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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:
F-stop: f/5
Exposure time: 1/2000 sec
ISO speed: ISO-200
Exposure bias: -0.3 step
Focal length: 55 mm
WB: Sunny
Shutter Priority Mode
Hand Held

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  • Donna19
    Donna19over 2 years ago

    You now I once had a skateboard when I was little. Never could I have mustered the courage to do what the kids do nowadays. It is such skill and concentration. Love the capture. :)

  • I’m not sure how old you are (and you don’t have to tell me unless you want to), but I’ve been skateboarding continuously since 1974 when I was just 11. Back then 99 % of of the tricks done nowadays hadn’t even been invented and the equipment made the new tricks pretty well impossible + people hadn’t even thought those moves up or learned to do them.

    I’ve sprained both ankles every way imaginable, torn almost all of the ligaments in my knees, broken two fingers, dislocated a collar bone, fractured a foot (I kept skating thought it hurt for months and I didn’t know until an X-Ray years later), been concussed but didn’t totally black out, and had countless other injuries over those decades. But I’ll keep skating forever, I hope! Despite those injuries it’s the experiences I’ve had skating that have added so much to my life.

    Thanks for your speedy response and your interesting comment Donna! :))x

    – reflector

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 2 years ago

    magnificent capture

  • LOL! I appreciate your comment, but to a former surfer and someone who still skates it sounds funny because it’s not how we’d describe it. But it makes perfect sense when discussing Photography. :)) However, I’m also feeling like I’ve crashed through and invisible “Age Barrier” where I can’t bring myself to describe any trick as Rad, Sick or Mad. :)

    – reflector

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 2 years ago

    wow Cool shot James

  • Thanks Maggie, much appreciated!

    – reflector

  • Larry Butterworth
    Larry Butterworthover 2 years ago

    I hope he landed well, what a cature, quite suspensful there James

  • He made it nearly every single time (8 times in about 15-30 minutes?) and even when he did bail (rare!) he didn’t get hurt. Thanks for your feedback Larry!

    – reflector

  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallover 2 years ago

    fantastic capture James ,I used to scate down a long narrow winding road no helmets no knee pads, really old scate boards we had a blast :))

  • Yeah, I rode fiberglass boards for about 10 years and at the time it was super-fun – surf skating, doing helicopters, multiple 360’s, high jump etc etc! But then I changed to the wooden decks which are much stronger/better quality equipment that enables you to do many more tricks. Not scate, Skate. :)

    – reflector

  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallover 2 years ago

    have you ever grassed skied ? that is cool also :))

  • No. I’ve seen it on TV but never really bothered doing it. Surfing and skateboarding were always more important to me. I’ve never even worn Roller-Blades (or tried it out) or jumped on a Steel Scooter and I never will.

    – reflector

  • Evita
    Evitaover 2 years ago

    Fabulous action capture !!!! ☺♥

  • It was a very productive and enjoyable photo shoot and great to watch high quality skating happening in a local, World Class skate facility. I’ll be skating there more often now, too. Thanks for your support Evita! :-)x

    – reflector

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 2 years ago

    great shot James, thanks for explaining the trick too, it’s great to know what’s going on! :)

  • Thanks for dropping by! :)) He’s about a foot out the top of an 11 foot (maybe 12 feet) transition – so he’s 12 feet off the ground if he lands at the bottom of the pool/bowl!

    – reflector

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