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How to Do Frontside & Backside Reverts on Skateboards

Written by Colin Kint

The wheels are dragged along the ground as they rotate. The procedure can be done on one side or on the other, usually 180 degrees, but occasionally less.

Skateboard wheels usually screech when performing this trick. This can be done as a wheel slide as you roll along if you wish. Adding a bit of style to a trick is a stylish way to change directions!

Things to do before you try revert skateboarding

Find a place to skateboard in silence

Find a place to skateboard in silence

Avoid practicing reverting in loud places or where people are often passing by. Go somewhere less crowded so you can avoid vehicles passing by.

It is always possible to practice skateboard tricks at a skateboarding park.  Reverting is best practiced on the street where you will commute more often. Pushing your skateboard won’t be a problem as long as you know how to revert.

Protect yourself by wearing safety equipment

safety equipment

Skateboarding safety gear enables you to perform tricks with confidence. These items should be just as durable as the parts of your skateboard.

Your grip tape is another important skateboarding safety tool. The grip tape on some skateboards does not have enough grit to hold the rider. Grips tapes that are scratch-proof and difficult to tamper with are the best.

Make sure the trucks are adjusted right

If you’re going to drag a skateboard through a set of wheels, choose wide wheels. The wheels should be durable as well as wide. You will feel more stable when pivoting with wheels that are 60mm in size.

Reverting also depends on your skateboard trucks. Adjust them to the perfect balance between tight and loose since overly loose or fixed trucks pose a safety risk.

How to Revert Skateboard?

1. Frontside revert

Step 1: Set the back foot on the tail of the board and the front foot over the top of the front wheels.

Step 2: Bend the knees and turn the shoulders to face forward.

Step 3: Stand up straight and kick out the back wheels to rotate the board 180 degrees.

Step 4: Put some weight on the front foot at this point.

Step 5: Finish shoulder rotation and ride away switch style once the board does a 180-degree rotation.

2. Backside revert


Step 1: Get a little speed.

Step 2: Crouch down and turn the head and shoulders to face backward.

Step 3: Stand up straight and kick out the back wheels when ready.

Step 4: Make the wheel come off the ground to have your weight in a good position.

Step 5: Finish rotating the shoulders and turn your head forward.

3. Nose stall revert

Step 1: Get your front foot right on the board’s nose.

Step 2: Shift your weight on the front foot when going up.

Step 3: Make sure all the weight is focused on the front foot.

Step 4: Swing the weight down and do a power slide.

Step 5: Shift your weight over the board once you go 90 of the way through a 180-degree turn.

Pro tips for revert skateboarding

  • Trust that your board will slide under you

The key to doing this trick is to trust that your skateboard is going to slide under you and commit to fully rotating into the switch stance.

  • Be comfortable and confident riding around the board

Ride up and down your street or driveway to get comfortable with the movements and the board. This will help build confidence.

  • Learn to apply pressure on the board

Apply pressure to the board by lifting the trucks and just moving the board slightly.

  • Figure out your foot positioning

Move your front foot on the nose like you will start scooting and see if that feels comfortable.

  • Try to twist your shoulder

Twist your shoulders to try and get into the motion. Once you can do that, try riding your board and twisting your shoulders.

About the author

Colin Kint

Colin is in his mid twenties and a professional skateboarder whom you may already know. He participated in most of the skateboarding competitions in San Francisco. His innate passion for the sport drove him to pursue his career as a professional skateboarder. Another reason why he’s so good at it could be his relentless practice sessions with his friends. Apart from that, Todd also volunteers in various community awareness programs. He’s an environmental activist with an undergraduate law degree and an expert photographer as well. He does most of the photography of our site.

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