Above photo: James Foster bonks his front truck into a crusty one for Reece Leung's lens...
The nosebonk is a classic trick, despite only really appearing during the late 80s/early 90s. Despite falling in and out of fashion ever since, it is a timelessly stylish looking trick. It feels rad to do, is possible in even the the most spot-sparse town and offers plenty of potential for tinkering - just check out Sylvain Tognelli's mental variation in the new mag for proof of that. For all those reasons, here are a few of our favourite nosebonks from over the years.
Alex Moul in Deathbox - Spirit of the Blitz (1991)
Alex Moul uses the terrain to his advantage and takes a nosebonk over to frontside lipslide on this L-shaped ledge set up. 6:26 also sees the 360 shuv out of nosebonk make an appearance.
Ed Templeton in New Deal - 1281 (1991)
Ed Templeton was an early exponent of the trick, with a solid backside 180 variation as seen here in New Deal's 1281, as well as in the below advert nabbed from The Chrome Ball Incident. All hail the Tempster!
Armando Barajas in New Deal - 1281 (1991)
Another banger from 1281, this time courtesy of Armando Barajas and the tailgrab variation taken over a hydrant. Not sure what happened to this dude, but he charged in old New Deal vids...
Howard Cooke in Heroin Skateboards - Live From Antarctica (2005)
Is it a nosebonk? Is it a nosegrind? Either way, this one from Howard Cooke is gnarly as fuck!
Cairo Foster in Lakai - Fully Flared (2007)
As with the previous page, this Cairo Foster gap to nosebonk includes a high danger factor.
Mike Wright in Baghead Flats (2008)
Switch, and off a drop - Mike Wright is next level!
Nick Stansfield in Landscape - Horizons (2008)
Stanners has a few good nosebonks scattered throughout his footage in the Landscape video Horizons, with this 360 out being a high point - as is the ridiculously precise one at 2:47...
James Foster in Sore Skateboards - Cul-de-Sac (2013)
The slam shows just how gnarly this one is - a properly crusty Northern spot in this clip from Sore Skateboards' Cul-De-Sac promo.
Nick Remon in Albion (2014)
It's worth posting this line from the beginning just to highlight how ridiculously quick Nick Remon's feet are (as if you didn't already know). This flowing line ends in a torqued up variation of the nosebonk, which he also took the opposite way in Vans' entry to the 2011 Big Push.
Grant Taylor, Instagram clip (2015)
A ridiculously precise nosebonk, taken from GT's own Instagram account @downsouthinhell and bringing things nicely up to date.
Another one from Reece Leung's archives.
Photo courtesy of The Chrome Ball Incident
Issue 176, May 2011