Starting Point – Stalefish Grab

1. A stalefish is when you grab the backside of your board with your back hand just in front of your back foot. It’s most often done going frontside, but it can be done any way. Like a lot of other tricks, Tony Hawk invented the stalefish back in 1985. However, it was the Gonz who injected style into it and made it popular.

2. Now that you know what a stalefish is and where it comes from, you’re ready to do one. I’m assuming you can already do frontside ollies and hopefully frontside airs. If not, you might want to work on those first, or just punk it.

3. Approach the lip like you’re doing a normal frontside air. You might do big carving floaters or go straight up and down. It’s on you.

4. At the lip, snap a good ollie and really suck it up.

5. Here comes the tough part. To get the stalefish grab, you need to tweak your legs a little forward so you create space. You’ll let your back arm drop straight down by your hip through the little space, grab your board just in front of your back foot with your fingers underneath and your thumb on top (or do it like Hensley and put your whole palm under your board and manhandle it!)

6. It’s all downhill from here. You’ve got the nice grab, so enjoy the ride for a moment.

7. Gravity is taking over now, so you’d better spot your landing. Also, I’m afraid you’re going to have to let go of that grab you worked so hard for.

8. Absorb the landing by bending your knees (try not to let your knees touch), and ride away.

9. Stare at your friends so they’ll know you know they saw that shit.