Four Common Tricks of Skateboarding

Here is an introductory list of common skateboard tricks, moves and maneuvers that skateboarders routinely perform on a regular basis. So, after you check out this list and the next time you happen to catch a skateboarding competition or the X-Games on your favorite sporting or activity channel, you should hopefully have a better understanding on what the commentators are talking about.

1) Freestyle Tricks

Performing freestyle on a skateboard means that the operator of the board is balancing or moving on the board, but not on all four wheels at once. As well, this could also involve grinding along the side or edges of the skateboard as well. Some of the more popular freestyle tricks that skateboarders perform are the 360 degree spin, which basically involves spinning around in a circle while on your skateboard. Other freestyle tricks include kick flips and manuals. However, when really defining what freestyle tricks are, there is no more stronger definition than the ollie, which basically was the first trick which took the skateboard from the street and into the air.

2) Aerial Skateboarding Tricks electric skateboard with remote control

These are the fancy and daring stunts that you see skateboarders perform in specially built skate parks, half-pipes or quarter-pipes. Whenever you see a boarder fly through the air, while at the same time using his or her hand to keep the board pressed against their feet while in mid-air, that’s an aerial skateboarding trick. The origin of aerial moves started in the 1970s, when a young skateboarder named Tony Alva began experimenting in empty swimming pools. Today, there are many different kinds of aerials. That said, the most popular aerial trick is the 900, which involves having a skateboarder perform a two-and-a-half revolution while in the air. Difficult, but not impossible – only a few people have ever successfully performed a 900.

3) Flip Tricks

When a skateboarder is performing a flip trick, not only is he or she elevating into the air, but they are also either kicking, spinning or flipping the board in a certain manner. Flip tricks are exceptionally difficult to execute because there’s a high degree of athletic skill and dexterity involved. You have to be able to get into the air high enough to perform the flip, and you have to manipulate your feet to actually flip the board over. Usually, flip tricks involve either flipping the board upside down or end-over-end. That being said, there is always room for young and daring skateboarders to attempt to create their own unique flip tricks.

4) Sliding and Grinding

If you’ve ever seen a skateboarder ride their board on a ledge or edge of something, but not necessarily riding along the actual wheels of the board itself, that’s either a slide or a grind, depending on what part of the board that they are using. Here are the primary differences between sliding and grinding:

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