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Fingerboard ramps

Updated on January 13, 2018

Cheap Fingerboards, Wooden ramps and halfpipes

I discovered fingerboarding 20 years ago!

I used to do a lot of real skateboarding but living in England there are so many times when you can't go because of the weather.

Because of this, I would sit playing with my cheap fingerboards, trying to do the tricks that I couldn't in real life.

Fingerboards became a great way to pass the time of my love of skateboarding.

Whether you have a broken ankle or the weather is bad and you have no indoor skatepark to go to. Learn your favourite skateboarding flips and tricks fingerboarding.

Tech Deck are one of the most popular brands in skate shops, but there are also some other brands and accessories becoming popular such as Blackriver.

So here I have put a little collection of some of the popular stuff for you to have a look at.

Image: Tech Deck Double Bank available here.

What is a fingerboard?

For those of you that don't know or have never heard of them, a fingerboard is a miniature skateboard controlled by the fingers.

There are both cheap fingerboards and expensive ones available to buy. They are either made of wood or plastic with metal trucks and plastic wheels.

Skateboard tricks are replicated on these using the fingers.

As time has gone by they have become more and more popular and now are made professionally by top skateboard brands and replicate the pro skaters boards and designs.

Tricks suck as 'The Ollie' are achieved by smacking down the tail and taking the weight of the board, in mid-air, the finger slides up the deck to even it out just like a foot would do on a normal skateboard. This is how skateboarders jump over obstacles.

The flips are created by doing the same but pushing the side of the board to flip and spin it in different directions. Hence the name of various skateboard tricks such as the kick-flip, heelflip, 360 flips etc.

Grinds are where you slide along the surface on the trucks of the board and slides on the wooden part. Hence the name rail slide, noseslide, tail slide and blunt slide depending on what part of the board you are sliding on.

The names of the slides and grinds change depending on the angles of the slide and other factors.

The names of grabs will also change depending on where you grab the board with your hand and the angle and way in which you tweak it.

The main aim is to replicate all of these skateboard tricks on a fingerboard.

Start to build your Skate Park

Here is a selection of a few good ramps to get you started.

You can mix and match them to make a whole skate park or just use them on their own as individual obstacles.

Most are made by Tech Deck, are good prices, well made and skate well. They make sure they are all to scale with the decks and the angles are correct to skate in as normal a way as possible as you would do in real life.

Tech Deck Large Skate Lab
Tech Deck Large Skate Lab

A large Skateboard park with ramps and slopes. Maybe fun for some, for me the bib slope isn't really my style but if you like big tricks and ridiculous airs or a fan of Mr Hawks big trick then it's good.

Tech Deck Mega Ramp - Boards May Vary
Tech Deck Mega Ramp - Boards May Vary

Mega Ramp by Tech Deck fingerboards. Well this is what it is really, it's a big slope. If your thing is huge airs with a big boost and doing impossible tricks then you may enjoy this. Either way it adds a fair attraction to your park, even just for the tourists.


Amazing fingerboard clip

A classy video clip with over 2 million views!

Tech Deck Wooden Collector Series - The best wooden cheap fingerboards widely available.

The Tech Deck Wooden Collector Series are the best wooden fingerboards on the market for the price.

Many are priced at under $10!

They include the deck, which is made from 100% Canadian Maple wood, the trucks, wheels, grip tape and some have stickers.

They are well made and to scale, skate nicely, give a nice pop, are well weighted and also make a nice sound when used.

For me, a wooden fingerboard feels so much more realistic than a plastic one. I don't know about any of you but I have never personally skateboarded in real life on a plastic deck.

The boards are all replicas of famous skate brands with their pro skaters boards.

I've put a selection here but if you click on the links there are much more available.

Blackriver Ramps on eBay - They are more expensive than cheap fingerboards so eBay is a good place to look.

Blackriver is quickly becoming popular with their well made wooden ramps, rails and obstacles.

They are very well made, however, they are expensive. They are a lot easier to find in England than in the US so due to this and the price I have decided to list the deals here that are found on eBay US.

This is a live feed so is constantly updated, so if you see something you like you should get in quick as it probably won't be there the next time you come back.

Good luck bidding, and remember, if you don't have an eBay account it is free, quick and easy to open one and a lot of fun. The are millions of great bargains on there. I buy stuff from there all the time, so even if you don't see anything that you like today, why not open an account and have a browse.

I buy many things for as little as $1 with free delivery!

Now get fingerboarding with your new set up

I hope I've helped you to pass those long days when skating is just not an option. I took up fingerboarding after breaking 3 ribs and believe me I loved it.

It takes a bit of a knack (not as much as skateboarding) but it's pretty cool when you start getting your tricks to look like actual skate tricks.

If you didn't watch the video clip above you should do now, besides you are not skating now, are you!

WARNING! Fingerboards are addictive. You will find yourself carrying these things around with you and popping ollies everywhere you go.

I welcome any thoughts

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      brittabucketlist 3 years ago

      Very nice work! Thank you for sharing this :)

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      missmary1960 5 years ago

      My son started making his own fingerboards when he was about 14. alent at it's best :)

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      Peter Badham 5 years ago from England

      @JaShinYa LM: I'm glad they are still about, my teachers weren't to impressed with them in school.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had never heard of fingerboarding :)

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      JaShinYa LM 5 years ago

      This is nostalgic for me. I used to be obsessed with these in middle school!

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      Peter Badham 5 years ago from England

      @theallin1writer: lol, the noise could get annoying I could sort of guess, they help me relax, maybe whist getting others stressed at the same time. Well it's not the worst habit in the world! I'm on your husbands side ;)

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      theallin1writer 5 years ago

      My husband loves to play with these - he drives me nuts sometimes :)

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      One of my kids loves to play with these.

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      GrimRascal 5 years ago from Overlord's Castle

      I used to play these finger boards

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      Peter Badham 5 years ago from England

      @ILoveLegosToo: A lot of work must of gone into making that video. Don't let your son see this lens or his Christmas present list might expand a little!

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      Tom Fattes 5 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I like the video of the most amazing finger boarder. My son likes Tech Deck.

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Wow... I've never heard of this before, but it looks like there's some popularity to it. I can only say, what will people think of next? People are so amazing and creative!

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      Peter Badham 5 years ago from England

      @PinkCattleya: Yeah they are, I had my first one 20 years ago (damn I'm sounding old) surprised they never took off more.

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      Peter Badham 5 years ago from England

      @getmoreinfo: Hey, well I pleased somebody watched it, I love it.

      He put a real lot of effort into that I reckon. He has another video of himself doing tricks on a real skateboard, but it's fake so he'll be skating in the kitchen sink etc. Don't think the fingerboard video is fake though as all the tricks are doable. Must of taken a bit of patience though.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      The Fingerboard Skater is really cool.

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      Camile 5 years ago from Doha Qatar

      I've seen these on tv. They look great!

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      Peter Badham 5 years ago from England

      @flycatcherrr: A little less dangerous but equally addictive. Thanks for stopping by!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      How clever! I had no idea there was such a thing as a fingerboard.

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      Peter Badham 5 years ago from England

      @Elsie Hagley: I'm pleased and you are welcome, thank you for coming by Kixinana.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi. Never seen this before. Interesting, I learn something new everyday here at Squidoo. Thanks for sharing.