Fact: You have never seen a skateboarder successfully land a trick in real life

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Jul 31, 2006
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You're right, I've seen lots of people attempt stuff like kickflips and they ALWAYS fuck it up.

Actually I take that back. In college I had a roommate who loved to skate. One day he stuck a small coffee table on the sidewalk in front of our dorm and attempted to jump off the board, over the table, and back onto the board as it rolled under the table. He failed multiple times and a crowd gathered around him, but he finally nailed the trick and everyone clapped. The end.
 

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Once years ago one guy completed a trick and everyone else has been inspired to try based on this lore. Yet no one ever succeeds.
 
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nah man when bam magera came and stayed at my house we would do like flips off of my ramps and stuff and he landed it and i was like cool then i landed it and he was like u wanna be in my new show?
 

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Blair said:
nah man when bam magera came and stayed at my house we would do like flips off of my ramps and stuff and he landed it and i was like cool then i landed it and he was like u wanna be in my new show?
and u were like nah bro i gotta post on gaf and he was like nah it's cool do ur thing and u high fived him as he rode his skateboard into the sunset and then u posted on gaf bro
 

RoboPlato

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The only time I've seen anyone land a trick on a skateboard was when I happened to walk by a professional photo shoot for a magazine in London. Other than that they fail every single time.
 
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You must not have seen many people skateboarding.
Landing tricks - not something that rare. At all, really.

It's pretty much what everyone strives to do the moment they step foot on a board.
 
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One time I was in a train station, a guy pulled off a kick flip, and all the girls were amazed. This is the only time I've ever seen this happen, it usually ends in laughter.
 
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Haha. Union Sq in NYC a bunch of skaters there all the time. I've never seen anyone follow through on a trick. They would just attempt kick flips and not land them. I kinda get what the OP is trying to say.
 
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OP obviously doesn't know anything about skateboarding. I skated all through my teens and a little into my 20's. When you skate, you are always trying to progress and do something new. It takes a lot of practice. The average person probably throws hundreds of kick flips before they land their first one. Then once you get more consistent at that, you don't want to just kick flip, you want to kick flip down that flight of stairs, so then you practice that for hours and hours. It's not about landing your tricks every time, it's about progression. As a side note, does every basketball player make every basket they throw?
 

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I've been to plenty of skate competitions/shows, also I've personally landed tricks. As have my friends. And just in general people skating at various spots in the city usually land more than they eat.

Where do you live, Arkansas?
 

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It just depends on the difficulty of the trick.

Most can do a simple 180.

Others attempting a backside 720 varial heel flip...not so much
 
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I don't know, at least in my case, when I am out skating I am constantly trying to learn new tricks which usually means--at least at the start of the process--I am landing them under 5% of the time (or not at all). I don't dedicate much time to shit I already can pull off pretty easily. I could go around and just kick-flip over and over, landing them at least 90% of the time, but that's no fun...

Edit: somebody made the same point, but better.
 

Stumpokapow

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Sounds like the beginning of a modern day version of "Waiting for Godot" entitled "Waiting for my fucking friend to land his ollie"

Setting: The Mall, food court entrance

Characters: 4 fourteen year olds, all wearing Iron Maiden, Children of Bodom, Nirvana, Slayer, Scarface, or "You laugh because I'm different, I laugh because you're all the same" hoodies.
 

oxrock

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I actually hadn't really seen people skating for years but now that I've returned to college I see it all the time. In regards to people actually landing tricks, I have to admit that I've seen it on several occasions. Without a doubt you see more failures than success,but I imagine people are trying something new opposed to just doing something they already know over and over again. Hell, before I got old and fat, I could do tricks.
 
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My friend once tried to do a kick-flip onto a rail grind at school to impress the girls. instead he fell and broke his arm and leg and got a nasty concussion, and a broken nose. A few months later he tried to jump off his roof with bis board and the board went up from under his feet and slammed into his jaw breaking most his teeth. After that he stopped skateboarding.
 
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Mullen videos are always awesome. ALWAYS. That Mullen vs Song round one video was magic when I first saw it.
AlimNassor said:
My friend once tried to do a kick-flip onto a rail grind at school to impress the girls. instead he fell and broke his arm and leg and got a nasty concussion, and a broken nose. A few months later he tried to jump off his roof with bis board and the board went up from under his feet and slammed into his jaw breaking most his teeth. After that he stopped skateboarding.
Jesus. :lol

I don't know if I could do it now, but I used to be able to ollie and pop shove-it. I think I rode a skateboard just to keep up with my pals when they went out rather than walking/running to keep up with 'em.
 
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