10 Best Skateboard Tricks Ever
Skateboarding can be loosely put as surfing on land and the 10 best skateboard tricks ever sums up most of the tricks performed. The game has developed into a full fledged sport since it first began in 1950's and many tricks, some nearly impossible ones, have been performed by ace skateboarders.
- Ollie. Ollie is performed on mini ramps or full ramps. To do an ollie the back foot (right leg) is placed on the tail end of the skateboard and the front foot (left leg) is placed between the front and middle trucks. Then bending the knees, the back foot is slammed on the skateboard’s tail so that the skateboard tilts tail end downwards and the front end lifts up in the air. Simultaneously the skateboarder jumps as high as possible. Then with the front foot bend inwards the skateboard is lifted (by tactfully holding the grip tape on the board) to the desired height and rotated so that when the skateboarder is landing back on the ground the board is right below his feet when he wants it.
- 50-50 Grind. This is a basic grind trick performed on the skateboard. The grind is performed on rails, benches and curbs and the truck of the skateboard is used instead of the wheels to drive forwards. Generally skateboarders need to learn Ollie first to perform the 50-50 grind. To perform the 50-50 grind the skateboarders stands at a distance from the railing or ledge and pushes the skateboard at a comfortable speed. Then as the skateboard comes near the ledge, with bent knees the skateboard is thrown into air in an Ollie style and the skateboard ridden over the rail or rim of the ledge.
- Kickflip. This is generally the first flip trick that most skateboarders tend to do. In this trick the right leg is used to hold the board by the tail end and the toe used to pop the skateboard in the air so that it kick-flips a couple of times, as the boarder too jumps with both legs into mid air. The skateboard is made to land back straight on the ground with the help of the left leg.
- Backside Bluntslide. Slides are generally performed sideways on the skateboard. The Backside bluntslide is performed with the back towards the object (low curbs and rails). The skateboard is Ollied on the rail with the left leg (almost standing on one leg) while the other leg is used to maintain balance and keep the chest facing forwards to avoid falling.
- Backside Kickflip. You guessed it, the backside kickflip is the kickflip performed backwards. Compared to the forward kickflip, this needs more patience and practice.
- Smith Grind. This type of grind needs the right type and amount of pressure to be performed and can be only done with good practice. Before performing this trick it is essential the skateboarder masters other grind tricks like 5-0, 50-50, and "Salad Grind."
- Pop Shove. A pop shove is a comparatively easy trick to perform on the skateboard as it does not involve ollie. The trick is performed by popping the skateboard into the air and spinning the board on one side (left or right)
- 360 frontside Pop-shove. This trick, in contrast to a regular pop-shove, starts with an ollie and is performed with a much higher jump.
- 180 Ollie. The 180 ollie s an advanced version of the ollie trick. Also called a "fakie," in this trick the skateboarders as well as the skateboard spin 180 degrees in mid air before landing safely on the ground.
- 5-0 Grind. This is a fairly advanced form of grind trick and is performed on ledges and rails. In the trick the skateboard’s nose is lifted into the air while the back trucks are used for grinding along.