Skateboarding: Book of Tricks (Start-Up Sports)

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9781884654190: Skateboarding: Book of Tricks (Start-Up Sports)

Serious skaters looking for unusual and innovative tricks will find them in this skateboarding instructional guide. The tricks run the gamut from classic old school to modern with an emphasis on diversification, creativity, and originality. Included are riding basics and tips for controlling fear, visualizing, and focusing. Sequential shots detail every move needed to successfully re-create the various skateboarding tricks. The mechanics of the sport are also covered, including types of boards available, and the various wheels, bearings, and skateboarding surfaces.

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About the Author:

Steve Badillo is a touring pro skater and operates Skatelab Summercamp in Simi Valley, California. He is the coauthor of Skateboarder's Start-Up: A Beginner's Guide to Skateboarding and Skateboarding: New Levels: Tips and Tricks for Serious Riders. His stunts have appeared in national ad campaigns, in music videos for bands such as Limp Bizkit, and on the MTV show Becoming Pink. He lives in Ventura, California. Doug Werner is the author of 15 books on sports and fitness, including the books in the Start-Up Sports series. He lives in San Diego, California.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 7 Up-Picking up where the authors' Skateboarding: New Levels: Tips and Tricks for Serious Riders (Tracks, 2002) left off, this book offers skaters 34 advanced tricks plus an interview with Badillo. For younger skaters seeking their roots, all the old-school favorites are covered, such as the frontside and backside boneless, judo air, airwalk, frontside 540 bertslide, and many others. There are step-by-step, captioned, black-and-white photographs for each maneuver, though the quality runs the gamut from clear and sharp to grainy and shoddy. However, Badillo never appears to wear any pads or a helmet, despite the safety disclaimer at the beginning of the book. His personal comments, such as "ride away with the song, `Like a Virgin,' on your mind," enhance the text. The resources section offers books, camps, skate parks, periodicals, and Web sites. Overall, this title will complement skateboarding collections, and enthusiasts will keep it in circulation.
Michael Giller, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville
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