How To Kickflip Skateboard
Learning how to do a kickflip on a skateboard is an indispensable trick for skateboarders to learn. A basic kickflip is simply turning over the skateboard while performing an ollie. Kickflips are considered the most difficult of the basic skateboarding tricks, but mastering a kickflip is not completely impossible.
- Set up for an Ollie. Set your feet up on the skateboard as if attempting to perform an ollie. Place the ball of your front foot in the middle of the skateboard and a little bellow the front bolts. Ollie as high as you can to set up for the next part of the trick.
- Flick Your Foot. Drag your front foot up the board like you normally would for an ollie. However, instead of stopping, continue to drag your foot towards the edge of your skateboard’s deck. Flick the board with the top of your toes. Your foot should move in a out and downward motion behind you. Do not simply kick the skateboard down as your feet will end up under the board making it impossible to land properly.
Clear the Skateboard. After flicking the board with your front foot, move your feet out of the skateboards path so it can flip in the air. Pull your front foot out and upwards toward the sky to clear the board. This all happens mid-air and pretty swiftly so it is important to understand the concept of clearing the board before attempting this trick.
- Remain Level. It can be relatively easy to lose evenness while the board is flipping underneath. Keeping your shoulders level to the ground and aimed in the direction you are headed can help in staying level. Do not turn to the side or move your upper body making one shoulder higher than the other. Staying level will help make a solid landing.
- Catch the Skateboard. Watch the board to see when it completes one back flip. When the skateboard has spun around once, place your rear foot on the board to catch it. Once you catch the board with your back foot, place your front foot on the board as well.
Land and Roll. Bend your knees as you fall towards the ground. Bending your knees helps absorb the impact of landing on a skateboard and helps maintain control of the board. When you make a clear landing, follow through and roll away on your skateboard.