get air

[get air]

What does get air mean?

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Get air is a sports term for becoming temporarily airborneGetting air can be done with the help of a ramp, as in skateboarding, ski jumping, or snowboarding, or through the springiness of your own legs, as in basketball.

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Examples of get air

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Examples of get air
Chiz could never get air like that
@CakeShakes_, September, 2018
ok so Curtis and I put pillows under Coco’s ramp hoping she’d launch and get air and it would be fun for her, but our plan didn’t work out so well...
@babysamm, September, 2018
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Where does get air come from?

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Get air appears to come from 1970s Southern California surfing and skateboarding culture. In 1978, Alan Gelfand, inspired by the stunts of Evel Knievel, popularized the ollie air, credited as the first aerial skateboard move. Surfers Kevin Reed, Matt Kechele, and Martin Potter saw these tricks at skateparks and found ways to get air on the water in what came to be called aerials, or just air.

Getting air, as a practice and term, spread by the 1990s to other sports including skiing, windsurfing, snowboarding, motorcycling, and basketball, with its gravity-defying dunks. And, it may or may not have been said by certain brothers of certain Dictionary.com writers while driving a 1986 Dodge Omni over a set of railroad tracks at 70 mph in an attempt to recreate a scene from The Dukes of Hazzard.

Who uses get air?

Skateboarders, surfers, and other extreme athletes love to talk about getting that big air.

Basketball players are commonly said to get air when making an impressive jump shot or dunk, especially the GOAT Michael “Air” Jordan.

Since 2011, there’s been a popular chain of indoor trampoline parks called Get Air with locations across the US and Canada.

And, of course, what would childhood be without getting some air?

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