Get on the good foot

Skate for long enough and you'll be able to tell the rippers from the groms with a glance before they ever flip their boards. The telltale clue isn't in the shoes, the clothes or even the confidence; it's all in the push. Like it or not, the push is the first trick for everyone. From the first time you step on a board to the time you charge at the biggest thing you've ever attempted and beyond, it all starts with that push. Simple but essential and part of every skater's session, no two are alike. (Photos: A. Smith, S. McGuire)