Kingpin's Guide to the No-Comply
The No-Comply is universal - no matter your ability (or weight), it's not too much effort to plant a foot on the ground, flick the tail sideways and hope you land on it...
But for many skateboarders, that's just the start - as a trick that predates the Ollie, the No-Comply has had plenty of years to evolve. From its parking block roots to simple flatground variations, and even incorporation with handrails... now, as ever, choosing to put your front foot down (and how you choose to do it) is a defining point in your style.
Whatever you decide, you've got to learn from somewhere, and it never hurts to take a look at the best. So if you're looking to put an extra spin on your own footloose manoeuvres - we've got some of the classics to inspire you. Make sure you're watching closely...
Albert Nyberg is a bit of a magician with a skateboard. He may have a questionable taste in fashion but he seems to be able to do whatever he likes with his 7 plys. This No-Comply in his part from webclip 'Axel, Barney and Albert' is completely ridiculous but somehow seems almost trivial in amongst the rest of the footage. The next tricks a laserflip back lipslide for Christ's sake...
When Jake Johnson casually threw in this no-comply five-0 in a line people lost their marbles. "Has anyone ever done that before?" No one really knows if Jake was the first to do this, but probably this no-comply trick was one of the most widely seen no-comply variations out there to date. GIFs of this litter the Slap forum and seeing it again and again just doesn't get old.
Coley Martin, a virtually unheard of skater from North Carolina, amazed the skateboard web-i-nerds recently with his no-comply 180 to switch 50-50 down a handrail. The clip goes by quite quickly in his video part, but after it's release many GIFs of this trick where whizzing around the interweb. Coley Martin has definitely put his name on the map with this no-comply gem.
The best thing about the fakie no comply is that it looks pretty basic, no crazy spins or flips, but is probably the hardest one in the whole list. Anyone who's ever tried one on flat knows hows impossible doing it down a 3 stair would be...
No-Comply BS 360 Shove – 00:24
About 4 years ago we uploaded this clip of Wesc rider Tukka Korhonen shutting down the No-Comply game with 10 different flatland variations, 8 of which are done consecutively. We could have just posted this as the whole article but we'll throw a few others in as well. Our personal favourite has to be the No-Comply 360 shove at number 5.
Pontus Alv is one of the few that are taking no-comply variations to the next level. In this clip from the Polar Instagram Pontus shows us that he can no-comply out of a wall ride, over a fun box and also no-comply to lipslide on a ledge. Arguably one could say Pontus was partly responsible for the no-comply's recent surge in popularity.
Mike Rusczyk is a man all too familiar with the No-Comply. His parts were usually full of them and his offering in Cataclysmic Abyss was no outlier. Mike takes a slightly different approach to the rest of the skaters on this list, opting for a steep gradient into an even steeper gradient.
No-Comply – 00:18
Upside-down head Peter Ramondetta has a perfect example of a straight No-Comply done right in this Quartersnacks re-edit of his 'Since Day One' part for Real (Skateboards). You never see this variety done in shorts.
There comes a point in every young skateboarder's life when they realise that if they slam the tail in to a curb at the right angle, the board will flip, and every single one of them thinks they invented a new trick. Here's Louie Barletta in Enjoi's 'Bag of Suck' with an effortless example of the trick in question.
The list of talent involved with Powell Perelta's 1989 video 'Ban This' reads like a who's who of late 80s skateboarding. The King of the No-Comply, Ray Barbee is unlike any other in his ability to make the board look weightless beneath him. Case in point: The FS No-Comply Fakie Bigspin Revert at 2:59.