#TRENDWATCH2015: 5050 Backside 360s

June 26th, 2015 | 11:54 am | Daily News | 20 Comments

pleae charge

Once upon a time in the early 2000s, the noseslide nollie heel was the most touched cornerstone of technical skateboarding. Not sure why it was the noseslide nollie heel, but every Digital, Logic, E.S.T. et al. had a noseslide nollie heelflipper. Every packed session at an east ledge spot had a noseslide nollie heelflipper. He may not have been able to back tail, but he could noseslide nollie heel. He was the tech guy in the crew.

At that moment in time — at least out east — P.J. Ladd’s windowsill line with the half cab noseslide 270 heel was the coolest thing ever done on a skateboard. Maybe if you got good at noseslide nollie heels, you could learn to half cab into it, and then you were only 270 degrees away from being P.J?

Eventually, the Accels disappeared, as did the overlong jeans with hems that fit under their heels. The noseslide nollie heel went out too. It remains commonplace in New England, and in every kid at L.E.S. who warms up with a crooked grind nollie flip out — but tech has been out of fashion these past several years. Play a style-conscious 18-year-old in S.K.A.T.E and he’ll get you on an impossible and back 3 immediately, yet somehow lose the advantage on a switch and nollie heel. The average kid will take a serviceable ollie, kickflip, back 3 and maybe the ability to tailslide a high ledge than ever bother with a noseslide nollie heel and its pretzel-spin cousins. Less is more.

Eurotech™ (in it’s truest definition) is not prominent outside of the Helas team and Spain. You don’t see a ton of traditional tech footage coming from Republique (Paris’ successor to Bercy, noted EuroTech™ ledge skating landmark.) Instead, you see slappy tricks, sick fits, and maybe the occasional bluntslide. Even #ontrend Europeans have lost interest in tech, unless it’s ramping up Josh Freidberg’s slappy front nose pretzel spin to new heights.

Please Charge, the Cons Europe video, is a survey of Europeans who have been successful at repackaging American skateboarding from the nineties, and selling it back to us with a more prestigious foreign label. Not many of them care about combining two tricks unless there’s a wall involved, except apparently a 5050 and a backside 360.




Is the newfound prominence of 5050 backside 360s the 2015 version of the noseslide nollie heel — in that it’s the most tangible tech trick to a generation of fashionable skaters uninterested in being tech? Or is this a mere coincidence?

#TRENDWATCH2015: Full Spring Report, Possibly Falling Into the East River

#TRENDWATCH2014: Tuesday, Bieber, Buyouts, PSC & The New Rucker, Bailed Flat Tricks, Preliminary Spring Report

#TRENDWATCH2013: Triangles, The 90s, Spring Trend Report, Chic skater turbans, Televisions

#TRENDWATCH2012: Final fall / winter report, $1,000 griptape, Is this 2013’s biggest t-shirt? (it’s not), Summer report, Smith kickflip outs, headphones & noseslide shove-its


Comment by rideflannel
  • Let us not forget that Mark Wetzel ran this 5050 bs 360 as early as 2011?



    June 26, 2015 @ 1:06 pm
  • Comment by OG Jon
  • aye dis nigga joe duerr been doing 5050 back 3s in FOOL b4 the trend

    June 26, 2015 @ 1:11 pm
  • Comment by don juan dela nooch
  • gona be sick to see all these mutants butcher this one up

    June 26, 2015 @ 2:40 pm
  • Comment by dominic
  • didnt jack sabback do it in like ’05?

    June 26, 2015 @ 8:28 pm
  • Comment by dominic
  • oh it was front actually

    June 26, 2015 @ 8:28 pm
  • Comment by EJ
  • John Tanner Back Smith Back 3 ages ago

    June 26, 2015 @ 9:08 pm
  • Comment by Matt Dead Sweat Alive
  • That trick should be called the “Wonka”

    June 26, 2015 @ 9:56 pm
  • Comment by chopcheese
  • is DNJD the new MNMFTB? #trendwatch

    June 27, 2015 @ 12:29 am
  • Comment by jihad shorty
  • 5050 360 aint cool at all yo wack new yorkers. Its all about yo’d out threeflips, bonelesses on flat and nollie 360 shuvs (no pop)

    June 27, 2015 @ 10:51 am
  • Comment by jihad shorty
  • so im just posting, injured…high as fuck, thinking to myself is the future quartersnacks gonna be called dollarpizza? shiiiiiiiiiiiii

    June 27, 2015 @ 5:13 pm
  • Comment by trendsR4fucboys
  • yo trends r whack but this trend is actual not whack

    June 27, 2015 @ 9:35 pm
  • Comment by Sid
  • Does this mean the no-comply trend is over???

    June 27, 2015 @ 9:49 pm
  • Comment by Pattycaaakes
  • why not a fakie 50-50 cabalabado out.?Early pop out of course.

    June 27, 2015 @ 11:16 pm
  • Comment by Ts
  • That actually sounds pretty cool. Or even a fakie 50-50 half cab out on a hubba

    June 28, 2015 @ 3:29 pm
  • Comment by yuh
  • can’t wait til someone does one of those noseslide pop up to back 5050 360 outs

    it’ll happen

    June 29, 2015 @ 12:29 pm
  • Comment by ERIC DEE

    June 29, 2015 @ 4:14 pm
  • Comment by forrest edwards

    July 1, 2015 @ 3:27 am
  • Comment by jihad shorty
  • whatever forrest says is real skateboarding. so yaaaa fuck you quartersnacks!

    July 1, 2015 @ 12:21 pm
  • Comment by j
  • Whats with everyone using abstract techno

    July 1, 2015 @ 3:37 pm
  • Comment by Back Whatever
  • Watched the embed of “PleaseCharge” -agree -looks like mostly mid nineties to me except the Back 3s which look suspiciously like clips of Frankie Hill -haircut and all from 1989.

    I don’t see the disappearance of tech as a bad thing for a while -kinda like what happened in the mid nineties when going big and dirty on the street came back into style…. however -I don’t see a lot of that in this video either.

    July 6, 2015 @ 6:09 pm
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