Fingerboarding is a fun mini-sport in which you use only your fingers to “ride” and do tricks on a small skateboard. To ride a skateboard, you have to go to a skate park, but with a fingerboard, you can practice and show off skating tricks with nothing more than a small fingerboard that fits in your pocket. Once you know how to move the board with two fingers, simple tricks will come naturally to you, and you’ll be ready to show off your more advanced skills in no time.
Getting the Basics Down
1.Buy a good fingerboard that fits your hand size well.
Fingerboards are like skateboards in that they come in many shapes and sizes. Look around for a style you like, and try it out by putting your index finger and middle finger on the front and back of your lips. If it doesn’t feel like too much of a stretch, you should be fine on the board.  If you want to be sure that your fingerboard is the right one for you, roll it back and forth to see how the wheels work. To test how it moves, push down on the front, back, and both sides. As a beginner, all you need to worry about is how the board feels to you.
2.Put your index finger in the middle and your middle finger on the back end.
Fingerboarding is all about how your fingers are placed. Put your index finger in the middle and rest your middle finger on the back edge of the board. The index finger acts as a balance to keep control of the board, while the middle finger presses down to launch the board up and do tricks.
Again, the most important thing is that your fingers feel good here. If you find that having three fingers on the board makes it easier for you to control it or that switching the fingers makes it easier for you to do tricks, you should definitely make some changes.
3.Turn the board by pressing down on the back lip.
On a flat surface, move the fingerboard forward with your fingers and press down with your middle finger on the back lip to lift the front wheels into the air. You can turn the board by twisting your fingers in the direction you want to go.
Do this a few times until you can do it without even thinking about it. This is a basic move that will help you in all the other skills you learn.
4.Try a manual by lifting the front of the board while moving it forward.
Press down with your middle finger on the back of the fingerboard to lift the front, and keep pressing down on the back to keep it moving forward. The board will stay at an angle, and you can land the trick by pressing down on the front with your index finger.
This is almost the same as turning the board, except you keep moving the board forward instead of turning it.
Learning How to Do Air Tricks
1.To do an ollie, push down on the back of the board and lift it into the air.
Put your middle finger on the back lip and your index finger in the middle of the board. Then, press down on your middle finger to lift the front wheels. Press down hard on the back of the board quickly to push it into the air. Use your middle finger to keep the board balanced. The board will fall and land with all four wheels on the ground.
Ollies are easier to do when you have some speed, but you should practice first without moving the board.
Some people like to put their middle finger closer to the nose lip of the board because it gives them more control in the air.
2.To do a kickflip, do an ollie and then slide your index finger off the side of the board while you’re in the air.
Do the same thing you did to do an ollie, but quickly slide your index finger off one side of the board while it is in the air.
The board will flip over once while it’s in the air and land right-side up.
When the board comes down, use two fingers to press down on the top and land it successfully.
3.To do a heelflip, bend your middle finger at an angle and slightly curl your index finger.
Launch the board into the air by putting your middle finger on the back lip and your index finger just behind the bend in the front lip. Flip the nose away from you by slightly curling your index finger. Once, your board will turn sideways and move away from you. Then, you’ll catch it and land it.
You might find it easier to do this if you tilt your board toward you before you throw it into the air. This makes it easier for your index finger to curl toward you.
Getting Down to Business
- Use your fingers to keep the board balanced as you do a basic 50-50 grind on a rail.
Do an ollie, then catch the board and land it right on a rail. You can use a fingerboarding rail that is made just for you, or you can use the edge of a table or a piece of wood. Use light pressure from both fingers on each side of the board to keep it balanced, and move it forward to the end of the rail. If your hand and fingers are flat and parallel to the top of the board, you may find it easier to stay balanced.
Before you try to ollie onto a rail, you can find your balance by putting your board right on the rail.
2.Do a 5-0 by ollieing onto a rail and then manuallying off the rail.
This grind is a little harder because it uses three tricks at once. Do an Ollie on your board, and instead of using both fingers to land it on the rail, just press down with your back finger. Your board will land at an angle on the rail. Keep the manual going by keeping a slight amount of pressure on the back, and then land the trick by putting your front finger back down on the front lip.
Put the board on the rail without doing an ollie and then try to do a manual to practice this trick. It’s harder than doing a manual on a flat surface because the only thing that will keep you stable is the center of the board, not the rear wheels.
- Do a nose grind by doing the manual backwards while pressing on the front.
When you Ollie your board into the air, instead of putting pressure on the back like you would for a 5-0 grind, bring your index finger to the nose and press down to lift the back up. Your board will be angled at the back instead of the front, and you can ride it to the end of the rail, where you will put pressure back on the back to land the board.