Only 1 in 53 People Can Ace This Gnarly Skateboard Slang Quiz! Can You?

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Are you a ripper or a poser? Do you get stoked when you spot a potentially sketchy quarterpipe or are you convinced that you'll bail at the first sign of trouble? Skateboarders have their own special lingo -- do you know their language?

What are skateboarding maneuvers called?

Skateboarders are famous for attempting fancy (and sometimes dangerous) tricks. Some tricks take months or even years to master.

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If a skateboarder leaves contact with the ground during a trick, he or she got _____.

Big jumps are a big part of skater culture. The bigger the "air," the more impressive the feat.

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What's the term for when a skater successfully lands a trick?

Been working on that 360 Dolphin flip for months? If you finally "make" it, your friends are going to think you are totally rad.

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In skater culture, what does "sick" mean?

"Did you see him stick that 360 hardflip? That was so sick!" Among skaters, "sick" has nothing to do with the plague -- it means something is really great.

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What's an "Ollie"?

An "Ollie" is a fundamental trick. To perform an Ollie, you stomp on the tail of the skateboard with one foot while using the front foot to pull the board into the air. Ollies are often incorporated into other tricks.

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If a skater gives up on a trick partway through the attempt, she _____.

Bailing means to give up on a trick attempt. "She went after a Diamond flip but bailed halfway through. Guess she needs to work on that trick so that she can make it."

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What's a "truck"?

The truck is the axle assembly. As skateboards are pretty simple contraptions, the truck is a vital component to function and safety.

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If you ride off a flat surface into a steeper slope, you are ______.

"Dropping in" is the phrase for leaving a fairly level surface for a steeper one. Pull the straps of your helmet a little tighter before you drop in!

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What's a nickname for young kids who skate?

"Grommets" are little kids who skate. "Groms" catch the skating bug early -- and some of them never give it up.

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What's a "ripper"?

A ripper is a qualified skater. "Have you seen that dude skate? He made a Nightmare flip look easy -- he's a ripper!"

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If you complete a full rotation of your board during a trick, you've landed a ______.

A "360" means to land a trick with a full 360 rotation of the skateboard. "The guy with the dreads is amazing. He made a Hospital flip and then followed it with a perfect 360!"

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What's the word that describes a masterfully performed trick?

To land a trick "cleanly" means to do it just right. "Dude nailed that flip trick cleanly. He's cool in my book!"

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What does it mean if you "tweak" a trick?

"Tweaking" a trick means to exaggerate a move and add a bit of flair to emphasize your mastery. "Man, your Ollies are so amazing when you tic-tac a little at the end!"

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What does it mean to if a skater is "grinding"?

"Grinding" is one of the most basic aspects of skating. It means the skater is grinding the trucks of the board on a surface, such as a railing, curb or poser's face.

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What' s the riding surface of the skateboard?

The deck is the skateboard's riding surface. Decks vary greatly in quality -- cheap boards have decks that will fall apart after just a few hard tricks.

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True or false: If you "bust" a trick, did you perform it well?

If you "bust" a move, you executed a trick just right. You are skating just the way you want to.

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What happens if you don't successfully land a "burly" trick?

"Burly" tricks are those with severe physical consequences if you fail to land them successfully. Don't attempt burly tricks unless you're fairly certain of success or equipped with adequate health insurance.

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What's the purpose of "coping"?

Coping is a material attached to surfaces to make them easier to slide across on a skateboard during a grinding maneuver. Coping might be made from materials such as steel or concrete.

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What happens during a "wallie"?

You know that you've advanced to a special level in skateboarding when you can complete a "wallie." It means you can jump your board into the air and touch all four wheels to a vertical wall … and somehow not crack your skull open.

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What phrase means that you're going to break your skateboard, likely out of frustration?

"Focus" means to break a board. "I'm so sick of this substandard board! I'm going focus it and buy something decent for once!"

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What's a term for skating territory that's devoid of obstacles?

"Flat ground" is an area that's, well, flat. And it doesn't really have any skating obstacles of note. Advanced skaters get bored with flat ground in a hurry.

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Various "stances" describe what, exactly?

You can stand tall or crouch, or use any combination of stances on your board. Your stance will dictate your center of gravity and make it easier (or harder) to complete tricks.

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What's a "push" good for?

You have to set things in motion somehow. You are "pushing" if you have one foot on the board and the other pushing on the ground to get the wheels rolling.

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What does it mean if you perform a "tail grab"?

A tail grab is a common move that's often combined with other tricks. It means to grab the tail of your skateboard.

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What do you do with a "funbox"?

A "funbox" is any box-shaped object with surfaces suitable for grinding or sliding. Cardboard boxes are not funboxes unless you like concussions.

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What's another term for cleanly landing a trick?

If you "stick" a trick, you perform it cleanly. "He stuck that nollie flip crooked grind and then went to lunch. It was a good time to call it a day."

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What's the term that describes when you typically skate with your left foot on the rear of the board?

The vast majority of skaters ride with their left feet at the front of their boards. If you ride "goofy foot," you prefer to ride with your right foot up front.

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What do daring skaters do on big hills?

Sometimes, you feel the need for speed. And when you "bomb" a big hill, you'll zip down the incline with head-spinning velocity.

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What is "delamination"?

Delamination refers to a phenomenon when the layers of skateboard deck begin to peel away from each other. It's not uncommon in cheaper boards that see hard use.

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What's another name for a skid?

Most people just call it a skid, but "wheelslide" is very accurate -- it refers to sliding the wheels across a surface.

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