Learn New Skateboard Tricks

by Chad Dastre

A skateboard trick or simply a trick can be defined as some movement other than simply rolling that is performed on or with a board. Most skateboarders spend a large portion of their time learning new skateboard tricks.

Basic Freestyle skateboard tricks involve balancing on some other part of the board than all four wheels, such as two wheels or one wheel, the tail of the board, or the edges on either side. It includes flipping and manipulating the skateboard in and out of these stances which were invented in the earliest years of skateboarding, this forms the basis of freestyle or flat ground skateboarding.

Aerial skateboard tricks involve lifting the board into the air and holding it to your feet either with your hands or just through your momentum.

This class of tricks was first popular when Tony Alva became well known for his front side airs in empty swimming pools in the late 1970s and has expanded to include the bulk of skateboarding tricks to this day, including the Ollie and all of its variations.

Flip tricks are a subset of aerials which is based on the Ollie. The first such trick was the kick flip, which involves spinning the board around many different axes. It also includes combining several rotations in to one trick. These tricks are arguably most popular among street skateboarding purists, although skaters with other styles perform them as well.

Lip tricks are performed on the coping of a pool or skateboard ramp. Most grinds can be classified as lip tricks. There are also some coping tricks which need momentum and vertical altitude which can be only gained on transitioned riding surface. These includes inverts and it’s variations and some dedicated air-to-lip combinations.

Many types of basic tricks can be combined together, and the new combinations and variations are often stated as the reason that skateboarding keeps its appeal amongst its followers.

Generally, people who invented the trick gave it a unique name, most of the time it reflects what that person thought about that trick or tricks, or is based on their name. E.g. Andrecht after Dave Andrecht; Ollie after Alan “Ollie” Gelfand; Elguerial after Eddie Elguera.

Some tricks have more than one name because several people independently invented the same trick around the same time and gave it different names, or because the original name was lost.

Most of new tricks are invented through combining existing tricks together rather than creating something distinctly new, and the name reflects that. For example Danny Way was the first to do a Kickflip into an Indy, so he simply called it a kickflip indy.

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