sorry, i dont remember ever seeing that, so ill answer your question now.
"hey allen, i have a few questions. do you like the ground controls more than freestyle frames? or have you just never tried freestyle frames. im on ground controls right now and it seems like freestyle frames would be fun but im just wondering why i dont see many people on them.
also, is a 180 into a grind called AO no matter which way you spin? in other words, i know how on a vert ramp an alley oop is when you spin opposite your direction, but is it still AO on skates if you spin toward the rail?"
yes, i like GC anti rocker setups more than freestyle frames. freestyle frames that are just the triangle style, like the xsjado mook and the GC F1 freestyle are sloppy on locks because their shape doesnt hold the grind in. however, freestyle frames like 50/50 core freestyles which are true 2 wheel setups, have both the triangle style construction AND a groove in the middle. that is the best shape for freestyle frames because you get all the grind space and versatility of a true 2 wheel setup, and a real groove to lock with.
that said, I skate ground control anti rockers because i prefer the flat style h block, freestyle hblocks tend to be deeper and i end up wheel biting more often because my grind is closer to my boot.
alley oop grinds are backwards grinds. if a ledge is on your left, you would spin leftside 180 into a right footed ao soul.
if a ledge is on your left, you would spin a rightside 180 into a right footed TRUESPIN soul. truespin pretty much means, hardway/lipslide/whatever, spinning away from the obstacle.
but, you only call a trick AO if its backwards. back to the first example. if you spun leftside 360 into that ledge, and landed left foot soul, or right foot top soul, its not alley oop because its not backwards. its just 360 soul, or 360 top soul. some people use inspin and outspin to describe these tricks, but for inspins, i just drop the word and for outspins, i call them truespins. depends on your scene probably.
now for your thread questions, ive skated valos and the roces they are based on, and hated them to death. i also hate every razors boot and the remz classic boot. the only skates i have liked are: Remz OS series, and xsjados.
i like those boots because they get you low to the ground. very low. the difference is crazy. feel on grinds and feel just skating around is much better. they both have crazy range of motion from the remz huge v cuff and the xsjado petal cuff (which i recommend you v cut to get even more range of motion.)
basically, they dont call xsjados cheater blades for no reason, and i though remz os skated just like them, so, eff all the other skates, get those.
that was a long post, hope it helped.