Part of what makes skateboarding so cool is that it can be done either competitively or as just another way to get from point A to point B. But if competing is your thing, you’ll need some slick tricks in your arsenal to score high with the judges.
Up-and-coming pro skater Lauren Perkins likes to implement grinds in her street routine to mix it up while riding from ramp to ramp. Her favorite: the 50-50 Grind.
“It’s so cool to lock in, and once you’re in, you’re on,” Perkins says. “It’s pretty simple for the most part, but it’s hard, as well.”
The 50-50 is a simple ollie onto the rail with both trucks [the pieces of metal that connect the wheels to the board] gliding down the rail.
According to Perkins, this trick is one every skateboarder should master, and if you can 50-50 Grind on the long rail, it’s sure to catch the eyes of the judges.
Before mastering the 50-50, though, you should first work on your Ollie.
• Stand on board with rear foot on tail [back of board] and front foot in middle
• Place ball of rear foot in middle of tail; when pushing down, the ball feels pressure
• Place front foot straight across board
• Push down fast, placing all weight on rear foot
• Strike tail down to hit ground, and jump off with rear foot while sliding front foot up the board
• Drag side of foot up the board causing board to jump and stick to feet
• Land on ground with feet spread apart in middle of board
• Start by gaining speed toward rail
• When close to the rail, ollie onto it, placing both trucks on the rail
• Use core and legs to balance on board
• Ride until rail ends and land back on pavement
Coaching Points: Get a slight bend in knees when balancing on board // Focus on getting entire board onto the rail // Don’t ollie too far away from rail // Wear protective gear