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By Sandi

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 Betty.

Skater Lingo 101

Air:
Riding your skateboard in the air. This is usually achieved by going off a ramp.

Bail:
To jump off your board mid-move in order to avoid a disaster.

Barge:
To skate where you don't belong.

Deck:
The top of the skateboard (where your feet are).

Fakie:
To go backwards.

Fat:
A big trick.

Grind:
To slide your truck (see 'truck' below) on a surface while doing a trick - usually achieved on a curb or similar raised surface.

Half Pipe:
A ramp where a skateboard is ridden... it is a curved surface in a 'U' shape

Hang:
To grab the back wheels or the truck, while doing a jump.

Manual:
Balancing while riding a skateboard on two wheels.

Nollie:
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.

Nose:
The front part of the board.

Ollie:
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.

Poser:
Someone that dresses like a skateboarder but doesn't skateboard. Also called a 'pretender'.

Rad:
Cool

Regular Foot:
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).

Ripper:
A really good and consistent skater.

Sick:
Cool

Slam:
An unexpected fall.

Sweet:
Cool

Tail:
The back part of the skateboard.

Tight:
Cool

Trucks:
The two parts of the skateboard connecting the deck with the wheels.

Transfer:
Changing from rail to rail or ramp to ramp.

Tweak:
Bending or contorting the body and board during a manoeuvre.

Vert Ramp:
A half-pipe where the steepest section of the ramp is straight down.

Oh, and by the way, a Skate Betty is a female skater.

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