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Skateboarders Looking To Grow Sport

Posted: January 12, 2014 at 5 a.m.

Dante Gales, 10, of Harrison leaps to ride along a metal rail while skating Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at The Skate Station in Fayetteville.
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Dante Gales, 10, of Harrison leaps to ride along a metal rail while skating Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at The Skate Station in Fayetteville.

The skateboarder looked over the layout, then dropped in.

At A Glance

Anatomy Of A Skateboard

• Deck: The flat standing surface of a skateboard, usually laminated maple.

• Grip tape: Sandpaper affixed to the top of the deck with adhesive, used to increase the friction between the deck and the skater’s feet.

• Nose: The front of the skateboard, from the front truck bolts to the end.

• Rail: The edge of the skateboard, also, plastic strips attached to the board’s underside.

• Tail: The rear of the skateboard, from the back truck bolts to the end.

• Trucks: The front and rear axle assemblies that connect the wheels to the deck and provide the turning capabilities for the board.

• Wheels: Usually made of polyurethane and sized between 39 and 66 millimeters in diameter.

• Wheelbase: The distance between the front and back wheels, measured between the two sets of innermost truck holes.

Source: Skateboard Science from Exploratorium.edu


The Lingo

Skateboarding Tricks

• Air: Riding with all four wheels off the ground; short for aerial.

• Backside: When a trick or turn is executed with the skater’s back facing the ramp or obstacle.

• Caballerial: A 360-degree turn performed on a ramp while riding fakie.

• Carve: To skate in a long, curving arc.

• Fakie: Skating backwards — the skater is standing in his or her normal stance, but the board is moving backward.

• Frontside: When a trick or turn is executed with the front of the skater’s body facing the ramp or obstacle.

• Goofyfoot: Riding with the right foot forward, the opposite of regular foot.

• Grind: Scraping one or both axles on a curb, railing, or other surface.

• Kickflip: A variation on the ollie in which the skater kicks the board into a spin before landing back on it.

• McTwist: A 540-degree turn performed on a ramp.

• Mongo-foot: A style of pushing where the back foot is kept on the board and pushing is done with the front foot.

• Nollie: An ollie performed by tapping the nose of the board instead of the tail.

• Noseslide: Sliding the underside of the nose end of a board on a ledge or lip.

• Ollie: A jump performed by tapping the tail of the board on the ground; the basis of most skating tricks.

• Railslide: A trick in which the skater slides the underside of the deck along an object, such as a curb or handrail.

• Regular foot: Riding with the left foot forward, the opposite of goofyfoot.

• Shove-it: A trick performed by spinning the board 180 degrees beneath the feet while traveling forward.

• 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.

Source: Skateboard Science from Exploratorium.edu

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