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
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
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 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
railslide: 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
riding the board with the opposite footing than usual, i.e., "goofyfoot" instead of "regular foot"
sliding the bottom of the tail on a ledge or lip
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.