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Aerials (or more
commonly airs) are a type of skateboarding trick usually
performed on half-pipes, pools or quarter pipes where there is a
vertical wall with a transition (curved surface linking wall and ground)
available. Aerials usually combine rotation with different grabs. Most
of the different types of grabs were originally aerial tricks that were
performed on vert ramps before flatground aerials became common. Aerials
can be executed by ollieing just as the front wheels reach the lip of a
ramp, or can be executed simply by lifting the front wheels over the
coping (or lip). The former is preferable on shallower ramps where the
skateboarder has less speed to lift them above the ramp.
The rider spins 900
degrees in the air. It is often referred to as the holy grail of
skateboarding. It was first landed by Tony Hawk at the 1999 X-Games.
A one-footed tail
grab, taking the back foot off and kicking straight down or sideways
in a backwards direction.
- Body Jar
A backside nose grab
air to tail. A varial Body Jar is called a Body Bag.
A 360 backside ollie
from fakie. Invented by Steve Caballero.
- Christ air
An air where the board
is grabbed in one hand, and the body is in a "crucifix"-like
position. Usually performed backside (as invented by Christian
Hosoi), but occasionally done frontside (as by Monty Nolder).
- Finger Flip Air
Another Tony Hawk
trick. Generally a backside air grabbing on the nose, and spinning
the board in the heelflip direction with the front hand. Sometimes
stopped by an Indy grab.
- Gay Twist
Similar to a
Caballerial; the difference being that the board is grabbed, whereas
the cab is performed without touching the board with the hands.
Invented by Lance Mountain, supposedly because he couldn't do
- Gnar Jar
A 540 degree spin with
a bodyjar (tail tap) when re-entering the vert ramp. Variations
include: judo Gnar Jar, Double Judo Gnar Jar, Anti-Judo Gnar Jar,
Christ Air Gnar Jar (all invented by Sandro Dias), and the Frontside
Gnar Jar (invented by Bob Burnquist).
- Judo Air
During a Judo Air, the
skateboarder performs a nose grab, takes his/her front foot off the
board and kicks it forward and pulls the board backwards while the
back foot is still on the board. The name of the trick stems from
the skateboarder looking like to be doing a Judo kick in mid air.
This trick was invented by Tony Hawk. An Anti-Judo Air is where the
front leg is kicked out twice: first in front, then behind, then
back on the board.
- Lien Air
Lien air is another
name for a frontside air backside grab. It was named after the
inventor Neil Blender (Lien is Neil spelled backwards). Variations:
Lien-to-tail, Finger Flip Lien-to-tail, Crossbone (Chris Miller),
A one-footed lein to
tail, where the front foot is taken off and kicked out straight down
(behind the board). Although it is called a Lien grab, most people
grab the nose instead.
The McTwist is an
aerial where the athlete executes a backflip, but while still
flipping on one axis, performs a backside 540 while grabbing Mute
(front hand grabbing the toe side of the board). In other words, the
athlete approaches the half-pipe wall riding forward, becomes
airborne, rotates a backside 540 and lands riding forward. It was
named after its inventor Mike McGill, who first performed it in
public in 1984 Del-Mar Skatepark contest. In skateboarding the Mc
Twist is synonymous to a Mute 540 (even though it may be executed
with an inversion). But in snowboarding McTwist always combines an
inversion so that the rider is upside down amidst the trick.
Snowboarders also use the term McTwist no matter what grab they use.
- Samba Flip
A kickflip that is
grabbed on the toe-side then flipped again downward where the
skateboarder grabs it in an indy grab.
- Sean Penn
The Sean Penn is
similar to a Madonna lien to tail except the skateboarder kicks the
front foot up and over the board (like a judo air) before finishing
the lien to tail. It was named because Sean Penn was married to
Madonna for a while, and thus was the opposite of Madonna. Possibly
invented by Mark Rogowski, who popularized the trick.
- Sloth Air
A type of double grab
in which the skateboarder grabs indy and grabs a roastbeef with the
front hand. Invented by Nathan Shellhorn. Usually done in vert.
The skateboarder reach
behind the back leg with the back hand and grabs the backside of the
board right in front of the back foot. The Stalefish can be done
going frontside or backside.
- Rocket Air
During a rocket air
the skateboarder grabs the nose of the skateboard with both hands
and at the same time places both feet on the tail.
- Method Air
The Method Air is when
a skateboarder gets air and grabs the backside edge of the board
between the feet while pushing outward. It looks like one is
kneeling on air.