State of the Noseslide Address

March 6th, 2015 | 3:06 am | Daily News | 14 Comments

noseslide sweat

Photo via @crustymuskymug on IG. “You couldn’t have known what I did for this [noseslide].”

With the chaos of awards season over and the faint glimmer of spring ahead of us, it is time that we shift our attention back on what’s most important: noseslides. (“The building block of modern skateboarding” © Frozen in Carbonite.)

Though the current crop of heavily #curated skaters lean towards the simpler side of the trick spectrum, they have seldom found a place for a plain noseslide in their video parts. The noseslide has thus, in turn, found a modern home in fifteen second Instagram clips, where scrutiny of “easy” tricks does not run as high.

Topic 1: IG output made our 2014 Noseslider of the Year award winner an easy call.

With the madness that was December (remember that week when there were six QS updates?! Crazy times, man), we were not allowed to shine a proper light on the most prolific noseslider of those past twelve months. But NBA teams don’t get their championship rings ’til the middle of the season anyway, so consider the clip above a Finals DVD.

Topic 2: There is no distinction between frontside and backside output when Noseslider of the Year nominees are voted on. However, it should be noted that the 2014 Q.S.S.O.T.Y. has been running a prolific one-man campaign for the frontside noseslide to return to peak relevance in the skateboard trick landscape:

Max Palmer is to frontside noseslides what Russell Westbrook is to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Paych DVDs still available here.

Topic 3: Up until the mid-2000s, it was perfectly normal to throw a noseslide in a rail/hubba-heavy video part. Muska was the king of said practice, but everyone from Arto to Kenny Reed was prone to the occasional long noseslide “hammer,” punctuating the video part like an elongated goooooaaaaalllll.

Except by the time Flo Marfaing 360 flip noseslid the Le Dome hubba in Paris, the noseslide-as-hammer became a lost art. You had to flip into and do a whole bunch of extra shit. Rail skaters simply don’t do noseslides anymore.

Then, this came along last week. It is the first time in a long time that QS Department of Noseslide Studies & Research has stumbled on video part ending with a noseslide, even if it isn’t exactly in a rail-heavy part. (*Waiting for someone to say, “So-and-so had a noseslide ender in this Florida video from last summer!” in the comments*)

The noseslide ender is at the 3:06 mark, but the entire part is great.

Topic 4: Speculation for 2015.

Kevin Rodrigues’ front nose fakie from his recent Converse part is the frontrunner for Noseslide of the Year — except we still have ten months left. (Remember when Demarcus Cousins was a reasonable MVP candidate in January? About that…)

It would be interesting if Rodrigues continued to churn out noseslide-heavy footage. The French have always been nothing short of prolific nosesliders. Though Polar riders may be widely renown for their wallie and slappy heavy trick repertoires (yo, see I know French b), the company boasts the current Noseslider of the Year and a dark horse candidate in Rodrigues among its ranks. A noseslide-tinged direction for Polar could be quite interesting; it is only natural that Nordic companies embrace the northern pole above the forbidden fourteen.

Previously: The Week in Noseslides – April 2014


Comment by Lorenzo Insigne
  • Yo, not a Florida video, but this could be the biggest noseslide ever:

    Tomek Ziółkowski repping Warsaw, b

    March 6, 2015 @ 7:07 am
  • Comment by Longerestest Noseslidiestest of Noseslide, frontside to mid part ender
  • 5 : 52

    March 6, 2015 @ 8:01 am
  • Comment by Andrew
  • i second that callum paul clip ^^^ was just about to post it. that kid’s skating is rad

    March 6, 2015 @ 10:55 am
  • Comment by lil boss
  • new york skating is so cool right now even quartersnacks can’t even back it

    March 6, 2015 @ 10:57 am
  • Comment by jake phelps
  • can we get a complete list of qs soty winners?

    March 6, 2015 @ 1:19 pm
  • Comment by UNKASA

    March 6, 2015 @ 1:33 pm
  • Comment by phil
  • i didn’t even notice that noseslides weren’t done that much, i like parts that look good it doesn’t really matter what trick they are doing as long as they look stylish to me

    March 6, 2015 @ 1:56 pm
  • Comment by Drake jones
  • Dana Ericson nose slide pop into street in the RAW video…..

    March 6, 2015 @ 1:58 pm
  • Comment by Bakingsoda
  • Can someone post that raw video again please?

    March 6, 2015 @ 4:32 pm
  • Comment by Mostly Skateboarding
  • K-Rod’s noseslide to 50-50 in that cons part was also very nice. I know we aren’t talking combos but mixing the two most basic tricks is worth bringing up…

    March 6, 2015 @ 8:22 pm
  • Comment by Acid420skater
  • I will be the sickest nose slider. Never ollie it even tought it is stair rail :)

    March 7, 2015 @ 11:06 am
  • Comment by Gnarcotics
  • I’d like to toss this guy, Lui Araki, in the early runnings for NOTY:

    March 7, 2015 @ 12:13 pm
  • Comment by Jules
  • Off topic- is there an eastern european equivalent to quartersnacks?

    March 7, 2015 @ 12:54 pm
  • Comment by Snack
  • I dunno how specifically Eastern European you are trying to get, but I go on this website sometimes to get sad:

    March 9, 2015 @ 3:10 am
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