The axle stall is the foundation of many tricks in the transition. For example, all grinds build off of it. Before you learn the trick, however, you should master the drop in as well as having successfully done one or two rock to fakies.


Axle Stall | Stance: Regular

Fig. 01

Ride up the ramp at a 90° angle with the coping. The back foot is placed on the tail and the front foot is placed on the bolts of the front truck.

Fig. 02

Use your knees to push yourself upwards as you ride into the transition. The board should stay at a 90° angle with the coping until you're right in front of it.

Fig. 03

Right before you reach the coping, you apply some pressure on the tail and turn the board by 90° in backside direction while keeping your shoulders parallel to the coping. That way, you lock into the coping with your back truck.

Fig. 04

Now apply pressure on the front foot in order to touch down on the coping with the front truck. Et voilà – you're now in the axle stall position. Maintain balance so that you don't slip.

Fig. 05

Exit the trick by turning the nose back into the ramp at a 90° angle with the coping. Shift your weight to the front just like you would during a drop in.

Fig. 06

Once the rotation is complete, lean back into the transition, just like with the drop in, and roll back down the ramp.


It is recommended to slowly approach the axle stall by performing kickturns. During a kickturn, ride up the transition, turn around right before the coping, and ride back down. If you can get close to the coping with a kickturn, you're ready for the axle stall.