I feel like we have some holdover terms/concepts that no longer serve their purpose. Tricking and its terminology is an ever-evolving thing that needs constant updating. Time to rant!
SnapuSWIPE and ScissorSWIPE.. i get it, it sounds cool… if you’re a terminology fiend like me, this is fucking confusing, and will eventually become ambiguous – what i mean is these terms imply that they end in a swipe, even though they dont. It wont be long before someone actually does a legit snapu + swipe. Then what? We just call it an already-taken inferior name? No, we adjust the base term to suit its situations everywhere else. Nobody says cork-snapuswipe, they say cork-snapu. Thus, i think its fair to call the original raiz/sideswipe variation simply Snapu.
This is pretty old hat actually.. a lot of people have come to this conclusion and no longer use the -swipe extension, but what about other things? How about Single-Leg? Some of my friends believe the dleg should be upright, like a vert kick.. i challenge them to show me a single leg then. its just a pop 180crescent, obviously. Now if you invert a dleg, you can singleleg, right? Well, i disagree.. sorta. I defy anyone to show me another invert axis with a singleleg variation. What do you get? Shurikens. This tells me that the singleleg is actually a pop-shuriken, just like some people call a pop-sideswipe a pop-swipe.
Another term, or set of terms, that needs to die is the Tak-# concept.. I realize at its inception the “tak-9” was supposed to be a “9” with a front in it or some garbage, but as we now know better, these terms should die. It’s a tak-full-round, or tak-round. Nobody would ever say cork-9, or btwist-10. Why then should we be make an exception for the tak axis? “But Grumpylumps, we’ve always called it this..!” We got over calling c/t raizes “Tiger Swipe”, i’m pretty sure we can handle this. Hell, i remember when 540 was a new elite trick and people around here (and seemingly much of the west coast, at least) called it a ‘gnarly’. We got over it. Let the Tak-9/10/12/14 tag die, it’s time.
My biggest pet peeve holdover is the use of “frontswing” as a transition.. come on man. Nobody says GMS masterswing GMS. It’s a swingthrough. Nobody would ever say Cork backswing Cork.. it’s a swingthrough. People stubbornly cling to this concept of a “frontswing” transition. I think it’s largely thanks to Kyle McLean’s transitions note from years ago… it was a great note, but its time has passed, i think. In every case where a frontswing is used, the direction is beyond obvious.. swingthrough more than adequately describes it. Nobody is ever going to assume that you somehow did a semi-dub-cork and magically backswinged into a raiz or webster. It’s just a swingthrough.. Swingthrough is the transition, ‘frontswing’/’backswing’/etc are descriptions like cheat or swing takeoffs in vert kicking. They have a time and place, but they are not to be talked about as transitions themselves.
Ranting is good. It’s healthy, and fun. While i really enjoy all this stuff i dedicate my time to, i fully understand that none of it is really that important. 🙂