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Glossary of skateboard terms for all you newbies

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Glossary of skateboard terms for all you newbies

Yeah these terms are somewhat organized, if you have any beef about the definitions then lemme know and I'll edit if not then sweet. OH! and lemme know if you have any to add to my list....


deck: the flat standing surface of a skateboard, usually covered in grip tape that provides a place to stand

grip tape: sandpaper fixed to the top of the deck to increase trction/friction between the skateboard and the skaters feet so they can keep a grip on the board.

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, connects the wheels to the deck and allow for turns.

wheels: usually made of polyurethane and sized between 39 and 66 millimeters in diameter; their hardness is measured by durometer, a number ranging from 0 to 100—soft wheels have a durometer of about 85, hard wheels have a durometer of 97 or higher

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


air: riding with all four wheels off the ground

backside: a trick or turn where the skaters back is to the ramp.

Caballerial: named after Steve Caballero, this trick is a 360-degree turn performed on a ramp while riding fakie (backwards)

carve: to skate in a long, curving arc so that one side edge is pushed towards the ground

fakie: a skater stands in their normal stance but the board is moving

frontside: wherea  trick or turn is done with 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, see below

crooked grind: grinding on only the front truck while sliding

50-50 grind: grinding on both trucks equally

nosegrind: grinding on only the front truck

5-0 grind: grinding on only the back truck

kickflip: similar to an ollie, the skater kicks the board so it spins before landing back on it

McTwist: a 540-degree turn on a ramp, named after Mike McGill

: a style of pushing where the back foot is kept on the board and pushing is done with the front foot

nollie: an ollie where the the skater taps the nose of the board rather than the tail

noseslide: sliding on a ledge or lip with the nose of the board pressed against

ollie: a jump where the skater taps the tail of the board on the ground

: trick where the skater slides bottom of the deck along an object like a curb or handrail

regular foot: riding with the left foot forward, the opposite of "goofyfoot"

shove-it: spinning the board 180 degrees beneath the feet while moving forward

switch stance: riding the board with the opposite footing than usual, i.e., "goofyfoot" instead of "regular foot"

tailslide: sliding the bottom of the tail on a ledge or lip

Obstacles etc.

street skating: skating on streets, curbs, benches, handrails and other elements of urban and suburban landscapes.

vert skating: skating on ramps and other vertical structures designed for skating.

half pipe: a U-shaped ramp of any size

vert ramp
: a half-pipe, usually at least 8 feet tall, with steep sides that become vertical at the top.

that about summarizes it up.