Some Interesting Skater Styles

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When someone skates, they do so in a particular style the way one ollies or toeside slides determines what skater “style” it is. The styles of skating are infinite and ever-changing as skateboarders invent new tricks and variations on old ones. These styles can be divided up into six main categories:

1. Vert Skater Style

A man doing a trick on a skateboard

Vert skater Style is the most traditional form of skateboarding, as this was the first surface that skateboards were created to tackle back in the day. A vert ramp is designed with a smooth transition curve from concave to flat to allow for airtime when you hit this part of the coping or lip of a bowl at high speed or off a large jump. Vert skating is performed on a quarter pipe, half-pipe or bowl with a smooth transition from the coping to the deck. In general terms, vert skaters have a very athletic approach to skating and tend to be more aggressive in their style of skateboarding.

2. Transition Skater Style

A person standing on a sidewalk

Transition skating refers to skating that takes place within a defined semi-vertical structure or “transition”. The most common form of transition skating is referred to as park or street skateboarding. A range of different structures is commonly referred to as “the park”, which include skateparks and street-based terrains such as rails, stair sets, ledges overhanging curbs and anything else on hand that can be skated upon! In general terms, transition skaters have a technical approach to skating and tend to be more creative in their style of skateboarding.

3. Street Skater Style

Street skater style is the most common form of skateboarding that involves the use of structures such as handrails, benches, ledges and stairs located around a human environment. The terrain for street skating can vary widely from large open plazas to tight alleyways with obstacles placed strategically throughout them. In general terms, street skaters have an artistic approach to skateboarding and tend to be trick-oriented rather than focused on speed or big air.

4. Flatland Skater Style

Flatland is a unique type of skateboarding that is performed either on a flat surface or a section of ground that slopes downward. The main difference between traditional skateboarding and flatland is the lack of a coping mechanism to grind on, which changes the technique used for each trick dramatically. In general terms, flatland skaters have an almost dance-like approach to skateboarding and tend to focus on intricate footwork (such as spins and twists) rather than big air tricks.

5. Pool / Wave Skater Style

Pool skating involves skateboarding by riding around, over and occasionally into a swimming pool! Most pools are designed with one or more shallow ends and one deep end for diving and can range in size from very small (4 ft deep) up to 25m (90 ft). The primary objective of pool skating is to gain speed on the shallow end, then transfer this speed into height over the deep end of the pool using various techniques. The technical aspects involved with pool skating are similar to those found in skatepark riding but generally on a smaller scale due to the confines of your surroundings. In general terms, pool skaters tend towards an artistic approach and care little about tricks involving high speed or big air – the focus is more on overall smoothness and flow.

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