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skateboarding are different ways to hold the skateboard during an aerial
trick. Grabs usually combine aerials with rotation as the skateboarder
grabs and holds the board.
- Airwalk grab
The skateboarder grabs
the nose of the skateboard and kick the front foot in front of the
board and the back foot back of the board, resulting in a split kick
while holding the nose. Good skateboarders can kick it the other way
while in the same aerial and make a walking motion. This trick was
invented in 1983 by Tony Hawk, who performed it on ramps ad
half-pipes. In 1986, Rodney Mullen invented the Ollie Airwalk, a
flatground version of the Airwalk. The name Ollie Airwalk is often
mistaken by the Ollie Airwalk trick in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. In
the version in the game, the skateboarder only kicks his/her legs of
the board and doesn't grab the nose. This is not considered a "real"
- Backside grab
A grab with the front
hand on the back rail of the board between the heels. Variations
include: Melon, Method, Mosquito.
- Cannonball grab
ollies, then grabs both ends of the board (nose and tail) and holds
them. This makes the skater crouch and appear small and round in
shape, like a cannonball, hence the name. This trick can also be
done as an early grab, in which case it is commonly called a smallie,
a smurf, or a bunnyhop.
- Crail Grab
Much like a Seatbelt
grab, but in opposite order. For a Crail Grab, the skater grabs the
nose with the back hand.
- Early grab
The early grab is not
so much the name of a particular grab, but rather a way of
performing grabs. It was widely used when vert skateboarding started
out. In fact, everybody used the early grab, until Alan "Ollie"
Gelfand invented the ollie. The Early Grab is a very basic trick and
can be carried out in the following way:
Ride up a ramp or
to a ledge (using a small ledge to start with) at a comfortable
pace to catch a little air.
Before you get to
the top of the ramp or to the edge of the ledge, crouch down and
grab your board any way you see fit.
Ride off the ramp
or ledge. (Remember to keep the board under you.)
Let go of the
board and stand up to get ready for impact.
Given sufficient air
(e.g. from a ramp), it is actually possible to perform virtually any
grab as an early grab. It is also possible to early grab into grinds
instead of ollying into them, as demonstrated by Eric Koston in the
credits of the Transworld video Modus Operandi.
- Frontside grab
An air where the board
is grabbed with the back hand between the toes on the front rail of
the board - hence "front" side. Style dictates that the inside of
the elbow of the back arm must be wrapped around the knee of the
back leg for a "tuck-knee" frontside. The other variation being
where the arm is not around the back knee, but rather straight
between the legs. This is known as a Stinkbug air or Bob air
(supposedly named after Bob Schmeltzer of Back to the Future fame).
The frontside air was the first air performed on vert. Although
contested as to who did the first fronside air, credit is generally
given to Tony Alva.
- Gorilla Grab
A flatground trick
used before the ollie was invented. The barefoot rider would grip
the deck with his/her toes (like a gorilla could) and jump, bringing
the deck into the air with him/her. This was Rendered obsolete as
the ollie became popular.
Variation of Frontside
- Indy grab
An Indy grab is a
simple grab in which the rider uses their back hand to grab the toe
side of the board while turning backside in the air.
- Japan grab
Similar to the
mosquito, but grabbed like a mute grab (front hand grabbing the
front rail between the toes).
- Judo Air
Similar to a Madonna.
Except the front foot is kicked forward, instead of backward.
The board is grabbed
with the front hand on the heel side of the nose. Then the front
foot is kicked down and back off the heel side.
- Melon Grab
"melonchollie grab", the Melon Grab is a Backside Air where the legs
are twisted so the front knee touches the board while the board is
brought up behind the skateboarder. It is not done very much in its
standard form, but Mathias Ringstrom does a Lien Melon (frontside
version) in nearly every contest run.
Contrary to popular
belief, this grab does not originate from snowboarding, but was
invented by Neil Blender as a "method" to get higher air on a
backside air. This is similar to the melon grab only when the board
is grabbed the knees are bent so the board is raised backwards and
the skater appears to be kneeling in mid-air.
- Mosquito grab
A backside grab where
the legs are tweaked back so that the front knee is folded down and
possibly touching the back foot, with the back leg in a similar
position. VERY similar the melon grab, but the difference mainly in
the front leg in a melon grab is mostly straight as well as the
front arm, with the board mostly in front of the rider. The mosquito
air has the front leg bent to where the front leg is bent and the
front foot is close to the front shoulder, where the board is mostly
beside the rider.
Similar to the
seatbelt grab, except the front hand grabs the frontside of the
board just between the bindings, not on the nose or tail. Mutes are
- Nar Jar
It's a Nosegrab while
doing a 540.
- Nose grab
For a nose grab one
grabs hold of the front (nose) of one's skateboard with the front
hand whilst one's feet are in an ollie position. This is one of the
easiest grabs to perform.
- Roast Beef
A complex grab that
involves reaching through the legs with the front hand and grabbing
the heelside of the board between the feet.
- Rocket Air
Similar to a nose
grab. Except both hands grab the nose, and both feet move to the
A very odd grab that
involves taking both feet off the board. The board is grabbed by
both hands on either side of the board. Then the baord is "tapped"
against one's groin. Thus called a Sacktap
- Seatbelt grab
This trick has caused
much confusion in the past as it is quite complex. Many believe it
is an indy grab, but grabbed with the opposite hand. This is false.
A seatbelt grab is where the skater grabs the board on the toeside
of the board (frontside) on the tail. It is done with the front hand
so that the arm is brought across the body to grab the board,
similar to the motion of buckling one's seatbelt on the driver's
A frontside aerial
variation, invented by Blair Watson, where-in the leading hand grabs
the deck between the feet, on the toe side, while launching into the
air on a vert.
- Stalefish grab
Named by Tony Hawk, in
honour of the quality of food at the Swedish Skate Camp where it was
invented (although this is disputed, as many credit Mark Gonzales
with inventing the grab). The back hand grabs the heel side of the
board behind the back leg. This results in a bending of both legs
which can be emphasised to create more style. When this is done on a
trick it is called a 'tweak'.
- Tail grab
A tail grab is like a
nose grab except the tail is grabbed with the back hand. This is one
of the harder uncomplicated grabs to perform.
Much like a Japan, but
the board isn't tweaked. The rider is standing on one knee and is
grabbing the toeside of the board.