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Supergirl Jam finale hits Venice Beach
September 8, 2009
Snowboard A – Z
September 10, 2009

Can you land a switch 360 kickflip over a six stair set?  If you’re not sure what that means, read on….

50-50 GRIND
grinding on both trucks equally

ACID DROP
to ride straight off of something and freefall to the ground.

AIR
when riders clear jumps or obstacles; riding with all four wheels off the ground

ALLEY OOP
when a trick is performed in the opposite direction of which the skater is moving.

BACKSIDE
When a turn or trick is executed in a direction that the back of the body is facing the arc of the trick.

BANK
any sloped area under 90 degrees.

BOARD
also called a deck; the platform that the hardware is mounted to.

BOARDSLIDE
to slide on an obstacle or lip with the contact point being the underside of the board.

BUCKET
a helmet; also called a lid.

CARVE
to make a long, curving arc while skating.

DARKSLIDE
grinding the top of the board while you ride it upside-down.

DECK
the flat standing surface of a skateboard, usually laminated maple.

DROP IN
to enter the ramp or obstacle from the top.

FACE PLANT
when one’s face meets the ground before any other part of one’s body.

FAKIE
riding backwards.

FEEBLE GRIND
In this maneuver, the back truck grinds a rail while the front truck hangs over the rail’s far side

GOOFY FOOT
to ride with the right foot forward.

GRAB
grabbing either or both boards with one or both hands.

GRIND
trick where the skateboarder slides on the hangers of the trucks.

HALF PIPE
type of ramp that is shaped like a “U” and used for vert skating.

HAND PLANT
type of trick where one hand grabs the skate while doing a one handed handstand on a ramp, or obstacle.

HEEL FLIP
while performing an Ollie, the heel pushed down on the edge of the board causing it to flip over.

HIP
spot where a ramp or obstacle comes to a point; tricks are done while flying over or off of it.

HIT
a jump

INVERT
another name for a hand plant.

JUMP RAMP
small ramp used to give the skater some air to perform a trick.

KICK TURN
when pressure is applied to the tail of the board, lifting the front and turning it in another direction.

KICKER
name for a jump ramp. Kickers usually have the property of throwing you up into the air rather than giving you distance.

KICK FLIP
same as a Heel Flip except the toe pushes down to flip the board.

LAUNCH
the moment a rider starts to execute a jump, and the time he is actually flying through the air.

LIP
top edge portion of the halfpipe wall.

LIP TRICK
any trick performed on or near the lip of the wall of the halfpipe.

LOAD UP
to put weight on one side of the trucks or the other.

MCTWIST
540 degree turn performed on a ramp. Named after Mike McGill.

NOLLIE
much like an Ollie only you spring off of your nose instead of your tail.

NOSE
front of the board.

NOSEGRIND
grinding on only the front truck

OLLIE
a no handed air performed by tapping the tail of the board on the ground or ramp surface.

QUARTERPIPE
a halfpipe with one wall; a banked hit.

RAIL
edge of the board.

RAMP BOARD
large deck and firm wheels mounted on wide trucks to make the board as stable as possible.

SPINE RAMP
two half pipes placed back to back creating a double U shape.

STREET BOARD
shorter and narrower than ramp boards; usually has a shorter wheelbase than a ramp board.

STREET SKATING
skating on streets, curbs, benches, handrails and other elements of urban and suburban landscapes

SWITCH
any trick where the take off or landing is backwards.

SWITCHBACK
used to describe turns that are around 180 degrees.

TABLETOP
jump that features a flat surface with ramps on either side.

TAIL
rear tip of the board.

TAILSLIDE
sliding with the tail of the skateboard.

TRUCK
the hardware that is comprised of the axle and base plate mounted to the underside of the board.

VERT SKATING
skating on ramps and other vertical structures specifically designed for skating.

WALL
any bank that is at or above 90 degrees.

WALL RIDE
to ride on a wall that has no transition.

WHEELS
attached to the truck; rolling devices which are usually made of urethane.

WIPEOUT
a crash.

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  1. […] Check back for pics and video from the event. In the meantime, if you need a primer on skateboarding, check out all the lingo here. […]

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