When learning skateboarding, it is very easy to try and skip all the basics and go for moves such as kickflips before you have good Ollies.
So before reading on, make sure you have a solid ollie! For our second blog entry, we will be working on kickflips, as asked for by many!
HOW TO KICKFLIP
The reason you have to master ollie before moving onto kickflips is because, like the ollie, it is all about the timing of both of your legs working together.
We will begin with the foot positioning, as before because when doing tricks like this, your foot positioning can make a lot of difference!! Everybody does tricks slightly differently so there is no ¨right or wrong way¨ of doing this but give this foot positioning a try to see if it helps you get closer! :-
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Your back foot should be the same as the ollie, on the tail but with your toes in the middle of the tail and your heel completely hanging off (the reason for this is that you have more control when jumping from your toes than you do jumping with a flat foot) Your front foot has to make the board do the flip so its important to get this one in place! Put your front foot between the front bolts and the middle of the board (more or less). Some people find it easier to flip the board when they start with their feet closer together, leaving loads of space on the board to flick your front foot up and its a great way to start getting them but if you want to pop and catch the flip, you want to start moving you foot up the board to make it flip slower and level out (much like the ollie)
Here is Joss Bellamy, our flow team rider giving some extra demonstrations:
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