Grinding a coping
When grinding a coping, you have to think differently, than if you're grinding a rail or curb. Usually on halfpipes and quarter pipes, the copi...
When grinding a coping, you have to think differently, than if you're grinding a rail or curb.
Usually on halfpipes and quarter pipes, the coping is leveled with the platform, so that you can't have a 90 degree angle, and your weight placed directly above the coping – in that case, your wheels would touch the platform, and make you stop grinding. So obviously you need to lean out, grinding on the coping with an angle closer to 45 degrees than to 90 degrees. This is only when you're doing non-soul tricks.
When doing soul tricks, you need to have your entiry body placed away from the coping, more into the ramp. This will prevent you from tipping over into the platform when doing a soul trick. When you head for the coping, don't put yourself ontop of the coping, but about a foot, or 30 cm, into the ramp.
For you guys, who are wondering of to get the speed for the grind, well, it is pretty obvious that you just can't straight up the ramp. You need to carve, that is turning the way you want to grind!
At the end of your slide or grind, you will come to a stop. Take this moment like any other stall and leave the coping in your prefered fashion.
Written by Anders Toxboe on August 4, 2003