Skateboarding trick

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A skateboarding trick, or simply a trick is a maneuver performed on a skateboard while skateboarding. Learning and perfecting new tricks is the major goal of many skateboarders, for whom most of the time spent skateboarding is spent on tricks.

  • Aerials involve floating in the air while using a hand to hold the board on his or her feet or by not keeping constant and careful pressure on the board with the feet to keep it from floating away. This class of tricks was first popularized when Tony Alva became famous for his Frontside Airs in empty swimming pools in the late 1970s and has expanded to include the bulk of skateboarding tricks to this day, including the Nollie and all of its variations.
  • Flip tricks are a subset of aerials which are all based on the Ollie. An example is the Kickflip, the most widely known and performed flip trick. You can spin the board around many different axis, and even combine several rotations in to one trick. These tricks are undoubtedly most popular among street skateboarding purists, although skaters with other styles perform them as well as street skateboarders.
  • Slides and Grinds involve getting the board up on some type of ledge, rail, or coping and sliding or grinding along the board or trucks, respectively. When it is primarily the board which is contacting the edge, it's called a slide; when it's the truck, it is a grind. Grinding and sliding skateboards started with sliding the board on parking blocks and curbs, then extended to using the coping on swimming pools, then stairway handrails, and has now been expanded to include almost every possible type of edge.
  • Lip tricks are done on the coping of a pool or skateboard ramp. Most grinds can be done on the coping of a ramp or pool as well, but there are some coping tricks which require the momentum and vertical attitude that can only be attained on a transitioned riding surface. These include Inverts and their variations as well as some dedicated air-to-lip combinations.
  • Pressure tricks are performed differently than normal flip tricks in that the board flips using pressure technique in areas of the tail/nose with the foot you pop with.
  • Manual tricks are performed by balancing the board while riding on either the two front or rear wheels, suspending the opposing wheels in the air.

Competitive skateboarding is primarily judged on the difficulty and success of such tricks.

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