Tricks

VERT IS DEAD.

Tricks- There were certain unwritten rules in skateboarding in the early nineties. Sometime around 1992 certain tricks were deemed ‘illegal’ and you would get teased, laughed at, or hated on if you did them. They included: wallrides, smith grinds on ledges, lipslides on ledges, no complies, bonelesses, varial kickflips (dog flips), melonchollies, one-foots and slappies. On the other end of the spectrum you had the cool, hip tricks to do in 1992. If you were good at shuv-it late flips, back foot flips, half-flip caspers, frontside pressure flips and double 360 flips you were the hot stuff. A relative unknown Chris Fissel came out with a part in New Deal’s 1281 where he had perfected the aforementioned manoeuvres. His part singlehandedly changed the way everyone skated in 1992. Soon Eric Koston, Willy Santos, Pat Duffy, Danny Way and others were pressure flipping and late flipping all over the place. Although these new tricks were innovative, they were close to impossible to pull off consistently; this lead to hours upon hours in car parks fuddling around trying to do front shuv late-flips. As long as you landed the trick, no matter how sketchy, it was a make. No one really popped tricks back then, it was unheard of. Most tricks in 1992 were minesweepers. Also, trying to photograph these ultra-tech tricks was quite difficult, which leads us into our next category…

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