Whats up everybody! The name of the game is to spread some knowledge. For those of you who are new to the great world of skateboarding, Longboard Lingo is here to teach you the meanings, of all the weird words we use to describe what we’re doing on our boards.
When you hear a skater say something like “high Ollie contest” they’re not talking about their Australian landlords glue sniffing competition. An Ollie is when a skater manipulates their board to pop into the air.
To learn how to ollie you could concentrate on two parts of the trick. The first part is popping the board into the air. In order to do that, you have to bend your knees and unload some force through your back foot. The same way you would jump to reach a basketball hoop mid stride, you would generally jump off of one foot, not both feet. The difference is you need to get the tail of your board to hit the ground. It takes some practice to get use to the feeling of a proper pop, but eventually it will all make sense and muscle memory takes over.
The second half of the ollie is all about leveling out the board. Once you pop the tail your board is going to be in this position ” / ” and you want it to end up in this position “–” nice and flat. The way to go about that is to slide your front foot towards the nose of the board right after you pop the tail!
It’s going to take some practice but once you get the hang of it you will want to ollie up curbs and over cones. Being able to ollie will open many doors in the palace of skating! So get out there and practice!
Check out my little Vine video ( Uploading Soon ), I hope it helps you get the idea of how the magic of the ollie works.
Hey everybody! I’m back to talk to you all, a bit more about the Longboard Lingo that is used everyday by the people out there doing it. Skating is a unique sport which has developed a bizarre and colorful lifestyle. Along with the lifestyle came lingo, and I’d like to continue to explain what some of it all means!
When you hear a skater says “Shove it“, don’t assume they are verbally flipping you off! A shove-it is a basic trick that has multiple variations and can be incorporated into more advanced tricks. To perform the most elementary Shove it, a skater would manipulate their board to rotate 180 degrees resulting in the tail being in front and the nose being in back, without changing the orientation of their feet. ( What separates a shove-it from a 180)
A “slide shove” is a variation of the shove-it which combines a “stand-up slide” and a “shove-it“. It’s a little more technical and looks awesome if its done properly. To perform a slide shove first the skater would initiate a slide, and at some point manipulate the board to continue to rotate a full 180 degrees from the original position the board was facing. When its done right, it looks super smooth and adds a touch of style to any slide.
Combination tricks unlock a whole new portal of radness for a skater. When you combine multiple tricks into a “line” you will not only look good, but feel great. A “line” is what’s referred to when you land multiple tricks consecutively in one run. The ability to put together good lines can be what defines your own unique style.
Remember, skating is not bound by the limitations of “normal” sports. You have complete and total freedom to pursue whatever tricks or style or skating attracts you! Theres no coach who is going to make you run laps or repeat drills day in day out. Make sure you are always having fun while you skate, and remember to skate safe. You don’t have to, but we highly recommend you wear a helmet while skating, especially while longboarding. Always stay aware of your surroundings and remain courteous to the local residents of whatever spot you are skating!
Longboarding has lots of lingo. If you’re unfamiliar with the terms used by the skaters you may be left feeling puzzled and confused. When you hear stand up slide, you may be thinking about a part of the play house in the back yard that your baby brother sits on and rides down into your mothers arms. But you would be wrong. Very wrong. That’s not a stand up slide dude. Not in the world of longboarding it isn’t. A stand up slide is when you force the board to break traction and slide, without touching the ground with your hands. It is also commonly referred to as a power slide in the skateboarding community, and the term “stand up slide” has been abbreviated to “Standie“.
A Stand Up slide is one of the most basic freeride tricks. Freeride is referred to when talking about the style of longboarding which incorporates using the hill like a surfer uses a wave. The same way a surfer slashes back and forth on a wave, trying to push the limits of his/her style, a Freeride longboarder slides back and forth trying to push the limits of his/her style.
Some slides do however require slide Gloves. Slide gloves come equipped with high density polyurethane slide pucks on the palms of the glove. If you have slide gloves on, you can perform slides such as the Coleman Slide. The Coleman Slide is named after Cliff Coleman, one of the first Longboarders to become a superstar. The Coleman Slide is performed by putting your lead hand on the ground, while dropping your rear knee onto the board , all the while keeping your lead hand up in the air . When you turn your shoulders the board breaks traction and initiates a Coleman Slide.
There are many types of slides and I have only begun to touch the surface of Longboard lingo, so stay tuned for my next installment, and I’ll keep you up to speed so to speak. To wrap it up I would like to say Longboarding is suppose to be fun, so no matter what your skill level is, enjoy the ride. Take a deep breath, enjoy the wind in your hair, and be grateful to be alive!