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Nose-Grab Backside Air – Empire Park Skate Park, Newcastle, Australia
Last week I was shooting a simple Skate Video at this skate park and this guy was skating very well that day. But today he was concentrating much more and seemed far more determined to rip it up – he achieved his aim!
There are three ways to ride/orientate yourself on a skateboard – straight-on, backside and frontside. Backside is with your back to the turn or riding surface, frontside is the opposite, and straight (ahead) is just that.
A Nose-Grab Backside Air is a skate trick where you reach for the nose of your skateboard just before you launch out of the top of a ramp and into the air. As you leave the lip (the top of the ramp) you put pressure on your back foot but also lean forward from your waist and grab the nose of the board while turning your shoulders to make the board turn 180 degrees in the air. While looking down at the wall/transition, aim to land in the top couple of feet of the surface so you don’t “plug it” which can result in a heavy and painful slam and injury.
A song that suits this approach to skateboarding -
Bones Brigade – Skate or Die
The shot was taken with a Canon 450D and a standard Canon 55 – 250 mm lens set at:
Exposure time: 1/2000 sec
ISO speed: ISO-200
Exposure bias: -0.3 step
Focal length: 55 mm
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