What is skateboarding? An activity of riding and performing tricks with a skateboard. Giving a technical definition of “what skateboarding is all about” can be monotonous. So, I will not bore you with any tedious explanation. Let’s just go over the list, and describe how each trick is performed.
360 Spin: 70s skate competitions would often have an event to see who could do the most consecutive 360 spins on a skateboard.
50/50: The 50/50 is done with a hand holding the nose of the board, or it can be done with the front foot holding up the nose with no hand holding the board up.
Anti-Casper: This is usually done by popping the tail, which would begin the half impossible or half vertical flip, and jumping. Once the board flips half of an Ollie Impossible, it comes down into Switch Casper, and is caught with the front foot on top of the nose and the back foot on the underside of the board in a nose/Switch Casper.
Beanplant: Like a Boneless, but the rider grabs the nose or grabs Lien (heelside of the nose) with the front hand.
Boneless: The skateboarder plants the front foot and grabs with the trailing hand as he/she catches air.
Broken Fingers: The skateboarder starts in Tailstop, puts his/her front foot near the truck, and then starts to jump backwards. The board flips over and goes upside-down, and the skateboarder catches the tail of the board and lands with the foot he used to hook the board on the truck.
Butter Flip: To do the Butter Flip, you stand in Heelside Railstand, and hop both feet to one side of the board. Both feet are side by side with no gap larger than an inch or two between them. The skateboarder puts pressure onto the end of the board, using the foot that is not on the wheel. It pops the board up, and you grab it with your hand on the same side of your body, as the foot that was on the wheel.
Calf Wrap, Flamingo: A trick where the skateboarder uses one foot wrapped around the board, and the other leg which is planted on the ground, then unwraps it to land back in a riding position.
Casper: In a Casper, the board is grip tape side down, with the back foot on top of the tail, and the front foot under the board near the nose. The only point of contact between the board and the ground is the tip of the tail.
Casper Disaster: The foot that’s not touching the wheel will point down, and nudge the grip tape side of the Skateboard while the rider spins 180 degrees towards the direction of the trucks.
Carousel: You start from a 50-50, “throw” the board in “Semi-Circular” Motion but at the same time bend up your foot, so the board wraps around it, and you land on the truck and catch the nose of your board.
Daffy: This trick is done with two boards, one foot in a Manual on one board, and another foot on the second.
End-Over: A series of 180 degree pivots.
Gymnast Plant: To do the trick you can start from Tailstop or Railstand.
Manual: A trick similar to a bicycle Wheelie, where the rider balances with the front or back wheels off, and without the tail or nose on the ground.
M-80: Flip an Old School kick flip, but as soon as you’re done flipping, instead of landing on the board with all 4 wheels touching down on the ground, land on it with more weight on the nose for a split second nose Manual, before you pivot on the nose.
No Comply: To ride away, the skateboarder jumps with his/her front foot back on. The No Comply was commonly used by street skaters in the mid to late 80’s, most commonly being done on parking blocks by bumping the tail off them.
Ollie: Ollie is the most important and basic “no hands” aerial skateboarding tricks for beginners. It was invented by Alan “Ollie” Gelfand in 1978. The skateboarder has to bend down, and push the end of his/her skateboard down. Then while jumping back up with the board, the illusion that it gives of the board kind of defying gravity, and popping the board back up.
Ollie Airwalk: The rider initiates an Ollie and grabs the board with the front hand. While this is being done, the rider kicks the front foot forward and kicks the back foot backwards.
Pogo: Done with the board straight up and down, this move uses the skateboard as a pogo stick. One foot is on the bottom truck, and the other usually presses on the grip tape side of the board for grip.
Shove It: The skateboarder pushes down and forward or down and backward and the board spins 180 degrees frontside or backside. The back foot begins the trick and the front foot either assists in the spin by influencing the board or just jumps if the back foot influenced it enough.
Jaywalk: Set up with your stance foot, or your front foot, on the tail of the board, put your back foot on the nose of the board. Pressure is applied to the nose and you pivot 180 degrees on the tail to the side your front foot’s heel was facing.
Spacewalk: The skateboarder enters a Manual on the back wheels and swings the nose of the board around. The front wheels cannot touch the ground while the Spacewalk is being done.
Street Plant: One hand holds the board, gets a running start, does a one hand handstand, puts the board under the feet, then comes back down. It is used as a fancy way to get onto one’s board.
Switch Foot Pogo: To do the trick, get into a handed Pogo and then continuously switch your feet from the truck and pogo little to keep your balance.
TV Stand: A handstand done in a 50/50. While in a 50/50 or Pogo the rider grabs the bottom truck hops up into a handstand with the other hand holding the nose of the board.
Walk The Dog: Freestyle footwork in which you put one foot in the middle of the board, step to the nose with the back foot, and bring the nose to the back, spinning the board 180 around the center foot.
YoYo Plant: Usually done by rolling fakie and with one hand planted on the ground as the other is grabbing the board.
YoHo Plant: The HoHo Plant involves a Handstand with both hands, and only your feet in the air holding the board up as if you were upside down. The rider starts to roll fakie into the YoYo. Plant with one hand on the ground and one on the board.