GLOSSARY OF SKATEBOARDING TERMS
Sometimes, the language of skateboarders can be pretty confusing to those who don't skate. Here's a little something to refer to when you would like to understand what your son, nephew, friend, boyfriend, etc. is talking about when he says he landed a nollie heelflip to b/s 5/0. This glossary of skateboarding terms is for all of the parents, friends, girlfriends, and relatives who just don't happen to speak the skateboarding language.
I could use a little help on the terms. If you know of any skateboarding lingo that can be added, please send it to me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Turns or rotations in the direction your toes point toward, so that your back is facing the outside of the arc. Sometimes abbreviated as "bs" or "b/s"
- Turns or rotations in the direction your toes point toward, so that your front is facing toward the outside of the arc. Sometimes abbreviated as "fs" or "f/s"
- A trick where you lift your front truck over the lip, coping, rail, ledge, or whatever it is that you desire, and slide. Sometimes refered to as a "railslide"
- Riding backwards. I should note here that when riding fakie, your weight is balanced as in your normal stance.
- An ollie off of the nose of the board where you pop the nose with your front foot and slide your back foot towards the tail to lift the board
- Ollie, front foot goes toward the heel side of the board, flicking the board with your toes, board flips, land.
- Ollie, front foot goes to the toe side of the board, flicking the board with the ball of your foot, board flips, land.
- Ollie off the nose (Nollie), kick the board with the heel toward the toe side of the board with your back foot.
- A kickflip the hard way! A f/s varial kickflip.
- A 360 degree b/s varial kickflip.
- Rotation of board or body
- Someone whose normal skate stance is with the right foot forward. [surfers] As opposed to regular-foot.
- Someone whose normal skate stance is with the left foot forward.
- A style of pushing where the back foot is kept on the board, and the pushing is done with the front foot. Very common with switch-stance skating.
- Skateboarding in the opposite stance than accustomed to, and passing it off as "normal"
- The back end of the board, from the back two truck bolts, to the tip of the deck.
- The front end of the board, from the front two truck bolts, to the tip of the deck.
- Sliding the underside of the nose on the deck onto a rail, curb, ledge, lip, coping, or whatever you want.
- Sliding the underside of the tail on the deck onto a rail, curb, ledge, lip, coping, or whatever it is that you want to slide.
- A slide where your tail goes over the desired object. You can do this by either doing a b/s or f/s 180 ollie.
- Moving along an edge with your trucks, scraping your trucks against the object being grinded as you skate.
- Ollie off the nose, kick the board with the toes toward the heel side of the board with your back foot.
- Both trucks grinding on an object.
- Only the back truck grinding on an object.
- Only the front truck grinding on an object.
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