Sunday, 21 October 2012


animal chin handplants
Bones Brigaders - Chin ramp.

Lately I've been vibing on handplants. What a manoeuvre. Upside down, balancing on one hand, on the edge of a ramp or pool, gripping an inverted skateboard and that's just the halfway point! Grosso has already turned in a worthy ode to the handplant in one of his loveletters, but I also wanted to throw up a few pics here. As it was the still image of a handplant frozen in time back in the 80s that first transfixed me as I tried to work out just how on earth anybody could ride a skateboard and get into that position.

In no particular order here are... The Handplants:

Bucky Lasek - Extreme Tuck-knee - also a Knee-on.

Tony Hawk - Tuck-knee, classic.

Eddie Elguera - Frontside. Seems a good place to also mention Darrel Miller's Millerflip.

Steve Caballero - Known for his iconic Frontside plant.

Lance Mountain - Frontside plant plus.

Neil Blender - Eggplant. With an honourable mention to Jeff Phillips 'Phillips66'.

schroeder - egg
Ben Schroeder - Eggplant (burly!).

Mark Gonzales - Eggplant, also known to throw a v tweaked frontsider too.

Darren Navarette - Smithvert, invented by Mike Smith.

Jason Jessee - Andrecht plant. Invented by Dave Andrecht.

Tom Grohoski - Andrecht plant. Known as a demon on the lip, Tom could also get inverted.

? - Channel plant, sometimes labelled double-grab or hip-hop.

Lance Mountain - Sadplant, so many good pics of Lance going Sad...

Lance Mountain - Sadplant.

Lance Mountain - One-foot Sadplant.

Jeff Grosso - Sadplant, always a pleasure.

Jeff Hedges - Gymnast plant.

Steve Schneer - Ho-ho plant.

Alan Losi - Layback air, but it's definitely a handplant. Close relative to the Todd-twist.

Unknown (Buck Smith maybe?) - Stelmasky plant, invented by Mike Stelmasky.

Jeff Hedges - Smithvert out the pipe.

Tony Hawk - invert & Andy Mac - Andrecht.

If I've missed any, let me know and I'll add em to the list.

With thanx to the photographers - lovin your work.


  1. DP!!