There is always something head-turning about a no-pushing line in a section. By this I mean a line in which no further pushes are taken once the skater has achieved a suitable momentum to guide them through the entirety of their chosen path. These lines have a tendency to stick in one’s head - perhaps because of the subtle way that they convey the skater’s high level of board control. Ironically, some of the best no-push lines often seem to come from the feet of skaters who are known for having great pushes - the kind who like to skate fast. These sorts of clips give off a dream-like quality, a calmness of locomotion that tells the viewer ‘chill – I got this’. Below are ten examples of the timeless ‘no pushing’ line. Major shout outs to Alex Dyer at Muckmouth (http://www.muckmouth.com) for the inspiration on this one.
Chewy is the undisputed Mayor of South Bank - witnessing him live at his London stomping grounds is always a mind-bending experience. Travelling at the speed of a bullet train, on occasion you simply hear two bangs and realize that Cannon has teleported from one end of the undercroft to the other, having hit everything in his path along the way. This no-pushing line line is straight up powerful, and sees Chewy pass through on a lightening speed conveyor belt of G-ledge-tech and switch ‘east’ rawness. LLSB!
Tom Penny – 411 Flip Industry section
In this letter home from the then-recently transplanted early Flip Skateboards team from their European homes over to Sunny California, the Oxfordian Natural tears through a Californian school like only he could. Sure, he's assisted by a few slopes along the way, but the sheer speed he is carrying means that the non-stop flow continues even after he hits the stairset with a kickflip and charges on to backside tailslide a handrail. Ultra kudos for the relaxed switch backside shifty ollie mid-line!
Fire in the hole! The ruthless Pier 7 Don, Marcus Mcbride himself, turns up for a guest line in Ben Sanchez's 'Mouse' section for just long enough to completely clear the level with the efficiency of an autistic online gamer! Entering the zone with the floatiest of high speed nollies over the pad at Pier 7, McBride continues on a victory lap comprising of some of the most pinnacle flatground and ledge game of all time.
A switch flip front crook in the middle of a ledge is no joke under ANY circumstances. To sandwich one between a switch tail and a switch heelflip at pace is some serious next level boss shit.
Dennis Busenitz - Adidas Diagonal
Every Busenitz part is filled with ridiculous no pushing lines, due to the fact that the guy always insists on building up a deadly head of steam before engaging on the first pop of the tail. In the end I went for this one to represent the jet-propelled San Francisican - it has a few novelty factors that swung it, including an awkward drop-down run up, grass gaps and finally the fact that it is filmed long lens. The switch 360 flip at the end is the icing on the cake.
Koichiro Uehara - Magenta
Tightbooth Productions representative Koichiro Uehara undoubtably has some of the quickest feet in skateboarding today. In his exhilirating welcome clip for Magenta Skateboards, he gets into and out of a series of increasingly tight situations where there is little room for error - culminating in this final line which sees Koichiro jump onto his board before oscillating his way through an ollie, two wallies and a kickflip with the frequency of a pneumatic drill.
Rob Welsh - Free Your Mind
Everybody likes a bit of Welsh. The bouncy giant brings nothing but flavour, and this great no pushing line brings together two of Welsh’s most distinctive trademarks – the nonchalant bounce out of the nollie noseslide and the incredibly satisfying-to-witness biggy to backside tailslide.
Mark Suciu - Search the Horizon
With great power comes great responsibility - thankfully the dude with seemingly all of the control in the world is a trick selector of the most top shelf material and constructs dream lines of some of the most satisfying manouvres imaginable. For most people they are just that and no more - IMAGINABLE. Here he clears out that famous Berlin bench spot without surfacing for air.
Drake Jones, Wheels of Fortune, Best of 411 Vol.2, 1995
Here former Real Skateboards pro Drake Jones takes the classic line format of trick up, flatland trick, trick down to dizzying heights of smoothness with this kickflip, 360 flip and backside flip. Dope!
Jeremy Deglopper, Wheels of Fortune, 411VM Issue 19.
This part consists almost entirely of no-pushing lines. In the end I went for this three-trick charmer for a few reasons: the lesser seen ( long and sustained) front salad on a ledge, the controlled tic-tac, and the way in which Deglopper switch front 360's back on himself only milliseconds after the front tailslide to fakie - bringing the smoothness in a situation which most other skaters would find extremely awkward.
Mike Carroll - Fully Flared
This line of Carroll at the Wool Sheds curbs in Perth, Australia is a prime example of entering with intent and keeping your momentum. Style godfather M.C comes out of the back smith 180 with so much speed to spare, you can almost see him thinking about taking a switch mongo push and deciding it's unnecessary before busting out with some fakie flip frontside grind awkwardness.