27th April 2006 Discuss Discuss

Leap Of Faith

Jamie Thomas, Leap Of Faith

Yes, I’m still here. Question from the mysteriously named ‘DJ’ :

“what are the highest things you know of that people do a bomb drop off of on to flat ground? I know danny way has done all kinds of ridiculous drops, off the hard rock cafe guitar and such, but what about landing on flat ground?”
– DJ

I dunno DJ, the biggest drop on to flat I’ve ever seen is Jamie Thomas’ so called “Leap Of Faith” off of the stairs in the famous southern California school where everyone and their dog goes to film skate videos. He almost landed it (his skateboard broke), and I think that was about 25 feet or something, pretty insane. Of course, it wasn’t a bomb drop, it was an ollie grab, although the same could be achieved with a bomb drop. I expect many people (possibly including Jamie Thomas, if my memory doesn’t fail) have broken legs or ankles doing that drop (it’s also been attempted by rollerbladers who have met with similar fates), so that seems to be about the limit. Ultimately, the biggest bomb drop you’ll ever see is going to be limited by the ability of the human body to take the punishment we dish out to it. I doubt anything much bigger than 30′, or 10 metres, is really possible.

Of course, someone will come along here and prove me wrong.
– Adam

26th April 2006 Discuss Discuss

The Tricktionary

Hey, Tony again. As it probably will be for a while. I’ve been working on the Tricktionary for months now, gradually building up, and it’s still not done. However, just recently, I’ve noticed some really strange things popping up in the “searched for” list – in other words, some of you guys are searching for some really odd words.

Amongst my current favourites are:

  • “Every trick” (someone really did type that)
  • Ferrquizginuff
  • Firespin
  • flipside 360
  • F*ck (edited, as Adam would kill me otherwise)
  • Greek Black Pudding
  • Kaos flip
  • nit flip
  • Ollie Variations (why would we make “Ollie variations” an entry in the trick list? That doesn’t make much sense to me.)
  • shecklair
  • videos

Now, some of them – Kaos flip, firespin etc – sound almost sensible. Or, at least, they would if they actually existed. Not only have I not heard of these, but google searches bring up nothing (other than some naked ladies twirling burning sticks for the firespin!), and no one else seems to have heard of them, either.

Still, don’t be discouraged to use the search feature; It’s there for a reason. All I ask is that you keep it to sensible searches – not things like “Ferrquizginuff” and that you realise it is only tricks and skate terms in the tricktionary. Searching for “videos” will NOT give you some top-secret skate video we’re hiding from everyone else!

24th April 2006 Discuss Discuss

A Slight Regime Change!

Hey everyone, Tony here. Don’t worry, I’m not taking over completely; Adam has disappeared off to America on some crazy road trip, and left me in charge. So, for my first blog post, I’m going to handle a question we were sent from Jordan McBride:

“Why dont you see more boneless/fastplant variations in freesyle, its my favorite trick and can be done so many different ways that that you would think it would be more popular.”

Well… Okay, firstly, a brief history lesson. The bonelesses and footplants originally came from vert, ditch and bank skating. And you’re right, there are a hell of a lot of variations. So you’d think that’d work well in freestyle, right? Well… no.

See, in the 80’s, freestyle was VERY strict. The organising body for freestyle competitions had a ridiculous amount of rules for freestyle events, including mandatory tricks (every skater had to do a spacewalk, a handstand, etc), and one key rule: If your foot touched the floor at all, it counted as a step-off, and points were deducted. As such, not only did people not kick to get speed (they just tic-tacked around), footplants were effectively banned, which is why you never see them in classical freestyle.

However, today, the rules have (very rightly, in my opinion) been removed, and so there are some people out there who enjoy doing footplant tricks. I myself do some no comply ones, every so often. The major reason you don’t see them though is that they are seen as “cheap” by many. Let’s face it, the boneless isn’t the hardest trick. They may be fun, but they do have somewhat of a reputation as a beginner’s trick in certain circles.

Still, this is freestyle. If you enjoy footplants, do some footplants. It’s totally up to you, and hey, if you get really good at them, you might end up starting a craze one day. You never know…

14th April 2006 Discuss Discuss

Patrick Kerr Skateboarding Scholarship

There are a lot of junky websites out there with no real point in existing, but occasionally you come across one that has a real purpose. Today I found the Patrick Kerr Skateboarding Scholarship website. It provides scholarship funds for all you American skateboarders looking to go to college.

As part of the application you have to write an essay about how skateboarding has been a positive influence in your life. How often do you get to write about skating as part of furthering your education?

8th April 2006 Discuss Discuss

Danny Way Does It Again

For those who haven’t seen it yet, Danny Way of Great Wall Of Chinaexternal link fame just bomb dropped from the top of the Hard Rock Cafe Guitar in Vegas into a ramp. Apparently the guitar is 82 feet high.

The stunt was performed on April the 6th, and thrasher magazine has footage hereexternal link (quicktime movie).

Right, I’m off to lose some money on the Grand National.

7th April 2006 Discuss Discuss

That’s Impossible

Mark asks…

How do you do an impossible on a skateboard?

The impossible was invented by Rodney Mullen and is so called because someone had claimed it would be impossible to get the skateboard to flip vertically. Over to Tony to answer this one…

There are a few types of impossible, but as you never mentioned any particular variation, I’ll presume you mean an ollie impossible, as they are the most common. The first thing to understand is that a good impossible should wrap around your foot, vertically – end-over-end. If your impossibles look more like shuvits, they probably are shuvits, and you should work more on getting a vertical wrap.

To actually do the trick, have the front foot up by the front truck; the back foot should go straight across the tail. As you pop, jump and lift the front foot STRAIGHT UPWARDS – don’t scrape it up the deck like you would for an ollie or ollieflip – and push the back foot towards where the front foot was. You need to get a circular motion going with the back foot to get the wrap going, and this first motion – bringing the back foot to where the front one was, pushing on the tail of the now-vertical board – will get it started.

From here, everything else becomes second nature. Just let the motions complete themselves. The board should come round and you should land on it just fine. Roll away psyched…

– Tony

1st April 2006 Discuss Discuss

Is It Just Me, Or Can You Smell Cheese?

Oh wait, it’s this video

1st April 2006 Discuss Discuss

Skatepark Hate

Isaac asks…

“In a skatepark, why do rollerbladers and BMXers hate skateboarders so much?”

lol… Well I would call it animosity rather than hate but I guess it’s because generally speaking, in any walk of life (not just skateparks) people “love to hate” those who are different to them. The fact that skaters, boarders and bikers all end up using the same facilities probably amplifies this quite a lot – whether that’s a skatepark, or a favourite in town spot. And inevitably each group tries to monopolise the vert ramp or street course and stay on as long as possible. I see it all the time at big events such as NASS.

I seriously doubt it’s one way either, I know plenty of skateboarders who have an almost inate dislike of bladers, despite being otherwise reasonable and thoughtful people. Plus, you also get it within a particular sport, for example between flatlanders and vert skaters or bikers, or street and vert and so on.

It begs the question, why can’t we all just get along? Well there is one solution – try another sport. I don’t have any “skatepark hate” for bikers, partly because I have also done a fair amount of flatland, street and downhill/dirt jump biking, which enables me to appreciate the finer points of those sports. Alternatively, avoid skateparks altogether and take up flatland – then you can happily bumble about in the road in front of your house without ever seeing a blader or biker again 😉

Enough said I think… I’ll open this to the floor.

1st April 2006 Discuss Discuss

How To Do Lots Of Tricks, New York Skate Jam

“How do you do these tricks : primo, mullen, casperslide, primoslide, and double kickflip?”

*Takes deep breath* Well, to do those you need to do be able to do a bunch of other things first.

For example, a double kickflip is simply the same as a kickflip, except you put a more powerful flick on it. If you can kickflip, then it’s a logical progression. If you can’t kickflip, read this.

A primoslide (which is the same as a primo, or railslide) requires you to be able to confidently flip into a railstand (either with a quarter or three quarter kickflip or heelflip), it’s not a trick to be attempted lightly. Ideally you’ll also need an extremely slippery surface, you’ve probably seen Rodney Mullen do them and he has a flat metal platform waxed all to hell to do his railslides on.

A casperslide is similar, you need to be able to confidently flip into a casper position (half or one and a half kickflip). Again, this isn’t easy. But if you can flip into the casper, then you could probably move on to a casper slide without too much trouble simply by doing the trick while rolling at a reasonable pace – just find a suitable obstacle, or do it on flatground.

I’m not sure what you mean by a ‘Mullen’ – maybe you could let me know so I can add it to the tricktionary.

New York Skate Jam

I’m going to be in New York in April but irritatingly I’m leaving to head into the deep south on the 27th, just in time to miss the second Arbor Day Skate Jam on the 28th, in Alfred. It’s big and free and if you’re in that area probably worth going along. Email [email protected] or go hereExternal Link for more information