You need to know how to frontside 5-0 before trying this trick. I say this because having these will give you a good understanding on how to go about doing a 5-0 grind. You also need backside 50-50s, because knowing those will familiarize you with getting onto a rail/ledge from the backside position.
- The back foot
The back foot is going to need to be placed as if you were going to do an ollie to manual, or a frontside 5-0. Make sure it's set up to allow you a solid pop that will get you enough height to get onto whatever you want to grind.
- The front foot
The front foot will be similar to the position you would use for a regular ollie. I prefer to have it just an inch or two behind the front bolts, as to make it easier to land balanced in the grind.
Polish it up. Make it cleaner. Take it to some higher/longer objects. Get creative with it.
This trick isn't too complicated. It's just a 5-0 grind, only you get into it from the backside position. It's somewhat basic, but it also can be pretty tricky at first. Hopefully I can help you out in getting this trick done.
Ah, problems. If you're having a hard time getting this trick done, don't stress it, check out below and we'll get them sorted out.
- I am having a hard time getting over the object
If you have a hard time guiding your board over the object to begin your grind, you should consider messing with backside 50-50 grinds a little bit more. This will have you much more comfortable and able to guide your board over an object backside, which by the time you start trying this trick, you should have on lock.
- I can't land in the 5-0. I lose my balance upon getting onto the object
It can take some serious focus to land in a clean 5-0 grind. If you're not getting a clean landing on the object, you need to focus on your overall balance. Make sure you're not applying too much pressure over your tail, and make sure you're not applying too little.
If you're having a real hard time with this, consider practicing frontside 5-0 grinds a little bit more. Also, consider practicing doing some ollie to manual.
- I drag my tail while grinding
Not a terribly big problem, really. It doesn't exactly look very clean, and it can mess up your speed on the grind, but it doesn't completely kill the trick. If you're just dragging your tail, you've pretty much got this trick done. Just focus on cleaning it up, and consider putting a little bit less weight over the tail of your board while grinding.
- I slip off the rail while grinding
If this is happening, you need to make more of an effort in keeping your body completely over whatever it is you're grinding. Make sure you're not applying too much weight to any side, as doing so will have to slipping off in no time, and that's no good for anyone.
Yeah, this one can be a bit weird at first, no doubt about that. Just hang with it and keep giving it your all. Don't be lazy about it, and don't let it freak you out. Commit as much as you can, or this one isn't gonna happen.
Before you start trying this trick, you have to understand whatever it is you're wanting to grind. Check it out, and figure out how much speed you will need and how slick the object is. Also, judge how you need to approach it, and how much distance you want between you and the object. This shouldn't be too hard, as by the time you try this trick you should be familiarized with getting into grinds from the backside position. Anyway, let's get this one started, shall we?
- Approach your object with the proper amount of speed and distance, with your feet set up as described above.
- When you're in the right spot to get onto the rail, pop your tail and start your ollie.
- Guide your board over the rail. As you're doing this, put some extra weight over the back truck, and level your board out into the manual position.
- Land with your back truck alone on the rail, with your deck as straight as possible. While you're front truck isn't going to be on the rail itself, you want to make sure it's directly over it, ensuring you're completely straight.
- Grind your 5-0 out, maintaining balance over the board the entire time.
- As you approach the end of your object, begin to prepare to leave it. Do this by putting a little bit more weight over the front, and as your back truck leaves the object you're grinding, level out your board. Leaving the object is pretty much done the same way it would be on a frontside 5-0, so this shouldn't be anything new to you.
- Land on the ground leveled with your feet over the bolts. Absorb impact and ride away clean.
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