Okay, so I might not be a skater in the
truest sense of the word, but I did learn a few things about
the culture. Take the way they speak for example. I will admit,
the first time Kat and I had a conversation, I barely knew
what she was talking about... so, here are some inside
tips on what to say if you're trying to impress a Skate
Skater Lingo 101
Riding your skateboard in the air. This is usually achieved
by going off a ramp.
To jump off your board mid-move in
order to avoid a disaster.
To skate where you don't belong.
The top of the skateboard (where your feet are).
To go backwards.
A big trick.
To slide your truck (see 'truck' below)
on a surface while doing a trick - usually achieved
on a curb or similar raised surface.
A ramp where a skateboard is ridden...
it is a curved surface in a 'U' shape
To grab the back wheels or the truck, while doing a jump.
Balancing while riding a skateboard on two wheels.
This is a nose first ollie (see 'ollie' below).
The front foot smacks the nose of the board against the ground
while the back foot pulls the board up in the air.
The front part of the board.
The basis for most skateboard tricks. The back foot smacks
the tail of the board against the ground, while the front
foot pulls the board up into the air.
Someone that dresses like a skateboarder but doesn't skateboard.
Also called a 'pretender'.
The name of the sideways stance on your skateboard where the
left foot is forward and right foot is behind (right foot
is the pushing foot).
A really good and consistent skater.
An unexpected fall.
The back part of the skateboard.
The two parts of the skateboard connecting
the deck with the wheels.
Changing from rail to rail or ramp to ramp.
Bending or contorting the body and board during a manoeuvre.
A half-pipe where the steepest section of the ramp is straight
Oh, and by the way, a Skate Betty
is a female skater.
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