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By Jonathan Reyna

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Skating and BMXing are very extreme action sports and both push local teens to do their best. There’s a lot of different “lingo” that contributes to the BMX and skating lifestyle – like “steez” or “sketch” to describe the way you carry out a trick in a clean, good-looking way or a messy and uncoordinated way. This slideshow is a look at what some local teens have achieved over their progression in both sports.

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[BOOK_PAGE]1Cole Debortoli, a junior at Dos Pueblos, doing an ollie over a gap. An ollie is a basic trick used in many different ways; it is an accidental trick for any of style skating.[/BOOK_PAGE][BOOK_PAGE]2Austin Bull, a junior at DP, preparing for a gnarly trick. Always look at something before doing a trick. It’s common sense. Wearing a helmet helps.[/BOOK_PAGE]
[BOOK_PAGE]3Mcgarren Butler, a junior at DP, ollieing down a gap and extending his arms to help balance out his board in mid air.[/BOOK_PAGE]
[BOOK_PAGE]4Chase Grinsdale, a senior at Santa Barbara High School, transferring 6 feet over the volcano. The volcano is a ramp that’s very smooth and steep. He’s also adding some one-hander action, which contributes to his skatepark style.

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Max Heitmann, a senior at San Marcos High School, doing a flyout superman, which is fully extending your legs off the bike and getting back on before you land.

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Grinsdale airing to the sun. Airing is a great trick that can be used on any ramp or slope. Many riders prefer to start small then move on to greater heights.

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Evan Williamson, a senior at SMHS, sending a flyout tuck no-hander. Flyout tricks are usually off ramps, specifically taking off the lip of the ramp to get the most air or hang time possible.

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Bull sending a one-footed seat grab over a massive dirt jump. Dirt jumping is a combination of BMX racing and Motocross. This type of dirt jump is called a step-up because it has a smaller, steeper take-off to a larger slope landing.

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Slides 1-3: Street BMXing or skating typically refers to riding that takes place in the streets of a city or town. Street riding/skating usually focuses on tricks that are possible in and around objects one would find naturally around town. These include grinds, manuals and stair gaps, and less focus is placed on larger air tricks that one would find in park

Slides 4-7: Skateparks are used by BMX riders as well as skateboarders. The skate parks themselves may be made of wood, concrete or metal. Styles of riding will depend on the style of the parks. Typically, wood is more suited to a flowing style with riders searching for gaps and aiming to air higher from the coping. Concrete parks usually tend to contain bowls and pools.

Slide 8: Dirt consists of lines of jumps built from dirt which are heavily compacted. The jumps typically consist of a steep take off, called a lip, and a less steep, wider landing. The lip and landing are usually created through two separate mounds of dirt and the centre area is called the gap. A typical gap is usually around 12 feet, with competition gaps usually around 20 to 30 feet.

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