24th April 2006
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…