The kickflip is a Skateboarding flip trick, it is also an Ollie variation with a 360° Flip along the axis of the board that extends from the nose to the tail of the deck. It was invented by pioneer Curt Lindgren prior to 1978 and was then modified by Rodney Mullen.
To perform a kickflip you have Ollie in the air, then lift up your back foot and Slide your front foot towards the front heel-side edge of the board to flick it 360. Land on your board and that’s it.
The kickflip might not be very easy for you, it could be very hard for you if you are a beginner. But definitely, it is not impossible. You can not only learn it but you can master kickflip if you practice hard.
If you Don’t know how to Ollie first Learn It.
Here is the Step by Step tutorial to learn kickflip easily:
Stand or Roll
You can try kickflip in a stationary position while standing on your board or You can also try it while rolling. While moving, make sure that you are rolling at a comfortable speed which you can control/handle.
When standing If you feel that on a flat ground your board roll automatically and you want to stand stationary. Then you can try it on Grass or Sand. It will prevent you from rolling as well from getting injured if you fall.
Get ready and Position your foots correctly. Place your back foot on the tip of the tail of your skateboard and front foot in the middle of the deck. Not sure about front/back foot? Read this post to Find your stance.
After that Bend your knees, so that you can get a higher jump
Before you push down your skateboard to get a jump. First Learn how you have to flick the board in the air.
Make a mark on the edge of the board diagonally with an angle of 45°. Mark towards the heel of your front foot.
You can also practice the flick by sliding you tow towards that mark which you have pointed out.
Ollie and Flick
This can be difficult to perform easily. It is also the most important step because without performing this step your trick won’t be called a kickflip. Yes! you got it right. It would be an Ollie.
Now Pay Attention:
- Take Position and bend both knees.
- Push with your back foot.
- First Pick your back foot up and Flick the board with front foot simultaneously.
Do not land on your board immediately. Yes! before you learn complete kickflip you are one more step away.
First Practice flicking your board and land on the ground.
Try to flip your board 360° and make it land on its wheels.
You need to practices it because you can’t master it immediately. And if you can’t flip it the right way you may hit your trucks and get a little bit injured.
Land on the Board
Landing on the board is something that is the hardest to master. Even the pro skaters can’t land on their board’s deck successfully every time. So Don’t Give up and keep practicing until you land perfectly.
After the successful flip, Land on the board keeping your knees bend. And Congratulate yourself for learning how to kickflip.
So, you have learned all the basics to Pop a Kickflip. Now all you have to do is keep practicing. No Doubt you will fall and get injured many times while learning any of the tricks. But Don’t get disappointed, as all of us fall and break our bones. But a true skater enjoys his/her Paining body, A Paining body motivated us to practice harder than ever.
Skate or Die(just kidding).