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Ok Skate - Glossary of skateboarding terms
Category: Sport and Leisure > Glossary of skateboarding terms
Date & country: 17/11/2010, US
Words: 31


Air
riding with all four wheels off the ground; short for aerial.

Backside
when a trick or turn is executed with the skater's back facing the ramp or obstacle.

Caballerial
a 360-degree turn performed on a ramp while riding fakie (backwards), named after skater Steve Caballero.

Carve
to skate in a long, curving arc.

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

Fakie
skating backwards—the skater is standing in his or her normal stance, but the board is moving backward (not to be confused with "switch stance")

Frontside
when a trick or turn is executed with the front of the skater's body facing the ramp or obstacle.

Goofyfoot
riding with the right foot forward, the opposite of "regular foot".

Grind
scraping one or both axles on a curb, railing, or other surface.

Grip tape
sandpaper affixed to the top of the deck with adhesive, used to increase the friction between the deck and the skater's feet.

Half pipe
a U-shaped ramp of any size, usually with a flat section in the middle.

kick flip
a variation on the ollie in which the skater kicks the board into a spin before landing back on it.

McTwist
a 540-degree turn performed on a ramp, named after Mike McGill.

Mongo-foot
a style of pushing where the back foot is kept on the board and pushing is done with the front foot.

Nollie
an ollie performed by tapping the nose of the board instead of the tail.

Nose
the front of the skateboard, from the front truck bolts to the end.

Noseslide
sliding the underside of the nose end of a board on a ledge or lip.

Ollie
a jump performed by tapping the tail of the board on the ground; the basis of most skating tricks.

Rail
the edge of the skateboard, also, plastic strips attached to the board's underside.

Railslide
a trick in which the skater slides the underside of the deck along an object, such as a curb or handrail.

Regular foot
riding with the left foot forward, the opposite of "goofyfoot".

Shove-it
a trick performed by spinning the board 180 degrees beneath the feet while travelling forward.

Street skating
skating on streets, curbs, benches, handrails and other elements of urban and suburban landscapes.

Switch stance
riding the board with the opposite footing than usual, i.e., "goofyfoot" instead of "regular foot".

Tail
the rear of the skateboard, from the back truck bolts to the end.

Tailslide
sliding the underside of the tail end of a board on a ledge or lip.

Trucks
the front and rear axle assemblies that connect the wheels to the deck and provide the turning capabilities for the board.

Vert ramp
a half-pipe, usually at least 8 feet tall, with steep sides that are perfectly vertical near the top.

Vert skating
skating on ramps and other vertical structures specifically designed for skating.

Wheelbase
the distance between the front and back wheels, measured between the two sets of innermost truck holes.

Wheels
usually made of polyurethane and sized between 39 and 66 millimeters in diameter; their hardness is measured by durometer, a number ranging from 0 to 100—soft wheels have a durometer of about 85, hard wheels have a durometer of 97 or higher.