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Skateboarding Explained: The Instructional DVD


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  • Actors: Dan MacFarlane
  • Directors: Dan MacFarlane
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Mentality Skateboarding Productions
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FP2IQE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,285 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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DVD BREAKDOWN: I. SKATING INTRO II. THE FUNDAMENTALS - EVERY SKATEBOARDER SHOULD KNOW - 8 FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF RIDING A SKATEBOARD III. BASICS OF STREET & RAMP IV. THE MOST WANTED TRICKS Lake Owen Skate Camp presents Skateboarding Explained. A real skateboarding instructional, by real skateboarding instructor, Dan MacFarlane. Lake Owen is a world renowned skatecamp and a franchise of Woodward Skatecamp. Dan MacFarlane is a top ranked pro who has been skating for over 18 years, and is owner of the nationally distributed Mentality Skateboards. Lake Owen considers Dan to be their best Instructor.

Review

"Get a copy of Skateboarding Explained The Instructional DVD by Dan MacFarlane" - The New York Times

5 Stars from Skateboard.About.com

Skateboarding Explained is a walkthrough DVD for beginner or intermediate skateboarders to learn the basics of skating, and all the tricks you need to know to be a truly intermediate, competent skater. There are several how-to-skateboard DVDs out there, but Skateboarding Explained is honestly the best one I've seen. This video takes the time to really teach the basics of skating (basics that anyone of any level could really use), and the style is such that any skater of any age (even adults!) should feel comfortable with it. You can watch the whole series of instructions in order, or go straight to the section or trick that you want to learn about. The DVD was directed and designed by Dan MacFarlane, a pro skater and the top skateboarding instructor at Camp Woodward s Lake Owen resort. Dan has a comfortable, easy going style in his instructions and masterfully performs all the tricks himself. His methods have been tried, and he knows they work. (Bonus fact - Dan instructed Shaun White at an Encinitas YMCA summer camp back when Shaun was 8 years old!) Dan MacFarlane knows how to teach, and what needs to be taught.

The background music, video editing, style and feel of Skateboarding Explained are top-notch. The music is energetic, but doesn't get in the way. Each trick features high quality slow motion parts that blend perfectly with the instructions, walking you through every aspect of what you are learning. This DVD is pure skateboarding, step by step, piece by piece. If you are looking for an instructional skateboarding DVD, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Skateboarding Explained.
Steve Cave, Skateboard.About.com --skateboardabout.com

This instructional DVD has been put together by Lake Owen Instructor and Mentality Pro Dan MacFarlane. The DVD does an exceptionally good job at taking skaters from the basics right up to the advance tricks. It s well presented and definitely recommended for beginners and those who want to brush up on their tricks or learn new ones.
Concrete Wave Magazine --Concrete Wave Magazine

This video arrived and at first glance you might think it's some Tony Hawk video where everyone is munching pizza bites and watching dudes ollie, turn, and backside tailslide that vert pocket with some helpful hints you'll never get. This video is exactly opposite and really makes you think about how to do tricks, even if you don't get much farther from the coping bash at the local park. If you ever had a trick that frustrated you, this should shed some light on it. It even helped me land some 360 flips which had been m.i.a. since 1992. It's worth getting and definitely worth making your child watch repeatedly instead of Sponge Bob.
- Broken Magazine --Broken Magazine

This instructional DVD has been put together by Lake Owen Instructor and Mentality Pro Dan MacFarlane. The DVD does an exceptionally good job at taking skaters from the basics right up to the advance tricks. It s well presented and definitely recommended for beginners and those who want to brush up on their tricks or learn new ones.
Concrete Wave Magazine --Concrete Wave Magazine

This video arrived and at first glance you might think it's some Tony Hawk video where everyone is munching pizza bites and watching dudes ollie, turn, and backside tailslide that vert pocket with some helpful hints you'll never get. This video is exactly opposite and really makes you think about how to do tricks, even if you don't get much farther from the coping bash at the local park. If you ever had a trick that frustrated you, this should shed some light on it. It even helped me land some 360 flips which had been m.i.a. since 1992. It's worth getting and definitely worth making your child watch repeatedly instead of Sponge Bob.
- Broken Magazine --Broken Magazine

Customer Reviews

This video is by far the BEST instructional video on the market.
Christa Turner
It even helped me improve at the tricks I could already do, and I feel like I can teach myself any trick I want now.
Moose
He explains every trick in detail and makes it very easy for any beginners and intermediates to learn faster.
C. Graeff

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Just a Reader on September 24, 2007
Format: DVD
I started skateboarding way back before they made instructional videos. The basics were always either self taught, friends teaching you, or other kids calling you names like "poser" or much too worse to metion forcing you to learn by the trial and error method which often resulted in a slow learning process. I eventualy became better and learned the tricks as they came along. After years of learning I became a good skater in my local scene.
I havent rode a skateboard in years because I spend my days working or being a father. My kids recently became facinated with my old skateboards, so I wanted them to learn how to ride one. I bought Tony Hawk's Trick Tips thinking they could learn from my childhood hero, This didnt work/ My kids wanted to learn but couldn't stay focused, My wife said they werent interested in it because "they dont get it". I found Skateboarding Explained and it was great. I found my kids to be responsive to the methods of teaching on this video. The tricks were expained in a way my kids could understand. and they seemed to listen more and pay attention to the video. They didnt lose interest. I wish there was a video called "Cleaing Your Room Explained" With the same instructor. Id buy that in a heartbeat!
I loved seeing my kids excited about something. I instantly had flashbacks the moment I walked through the door and found my kids practicing kick turns in front of the TV while watching the video. The first time I stood on a skateboard I was trying desperately to Tic-Tac and my kids were doing it on one of their first times actualy riding a skateboard. My kids were happy because they were accomplishing each trick after being taught on the video.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By V Q on November 5, 2007
Format: DVD
Skateboarding. Such a developing sport and lifestyle. Each year the populous of skateboarders grow. Could it be for the thrill, or perhaps the sheer technicality and accessibility of the sport? for any reason, Skateboarding is an exciting activity to be doing. For me, Skateboarding immersed me in a great active outlet in middle school. I also discovered music and art through various skate videos. The only problem for me, and many others who decide to take the challenge of skateboarding is its difficulty level. I remember when learning how to ride a board I would want to learn how to ollie, and follow crappy grainy pictures and short sentence instructions on how to do the trick on websites. I got slowly better but my friends were progressing a lot faster than me. I even got Tony Hawk Trick Tips (1,2 and 3) They helped a bit but I really did not see a vast improvement or feel in my skateboarding ability.
Here I am as a college freshman, I decided to go back where I left off in 9th grade on skating. I guess it helps that I am much older now, but I started picking up my old tricks better and I got more style and ease over the board. I definitely was keen to improve again. I was surfing through youtube when I found someone recommending this video as a good instructional video, so I watched the sample 360 flip clip and was impressed how I quickly understood how to actually attempt the trick. I decided to order this video based on various testimonials, thinking it couldn't hurt my skating.
Once I received the video, I was thoroughly impressed. I looked through the basic instructions on the ollie and just watching the video I understood how I could actually raise my ollie height to a few extra inches.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B. Taylor on October 10, 2007
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From the start of this DVD, Dan MacFarlane gives you the basics of skateboarding in a easy to follow pace. I watched this with my 9yr. old son, who has been trying to learn various tricks on his own. After his first viewing of Skateboarding Explained, he immediately put on his helmet, ran outside, and worked on his Ollie. He easily copied what he saw on the DVD; since all of the tricks are shown in slow motion, and graphics appear onscreen, to guide the viewer where to look, while attempting the tricks. What was funny was my son asked me, for the first time, to get him portable DVD player, so he could watch the DVD outside and practice skateboarding. I may actually to purchase it for him, since this is the skateboarding DVD he truly feels will help him. I've already bought for my son two other DVDs, "Zero To Hero", and "Tony Hawk's Trick Tips", but they did not seem to be as detailed as Skateboarding Explained. Skateboarding Explained already has my son performing his Ollie higher and leveled off, and he is getting better at other tricks he has never tried before, because now he understands what he needs to do to nail the tricks. After purchasing the "other two" DVDs, I was not sure "S.E." was going to be any different, but since my son did not have a mentor to teach him the tricks in person, I wanted to give this DVD a chance, and it was worth it. Thanks Dan Macfarlane, you did a great job, my son certainly appreciates it too.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. Graeff on June 4, 2007
Format: DVD
I have used a couple other instructional DVDs to learn skateboarding, but it was nothing like Skateboarding Explained. I had read a very good review of the video on Transworld Skateboarding magazine, so I bought the DVD and am very happy I did so. The teacher is a professional skateboarder and a coach as well. He explains every trick in detail and makes it very easy for any beginners and intermediates to learn faster. The images are very well done because it shows every step of the trick. I highly recommend Skateboarding Explained if you wish to learn how to skateboard.
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