The 50-50 is the most basic type of grind, and the first grind trick that most skateboarders learn.
What's a 50-50 Grind? A Grind is the name for sliding along an edge (such as a curb, bench, rail, coping, etc.) using your trucks instead of your wheels or deck (read more on what a grind is). A 50-50 Grind is where the edge or rail being ground is in the middle of the hangers on the trucks. The name "50-50" refers to being half on the edge and half off, with both trucks even.
You will need to know how to Ollie before learning how to 50-50 grind. Read How to Ollie, and get comfortable with your Ollies first. You will need to be good enough to land your Ollies flatly, and you will need to be able to land with your feet where you want them on your skateboard. If you are brand new to skateboarding, start with the basics (read Just Starting Out Skateboarding).
Ever wondered why you can ollie while rolling real fast but just can't ollie a ledge or stair set? Well, it's probably because you're scared.
The thing is, you just don't want to get hurt, no matter how much you want to land that trick! It's all in your head: there's no difference between ollieing 3 decks while moving and ollieing a 3 set (by the way, that's a good place to start).
You just need to make yourself do it. In that single moment before you make that ollie, you might feel this stab of fear in your chest. Even if you feel like you're going to fall, its always good to at least try to land the trick. You are going to fall, it's part of skating. So, if you're trying to ollie steps and you can't, its probably because you don't dare to do it. It's all mental, you just need to go for it!
And also, for your own safety, don't start out trying to ollie a 10 set. Please, you could hurt yourself, you'll look bad, and you don't know what kind of force you put on your feet in the landing process. This doesn't just go for ollieing steps or ledges, it goes for everything, from kickflips, to 360 flips, to even something as simple as an ollie, fear can always get in the way.
So, it's more than likely not that you're a bad skater, its just mental... so just skate
First and foremost we have some Struggle posters up for sale in the shop now. Limited Edition and going out fast. Every order comes with Free stickers.
Also we are proud to announce the winner of the "STRUGGLE BANNER CONTEST" we held these past few months since the new website launched. Ryan Perez from Niland,CA wins himself a fresh new Struggle deck. You can get the code for the banner in our MEDIA section of the Struggle skateboards website. Represent Represent!
TYRONE OLSON has a new ad in Transworld Skateboarding magazine due out in the next issue. Chef boyartee bone anyone?
We are stoked to announce a few new RDT riders representing the east coast for Struggle Skateboards. Matthew Pinto straight from the Bronx,NY. Johnny Whitehead from the Struggle training grounds in Ohio. And Sam Blackmore as our first Canadian import to the team. Congrats to all three of you. Representing Struggle has paid off and now we are proud to have you as a part of the crew.
Just got back from tour and just gotta say that it was fantastic. Thank you to ELYZIUM,DRISCOLLS, and SHELTER for the welcoming and stops. Olliepop for providing the tour van and the Villalons,and Loon for their hospitality.Thanks to everyone that came out to meet up with us. And thank you to all the Struggle supporters out there. We will have the photos from the tour up soon.
We also have our winner for the Flash Banner contest. We will announce that very soon. And we have a huge contest coming up as well in which the winners will get a hefty sponsorship offer as a prize.
RUBEN NAJERA is featured in a million different photos for the SNEAUX shoes ad in Transworld skateboarding August 2009 issue.
The word spelling out SNEAUX is nothing but photos of Ruben skateboarding and chilling wearing his Sneaux representing Struggle skateboards. Pretty rad!
TYRONE OLSON is back home in Wisconsin after taking part in the Struggle West Coastin Tour. Word is he got mad footage logged in. Tyrone has also finished his video part for the new Tactical Manual video.
ANTHONY JOHNSON also is back home in Salt Lake City,Utah after the Struggle West Coastin tour. Anthony logged in his ender for the promo this past weekend. Be on the lookout for the Struggle promo vid due out soon. He also has a Herron Trucks ad in the upcoming CONCRETE WAVE magazine. Representing Struggle Skateboards to the fullest.
We also have some limited edition POSTERS in for any of you interested in purchasing one. You can find them HERE at our shop! Free Stickers with every order!
This upcoming weekend is GO SKATEBOARDING DAY!!! No one is doing anything for the Imperial Valley so we figured we might as well make something happen! The 2nd annual Struggle Kickflip challenge which is open to "UNSPONSORED" riders only this year. And of course free entry if you have a Struggle board. Also we will hold the IMPERIAL VALLEY RALLY 3 award ceremony on this day. So if you were a part of a team that participated this year be sure to show up. If none of the team members from the "winning" team show up then the first place prize automatically goes to the 2nd place runners up. SO BE THERE!!!
Oh yeah! And you can now order STRUGGLE skateboard goods through our newest online retailer.