Kickflip Trick Tip for Beginners
One of the most wanted tricks to learn as a beginner is the Kickflip.
This trick is a true test for every beginner skateboarder. If you can learn this trick, then you unlock the possibility of learning much more difficult tricks.
Learning how to Kickflip is a big step that can separate a beginner skater from an intermediate skater.
You’ll find that after you learn this trick, other more advanced flip tricks become easier to learn. A few variations of this trick include: Varial Flip, Frontside and Backside Flip, 360 Flip and others.
Before learning Kickflips, you should be able to Ollie. Not only that, but Ollie high enough for your board to flip the entire rotation.
Practice until you can pop an Ollie over at least 2 decks. This will give you the best chance for success with Kickflips.
How To Kickflip
Step up your kickflip by placing your back foot in the middle of the board, in the center of the tail, similar to an Ollie.
Place your front foot just below the front truck bolts. This foot will be slightly pointed, with your heel hanging off the board. It’s your toes that flip the skateboard.
Snap an Ollie by pressing down on the tail with your back foot.
But instead of dragging the foot up the board, like an Ollie, use your toes to flip outward. Aim in the corner pocket of your board.
As you pop your board, jump up to give it room enough to spin the full rotation.
At the peak of your Ollie, flip the skateboard with your front foot. Aim for the top corner pocket of your board. Use you toes and kick outwards to flip the board.
Work on your timing and flipping the board just right. You want the board to level out in the air so its easier to catch.
Catch a kickflip by using your back foot to stop the rotation. Watch your skateboard closely for this.
After you catch the board with your back foot, return your front foot to the board. If you kicked outward when flipping the board, this should be easy.
Land & Roll Away
Timing a kickflip can be tricky. With enough practice though, you can master this trick like all the other skaters before you.
Believe in yourself.
Can you kickflip yet?
Leave a comment in the section below. Are you still struggling with this trick or have you got it mastered? Also, if you’ve got any tips that would help a beginner skater learn the Kickflip, share them with us!