How to Train Your Skateboard

It feels like a bit of a dream but I’ve written a book about how to skateboard.

Back in 2020, while standing on my doorstep banging pots and pans for the NHS, I got chatting with my next-door neighbour about how there was a need for a well-presented beginner’s guide to skateboarding.

Fast-forward three years and How to Train Your Skateboard started hitting the shelves. It’s since been translated into three different languages, been featured in The Guardian and is in shops all over the world. It doesn’t seem real!

How to Train Your Skateboard Book - Jack Francis

It’s a beginner’s guide to skateboarding that takes you through everything you need to know if you’re learning to skate. What to ride, where to skate and how to do your first trick, it’s all in there.

With amazing illustrations throughout by the incredibly talented Ewa Zak, I’m super stoked with how this book has turned out.

Here’s what the publisher has to say about it:

The thirteen tricks and moves that all skaters need, stylishly presented.

The beginner skateboarder will learn about their board and how to maintain it, a little about skatepark etiquette and safety, and all the basic moves necessary to get off to a confident start. The book then takes the thirteen key tricks that every skateboarder wants to learn and breaks them down into clear step-by-step instructions, with specially commissioned illustrations making them easy to follow and a pleasure to look at. With Jack’s expert guidance, you’ll master the basic skills, and soon be doing ollies, kickflips, board slides, shuv-its and more.