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Skatepark obstacles

In skateparks you come across of a variety of different obstacles.On this page these terms will be verbally described.

Ramp

Bank

A ramp is a diagonale ramp that you can go up and down on. You mostly use the ramp to catch speed, or you can land on it if you jump over a funbox

Coping

Coping

Every quarter pipes and half pipes there is an iron coping that sticks out ontop of them. This circular shape is called the coping and is used for gliding and stalling.

Curb

Bank

Literal translation of a rim is a curb.Curbs are not only rims but they are also edges of blocks of marble or metal, that you may come across everywhere on the streets. On curbs you can glide. Because curbs aren't always smooth enough, a lot of skaters tend to use wax in order to glide more smoothly and faster on rough curbs.

Extension

Bank

An extension elevation above the quarter pipe is a state of making it higher. An extension is usually steeper so that gliding is just as difficult to do than on the coping

Flatrail

Flatrail

A flatrail is a rail that doesn't go down, but stays straight. In skate parks flatrails are usually low so that you can easily practice on them.

Funbox

Funbox

Funbox is the collective name for a variety of hurdles that consist of a platform with ramps on several sides. At least 1 side of the funbox is a ramp. A funbox without ramps is called a vulcano.

Pyramid

A pyramid is a box with a minimal of 3 sides ramp.

Drive

A drive is a funbox with two ramps that are across from each other, so you can make a lot of speed.

Launchbox

A launchbox is a box on one side with a quarter pipe and on the other side a ramp. From the quarter pipe you make air and jump over the plateau and jump towards the ramp.

Half pipe

HalfpipeA half pipe is in principle is half circle, but in practice there is often just a space between the two diagonale sides. Half pipes is the collective name for two different obstacles, the mini ramp and the vert. The difference between these two are the heights and steepness. All half pipes contain a coping,a rail that along the upper ramp of the half pipe runs. Because of the coping you can easily glide on the half pipe.

Pool

The half pipe originally comes from pool skating. Empty swimming pools in America were used of this first time. A pool is a quarter pipe that goes through, where it is completely closed off. There are ofter pools indoors that have different heights so you are on the coping which you can either glide onto higher levels or lower.

Vert

A vert is a half pipe which is a vertical piece at the top. The heights are often similar or slightly higher than other half pipes, most people think it's a half pipe if the vert is higher than 3 meters.

Miniramp

The mini ramp is the smallest form of the half pipe, you can mostly also find these in the skate parks. Mini ramps often also have a lot of space inbetween one side and the other side.

Ledge

Ledge

Not all curbs are straight, some rund down on, for example, along a staircase. If a curb we don't usually call it a curb if it ends diaganolaley, but a ledge. Ledges are often quit rough to glide on, so that's why it's always handy to have wax with you.

Rail

Rail

One of the most coolest thing that you can do on with your skates, is gliding on a handrail. This is a metal or plastic coping where you can nicely glide on and lock the trick good. Banisters are often used for this, but a lot of people also have a garden with their own rail, for example a scaffold metal tube.

Flatbar

Een flatbar is vierkante rail, deze kom je ook vaak tegen als leuningen bij trappen. Een flatbar lockt minder lekker.

Spine

Spine

Two quarter pipes that are infront and at the back with colliding against each other and together a coping parts of it a spine.

Vulcano

Vulcano

A vulcano is a spine where there is some space between the two quarter pipes. In this way it seems as if the obstacle looks like a vulcano.

Wembley Gap

Wembley Gap If ontop of a ramp a piece that is removed is called a wembley gap.

Wallride

WallrideA wallride is a wall or a very steep ramp which you can jump upon against it. Sometimes there are seperate wallrides in skate parks,but often the wall behind another obstacle is used as a barrier of a half pipe.

Quarterpipe

QuarterpipeThe quarter pipe is a basic obstacle of all what there is in skate parks. Almost every quarter pipe has a coping. They are used for gliding,to air and to make speed.