Do You Know Your Skateboarding Trick?
Skateboarding is one of the many sports that involve displays of skill
and expertise. It is essential to know a skateboarding trick or another
to be considered a real skateboarder. Many skateboarding tricks have
been developed through all the time people have been skateboarding.
Here are just some of the most popular tricks:
1. Aerials also known as airs, these general kinds of tricks are
typically done on quarter pipes, pools or half pipes where vertical
walls with transitions are available. Aerials are usually combined with
other tricks such as grabs and rotations. Among the most popular
subtypes of aerials would be the 540, 720, 900, Benihana, Body Jar,
Caballerial, Christ Air, Finger Flip air, Gay Twist, Gnar Jar, Judo
Air, Lien Air, Madonna, McTwist, Samba Flip, Sean Penn, Sloth Air,
Stalefish, Rocket Air, and Method Air.
2. Ollie this is known as the father of skateboarding tricks because
most tricks are derived from this. Invented by and named after Alan
Ollie Gelfand, this trick involves getting on air without grabbing
the skateboard but instead by stomping or popping the posterior end of
the board. Variations of the Ollie involve the Nollie, switch Ollie,
Fakie Ollie, Power Ollie, Boned Ollie, Ollie North, and Pressure.
3. The Flip as its name suggests, the flip is a skateboarding trick
that involves the flipping or spinning of the board in the air. This
trick was originally developed by Rodney Mullen, who then called it the
Magic Flip. Among the most popular variations of the flip are the
heelflip, kickflip, Casper Flip, Anti-Casper Flip, Backside Flip, Big
Spin, Cab Flip, Disco Kickflip, Ghetto Bird, Hardflip, Hospital Flip,
Impossible, Late Flip, Mother Flip, Pop Shove-it, Sal Flip, Salabanzi,
Sex Change and the Scissor Flip.
4. The Grab as these tricks are named, grabs involve holding the
skateboard, usually during aerials. Grabs are quite useful in keeping
the skateboarder on the board during in mid-flight. Examples of grabs
are the Airwalk grab, Backside grab, cannonball grab, Crail grab,
Christ Air, Early grab, Frontside grab, Gorilla grab, Indy grab, Japan
grab, Melon grab, Mosquito grab, Nose grab, Roast Beef, Seatbelt grab,
Tail grab and the Tucknee.
5. The Grind this is a kind of trick where a skateboarder would hide
on hangers of the skateboard truck. This trick can be done on any
smooth object where the truck can slide. Some of the variations of the
grind are the Barley grind, Crooked grind, Darkslide, Fandangle,
Freeble grind, Gurl grind, Hurricane, Losi grind, Nosegrind, Novacaine,
Overcrook grind, Pole Jam, Salad grind, Smith grind, Sugarcane, Suski
grind, Willy Grind, and Csmit grind.
6. The Slide sliding is somewhat like the grind, but instead of
gliding through the trick, this involves gliding using the board
itself. Some important slides are the Bertlemann slide, Bluntslide,
Boardslide, Booger slide, Crail slide, Ces slide, Darkslide, Lipslide,
Noselide, Powerslide, and the Tailslide.
7. Lip Tricks this skateboarding trick is done on mini ramps,
quarterpipes, and half pipes. They are called so because they need to
balance on ramp lips. Notable lip tricks are the Andrecht Invert, Axle
stall, Blunt, Disaster, Egg Plant, Fakie-Bonk-off, Frontside Invert,
Good Buddy, Ho-Ho, New Deal, Nose pick, Nose stall, Pivot, Pogo, Rock
and Roll, Smithvert, Tail Stall, Staple Gun, Stelmasky Plant, Sweeper,
Tail Block, Tucknee Invert, and the Woolly Mammoth.
There are many other skateboarding tricks out there, and many others
are still being developed. To now more about skateboarding tricks, you
can read the leading skateboarding magazines or ask a skateboarding