If you are new to skateboarding and want to take it to a new level-or just impress your friends-a good first step is knowing how to kickflip riding goofy. You'll need the following things first:
- skateboarding shoes
- Give yourself a moderate amount of speed and set up for a kickflip like you would for an ollie. You want to keep your leading foot (right foot) at a diagonal, right behind the front four bolts. You want this distance between your feet. If you keep them close together, as if for a high ollie, the board is likely to make little to no contact with your foot-it may shoot straight up at you, which can hurt.
- Pop the tail at the edge using the ball of your foot and toes. Tilt your right foot sideways and drag or flick it off the skateboard so that the far edge of the skateboard will rotate toward you (most experienced skateboarders have holes in the top of their shoes near the toes: that is the point of contact between you and the board for the kickflip). Your foot should leave the skateboard at the curve in the nose. This is what provides your foot with the friction to flip the board.
Raise your knees and keep the board under you.
Keep your eye on the board as it flips and catch it when it starts to come around for the full rotation.
- If you are having trouble landing the kickflip, watch some skateboarding videos (or a more experienced friend) closely as to how they set up and position their feet during the whole process. Learning how to kickflip is really about the entire process: if you don't keep your feet in the right position to land the trick, you probably won't land it. Picturing yourself doing a kickflip always helps.
Don't attempt the kickflip without first learning how to ride a skateboard comfortably and ollie while riding. Learn your basics. There is always some skater who learned to kickflip or 360 flip before they could ollie, but that is the exception. The ollie is the basis of all skateboarding tricks and learning how to do consistent and stable ollies will keep you out of unnecessary injuries, help you advance much faster, and set you up to be an all-around good skateboarder.