A skateboard trick or simply a trick can be defined as some movement other than simply rolling that is performed on or with a board. Most skateboarders spend a large portion of their time learning new skateboard tricks.
The very first tricks that were invented in the early days of skateboarding form the basis of freestyle skateboarding as we know it today. These early tricks generally involved balancing on a skateboard on either one or two wheels, on the edges, or on the nose or tail of the skateboard. While in this position the board would be flipped or moved around.
Aerial skateboard tricks involve lifting the board into the air and holding it to your feet either with your hands or just through your momentum.
Tony Alva made skateboard tricks famous through his front side airs in empty swimming pools in late 1970s and it has since spread to include the bulk of many basic and complicated skateboarding tricks, including the Ollie and all of its variations.
Flip tricks are aerial tricks, based on the Ollie. The most popular of these is the Kick flip. You need to spin the board one or more times, and even rotate in combination several times. These are not easy tricks however they are particularly famous amongst street skaters.
Lip tricks are carried out on the coping of a pool or skateboard ramp. We can do most grinds on the coping of a ramp or pool as well, but there are also some coping tricks which include a real moves, which can only be attained on a transitioned riding surface. Lip tricks also consist of some inverts and its variations as well as some dedicated air-to-lip combinations.
Skateboarders can combine many types of basic, easy and complicated tricks together and find many new combinations of skateboarding tricks which helps it keep it appeal amongst skateboarder followers.
Generally, people who invented the trick gave it a unique name, most of the time it reflects what that person thought about that trick or tricks, or is based on their name. E.g. Andrecht after Dave Andrecht Ollie after Alan “Ollie” Gelfand; Elguerial after Eddie Elguera.
Some tricks have more than one name because several people independently invented the same trick around the same time and gave it different names, or because the original name was lost.
Generally most newer skateboard tricks are invented through combining existing tricks together rather than creating entirely new ones, and the names reflects this. An example is when Danny Way became the first to do a Kickflip into an Indy, so he obviously called it a Kickflip Indy.
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