Swirl School

A Beginner Surfskate Tutorial Series


Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
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Your complete guide to going from zero to skater in 5 videos. GRLSWIRL Tutorials make learning to skate accessible to all, embracing beginners and providing clear, human terms to guide your journey. This series translates to all types of skateboarding, but is predominately focused on surfskate.
from zero to skater

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Have you ever felt intimidated by the skateboarding world but always wanted to give it a try? Look no further than GRLSWIRL's Beginner Skateboarding Tutorial series! Our founders, who come from various backgrounds such as ballet and soccer, learned to skate themselves and want to share their knowledge with you. Episodes range from 6-10 minutes long, so you can focus on being on board.

Learn to Skate 🌼

Episode 1

In this episode, Lucy and Julia will break down the basics of surf skating, starting with understanding your board and how to tune it for optimal performance. You'll learn about different parts of the board, including the Carver x GRLSWIRL surf skateboard that many of them learned on. You'll also learn the importance of foot placement and how it affects your riding experience. By the end of the episode, you'll be ready to hop on a board and start kick pushing your way to surf skate success!

Episode 2

This educational and interactive episode is packed with practical demonstrations, helpful tips, and essential safety advice, ensuring you feel confident and safe as you master the fundamentals of surf skating. Whether you're on a GRLSWIRL Carver surf skate board or another type of board, this episode is tailored to help you build a solid foundation for your surf skate journey.

Episode 3

In this episode, you'll learn the fundamental technique of carving, a skill that translates directly to surfing and is crucial for generating speed on your board. Val and Lucy will break down the basics of carving, from ankle movement to head positioning, and provide you with practical exercises to master the art of carving. You'll learn the importance of the correct stance, how to use your arms and shoulders to direct your movement, and how to connect all the elements together to carve smoothly and confidently.

Episode 4

This episode is packed with tips and demonstrations on how to use your entire body to direct your movements and maintain balance while carving. They'll guide you through setting up targets, perfecting your stance, and using your arms and head to create a fluid carving motion, likened to a figure eight.

Episode 5

This episode is specifically tailored for beginners, breaking down complex movements into easy-to-understand steps. You will learn how to integrate your whole body—from your feet to your head—into each carve, mastering the critical technique of compression and extension, and using specific exercises to perfect your carve movements.

But that’s not all! YAYA and Lucy also address common mistakes to help you avoid pitfalls and accelerate your learning curve.

Got a Few Qs? We've got you.

What kind of skateboard should I use for this tutorial series?

We recommend using a surfskate board, specifically our GRLSWIRL models made in collaboration with CARVER SKATE, which are designed for beginners. However, the lessons can translate to other boards as well.

Do I need any protective gear?

Yes, safety is very important. We recommend wearing a helmet and pads. Triple 8 is a great brand that offers stylish protective gear, and we've even collaborated with them to create unique gear for our community.

What should I wear during the lessons?

Wear comfortable clothes that allow for movement. Good skate shoes are also important, and we recommend Cariuma sneakers.

Can I use this tutorial if I've never skated before?

Absolutely! This series is designed for beginners and will guide you through the basics of surfskate.

How long does it take to learn surfskate?

Learning to surfskate is a personal journey and the time it takes can vary greatly from person to person. Practice and consistency are key, and our tutorials are designed to help you progress at your own pace.

Can I practice surfskate anywhere?

While you can practice surfskate in many different locations, we recommend starting in a flat, open area free from traffic and obstacles.

How do I access the tutorial series?

Once purchased, you'll have access to all the video lessons which you can watch at your own pace.

Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
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24 reviews
  • MH
    Maggie H.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    6 days ago
    Beginners Best!

    I have experience on regular cruiser boards but until I got my YangYin board I had never tried a surfskate! These lessons were perfect for me learning the whole body motions to carving and pumping! Since completing these lessons I have built a whole lot more confidence and learned some new tricks! Would love to see some more intermediate lessons and trick tutorials from GrlSwirl! 💗

  • DC
    Devon Chloe G.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 months ago
    Leveling up

    I wish I had this in high school! I finally understand now the mechanics of pumping. Looking forward to more tutorials and more Val.

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    Christine H.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 months ago
    Older beginner skateboarder

    The lessons are short but to the point. Each lesson step is explained throughly with multiple visual examples. I would highly recommend the lessons to anyone who wants to learn or sharpen existing skills.

  • JS
    Julia S.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 months ago

    My 6 and 9 year old girls loved the training. Easy to follow at our own pace. It’s helped them get the technique right and they feel more confident on their boards now (total beginners). I feel like they are safer too - they look stronger on the board, They are now practicing and getting the hang of it. I’m feel like I can even start myself now - didn’t think that would happen, but keen to have a go!

  • D
    Verified Reviewer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    6 months ago
    SWIRL SCHOOL gave me the confidence I needed to start!

    I have always wanted to skate, and could cruise a little bit, but really wanted to learn to carve when I started SWIRL SCHOOL. I had such a blast learning, practicing, and even falling down trying to get this right. I really love with the virtual aspect of these lessons because you can pause, rewatch watch day you practice to refresh your brain, and even rewind when you didn’t quite get something and want to try again.

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