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Tony Hawk is a professional skateboarder and the creator of more than 80 highly technical and influential tricks that redefined what was possible in vert skating. Tony was a dominant force in ’80s and ’90s competitive skating, is the owner of multiple successful skate companies, is the star of a billion-dollar skateboarding video game franchise (Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater), and is a tireless advocate for the sport having built hundreds of skate parks around the world with his foundation. Tony isn’t just the face of skateboarding. Tony is skateboarding.

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What Is Vert Skating?

Vert skateboarding is an aerial style that involves skating a transition from a horizontal surface to a vertical one, such as what you would find in a ramp, half-pipe, bowl, or pool. In street-style vert skating, skaters use rails, stairs, and any other ledges that can be found in an urban environment to perform aerial tricks. Vert skaters need plenty of speed and momentum to get enough air to pull off complex aerial maneuvers or complete grinds.

89 Vert Tricks Invented by Tony Hawk

The mad scientist of skating has made up more than 100 tricks on vert since he started skating in 1977. Here are just a few:

  1. 720
  2. 900
  3. 360 flip mute to fakie
  4. 360 frontside rock ‘n’ roll
  5. 360 ollie to backside boardslide
  6. 360 varial disaster
  7. 360 varial McTwist
  8. 360 varial to tail
  9. 540 body varial
  10. Airwalk
  11. Airwalk to fakie
  12. Alley-oop backside bluntslide
  13. Backside heelflip body varial
  14. Backside ollie one foot
  15. Backside ollie to tail
  16. Backside pop shove-it
  17. Backside rewind grind
  18. Backside varial
  19. Bluntslide to fakie
  20. Cab backside smith
  21. Cab body varial
  22. Cab lipslide
  23. Cab revert
  24. Cab shove-it
  25. Cab to tail
  26. Double kickflip varial indy
  27. Eggplant to fakie
  28. Fakie heelflip varial lien
  29. Fakie to fakie 540
  30. Fakie to fakie frontside rock ‘n’ roll
  31. Fakie to fakie lien 540
  32. Fakie to fakie stalefish 540
  33. Fingerflip air to fakie
  34. Fingerflip backside air
  35. Frontside 270 to switch crook
  36. Frontside bluntslide
  37. Frontside body varial revert
  38. Frontside cab
  39. Frontside cab disaster
  40. Frontside cab disaster revert
  41. Frontside cab revert
  42. Frontside cab tailgrab
  43. Frontside G twist
  44. Frontside G twist body varial
  45. Frontside G twist madonna
  46. Frontside G twist varial
  47. Frontside hurricane
  48. Frontside hurricane to fakie
  49. Frontside kickflip body varial
  50. Frontside L twist to tail
  51. Frontside nosegrind
  52. Frontside noseslide
  53. G twist 360 varial
  54. G twist heelflip body varial
  55. G twist varial disaster revert
  56. Gymnast plant
  57. Half cab body varial lien
  58. Half cab frontside blunt revert
  59. Half cab to bluntslide
  60. Half elguerial
  61. Heelflip slob air
  62. Heelflip varial lien
  63. Heelflip varial lien revert
  64. Indy 540
  65. Invert to layback air
  66. Kickflip McTwist
  67. Lipslide revert
  68. Madonna
  69. Nollie heelflip indy
  70. Ollie 540
  71. Ollie to indy air
  72. Rodeo flip
  73. Sacktap
  74. Saran wrap
  75. Shove-it frontside nosegrind
  76. Shove-it rock ‘n’ roll
  77. Shove-it to backside smith
  78. Slob G Twist one foot
  79. Stalefish
  80. Stalefish 540
  81. Stalefish frontside 540
  82. Switch 540
  83. Switch backside ollie
  84. Switch indie air
  85. Switcheroo to fakie
  86. Tailgrab one foot 540
  87. Varial 540
  88. Varial 720
  89. Varial G twist
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Want to Learn More About Skateboarding?

Whether you’re just learning how to ollie or ready to tackle a Madonna (the vert trick, not the singer), the MasterClass Annual Membership can help you find confidence on your board with exclusive instructional videos from skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, street skater Riley Hawk, and Olympic hopeful Lizzie Armanto.

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