In Anticipation of…The Dad Push

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Skateboarding is in the golden age of fatherly re-appropriation. The uncool tricks that were left behind in our adolescent years have all been the focal point of some resurgence: plain old noseslides, noseslide shoves, varial flips, and even the Union Square raver favorite heelflip body varial made an appearance in L. Puig’s latest novel.

Little kid tricks are being refined and rebranded as “dad tricks” for use by those approaching responsible child-rearing age. We reached adulthood and saw it was scary — there’s too much stress tucked behind the curtain of constant progression, so we reverted to the carefree days of middle school tricks. The problem is that we’re is running out of ugly ducklings to turn into swans. The rack of revivable lowbrow tricks looks like a Goodwill after ten Tumblr girls have come through to thrift.

But what is so “ugly,” so “hideous,” so “wrong,” yet so *new* of a standard that we couldn’t bear to think of it becoming…cool again? The switch mongo push.

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Peruse the YouTube comments of old video parts, and you’ll see undereducated skate etiquette nazis questioning switch mongo in even the classics. Not learning how to push switch is becoming more of a faux pas with each passing day. Twenty years later, Ricky won and switch mongo is becoming extinct. Even pressure flips don’t summon ire quite the same way in 2016.

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Maybe I’ve been spending too much time around the the Vert God, but it’s becoming tough to deny the switch hardflip’s increased value among the social media skateboard landscape. We’re entering a post-Ryan Gallant/post-Matt Miller world, meaning people are no longer ashamed to whip out their non-flipping hardflips in public. Imperfect hardflips of the less-than-Gallant variety have entered the playful realm of “dad tricks.” There’s charm to their imperfection.

And what better lo-def, rickety flatground switch hardflip to go down in the un-storied history of the trick, than in fashion time traveler Wade Desarmo’s first-ever part, which was released the same year as ATCQ‘s last album. It’s almost unfair dude ended up being the only Canadian to crack the 2012 #phatstylez master list — seeing as how he had a H.G Wells G-Wagon to predict the 6XL Umbro jersey + bucket hat look fifteen years before it would adorn undersized caucasians who skateboard in the New York metropolitan area.