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How to Feeble Grind a Rail on a Skateboard

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Last updated: Jun 22, 2020 • 2 min read

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No two skateboard grinds are the same. There are crooked grinds, smith grinds, back truck grinds, and more. A feeble grind is a particularly challenging grind trick.

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What Is a Feeble Grind?

A feeble grind is a difficult skateboarding trick that combines a 50/50 and a boardslide. This move is common among skateboarders at more advanced levels.

How to Feeble Grind a Rail

The below tips are best practice for attempting a frontside feeble grind.

  1. Approach the rail. Do this like you would to do a boardslide but with even more of an angle. Be sure the rail is on your backside.
  2. Ollie up. As you ollie up onto the rail, make sure to get enough air so your front truck clears the rail.
  3. Land your back truck. Keep the toe side of your board on the rail at the same time, with your weight on your back heel.
  4. Keep your body weight centered. While you’re grinding the rail, keep your weight centered over the rail.
  5. Shift the weight back. As you near the end of the rail, shift your weight back slightly, lift your board, and straighten it out so you can land and ride away safely.
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4 Tips for Safely Doing a Feeble Grind

There’s risk involved for any skateboard trick, so take the proper precautions to ensure that you’re being safe your first time.

  1. Wear a helmet and pads. If you're a novice skateboarder, falling or tripping is part of the process. Ensure that you have the right pads to break your fall—specifically knee pads, elbow pads, and a helmet. You can find our complete guide to essential skating gear here.
  2. Read and follow official rules. Every skate park will have a list of rules to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment. Do your part and check them out anytime you skate a new park.
  3. Observe before joining in. To avoid collisions, park skaters take turns skating. This is especially important when the park is busy. Notice when other skaters take their turns so you can understand the order and flow, then claim your spot and take your turn.
  4. Practice on the ground. Before using the handrail, practice on rails that are low to the ground to get your footing. Slowly work your way up to higher rails until you've mastered the technique.

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