But before learning how to kickflip, it is recommended that you learn how to ollie first. This is because you need to pop your board just enough to let it spin under you while you are in the air. Here are the steps on how to kickflip:
|Local Skater Eric Perez with a kickflip down|
- Pop the board with footing similar to an ollie.
- Extend and flick your brushing foot to flip the board.
- Let the board spin by synchronizing your movements with it. If you have to, move your foot up closer to your body to let it spin under you.
- Catch it and roll away.
If you have landed one first time or first try, tap yourself in the back and congratulations. But the kickflip is one of the hardest skateboard tricks for beginners. So here are some tips to guide you.
- “Half baked” flips are usually because you are not flicking hard enough. Try putting on some force on your flips, not too much, just enough to make it spin.
- If the board is shooting outward with one foot on it, jump forward and follow the board.
- Landing it but you always slip? Try landing it with your foot on your trucks and gain balance as you practice.
- Practice your kickflip while rolling rather than being stationary. This will help you learn the trick faster.
- If you always land it on one foot without the board shooting out, don’t be afraid to step on it your next try. Be confident about your footing and if there is something you are not doing right, change that and try again.
Practicing a skateboard trick takes time and patience. Just have fun and feel the moment. Remember, all good skaters know what it feels like to practice, fall down and try again. That is why they are good at it, because they try and try until they have perfected a certain trick.
By the way, if you have any suggestions or helpful tips, you can contact me or comment on this page. Sorry for the late post, been really busy with work and other stuff that needed to be done. I’ll be posting videos soon enough so watch out for it.
See ya on the next post and skate safe!