5 best vert tricks ever, IMHO!

By Brian Beagle

We’re getting close to the return of the Dew Tour, and I can’t wait!  June 25th needs to hurry up and get here so I can see all the crazy tricks I haven’t even imagined yet!  The tour starts in Boston and should give us some of the best skateboarding, BMX riding and FMX the world has ever seen.  That being said, here are the 5 best skateboarding vert tricks, according to me that is.

Starting at #5 are all the crazy kick flips that have been thrown down lately; take a look at the X Games 15 final.  I never thought the kick flip would be a normal part of a vert routine, but all the finalists have at least 2 different variations in their runs.

On to #4, Shaun White‘s 540 body varial,  which he calls the Armadillo. The first time I saw this trick I was in total disbelief that he could rotate his body and board in opposite directions at the same time!

Coming in at #3 is Danny Mayer‘s kick flip McTwist (yes, this is technically in here twice, but this trick kicks ass!).  As you can tell from the video it isn’t easy, even for Danny!  This trick is so difficult that it’s won a few best trick contests for Mr. Mayer.  Now, on to the heavy hitters!

At #2 are all the 720s that have been put down. The video doesn’t show all the crazy variations the riders are doing nowadays, but you get the point. PLG and Andy Macdonald perform different versions of the 720 in their regular vert routines.  It wasn’t too long ago when a 720 could win a best trick contest by itself and now it’s become a staple!

#1 should be no surprise to anyone that loves vert: the big 900 . Tony Hawk started it all, but now at least 4 people have landed this huge trick in competition. It’s hard to imagine that Tony was that far ahead of everyone else, but he was.

That’s the list of the best vert tricks if you ask me, but now I am asking you. What do you think are the best tricks ever thrown on a vert ramp?

Brian Beagle is a regular guy who builds things for a living and loves action sports. For more of his action sports insights, check out his other blog, or follow him on twitter at @mkbain.


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