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Smith Grinds are among the most difficult grinds to master. A Smith Grind involves the back truck grinding on top of the rail/ledge/coping with the front truck hanging off that surface on the same side you approached from. In other words, your weight should be concentrated on the back of the board while the front of the board is pointed diagonally towards the ground and away from the rail. Adding flip or shove-it tricks into and out of Smith Grinds can be incredibly challenging. Smith Grinds were invented by 1980’s pro vert skateboarder Mike Smith.