The simple decision of which foot to push with when your skateboard is backwards has polarised skaters worldwide. The act of pushing 'switch mongo' or switching your stance entirely, literally divided Love Park in its glory years. Perhaps ironically, (depending on your stance - if you can excuse the pun) in the past the more style conscious skaters typically chose to push swongo whilst those more focussed on robotic perfection or simply getting the job done opted to work on their ambidexterity. Whilst using the same pushing foot regardless of direction seems obvious enough, the fact that it is in effect pushing mongo (a hideous faux pas that to my knowledge only two professionals have ever even attempted to pull off: Randy Colvin mong pushed his way over huge gaps and onto the early World Industries team whilst somehow getting a pass from the then less elitist skateboard fraternity, whilst Bill Danforth didn't give a fuck what anybody thought of him as he grotesquely wore down his trucks and flatspotted his wheels on every single powerful trick - all by the way of his forceful flapping front foot) makes some people squirm at the mere thought of it.
Whilst most kids these days are completely ambidextrous in their skating and pushing even if they have just started, many important and influential skaters still swear by the swong'. Although it's mainly those that are still going from the 90s that insist that on using the same foot to push, regardless of direction, it's a refreshing change when you see a younger guy that appreciates the almost forgotten art of the swongo push.
The following is some textbook examples of the swongo push and proof that is still has a place in today's fickle skateboard society:
SWITCH MONGO IS A BIT LIKE REVERSE RACISM. SOME ARGUE THAT IT'S CIRCUMSTANTIALLY EXCUSABLE, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY RACISM IS RACISM
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