THE SLIDING AND FLICK OF THE FRONT FOOT
So, advanced flip tricks. We got the basics down, now lets do we’re gonna be doing more complex and difficult tricks. You guys ready?
By now, you should have already gotten the hang of the basics to near perfection, to just be able to do these next tricks we’ll be learning today. Firstly, the tricks we will be learning today are going to be:
- KICKFLIP – NORMAL AND FAKIE STANCE
- HEELFLIP – NORMAL AND FAKIE STANCE
- 360 FLIP – NORMAL AND FAKIE STANCE
- FRONTSIDE AND BACKSIDE FLIPS – NORMAL AND FAKIE STANCE
Firstly, the kickflip. From what you’ve learned in the basics page, you should have gotten down the method of sliding your foot on the grip tape. The kickflip is nothing too similar from an ollie (which sounds like nonsense), but those two tricks, and every other trick in the book, function on the same principle. When doing the kickflip, as I started skating I couldn’t get them down for years because I was experiencing the most common problem everyone else ever had when learning this trick. I either flicked the board down with my left foot and just land with my right foot on the board, or I would flick the board forward straight upwards and it would fly away and I would catch it with my left foot.
But, these problems I was experiencing helped me understand how the trick works.
The goal to landing your first kickflip is to combine both those two problems together. In other words, man up! In order to land on the the board after its rotation you body has to be directly above the skateboard, not in front or behind the board. This does take courage, hard work and dedication to master. But, after landing your fist kickflip…. The intense euphoria and rush of excitement will overwhelm you. It’s truly a beautiful feeling.
Kickflip’s Evil Cousin/Heelflip
I think that, for me personally, the heelflip is much more complex and different than a kickflip. I had such a hard time learning that trick, it was so frustrating that at one point I snapped my deck in half because of how angry I was with the trick. That’s why I named the trick “Kickflip’s Evil Cousin”. But, that just from my personal experience with the trick. Many other skaters are more comfortable doing heelflips rather than kickflips. Neen Williams, for example, has one of, if not, the best heelflips out there. Hands down.
Heelflips are completely different. As the name of the trick implies, “heel” flip, so you’re gonna be flicking your board with your heel. The same principle for the kickflip applies to the heelflip, but most importantly, to every other trick in the book. Courage, hard work and dedication. Now, the technique to mastering the heelflip is the slide of your front foot, the flick of your heel and controlling the rotation of the board, as is shown in the videos bellow.
Here comes the tre-bomb! My all time favorite tricks to do on flat and over stairs or gaps. The 360 flip is one of, if not, the most beautiful looking trick ever invented, in my personal opinion. After mastering the basics, kickflips and heelflips, you’re going to be well set and ready to do tre-flips. One downside to this trick is that it’s quite difficult to get a hold of when you first start learning it. You’ll be falling off your board, hurting your shins and legs constantly. But, it’s going to be so worth it, trust me.
When I started learning them I really didn’t know why I couldn’t land them. I was trying them on flat, stationary, every, single, day. The board would just fly away from me and I would catch it with my front foot, sometimes with my back foot. But, I just could land them even though I was practicing the trick ever day for nearly half a year. Then, something unimaginable, at the, time happened. I landed it. I finally did my dream trick.
The problem for me, personally, was that doing the tre-flip stationary required you to use so much more force and energy, rather than doing them while riding. 360 flips became so much easier for me to do once I started doing them while rolling, and not standing stationary. In the videos bellow you’ll get what I’m trying to explain to you guys.
The FS And BS Flips
FS and BS flips are a combination of a FS/BS 180 ollie and a kickflip at the same time. Yeah. Sounds cool, right? But, those tricks require a lot more than just knowing how to do 180’s and kickflips. They require proper foot positioning, knowing when and how to properly flick the board at the right time, knowing how and when to catch the board while it’s in the phase of rotating, having to rotate your body with the board as you’re learning these tricks.
For me, personally, they were pretty easy to learn once I got the basics down.
These videos bellow will illustrate how I’m going to show you the technique on how to master all of these aforementioned tricks. You just have to watch the videos and pay attention to what is being explained in the videos:
- HOW TO KICKFLIP – NORMAL AND FAKIE STANCE
- HOW TO HEELFLIP – NORMAL AND FAKIE STANCE
- HOW TO 360 FLIP – NORMAL AND FAKIE STANCE
- HOW TO FS AND BS FLIP – NORMAL AND FAKIE STANCE