Welcome to another edition of our Trick Tips presented by Vans blog section. This week, we show you how to land one of the most simple, good looking and fun tricks ever: The frontside shove it!

The Frontside Pop Shove-It is a fundamental skateboard trick where the board turns 180 degrees horizontally backwards and behind you while your body stays in the same position. What's nice about this trick is that it's always beautiful to see. In addition, this is the ideal trick to get your board back on the right side (Nose in the front and tail in the back) while doing a line.

The foot placement

First, place your front foot at a 90 degrees angle just below the screws of your nose in a way where your toes slightly hang off the board. This will make it easier for you to get your front foot out of the way to let your board spin freely, but it will also help you steer your board backwards when you execute the trick.

As for your back foot, place it right on the back spoon zone of your tail. Unlike the backside shove-it, for which we must scoop backwards, your back foot will head forward for the fs shove scoop. The toes of your back foot should be pressing heavily against the tail, ready to make the board spin behind you. Finally, tilt your back foot a little bit on your tail, it will help you get a good spin.

The Pop and the Scoop

Again, this is the most crucial step in the execution of this trick. The pop and scoop are always the key elements that will allow you to land your maneuver in a proper way. With your front foot at a 90 degrees angle under the front screws of the boards and your back foot in the pocket section of the tail, bend down to give yourself a swing and get up in a quick and fast motion and tap your tail on the ground as hard as you can to pop.

The key of the FS shove is to scoop forward with your back foot so the board spins backwards and behind you. At the moment of the pop, kick forward with your back foot to send the board behind you. Keep in mind that at that moment, your front foot must already be out of the rotation field of the board.

Continue moving your back foot forward until it is completely in front of you. Let the board rotate on its horizontal axis. Always keep in mind that this forward ankle kick with your back foot is what will make your board turn in the right direction and motion. Just like for the 360 flip, the front foot is there to guide the board more than anything else.

The Catch

Once you popped, scooped and kicked forward with your back foot, it’s time to take your legs off the board’s path and lift them at least 2 inches above the board to give it space to spin. Keep your eyes on your moving board to know when to put your feet back on it.

Once the rotation is almost complete, catch your board with your front foot to stop the rotation completely. A fraction of a second after catching your board with your front foot, put your foot back on the board and get ready to land.

The Landing

Once your board is done spinning and flipping and has been catched with your front foot, it’s time get back down to the ground. After catching and putting your back foot on the board again, prepare to absorb. When your 4 wheels touch the ground, bend your knees to absorb the impact and for an extra dose of style.

Once you know how to land your fs shoves, apply them in your lines or integrate them in your ledges or rails tricks. One way or another, this trick is always graceful and effective!