December 2003

Carpet Skating

Martin is now officially a cocksucker, having landed six switch heelflips, and having only started trying them tonight.

Because I snapped a kingpin while doing caveman palm flips and had to take one truck off to fix it, I thought I may as well take the other one off too since we had had such enjoyment the last time we were messing around on a bare deck (see article : shuvits).

Carpet Skating?

Carpet skating itself is fairly self explanatory, at least it is when it’s more accurately called carpet boarding. I mean really, who has the space to actually skate around in their bedroom? It’s great because not only does it give you something fun to do while your board is (for whatever reason) without trucks it’s also a useful device for learning tricks with a bit more confidence. This is because there isn’t much that can go wrong, and tricks are easier to land, which is nice, and the board is obviously lighter. But it isn’t all easy – popping is way more difficult, which might be a good enough reason to do it, because if you can pop and catch some air without trucks you will be able to do it much higher with them.

It’s not an official thing or anything, but I’m sure most skateboarders do it and it’s a lot of fun.

As already discussed in previous articles, shuvits are a piece of piss without trucks for obvious reasons. You can use the opportunity afforded by the smooth bottom to try some more gnarly shuvit variants. Doing a 360° shuvit is one option. Others include the big spin, and the “corkscrew” and “360° corkscrew”.

Big Spin

A big spin is a combination of a 360° shuvit and a body varial in the same direction. There’s a lot of spinning going on making it look pretty cool but it isn’t too difficult to learn.

1. Plant your back foot right on the middle of the tail and your front foot somewhere around the centre point of the deck. As with most tricks involving rotation of the rider, you’ll have to wind your body in the opposite direction to your spin.

2. Unwind your body and kick your back foot in the same direction. This will be backwards for a backside big spin which is easier (I’m fairly sure, through experience and reading, that all shuvit variations are easier backside). Because of the added force of your own spin, you don’t need to kick anywhere near as hard as you normally would to get the 360° rotation.

3. The skateboard should spin twice as fast as you do. The most difficult part of this trick is that you can’t really see what the board is doing until the last moment when you’ve finished turning 180° and can catch it. Until then, you have to trust that it’s spinning its 360°.

Corkscrew (?)

Now, I’ve trawled the net looking for a name for this trick and nothing has come up yet so I am provisionally titling it a corkscrew. (EDIT – I later started calling this trick a ‘boomerang’ and it has emerged that it could also be called a ‘kastelerial’). If anybody who reads this knows the proper name for it assuming there is one) then feel free to inform me. This is basically a shuvit and a body varial in opposite directions, and it’s a gem of a trick. It feels fairly weird at first but again is very simple.

When you think about it, it makes a lot more sense than spinning in the same direction as your board, because you will be kicking against the direction of the shuvit to make the varial, which is more natural.

1. Wind up front side. Normally you would wind up in order to quickly unwind in the opposite direction, but with this trick it’s almost as if to get a headstart on the body varial before you actually trick. I’ve just done a couple and find I am winding almost 90°, so I can actually look at the back of my back foot. This is where your front foot has to be any second now…

2. Jump the other 90° to complete you body varial. As you do so, make sure to kick your back foot backwards to do the shuvit. Because you have wound up beforehand as well, you can see the board spinning and have plenty of time to spot the landing.

3. When you get trucks back on your board, try these rolling in fakie.