Trick Tip
Kickflip

A Kickflip is often the first flip trick learned and in some way the coronation for every skateboarder. Contrary to most peoples opinion, the Kickflip wasn’t invented by Rodney Mullen but by freestyle skateboard pioneer Curt Lindgren in 1978.

But you still should credit Mullen because the way Kickflips are done today goes back to a modification he brought into skateboarding in 1982. With a Kickflip the board flips but does not turn like when you do a Pop Shove-It.

Learn here how to do a Kickflip!

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Sequence

Trick Tip Sequence: Kickflip

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Step by Step

Trick Tip Step By Step: Kickflip

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1. Place your back foot similar to an Ollie position on the tail.

Your front foot should be a bit behind the bolts of your front truck and slightly turned with your toes toward the nose of your board so you can slide your foot up the board and off the nose behind you.

2. After you pop your tail, drag your front foot over the grip towards the nose.

The toe side of your shoe should slide off the nose in a slight angle.

3. This motion across the corner of the nose makes the board do the flipping motion.

It is almost like a karate kick, hence the term “Kickflip”.

4. After the toes of your front foot have left the nose the board starts to rotate.

Be patient and practice to find the right amount of power needed in the kick, the right timing and the correct front foot position.

5. When board is done with rotating try to catch it with your feet on the bolts of your trucks and ride away clean.

6. It maybe will take some time to get your Kickflips straight but once mastered you can pull them off like Ollies.

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What Trick Next?

Now you’re in the game! The Kickflip is a basic trick that simply has to be on the menu of every skateboarder. Why not combine the Kickflip with spins and try FS Kickflips or BS 180 Kickflips?

For those you’ll find some useful advices in our trick tip section for flat. More tricks are waiting in our trick tip sections for transition and curb and rail.

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