Skateboarding Tricktionary – C

Cab Flip

A 360° fakie kickflip, not to be confused with a fakie 360° kickflip! The cab part of the trick name comes from caballerial which is a 360° fakie ollie.


This is a 360° fakie ollie. This means the skateboarder rides backwards in fakie and pops a huge ollie, rotating 360° in mid-air before landing back in fakie again.

The caballerial is named after the famous old-school pro-skater Steve Cabalero, who presumably was the first skater to land a 360° fakie ollie. Combine it with a mute grab to do a gay twist.

Calf Wrap

This one is extremely difficult to describe accurately, and right now I can’t find any photos to reference. Basically, the calf wrap trick involves standing on one leg, with the other leg bent behind it and tucked into the back of your knee. The skateboard is held off the ground, clamped between the two legs.

This position is achieved by doing a modified no comply, stepping off the board with your front foot as you pop (this will be the foot you end up standing on) and scooping the skateboard backside and up as you do so in order to get it up between your legs. Once in the calf wrap stance, you can jump up and down a few times with the board held in place before manoeuvering the board with your legs in order to jump back into a more normal stance.


A grab trick where both the nose and tail are both gripped with either hand. Requires crouching down and making a vaguely ball like shape with your body and board, hence the name of ‘cannonball’.

Much like the Sidewinder, this is another specific truck-to-truck transfer. Think of it as a half impossible from a 50-50 truckstand to a switch 50-50 – still standing on the back foot.


If you turn by leaning to one side instead of picking the front wheels up and rotating slightly, you are carving. You can carve around on ramps, in ditches, during wheelies, or just across a road, but the name remains the same.


A freestyle stance where the skateboard is upside down and balanced on the point of the tail. The skaters back foot is on the underside of the tail and the board maintains it’s angled position by the skaters front foot being hooked under the deck. It is important to note that having the front foot on the floor is considered cheating, and not a proper casper.

Casper Disaster

Despite the name, this isn’t a casper trick at all – it was just invented by the same man. Basically, it is a fakie 180° pivot in rail where the deck and the front wheel never touches the floor. The board is pushed through the pivot with the front foot on the grip, and when the 180° is complete, the deck is set back down to the wheels.

As this isn’t the easiest trick to describe, here’s a casper disaster tricktip from Bobstricktips.comExternal Linkto help you understand it.

Casper Flip

1. Any flip trick executed from a casper position. This may simply be half an underflip in order to land back in a natural stance, or any more elaborate trick involving any number of flips and varials to land in any conceivable stance including back into casper. This trick always needs further definition in order to visualise – for example, a ‘casper flip out’, ‘varial casper flip to casper’ or ‘double casper flip to rail’.

2. Half a flip into a casper stance in mid air, then flipping out of casper and catching the board before landing. Usually this is half a kickflip into casper, followed by a varial underflip to get out of the casper position, but any number of variations are possible.

Casper Slide

A slide on a suitable surface in the casper position. Usually requires a flip of some sort into the slide, and a casper flip (see above) out again.


Many people think this is another name for the bomb drop since it’s inclusion into the Tony Hawk games, but a caveman is essentially bombdropping into a grind.

Chef Salad

An ollie impossible landed straight into a 180° nose pivot.

Chicken Salad

A roast beef grab with the arm twisted round. In other words, where in a roast beef your arm goes straight down, so that your elbow is pointing at your groin, your elbow is pointed out in a chicken salad.

If you need a pic to understand this, the clearest example I could find was a wakeboarder doing one. Although it’s a different kind of board, it’s still the same grabExternal Link.

Christ Air

A grab trick typically performed on a half pipe. After the skateboarder gains air from the vert ramp, he grabs the nose of the skateboard with his front hand as in a nosegrab and then extends his arms and legs in order to look like a capital ‘T’, or if you prefer, someone being crucified (hence the title of the trick). The skateboard is put back beneath the feet before landing and rolling away.

Classic Flip

An old school flip trick accomplished by hooking your toe underneath the skateboard and jumping. Classic flips are discussed in the flatland skating article. This was effectively the first ever kickflip, and is still called a kickflip today by die hard flatland skaters.

Coconut Wheelie

A coconut wheelie is like a railslide, but the deck never touches the floor – you actually hold it in a wheelie on the side of the board. Not to be confused with a sideride, which is far easier as you stand on the grip instead of the wheels.


When street skating first came about, it was far from great. One of the early “tricks” was the coffin, which simply consisted of lying down on your back on your deck, crossing your arms across your chest, and rolling around like this. Each to their own, I guess.

Coleman Slide

The classic downhill slide, where the board is pushed frontside and only the front hand of the skater is on the road.

Cooper Stand

A rail stand where the skateboarder is balanced at one end of the skateboard only, both feet bunched up around one wheel. Harder to balance, but (I think) enables far more flips to be performed out of the stance. This is named after Lynn Cooper, a famous freestyle skateboarder. Having said that, he never knew it was named after him, this was just how he always did rail stands.


The rounded section of pipe that is attached to the lip of a half pipe, ramp, or other skateboarding obstacle, enabling smoother grinds and lip tricks.


One other possible name for the trick I now know as a boomerang. This was my initial name for the trick before I started calling it a boomerang.

Crail Grab

A nosegrab using the back hand instead of the front, meaning the back hand is taken across the front of the body.


A tailslide performed while grabbing the nose of the skateboard with your back hand across your body. Often seen in pool skating and looks very cool.


Landing an air in vert/pool skating into a tail tap while grabbing crail.

Crooked Grind

This is a combination of a noseslide and a nosegrind, and is also known as a crooked slide, k-grind or simply ‘crooked’ or ‘crooks’.

In order to do this the board must be off at an angle to the rail, hence the title ‘crooked’. Note that in a crooked grind the board does not cross over the obstacle before connecting in the grind – that is known as an overcrook.

Like most grinds crookeds can be backside or frontside.


A grab trick where the front hand grips the heelside of the skateboard just inside the front foot with back leg boned. To do this, the front leg is tucked up and the nose of the skateboard pulled into the body.


See x-foot.