Stalefish, nollie and other skateboarding lingo

TOKYO – At the Tokyo Olympics, it’s most effective to distinguish salad grinds from stalefish.

Not tasty Japanese delicacies, but preference morsels from the prosperous lexicon of skateboarding. The new Olympic activity — competition starts off Sunday — comes with a language all of its personal.

For skaters, the jargon these athletes use to describe their acrobatic methods will allow them to recognize every other, irrespective of where by they’re from. An ollie, for instance, is an ollie in Paris, Portland or Perth.

“You can fulfill friends skateboarding definitely quick because of that,” suggests U.S. skater Alexis Sablone. “Even if you won’t be able to say a great deal of anything else, you can nevertheless skate jointly and cheer each individual other on (simply because) you know the names of the tricks.”

Skate-discuss saves time, way too. Considerably a lot easier to say “ollie” than “skating’s basic trick wherever the athlete tends to make the board take off by pushing down hard on its tail and, when airborne, then amounts it out before landing.”


And a nollie? Basically the identical trick, with the consider-off impulsion utilized by way of the nose. Nose. Nollie. Get it? There is certainly a logic to considerably of the lingo. Olympic lovers will be talking skating in no time at all.


THE ABCs: In the “street” opposition, skaters will rattle above stairs, rails, ledges and other city furniture. The men go Sunday, adopted by the gals, like Sablone, on Monday.

The 20 contestants will be judged for their capabilities and design over two runs of 45 seconds and 5 person methods. The top 8 then go once more in the remaining. In the “park” opposition, in week two, skaters will roll all over a large, element-stuffed bowl.

Some, like Sablone, skate “goofy,” with appropriate foot forward, as opposed to still left-foot ahead “regular” skaters. Until, of program, they skate “swap,” riding in opposition to their purely natural choice. Either way, they are going to need stunts that are “gnarly” — each risky and awesome.


Conversing THE Chat: Occasionally, the names of methods tell their story. Scraping a single or equally “trucks” — the durable axles on the underside of the board — alongside a rail, curb or other obstacle is a “grind,” evoking the screech of metal on metallic or steel on concrete.

But it really is a “slide” when the surface area executing the scraping is the picket board itself, including its mid-part between the wheels (“boardslide”), the underside of the nose (“noseslide”), or tail (“tailslide”).

Also considerably self-explanatory are names of some methods that include degrees of rotation. Like the “frontside 180 ollie,” with skater and board rotating half a transform even though airborne, or carrying out a full rotation for the “frontside 360 ollie.”

And there are all sorts of “grabs,” clutching the skateboard in mid-air with a hand. The stalefish, grabbed between the heels, is 1.

From there, the versions are virtually infinite.

What’s IN A Name?


Some tips shell out homage to their creators. The 360-rotated “caballerial,” ridden backwards, is named just after Steve Caballero. The salad grind owes a debt to the surname of skater Eric Dressen, which seems like the dressings that go on salad. That engage in on text motivated the identify.

When it will come to naming methods, “there are no guidelines,” says Greg Poissonnier, who’ll be commenting on Olympic skateboarding for French Tv set and contributed to an illustrated information, or “tricktionary,” of skating stunts.

“Sometimes, it is just what they referred to as it at the minute it transpired,” he suggests. “They’re like, ‘We’ve performed this, now what are we heading to get in touch with it?’ And they give it a identify.”


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