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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