Skateboarding terms

Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2001

Air: When a skater launches above or over ramp.

Backside: Approaching an obstacle with the backside of your body facing it.

Bail: Intentionally landing on one's feet or otherwise to avoid injury in the case of a trick that has not been preformed properly or cannot be landed.

Blunt slide: The tail or nose of your board slides on the edge of the ramp.

Board slide: The belly of your board slides on the edge of the ramp.

Crooked grind: A backside grind using your front axle.

Drop-in: Entering a ramp by placing the tail of your board on the edge of the ramp and stepping onto your board

Fakie: Completing a trick in the reverse direction.

Flip essentials: Flip tricks are the core of modern street skating.

Frontside: Approaching an obstacle with the frontside of your body facing it.

Gnarly: Style of skating popular now and in '80s, involving "big" tricks that require lots of skill and guts. These might involve ollieing a huge gap or grinding a 20- to 30-stair handrail.

Grind: One or two axles scraping the edge of the ramp.

Handplant: Inverting your body above the ramp by placing one hand on the coping while the other is grabbing the board

Hardware: Screws and nuts that connect the deck and trucks.

Kickflip: Kickflip Ollie, Ollie kickflip, Ollie flip. Ollie, front foot goes to the heel side of the board, flicking the board with your toes, board flips, land.

Manual: An ollie to a wheelie

Nollie: An ollie using the front of your board.

Nollie kickflip: Ollie off the nose, kick the board with toes toward the heel side of the board with back foot.

Nose: The front end of your skateboard.

Nose blunt: The nose of your board rests vertically on the edge of the ramp.

Ollie: An air performed by smacking the tail of your board on any surface.

Powerslide: A rotation of the board to any number of degrees by sliding the wheels on a surface, instead of kickturning or otherwise turning.

Shove-it: An ollie while rotating your board 180 degrees with your body staying in the same position.

Smith grind: The board's rear axle grinds the coping while the front axle is suspended below the coping.

Switch: Standing on the board in a stance opposite to your normal stance.

Tail: The rear end of the skateboard.

Tail slide: When the tail of your board slides horizontally on the edge of the ramp.

Transfer: Crossing from one ramp to the next.

Trucks: The axles of a skateboard.

Varial: Rotation of board or body.

"180": Rotating your body 180 degrees to complete a trick.

"360": Rotating your body 360 degrees to complete a trick.

"50-50": When both axles grind the edge of the ramp.

The above terms were provided by the following Web sites: http://maxpages.com/techdeck4/Skateboarding_Terms and http://www.globalserve.net/~gord/glossary.htm.



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