Trick Terminology

If you’re just looking to learn the basic names of tricks and what they involved, this is a great starting point. Remember to check out the Trick Tip Video section afterwards if you want to start learning how to do them.

Air: when you jump or are propelled into the air with your skateboard.

Backside: a trick executed with the skater’s back to the ramp or obstacle, or a rotation of the rider/board where the front foot moves forward (e.g. a regular-footed skater facing north turning eastward).

Caballerial: a 360-degree ollie while riding fakie. The Caballerial was named after Steve Caballero, who invented the trick on vert in the early 1980s.

Carve: to skate in a long, curving arc.

Fakie: rolling backwards; the rider is in the normal stance, but rolling in the opposite direction.(Basically a switch nollie position)

Frontside: a trick executed with the skater facing the ramp or obstacle, or a rotation of the rider/board where the front foot moves backward (e.g. a regular-footed skater facing north turning westward).

FS 540: a frontside 540-degree turn.

Goofy-Foot: a skater who more comfortably rides with the right foot leading.

Grind: scraping one or both truck axles on a curb, railing, or other surface.
Crooked Grind: a nosegrind where the nose is angled toward the object and the tail is elevated.
50-50 Grind: a grind on both trucks.
Nosegrind: a front truck grind with the rear of the board elevated over the obstacle.
5-0 Grind: a rear truck grind with the front of the board elevated over the obstacle.
Smith Grind: a rear truck grind, with the nose pointed below and slightly away from the obstacle.

Kickflip: an ollie in the middle of which the skater uses the front toe to kick the board into an Aileron roll.

Heelflip: a kickflip in which the skater uses the front heel to flip the board in the opposite direction.

McTwist: a backside 540-degree turn usually performed on a ramp (generally a mute grab).

Mongo-Foot: pushing with the trailing foot kept on the board; most commonly used to push fakie.

Nollie: An Ollie performed with the front foot (N/ollie negative ollie) Can be referred as a fakie-switch ollie, or it could be added as a prefix to describe any other trick performed in fakie-switch stance (Nollie 360 Flip, Nollie Kickflip, Nollie Lazer, etc.).

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

Ollie: a jump performed by popping the tail of the board on the ground, and using the front foot to even out your body and attain air. The basis of most skating tricks, named after Alan “Ollie” Gelfand. See: Air, Pop

Pop: the act of striking the tail of the board against the ground to propel the board upwards.

Boardslide: a trick in which the skater slides the underside of the deck along an object.

Regular Foot: a skater who more comfortably rides with the left foot leading.

Shove-it: a trick performed by spinning the board 180 degrees beneath the feet without the skater spinning.

Switch Stance: riding the board with the opposite footing than usual.

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

Pop Shove-it: A shove-it performed while popping the tail to make the board attain air. See: Air, Pop

Varial Kick Flip: A trick consisting of a backside pop shove-it and a kickflip.

Varial Heel Flip: Same as a hard flip, but you heel flip and the board spins front side.
360 Flip: A 360 shove it and a kick flip. The board does 1 full rotation.

Ollie North: an Ollie in which the front foot is taken off the board.
Laser Flip: A frontside 360 shove it and a heel flip. The board does 2 full rotations.

Hard Flip: Instead of the board spinning backside, the trick is performed by doing a kick flip and having the board spin frontside.

Inward Heel Flip: A heelflip variation where the board simultaneously rotates 180 degrees backside

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