Crooked Grind

Crooked Grind - Aka Crooks, Pointer Grind, or the K-grind. Named for Eric Koston. A front truck grind where the nose touches and the front truck is pushed all the way crooked with all of the weight on the hanger right by the wheel. The board is posed crooked. The truck looks crooked.

Tricks to know

Ollie, 50-50, noseslide, nollie, nose manual pop off a pad.

Things to know

A crooked grind locks in to the grind edge. If you can’t find the lock it is awkward. Once you get the lock, staying in grind is simple. You balance the right amount of weight on the truck and nose.

To pop out of this trick you need to nollie pop without the pop. You can do it off the end of the ledge/rail or in the middle which is advanced.

I will describe the backside crooks. Where the grind edge is behind you. Frontside crooks are a tougher.

The crooks is a balance between the weight on the truck and the weight on the nose of the deck. You need just enough placed on the nose so that you grind smooth. Too much and the deck will act like a brake that stops the trick, dead.

To do this trick you want to have noseslides down. You will be landing in a crooked noseslide position. It will be an awkward landing at first until you find the groove. Once you find the right spot this trick locks in well.

  • With the grind edge behind you
  • Roll in ollie position with good speed parallel with the edge
  • Ollie and land the nose and front truck on the edge at a 45° angle.
  • Be heavy on the hanger and light on the nose. Too much weight on the nose and it will stick.
  • As you lock in pinch the heelside wheel 
  • Hold this while grinding
  • Pop a nollie off to clear the back wheels

If you can make the pop this trick will feel good. You can get the grind down well but without the pop out you are sunk. You won't be able to get out of the grind and back rolling on wheels. You can do a 180 kickturn out off the front truck but that is a cheat. Learn the pop out. It is great.


Try doing a nollie pop off curbs and ledges. Roll and pop the nose a little at the edge of the drop. Get used to this. It is needed to pull this grind.

Often you will pop into a noseslide when you land. If this happens make sure the your are landing at the 45° angle. If you end up landing on the truck in a nose grind. Turn towards the 45° angle again.

The angle lets your hanger catch the edge and the wheel to get pinched. This is the key to locking into the crooked.

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