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How to Grind

How to Grind

Well you want to learn how to grind. The first thing that you need to know is how to stall. Stalls are essentially

skating up to an object, jumping onto it, holding there for a couple of seconds, and then jumping off. This can be

anything from a stair, to a curb, to a car, to the coping on a vert.

To begin learning stalls, it is easiest to do it by going straight at the object you want to stall on, lets say a stair.

Slowly skate up to the stair, and at about a foot away jump up onto the stair. Do your best to land between the

correct wheels, as that is the purpose of this exercise! If the jump is giving you trouble, you can start by stepping

up onto the stair, but keep in mind that the ultimate goal is rails!

After you get this down, you can begin practicing variations that will keep you busy for a while. You can try a

backside stall, or one in which you do a jumping 180 and land on the stair. Or you can go with a rewind after you

do the stall. Or just any combination of the above. How about a 180 stall with a 360 rewind? In any case, do your

best to learn how to stall as that is the foundation of all grinds.

Before you actually move onto grinding, you need to wax the object you are trying to grind on. It's not hard at

all, and it will only take a few seconds and a few cents to do.

First off, you need to get the wax. Though most any wax will do, I personally stick with the Paraffin wax, found in

the canning section of just about any big grocery store. Its about $1.50, and is about 4x4x8" or so.

Some other types of wax that I have heard work are candle wax, crayons, Sex Wax, Chapstick, and even soap. If

its got a waxy feel to it, it will most likely work for making whatever surface you want to grind on more slippery.

Speaking of waxing up surfaces, here are a few tips that will help you wax up your surface a bit better.

First off, make sure you have a decent sized grinding area to wax up, I wouldn't go for anything under

about 10'. Next, you bust out the wax and proceed to coat the top of the curb, stair, planter, whatever you are

grinding, with a THICK coat of wax. The basic idea is that you want your wheels and frame to slide across the

layer of wax, and not grind or catch on the curb. So as a rule of thumb, put on enough wax so that you can feel

both the wax and the curb about equally. Make sure you are making a nice thick strip, about 6" or so, along the

top of the curb. When you are grinding, only the top will be slid across, so don't bother waxing the bottom. In

any case, just make sure to apply it fairly evenly, and try to get it down in the grooves. This will help the wax be

spread all over the curb, and thus help you slide better.

Now that you have the curb waxed its time to try some grinds. The first and easiest grind to do is a frontside.

Find ,or get, yourself a low and shallow bar to practice on. Things like the barricades in front of car dealerships,

metal bars around walkways, and bike racks are good places to start. Approach the bar slowly, taking care to run

perfectly parallel to it, and be slightly to one side. As you near the bar, jump up nice and high and turn 90

degrees while watching your landing spot. Much like a batter in baseball, watching where you will be landing is

essential to success. Spread your legs about shoulder width apart, and absorb the impact in your knees. Skate

back around and try again, and again, and again! You want to keep doing it so it becomes second nature to you.

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