Nose sit


This seems like a simple trick. Basically you sit down on the board and stick your foot out. What makes it advanced is that you don't really sit on the board, you squat deeply. To make it harder you squat on one leg, and rise out of it on one leg. To make it even harder you do this with no hands.

The nose sit can be seen as a seriously solid hang five. The foot hangs way out in front while the skater sits on his back foot on the nose. It's actually functional, because the front foot can be easily used as a brake. Similar techniques are used by downhillers to brake during speed runs. This is a stylized trick, but can be used to brake during a hang five.

The skater walks up to the nose and drops into a full squat. He extends the foot straight forward and brakes with the heel. The right foot is forward as it makes sense to use it as a braking foot, since it's the normal pushing foot.

It is easiest to drop on both legs into a deep knee bend and then extend the foot forward. The back hand can be used to support the body. In this case, the skater drops into the squat on one leg using no hand support, and rises out of it on one leg only. The degree of difficulty is very high and should not be attempted before completely mastering two-legged squats and drops. A couple of things make it possible for a skater to do it one-legged.

The drop is made all at once, from straight knee to fully bent. In this quick drop, there's really no weightlifting involved. There is some pressure on the knee, but the skater sits on his calf and is completely supported without strain. The deep squat position is hard to learn, but it's made easier by keeping the back straight and pushing the chest, or even the stomach if you can stretch enough, against the top of the thigh. The arms stretch forward to balance. Another thing that helps is doing the knee bend at speed. The speed supports the body somewhat.

To get up on one leg, again, it helps to have some speed. Speed and rotation always support physical efforts. The effort of raising up can be lessened by pressing forward firmly with the arms and pressing the stomach against the leg on the way up. The front leg bends to bring some weight in, but notice the foot doesn't touch the board.

Once again, it is not necessary to do it this way, and it may be downright dangerous, as one-legged deep knee bends are some of the hardest exercises to do. I am not trained as a weightlifter, but I am trained as a skater and do this and many other potentially harmful maneuvers more with timing and technique than physical strength. I also know how to use the speed of the board to gain leverage on strength. Work up to tricks that are difficult. Try a few one leggers but use your hands to help. Then go back to two leg squats.


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