How To Land A Varial Kickflip
If you have mastered the Ollie, then you next need to know how to land a varial kickflip. Most beginner skaters find that they have a bit of trouble getting the hang of the original kickflip at first, but the varial kickflip is much easier for them. You can learn the varial kickflip in only a short matter of time, and it can familiarize yourself with other kickflip variations in the process.
Things you will need to hand a varial kickflip:
- Skate shoes
- Gain a decent amount of speed on the skateboard. Give yourself enough room to be able to remain at that speed without any types of interruptions. It will take a bit of concentration while you are learning the trick at first, but soon it will become like second nature.
- Place your right foot along the left edge of the front of the skateboard. You basically want it right behind the front nose of the board, but to the left. Try not to have too much of your weight bearing down on this front foot, because you will need the weight rested on the back one for pop.
- Place your back foot on the tail of the board, similar as you would for a Ollie. Get ready to use this foot to pop the board in the air. When you feel that you have enough balance concentrated on the tail of the board, you are ready.
- Perform a Ollie while kicking your front foot at 25 degrees opposite your body, to the right. This will not only put the board in the air, but will flip the board at a 180 degree angle. The pressure from your front foot is the only element that actually makes the flip possible.
- Place both of your feet back on the top of the board after the varial kickflip is completed. Learning how to actually land a varial kickflip is usually the hardest part to get the hang of, but practice makes perfect. The consistency of the landing is as much of importance as the varial kickflip itself.
Now that you know how to land a varial kickflip, you should start practicing traditional kickflips next. Dedication is the key for building up the muscle memory that is needed to be able to perform any good skateboarding tricks, even though the professionals make it look so easy. Just remember to have enough speed, and determination.