Textbook: How To Do Frontside Stalefish Airs

Textbook How To Do Frontside Stalefish AirsWith Randy “Goose” Welch

“I’ve been stuck on the same air for a while, so I’ve started a different bag of tricks to improve my surfing.”-Goose

Step One:
Going frontside, roast down the line and look for your ramp.

Step Two:
Ollie the transition. Look at the sky with your feet totally planted. Instead of the same old frontside grab, mix it up by throwing your back hand on your heelside rail.

Step Three:
Shift your weight back a little so you can secure the grab. Hold on for a while-girls like it when guys do that.

Step Four:
Look for your landing, and release your grab. Shift your weight to your toeside rail for a solid stomp. Hold on for dear life.

Step Five:
Stand tall coming out of the whitewater and stare at the photographer for eight seconds.

Step Six:
You’ve just pulled a stalefish. Go to school tomorrow and tell all your friends the good news!


Stalefish Air-n. Vert skater Tony Hawk grabbed the first stalefish air in 1985 at the infamous Eurocana summer skate camp in Sweden when he reached between his heels with his trailing hand on a frontside air. Many a maneuver was developed at the camp because of its remote locale, far from the prying eyes of other pros and media types.

In his autobiography, Hawk:
Occupation Skateboarder (Regan Books, 2000), Hawk describes the stalefish as the only grab that hadn’t been explored at the time, and attributes its name to Eurocana’s trucked-in camp cuisine:
“By the time the meals arrived at the camp, they were all stale. Nobody ate it-not even the Swedes.” -Miki Vuckovich