If you aren’t familiar with skateboarding vernacular, it may sound like your buddies are speaking a foreign language. But like anything, once you’re familiar with the lingo it will become second nature and you’ll find yourself throwing out skate slang on the regular.
Here are some of the most common skateboarding expressions and meanings. Study up!
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Already been done.
Refers to riding off a ledge while staying on your board and doing an ollie.
Aka aerial. When a skater clears an obstacle with all wheels off the ground.
Literal translation: "Are we on the same page?" or "Do you catch my drift?"
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Fall off your board.
Did you see that guy just bail? YEEEWWOO that hurt!
What bushing are you running boardside?
To ride down a hill fast.
That guy was bombing that hill so hard!
Going big with a trick.
That slide was burly!
When a piece of wood breaks off the deck.
A fully built skateboard. It's got a deck, trucks, wheels, bearings, grip tape, and hardware.
Name for people/something to be said.
Are you my dad? Thanks dad. Dad.
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When you can do a trick perfectly and repeatedly then you have it dialed.
Short for durometer, the rating of hardness for wheels and bushings.
What duro are you running in your set up?
Eat it / Ate it
To fall off your board and crash.
Ahh he ate it good.
When you fall off the board and your face connects with the pavement. Ouch!
Skating backwards (with your feet in their normal stance).
Gnarly. Extreme. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being extremely extreme and 1 being not so extreme, gnar would be an 11.
Variation of gnar.
Similar to a kickflip but reversed. Begin in the ollie position and then use your back flip to lift the board up as your jump.
When the wheels grip up mid slide and throw you off your board forward, down the hill. Dangerous and no fun. Easy fix: lean back more.
A sharp pain in the ankle that's the result of the foot being pushed upwards when landing.
When you’re hyped about something=you’re excited or pumped up.
An out ledge.
Knucks fo lucks
Nuff said. (We're actually not even sure what this means, it's just fun to say).
A basic trick that involves lifting the board 180 degrees from the ground by leaning back to raise the nose (can be done on a ramp or the ground).
When you land a trick perfectly.
Short for Landyachtz, a brand of skateboards.
When the wheels slide out more than you expected and the board shoots out from you. Holes in ya pants. Easy fix: lean forward over the board more.
When you land a trick you’ve been working on. Props!
Going fast, killing it, shredding like crazy.
That kid is mobbing!
A reverse ollie.
The front part of a skateboard.
The first trick you should learn. It’s a forward jumping trick that involves snapping the tail of the board off the ground, bringing your entire board into the air.
Short for Orangatang, Loaded's wheel brand.
A non-skater pretending to be a skater.
Refers to the bushing closest to the road and above the truck hanger. See also: Boardside (bushing)
What bushing are you running roadside?
Similar to shred, may be used as a step up from shred.
Holy *@$# that dude was straight shralpping!
To skate in an outstandingly gnarly or sketchy circumstance that proves your skill as a skateboarder.
Your longboard set up.
Grab your shred sled man, let's go bomb!
Cool. Rad. Awesome.
Not perfect. Think barely making a landing, a poorly constructed skate park, or executing a trick over a gap.
When at a skatepark, you typically take turns on the obstacles. The snake is the guy who drops in when it’s not his turn.
Dude, that guy totally snaked me!
Look at that guy and all his steez.
Coolness with a Y.
To be intensely hyped about something. Also the name of yours truly.
Riding in the opposite direction, or opposite stance, than usual. If you’re regular, it’s riding goofy and vice versa.
Short for urethane, which is short for polyurethane.
Thane is what wheels are made of. Did you see all that thane that guys slide lay down?
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The awesome urethane lines longboard wheels make when riders do slides. Groms and pros alike measure their thane lines to see whose are biggest.
Doing a trick that puts it all out there.
Did you see that guy throw down that heelside? It was awesome.
True and real. In other words "that was trill"= "that was cool"
Used to show excitement.
“Yew! Sick kickflip!”
A 540 degree rotation in the air.
Two 360’s (forwards or backwards).
Two and a half rotations. Major props if you can land this one!