What does Frontside
and Backside mean?

Determine what a frontside skateboard trick and a backside skateboard trick is and how to tell which is which.

I find ledge and rail tricks easier frontside.

I used to get confused by the difference between what I thought tricks were called and what they were labeled in magazine captions. It didn’t always match until I realized that the direction that the skater is travelling is the important factor in deciding the name of the trick.

Most skaters give one or more different answers.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater made this more confusing

Since the Tony Hawk video games came out Trick naming at the skatepark has become laughable.

The game labels the tricks as you do them. The game uses short forms like:
FS for frontside and
BS for backside.

I have heard kids yelling out: “Do a BS Boardslide!”
BS all right!

Naming tricks is a mess but here is what I use to get it straight.

The Rules

Frontside – tricks that cause your front side to face the direction of travel or obstacle.

Backside – tricks that cause your back side to face the direction of travel or obstacle.

This works for nollie tricks too. The direction of travel of the skaters body determines the front or back side name of the trick.

This is true even though some tricks are virtually identical when you look at how they are kicks spun and performed. They may have different names due to the skaters stance and the way they are facing during the trick.

You Think I got it Right?

Try it out when looking at captions in magazines.

If there are some exceptions to these rules. Maybe there are some weird named tricks or something that just won’t fit the description. Then drop me a line and we can figure it out in more detail.

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