Skate Techniques

How To Do A Kickflip On A Skateboard

Back in the 1970s, freestyle skateboarders figured out how to flip their boards by raising a rail edge and flipping them without using the tail for leverage. There was no upward force used, and the rider had to position themselves with their feet toward the nose of the board for the trick to work.

Compared to the modern kickflip, which is performed with a completely different riding technique and on a board with very different functional characteristics, any similarities between the two are purely conceptual.

The present version of the move was conceived by Massachusetts native Rodney Mullen in 1982; he first called it the “Ollie Flip,” but other skaters who couldn’t replicate the feat coined the name “Magic Flip.

The kickflip makes use of a number of the approaches that Alan Gelfand discovered when he created the technique for the ollie, but the ollie unites the board and rider using both feet in a single reaction of force and counterforce, where board and rider bounce into the air and come back down in unison.

Mullen’s kickflip involves a separation of board and rider using both feet in an alternating reaction of force and counterforce, with the rider flicking, the board flipping, and the rider catching it before coming back together in the trick’s descending loop.

You must have a good grasp of skateboarding fundamentals before trying a kick flip.

You should be able to ollie, have good balance, and know how to use all the pieces of a skateboard.

It’s up to you whether you want to practice your kickflips while moving or not.

To begin learning and perfecting kickflips, you must first master the ollie, frontside 180, reverse 180, pop-shuvit, and frontside pop-shuvit. With your newfound mastery of the board, you’ll be able to learn the Kickflip considerably more quickly if you’ve mastered these other feats first.

While some people may consider it simpler to master while rolling, others may find it more beneficial to master their technique when standing.

How To Do A Kickflip On A Skateboard

The first thing you have to get down is your foot placement. Your front foot should be at a 45-degree angle just down from those bolts.

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And your back foot should be perched on the tail. With the ball of your foot ready to pop it. Now the first thing you’re going to do is bend your front knee, lifting the front of the board up.

And you’re going to put pressure down on your back foot. This is the thing going to pop and give you your lift on the board.

The second part is sliding that front foot off. Also, pay attention to which part of your shoe actually flips the board.

Now you know how to flip the board, as soon as it’s flipped, you catch it with your back foot right at the back truck and put both feet down.

Kick Flip On Skateboard:

A kickflip is an aesthetically pleasing skateboarding move that is essentially a spin on the ollie. A kickflip involves a vertical jump followed by a flick or “kick” with the front foot to spin the board in the air before landing. Kickflips can be challenging at first, but they’ll quickly become one of your favorite tricks if you master the technique.

Let us make you learn kickflip:

Learning the proper footing:

It all starts with where your feet are placed.

Position your front foot below the nuts on your board, with the toes facing forward at a 45-degree angle. You can speed up the board’s flips by setting it a little lower if you are just starting off.

You should rest the heel of your rear foot on the tail of the board. Keep your shoulders back and parallel to the board.

Ollie:

Expectantly, you have an idea and practice knowing how to ollie, but you just need a review.

You’ll have more time to land the kickflip if you can ollie as high as possible.

It doesn’t take much to pull off an Ollie. But if you want to master it, you’ll need to do a lot of practice.  

To learn Ollie, you can read our article and step to step guide to master the ollie, available on this website. 

Flick the board with your front foot:

While in the air, move your front foot so that your heel is towards the front edge of the board. Spread your legs apart and use your baby toe to flick the deck’s edge. Because of this, it has an interesting slant. It’s important to kick up and off the nose rather than down in order to regain control of your stance and re-plant your front foot.

This technique might be difficult to master without proper instruction. Be sure you kick your leg outward and up, rather than in and out. If you don’t, your foot will slide under the board during landing, and you won’t be able to control your landing.

You don’t want to send your board rolling away from you by kicking too hard, either. Make sure your back foot leaves the board as well, though not quite as high as your front.

Put your back foot on the skateboard first, then your front:

A full turn in the air is followed by a catch with the back foot and a slam to the ground on the skateboard. Your front foot should land on the board immediately after your back foot.

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Keep your eyes on your skateboard as you jump so you know when it has completed a full spin. Aim for a landing when your feet are over the bolts at the front and back of your deck.

Keep your shoulders even (no slouching!) and your head facing forward. When you land your flip, you won’t lose your footing because of this.

Keep your knees bent as you come down:

As you fall off your board, bend your knees to help absorb some of the impacts.

You’ll be able to keep your balance and control of the skateboard better if you do this.

If you’re trying out a kickflip while you’re rolling, keep going and play it off as best you can.

It may take some time to master the kickflip because it is the most challenging of the basic beginners tricks. Don’t give up if at first, you don’t succeed; rather, keep trying until you do.

Varial Flip:

The kickflip and the shove-it are combined into one trick known as a varial kickflip. During the flip, the board rotates through an additional 180 degrees. You can complete the shove-it spin by popping the board on the toe side of the tail, then doing the flip by flicking the nose with your front foot.

Kickflip Body Varial:

In a kick-flip body varial, the skater changes their position in the air rather than the board, while the trick is still being performed. A skater performing this particular trick will flip their body frontside through 180 degrees and then land in a switch stance once they have completed the feat.

Heel Flip:

Combining an ollie with a kick toward the toe-side tip of the skateboard with the front foot is required in order to successfully complete a heelflip. When it is done correctly, the board will flip over under you in one complete rotation along the axis that runs the length of the board. The heelflip is considered to be among the most challenging and also one of the most impressive tricks in skateboarding.

Below is a quick recap to perform heelflip.

Your back foot should be placed in the pocket of the tail at an angle, and your front foot should be positioned about the mid of the board with the toes falling over the edge of the board slightly.

You should be applying pressure not only to the ball of your front foot but also to the ball of your back foot.

Maintain an upright posture with your chest pointing forward. Keep your back straight.

To improve your heelflip, work on your flick.

You should start popping and executing heelflips, but you should let your rear foot come off the ground.

Make an effort to stick the heelflip! After allowing the board to spin all the way around, you should catch it with your feet.

When you land, your knees should be bent slightly.

Roll away!

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