliding backwards,
with your board sliding perpendicular to your forward momentum. Another thing that might help you get into
the slide more easily is to do a small frontside carve right before you uncrouch to start sliding.
Not only will this give you a little more room to wind up your shoulders, but it can
help you stay moving in a straight line overall even if you’re unable to completely straighten
your board out after the slide. With both types of powerslides, there are
a few common problems you might run into. First, you might not be able to get your wheels
to slide at all. It may be the case that your wheels are too soft, or the ground is too
rough, but more often, the problem is that you’re not going fast enough, you’re not leaning
back enough, or you’re picking your weight up off the board enough. Make sure to commit
to fully rotating your board 90 degrees and lean back so your momentum will push the board
out in front of you, and remember to crouch down and jump up right before you kick your
board out, so that it can slide with as little friction on the wheels as possible. If you’re getting into the slide and then
the board sticks to the ground halfway through, you’re not keeping your weight back behind
the board far enough. For frontside powerslides, incrementally increase the amount that you
lean back until you find the sweet spot. For backside powerslides, it’s better to start out
leaning too far behind the board, and incrementally decrease the amount that you lean back until
you get your weight positioning dialed in. With this approach, you’ll be falling backwards
as little as possible while you’re learning. If you need any more help with your powerslides,
you can leave your questions in the comments section below, and if you haven’t done so
already, be sure to subscribe so you can stay up to date with the latest trick tips. Also, remember to have fun.

66 thoughts on “How to Frontside and Backside Powerslide on a Skateboard (Flatground and Hill Bomb Tutorial)”

  1. Tomas SB says:

    Thanks for the help. I'm going to try that. Makes much more sense!

  2. phong la says:


  3. Luca Mereu says:

    Thanks dude!!

  4. Nick Sommers says:

    this helped allot i could get the motion but i would always fall forward because i wasn't going fast enough i finally got them after watching this video thank you

  5. Rabb!t says:

    a friend of me is so god in powerslides that the wheels of him have corners and sounds like a tractor xD

  6. Mathias Justesen says:

    Thank you for giving a thorough explanation of how to do power slides, instead of those 3 minute videoes where they just tell you to move your shoulders and look cool. This really gives me a much better idea of how to do them! Thanks!

  7. Will Smith says:

    Good explanation BTW im greenlandic
    So if i typed wrong sorry

  8. quetty says:

    awesome vid, thanks bro

  9. DaHomieChriugh * says:

    at 2:58 the guy that is doing the manual has his hands up so high 😂😂

  10. oyze says:

    yea these vids are tops… backsides are hard lol

  11. william yu says:

    what park is this

  12. david Valdivia says:

    this guy is a good teacher

  13. Nicole Spiro says:

    this video is really helpful I'm glad i found it!

  14. Jarod DayZ says:

    People powerslide on long boards all the time. I have doubts that soft wheels will make it impossible.

  15. Marc Franquesa says:

    Are you using longboard wheels? I am not sure if my wheels will work they are 52mm globe skateboarding wheels, what are the best wheels?

  16. Smith K says:

    Hey! Your in Austin! I saw th park

  17. Raul Oliveros says:

    The best tutorial yet. I am bound to learn it with this information. Great job!

  18. SHADY says:

    really good, helpful tutorial 😉

  19. Armando Padildoh says:

    Hey have u ever went to Compton?cus i actually think I saw u

  20. chad kenney says:

    Watched this video and practiced for 30 minutes and got it (:

  21. Matthew Toader says:

    Is that the Austin skatepark?

  22. AK47 Music says:

    who else fell doing this

  23. Yash Patil says:

    r oxelo wheels alright

  24. Abdullah Alam says:

    I bought my skateboard a long time ago, and idk how hard they are or what brand they are. Is there any way i can determine whether or not learning this will result in flatspots?

  25. Username says:

    You were talking about using a 99a wheel. So fun fact about durometer. The ASTM (standards body who governs stuff like the shore durometer scale) recommends moving to a different scale if you take a reading below 10 or above 90. Skateboard wheel companies know that skaters want harder wheels and that bigger numbers will sell more wheels if the skater is uninformed. I would love there to be more honesty in the market, but such is life. Anyway, a 100a is an inaccurate reading due to how the durometer meters work. An accurately measured equivalent would be an 85b.

    And contrary to what Bones likes to tell people, the difference between the a scale and the b scale is not 20:

    I'm glad Bones is helping push people to use the b scale, it makes way more sense for modern skateboard wheels. But it's good to encourage honest ratings so we can make better informed decisions when buying wheels. None of this probably matters to most people, and we'll skate a bunch of different stuff and then buy what we like, which is cool. But maybe some people are interested in this. I hope it helps someone, or maybe helps spread the word to improve the industry.

  26. Lucas Paul says:

    These videos are amazing. Thank you very much dude!

  27. Janek Myslinski says:

    Whenever I try to frontside only my back wheels slide and my front wheels don't. It always flings me off my board. Any tips to help me with that?

  28. Joe Amazon says:

    Would've of been nice to have these type of instructional videos when I was growing up.

  29. Zebro says:

    Do you live in Austin? I saw that House Park footage. Why not go to mabel? And that No-Comply Skate Shop T-Shirt.

  30. Bananasinpajamas says:

    when frontisde is backside

  31. Martin Tomečko says:

    best tutorial for powerslide! thanx

  32. LDG skating says:

    this helped so much!

  33. Aadam says:

    What happens when you mix Drake and Kid Cudi…

  34. Jack Wolf says:

    aye housepark

  35. Erko says:

    there are no "smooth" ground or skateparks in my town. How fucked am i?

  36. Emerica GermanRes says:

    lol its easier backside for me still can't get front sides

  37. Bernie Cervantes says:

    This was such a good tutorial. Thank you!

  38. palboy says:

    4:37 for that cheesy smile 😉

  39. Phantom Thief says:

    goddamn,i love this channel

  40. Lue Coplin says:

    love this skatepark

  41. Horcomdev The third says:

    Nice video

  42. wrentube says:

    Great video! It is very helpful in the way you show how doing it correctly and incorrectly looks like. Thank you.

  43. scott mcnaughton says:

    Holy crap hes at my homepark house park in austin texad

  44. Lamar Phill says:

    Another great video but I keep having an issue rotating my back foot I feel like I am twisting more with my front foot while doing frontside power slides. What do you recommend?

  45. Jake Geiger says:

    I never see you at house

  46. cycloyde says:


  47. pieresoft says:

    Good teacher..thx man

  48. ProtostarBL says:

    I have 99D wheels. Noice.

  49. Will Burgess says:

    I love house park, best skatepark ever

  50. Sean B says:

    amazing video!!! best video I've seen on powerslides! Thanks Justin!

  51. ce_eff says:

    Thanks, this is a very thorough tutorial! You are definitely a very good teacher. Saw on Linkedin you are a software dev. I don't know if you are going that route, but I am sure you would be a good team leader.

  52. Drifter D says:

    Great tutorial Justin! I have one question.. how are you able to powerslide on the road? The road looks really really rough and I can't wrap my head around how people are able to powerslide on such a rough surface! My wheels are 100A but even I cant seem to powerslide on a basketball court surface

  53. Northern Soul says:

    👊perfect thanks off to try bs power slides now

  54. M.G. Gallagher says:


  55. GatorX87 says:

    i tried with soft wheels, just a tip: don’t

  56. Aria Newell says:

    Thanks so much.

  57. FXXXYBLNT says:

    Can you do powerslides/reverts with a 92a wheel?

  58. Starswhirl says:

    Can i slide with 78a 60mm wheels ?

  59. Metallema says:

    Today i learned to backside powerslide by myself but i cant do frontside😭 i ate shit 3 times too

  60. Daniel Werner says:

    Justin What's the Name of the park @ 5:45… The Cat skating has a Turquoise Shirt? Wasn't sure if that was you… I have a video of that park but couldn't seem to remember when posting it…

  61. reroll says:

    hey justin , i had a question , for the power slides since they’re so similar to snowboarding as in breaking should i have a easier time doing it ? due to i snowboard

  62. Rezixen says:

    F to pay respect to the dude at the back

  63. DJ1Jesus says:

    Great video, annoying music

  64. decipher says:

    my skateboard doesn’t slide at all, when i wind up and go to slide i just turn

  65. Shadow says:

    My front wheels keep moving forward and I’m putting all my weight on my front foot, I’ve been skating for 3 years and Haven’t progressed, so ima quit now.

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