50-50 Grind - The 50-50 grind is where both trucks are grinding on the edge. 50% on the front truck and 50% on the back truck.
Kickturn, Ollie up a curb, 180 ollie, boardslide.
The 50-50 is a grind on your trucks. This is different than anything you have tried up until now. The trick will be grinding on the metal and this feels raw. The is rougher metals rips along the edge. You will know why it's called a grind when you feel it.
Use a curb or ledge that is less than 4”[100mm] in height. You will be doing an ollie into the grind and then turning out with a small kickturn.
Before trying the grind it is good to try doing an ollie into a 50-50 stall. This is to help develop the feel you need to have to do the trick.
Try frontside first It's easier. The steps are the same for the backside stall but it can be tougher.
You want to use a curb at the edge of a sidewalk. Not a free standing parking block. If you miss on that you will fall over the other side.
Do a 50-50 stall:
To do a frontside 50-50 grind you want the same type of curb but slippery. Make sure you are good enough to land the trucks on the curb. You need to be able to do the pop off to land this. Get ready to fall. This is going to be fun!
Aim to turn out while you are still grinding. If you grip and stop grinding it is or get pitched to the ground. Keep weight on the back truck more. If not just turn off and roll away with a few pushes.
Here is what it looks like on a ledge:
There are so many things I could say about a 50-50 grind but you need to feel it. Get out there and grind! Grind a lot and get used to the feeling of landing into a grind.
To cheat you can roll along the top of the curb and drop into the grind from above. Popping your wheels over and onto the edge. That will give you the feeling of a grind without the skill of being able to do it.
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