Skating Tricks Glossary (historical)

Acid Drop A large fall or gap you typically jump into or over.

Acid Grind A grind in which your soul foot is on the bar/curb normally, but instead of your front foot being perpendicular to the bar like normal, it points in the other direction.

Air Jumping off something high or launching off a ramp to get some height between yourself and the ground.

Alley-oop A move where you turn one way while rotating (to land the grind) another. I.e.- you catch air on a ramp going right to left, yet you spin clockwise. When used in reference to grinding this means doing the grind backwards.

Alley-oop Soul A soul grind sliding backwards.

Anti-Rocker A type of wheel setup where you have big wheels at 1 and 4 and small wheels in the middle 2-3 . This allows you to grind easier because of the bigger area between the wheels.

Backside Opposite of frontside. Facing back into the ramp or with your back facing the surface you’re grinding. Feet spread just over shoulder width.

Backslide A grind using only the back foot , balancing carefully on the boot and frame.

Bar The common name for a grinding bar or rail.

Bearings The spherical balls in the center of the wheels that allow them to spin.

Bio Sideways spin (Preferably horizontal).

Blindside A trick where you turn away from the grinding object. I.e.- you lose sight of the object during the jump-to-grind.

Brainless A back flip with a 540 degree turn done on a ramp.

Cab A term for a fakie 360 degree turn.

Capped When a rail or ledge has caps fitted that makes it impossible to grind.

Ces Slide Where you do a hockey stop with your skates . i.e. – you slide sideways on both skates . Its usually done going down a slope or on a smooth surface.

Clicking In Phrase used to describe the click you make when you jump up and lock in a rail for a grind.

Coping The metal bar going horizontally across the top of a ramp. This allows you to grind or stall easily.

Corkscrew A fakie bio 540 degree turn.

Crossed Term used to describe grabs in which you reach over (or cross) your body to do the grab.

D to E

Disaster Generally associated with grinding. You do a disaster when you jump high (possibly doing a grab), land and grind.

Dropping In Whenever you enter a ramp from the top of it.

Duck Walk Where you skate on the toe wheel of one skate and the heel wheel of the other.

Egg Plant A handplant in which you plant only the outside hand . i.e. – You go vertical by turning counterclockwise and you plant your right hand.

Elbow Where you have one mini-half pipe at an angle next to another one allowing you to transfer between them.

Express Air Air in which you grab the inside of the skate with the same side hand. i.e. – right hand right foot generally done with a stiff other leg.

Fakie Anything done backwards.

Face Plant Comes just after a big fall assumed to have or looked like you landed on you face and slid a little way can hurt some what.

Fahrverg -nuegen An alley-oop royale grinding position.

Farside Any grind in which you go over the bar and land on the ‘far side’ to start grinding.

Fast Slide Where you do a grind (like frontside), but only use the front foot.

Fishbrain A topside makio grind. Named by Aussie skater Tom Fry.

Flip Any move in which you rotate a full circle with your waist being the axle of rotation.

Frontside A type of grind . If you are approaching a bar on your right and the turn is clockwise 90 degrees to get onto it, you are performing a frontside grind.

Gap Term used to describe a large fall or drop that you jump over or into.

Grind Where you jump onto an object and slide down it on your skates. You usually go parallel to a curb, jump and turn 90 degrees then slide sideways down it.

Grind Plate A piece of either plastic or metal that is found on the bottom of aggressive skates (between the 2nd and 3rd wheel) to help you grind .

H Grind A soul grind using both inside souls

Half Cab Going from skating backwards to skating forwards.

Half Pipe A type of ramp that is usually made out of wood or steel and looks much like a U. Half pipes can range from 3 feet high to over 12 feet in height.

Hand Plant Also called an invert, it is when you go upside down on the ramp and do a handstand.

Hip Section of a ramp that is perpendicular to another section. This allows for tricks going from one part to another.

Indy Grab A reverse mute on the ramp. i.e. – if you spin counter clockwise, and grab your right skate mute with your left hand.

Invert When you go upside down on the ramp and do a handstand.

Japan Air A grab in which you reach behind you to grab the opposite leg and the non-grabbed leg is bent.

Judo Air Trick in which you reach around behind with one hand and grab the skate of the opposite side. The ungrabbed leg is straight.

Kang A Lui Kang thrown in the middle of a fakie 360 degree turn.

Kind Grind An alley-oop farside miszou.

Late Tricks Usually describes a spinning trick. It is a trick that you do just before landing.

Lui Kang A grab in which the non-grabbed leg kicks out as if you are doing a side kick.

Makio Another soul slide term. Done when you grab the non-souling foot with the hand closest to it.

McTwist An inverted 540 degree turn.

Med Spin An on the ground 360 degree turn in which you go from forward on two to rolling backwards on one foot to forwards on two feet.

Method air When you are catching air, you reach down and grab the skate on the same side.

Mistrial A topside miszou royale.

Miszou A grind in which you lead with the soul of the skate and follow with your back foot perpendicular on the rail/curb.

Misty Flip A front flip that is performed sideways.
Mute Air It is when you grab your opposing foot reaching across the front.

Natural Term used to describe doing grinds going in your better direction.

Negative Royale A Shifty grind in which your lead foot is on the outside edge. (also Noogan)

Nifty Negative shifty or an alley-oop royale type grind.

Noogan An Australian term for a royale and or negative royale depending on if its front foot on outside edge which which would be a negative noogan.

Overmiszou A farside miszou on a ramp or curb.

Overacid A topside acid soul on a ramp or ledge.

Oversoul A farside soul on a ramp or curb.

P0RN Star The popular term for acid miszou.

Pump This is what you do to gain speed on a ramp.

Rail Slide A type of grind in which you slide down a hand rail. Usually interchangeable with grind.

Ramp Generally assumed to be half pipe, but can be quarter pipe or a launch ramp.

Rewind When you complete a grind or stall and do a 270 degree turn.

Rockered Wheels A type of wheel setup in which the two middle wheels are lower than the outside ones. This allows greater mobility, but sacrifices stability.

Rocket A grab in which both legs are straight out in front of you and you reach to grab them.

Royale A grind in which you grind on the inside of the lead skate and the outside edge of the trailing skate.

Session A skating session.

Shift Kick When you switch stances, you jump up, act like you are going to pull a 180 degree turn by switching your feet, then land back down normally.

Shifty Grind When you turn your upper body during a grind while looking forwards. Sometimes switched with the term royale.

Shuffle See ces slide.

Sit In When you drop in from a seated position.

Soul Grind A grind where the front foot is perpendicular like a normal frontside grind, but the back foot is parallel to the rail/curb (or grinding on the sole).

Spine Ramp A type of ramp in which two half pipes are placed back to back allowing transfers.

Stair Bashing/Riding Skating down stairs, either forwards or backwards (or sideways).

Stale Used to describe any grab where you grab the wheels of the skate.

Stalefish Grab When you reach behind and grab the outside of the opposite skate.

Stall When you jump onto something, stop on it for a couple of seconds and jump off. Mainly used on ramps or for practicing landing a grind.

Stand In When you are standing on the coping or a ramp, lean forward and drop in.

Stub Soul A soul grind in which the front foot is grinding on the inside edge.

Switch Stance When you’re grinding, you switch from frontside to a backside, or vice-versa. This is a 180 degree turn on the bar or curb.

Tabernacle A grind in which the trailing foot is on like a frontside but the lead foot is acid.

Topside Grind Also referred to as oversoul (or miszou), it is where you’re performing a farside grind on a planter or the coping.

Torque Soul A soul grind in which the front foot is in an alley-oop royale position.

Torque Slide See suislide.

Transition The part of a ramp that goes from horizontal to vertical.

Unity Grind Frontside grind where both legs are crossed.

Unnatural Term used to describe going the opposite (unnatural) direction to what you normally go.

Vert Used to describe a half pipe that goes vertical at the top typically 8 to 12 feet high. NSW has a lack of these ramps…

Wax(ing) When you apply wax onto a curb or rail to allow for easier grinding. Any type of wax for paraffin wax to soap to candles works.

X Grind A grind in which both feet are souling on the bar from opposing sides.

Australia & New Zealand Rollerblading Open ANZRO 2021

Australia & New Zealand Rollerblading Open ANZRO2021

Australia & New Zealand Rollerblading Open ANZRO2021
Australia & New Zealand Rollerblading Open ANZRO2021














Official Results ANZ Rolling Open 2021

17 & under
1 Sebastian Ryan
2 Paxton Jay
3 Stormie-Rose Moustakis
4 James Dobson

1 Ian Brown
2 Vinh Nguyen (aka V Dirty)
3 Brock Midgley
4 Simon Kelly

1 Heather Armstrong
2 Liv McNamara
3 Katy Mitchell
4 Casey Kitten

1 Nat Ogden
2 Blade Smart
3 Ian Brown
4 Vinh Nguyen (aka V Dirty)

1 Brad Watson
2 Paulie Haack
3 Reece Jackson
4 Corey Neil

1 CJ Wellsmore
2 Martin Gade
3 Josh Nielsen
4 Adam Davidson


“Don’t call it a comeback”
Josh Clarke

“Judges choice”
Brock Midgley

“Most progressive”
Josh Nielsen

“Best trick”
Adam Davidson

“Best video”
Glenn Beardmore

“Best style”
Martin Gade


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Skate Society
Shred City Skates
Skate Connection
Lucky Skates WA
World of Wheelcraft

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A post shared by THE FEW ( is now sponsoring Jordan Nash (QLD Slalom Skating Champion)

Talented slalom rollerblader Jordan Nash located in Brisbane, Australia has been taking his slalom skating progression very seriously.

Jordan’s progression as a slalom skater has been an absolute pleasure to witness ever since I first taught him in a series of slalom skating private lessons and group clinics in Brisbane in 2016. From that point onwards, Jordan has continued to progress and shine as a dedicated learner. Jordan also has a great attitude towards actively promoting shaded / undercover areas for QLD skaters, organising slalom skating social meetups and encouraging others around him. He has quickly progressed to a point where his tricks are being noticed nationally in competitions and hence is keen to help foster this dedication.

Follow Jordan on Instagram here


Keen to get started on your own slalom skating journey? Check out lessons.

Social slalom skating (Facebook) groups in SE QLD
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Brisbane Freestyle Slalom Skating is now sponsoring Charlie Gordon ( red2roll )

Emerging young and talented rollerblader Charlie Gordon located in Brisbane, Australia recently entered his first competition – Australia New Zealand Rolling Open 2021.

Charlie’s progression as a rollerblader has been a pleasure to witness ever since his first skate park lessons at Coorparoo Skate Park in 2019. Showing a willingness to learn and a great attitude towards other skate park users around him he has quickly progressed to a point where his tricks are being noticed by other Brisbane rollerbladers.

Charlie has an excellent Instagram @red2roll account that you should follow. He is a rollerblader with a bright future.

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Sponsored rollerblader red2roll is a proud media partner of the inaugural Australian Blading Choice Awards

Australian Blading Choice Awards

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The Australian Blading Choice Awards are a people’s choice online rollerblading media competition.

To enter the competition you just need to post a photo or raw clip of yourself doing a rollerblading trick onto the Australian Blading Choice Awards Facebook page.

Once it has been posted online the public may vote for the winner. The competition starts at midnight on the 1/12/15 and finishes at midnight on the 29/12/15 with the winners to be announced on New Years Eve.

There will be prizes for the Top.3 submissions with the most points scored. There will also be a bonus prize awarded to the person who posts the comment with the most Likes on any submission on the page.

– 1 point for a “Like”
– 3 points for a “Share”
– 1 bonus point will be awarded for shouts to the sponsors of the event
– 1 bonus point will be awarded if you are clearly using one of the sponsors products in the submission
– Points will still be awarded if you “Like” or “Share” your own submission
– National and international votes do count
– All points will be calculated off the page only
– The submission with the highest amount of points wins
– In the event of a tie at the deadline, 1 extra day will be announced to gain any extra points – if it’s still a tie, then a winner will be chosen by the sponsors of the event

– All submissions must be posted by the skater in the photo or clip
– No limit on submissions but only the highest scoring submission counts
– All competitors must have a current Australian mailing address to receive prizes
– Competitors can be of all ages
– Raw clips have a 30 second time limit
– All submissions must include the skaters name, photographer/filmers name, suburb/city location in Australia, the year the clip/photo was taken
– Submissions will be invalid if no rollerblading tricks are done
– Submissions can be either posted directly onto the page or sent via private message to be posted by the page itself
– Only unreleased/unpublished photos or clips may be used

– Razors Australia
– Seba Australia
– Bayside Blades
– 4Sqair
– The Firm
– Vine St
– Brisbane Rollerbladers
– Sydney Rollerbladers
– Melbourne Rollerblading
– Smugglie’s Loot Den
– Canthrax

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Blizzard’s new game Overwatch features a rollerblading character straight from the 90s

lucio overwatch

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_image src=”” image_width=”800″ image_height=”450″ crop=”false” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”40″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”25″]The latest game from World Of Warcraft creators Blizzard features a character who glides around on lightblades while knocking out enemies with his speaker gun (complete with obligatory “drop the beat” references).

Overwatch is a new team-based shooter from one of the most successful video game studios on the planet. Featuring both first-person shooter and MOBA influences, it is set in the “world of conflict”. Lúcio is a South American “DJ turned freedom fighter” who uses sound to destroy enemies, heal teammates and boost his team’s speed.

According to the Blizzard website: “Lúcio Correia dos Santos grew up in Rio de Janeiro, in a poor and crowded favela that was hit hard by the financial upheaval following the Omnic Crisis. As Brazil began the long process of recovery, he wanted to find a way to lift the spirits of those around him. He found his answer in music and its power to bring people together and even help them forget their troubles, if only for a short time. He performed on street corners, in block parties, and as he got older, at a string of legendary underground shows.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=””][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”20″]”But Lúcio’s close-knit community was thrown into chaos when the multinational Vishkar Corporation secured a contract to redevelop large tracts of the city. Lúcio and his neighbors had been told that the development would improve their lives. However, that promise never became a reality. Vishkar imposed controls on the residents in the name of building a more orderly society: enforcing curfews, cracking down on what the company perceived as lawless behavior, and exploiting the populace as a cheap labor force.

“Lúcio wouldn’t stand for it. He stole Vishkar sonic technology that had been used to suppress the people, and he converted it into a tool to rally them to action. In a popular uprising, they drove Vishkar out of their neighborhoods. Lúcio’s leadership made him a star overnight and a symbol for positive social change. His music skyrocketed in popularity. Whereas he had once performed locally, he was now filling arenas across the world. With his new found fame, Lúcio realizes that he has an opportunity to make a difference and change the world for the better.”

Despite looking like he was created by a 1990s focus group gone wrong, Lúcio looks like he quite fun to play – if you can put up with the cliche overload. For more information on Overwatch or to sign up for the beta test, check battlenet[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=””][/vc_column][/vc_row]

BLADE-IN CINEMA #2 in Melbourne celebrates the best in Aussie rollerblading films

Blade in cinema

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_image src=”” image_width=”800″ image_height=”450″ crop=”true” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”25″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]BLADE-IN CINEMA returns for its second installment in Melbourne on September 15, this time with an epic all Australian line-up.

BLADE-IN CINEMA is an event series which aims to visualise the diverse artistry of rollerblading filmmaking through a curated evening of films which celebrate the past and showcase the now.

Oz Film will feature a variety of Australian-made films aiming to showcase the historical spectrum of Aussie Blading from the Mid 90’s to the Present Day.

Curated by Aussie legend Robbie Pitts, the event will take place at LongPlay located at 318 St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy. Big ups Robbie for keeping the spirit of Aussie blading filmmaking alive!

Doors open at 6pm for a 7.30pm start. The best bit? Entry is free!

To stay up-to-date with all the BLADE-IN CINEMA events, please check out their Facebook page or Facebook group.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Pay it forward: Donate a pair of kids’ skates and help the next generation

Bayside Blades

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_image src=”” image_width=”800″ image_height=”450″ crop=”true” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”25″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]The good folks at Melbourne’s Bayside Blades have kicked off a new initiative to get kids into rollerblading and need your help to make it a reality.

They are looking for any unwanted kid’s skates and protective gear to donate to a local primary school skating program in the Frankston area.

The after school program will give a huge number of kids an opportunity to try skating for the first time and in the process, help ensure the next generation of Melbourne rollerbladers.

If you’ve got kid’s skates up to size six, please drop into Bayside Blades’ store in Highett, Melbourne, or contact Jenny Logue at to arrange a pick up (if possible).

All donations will go straight into use, so stay tuned for pictures and videos from Bayside Blades very soon.

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Will On A Roll finally be the rollerblading video game we all want and deserve?

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][mk_image src=”” image_width=”800″ image_height=”450″ crop=”true” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”25″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Rollerblading and video games don’t have a great history. Despite many attempts, games based around rollerblading have always ended up b-grade at best and barely functioning at worst – even though you’d think the medium would provide a perfect base for developers to go wild and create something truly fun and immersive.

Jet Set Radio (also known as Jet Grind Radio in America, pictured below in a recent update for Android mobile devices) was the more commercially successful, but its wacky sci-fi setting and combination with graffiti didn’t exactly emulate what blading was really all about. It was fun, but a world away from what was happening in the wildly successful Tony Hawk franchise of skateboarding games.

2003’s Rolling The Game came the closest to being the game we all wanted and even featured Aussie vert icon Cesar Mora, street killer Blake Dennis and UK pioneer Jenny Logue (who you now know as Jenny at Bayside Blades!), however it was dogged by the collapse of its initial developer and never reached its full potential. Even though it introduced some concepts later jacked by even the Tony Hawk franchise, most people prefer not to mention 2002’s Aggressive Inline, which was every bit as awkward as the title suggested.[/vc_column_text][mk_image src=”” image_width=”800″ image_height=”450″ crop=”true” lightbox=”false” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”left” margin_bottom=”25″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]You could even argue that the advent of games like Tony Hawk Pro Skater and S.K.A.T.E. played a major part in bringing about the end of the golden era of rollerblading, with every kid in every house knowing the difference between a nollie hardflip and a fakie 360 flip without ever having stepped on a board. Hell, you even got bonus points for knocking down bladers! We all know a rollerblader who who gave up his boots for a board in the wake of the Tony Hawk revolution – the franchise’s cultural impact really was that powerful.

But the fact remains that rollerblading still provides a perfect platform for a video game. Its spectacular physics, combined with creative use of environment and freeform nature are a perfect template for developers to work with, meaning it wouldn’t be long until someone else gave a blading game a crack.

Enter On A Roll Studios, a mysterious new group of developers planning to bring a new blading game to life across PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Since launching a Facebook page and Tumblr in late 2013, On A Roll have dropped a series of updates, screen shots and a teaser video – all of which show great promise.[/vc_column_text][vc_video title=”On A Roll Teaser #1″ link=”″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”25″]Apart from the video, screenshots and a few facebook posts, little is known about On A Roll or the studio itself. A recent interview with One Rollerblading Magazine in the US did shed some light on who was behind the game, with it comforting to know that most of the team has “15 years” experience with rollerblading (despite not naming any names). Beyond saying it will most closely resemble the S.K.A.T.E. series of games, still very little is known about On A Roll, including which (if any) pros will be involved and when it will get a release date. They have, however, released a few photos of the team working on the motion capture side of the development in the studio.

A lot can happen in the cycle of a game’s development, so don’t hold your breath for it to be sitting under the Christmas tree this year. However if you are to believe what you read and see, On A Roll Studios appear to have have the intention of creating the rollerblading game we all want and deserve – it’s now up to them to pull it off. We’ve reached out to On A Roll Studios for an interview, but until then, let us know if you think they can pull it off in the comments below.

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