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Grover meets Madonna

Steve Grover - Madonna @ Battle Ground

So you say you’ve been itching to increase the size of your trick bag? Might we suggest the Madonna as demonstrated by the ever humble Steve “GVK” Grover. Peep the video after the turn. EPM “desperately seeking sunshine” Out!

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Andrecht by Mark Conahan

Andrecht by Mark Conahan

Here it is folks, your very own private lesson on how-to-do an Andrecht courtesy of Mark Conahan. What’s an Andrecht? Well, it’s an invert grabbed just behind the heel of your front foot as opposed to a regular invert that is grabbed between your feet along the toe edge of your board. Confused? Well, check out a sequence and Mark’s annotated, frame-by-frame break-down to help wrap your mind around this trick.

Thanks Mark.

Ollie Airs by Steve Grover

Grover FS Ollie Film Strip
So I can’t remember how long I have been doing front and backside-ollies. But I do remember wanting to copy Adam Luxford’s ollies at Stone Edge in Florida circa 1990. That kid was doing them waist to chest high and covering four sheets no problem. I also copied this guy Larry from Virginia Beach. He would do huge B-side and F-side ollies. I know I learned the B-side ollie from Bill Fergueson around ’91. Modern Skate and Surf [of Michigan] did a 24hr skate benefit for the school of the blind. I remember sitting on the deck while the good guys were riding ( Tocco, O.P. Moore Mank, Scott Werner, Danforth) just to name a few, many more were in attendance. Fergueson had the B-side ollie wired. I saw his secret and stole it. Now I can do them.

A ollie is basically a giant kick turn. It is truly that simple. Here’s how the ollie air is done.

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Two-Handed Frontside Air by Mark Conahan

MC - Two Handed Frontside Air @ Pier Park

I can’t remember what pro I saw doing the two-handed frontside air – probably in Skateboarder sometime in the late 70s. I started doing them back then for some variety. Later I started doing a hand-switch grab almost by accident when I was skating a big vert ramp a lot. It helped me land higher airs if I grabbed with the second hand. I think it helps keep you in it, if your leading arm flaps toward your back you tend to rotate away from the wall. I’ve been doing them for almost thirty years now.

Here’s how to do the two-handed or switch hand grab frontside-aerial.

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