When you want to learn how to kickflip into a trick on a handrail, you need to have the trick wired before you try to flip into it. Otherwise, look forward to introducing your balls to a not-so-friendly bar of steel.

1. When learning kickflip frontside boardslides, practice your frontside boardslides for at least two years straight and your kickflips and backside flips for three years. After you can do ‘em in your sleep, it’s time to step it up.

2. Approach the rail the same way you would a frontside boardslide, but be ready to kickflip.

3. When you’re right in front of the rail, kickflip like you’re going to backside 180, but catch the board right above the rail.

4. Make sure your board is nice and snug under your feet and then set it on the rail.

5. Slide to the end and land all steezy, like you’re the best skater ever! Now it’s time to go to Rico’s and enjoy the best burrito life has to offer.

HOW TO MAKE A STENCIL
BEGINNER
So you think you can get artsy on your grip? Here’s one way to add some flavor to your black-topped board. Get these materials together: a knife (X-acto is best), spare blades, paper, cardboard, pencil, spraypaint, and griptape, of course. And make sure your mom doesn’t catch you making prints on your board, unless you want to end up stenciling kittens and flowers in the kitchen.

1. Get your materials together in one spot where you can make a bit of a mess and spray the spraypaint without passing out from the fumes.

2. Draw your design on a sheet of paper. Make a master drawing, and use it as a guide to base the other layers of color off of.

3. The design should take into account that pieces are going to be cut out. You need to leave spaces between lines and shapes so things will hold together.

4. Use some sort of sturdy material to cut the stencils out of. In this case, a trusty shoebox works just fine.

5. Transfer the drawings to the cardboard. Rub soft pencil on the back of the drawing, place the drawing on the cardboard, and then trace the image. The pencil on the back will transfer to the box.

6. Now get cutting. This is the trickiest step since your blade is sharp. Best don’t be nervous… Careful now. Change the blade every so often so that you get a nice clean cut.

7. Cut all three stencils, and set them down so you can admire your handiwork. If you need a rest, this is the time to take it.

8. The first stencil you use to spraypaint your board should be the bottom layer color. In this example, it’s the yellow of the bird’s body.

9. Spray on the second layer. You might need to put the last stencil (the key) down and mark the areas lightly so you know where the second color goes. This is called “registration.”

10. Spray on the key color to tie in the whole design. Your hands might be pretty sticky from the paint you’ve sprayed all over the place.

11. Reveal your masterpiece! If you have a camera, take a picture of it for your MySpace page, so everyone can see your visual genius.

12. Carlos Miaco, featured in these photos and a graphic designer for Zero and Mystery, is donating his board for someone to win. Go to skateboarding.com to find out how.