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How to do a Kickflip on a Skateboard

Medha Godbole
The key to doing a kickflip on a skateboard is that you know how to ollie. Glide in to know a little bit more on this trick...

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Assuming that you know how to do an ollie on a skateboard, we will see how is a kickflip done.

✦ Your feet should be in a position akin to an ollie.
✦ Then, place the ball of your front foot near the center of the skateboard, a little below the front bolts.
✦ Hit the tail of your skateboard, like it is done for an ollie. However, drag your front foot in the direction of the side of the board, in a flicking motion, rather than dragging the front foot up the board.
✦ Now, you have to do this flip really fast, because the faster you do it, the faster you would be able to flip. It is the magic of your ankle and nothing else.
✦ Stay over the board while you jump and the board flips. Remember not to push down on the board once you are up. This will lead it to continue rising.

✦ Once the board flips completely, let it hit your back foot. This is termed or referred to as catching the flip.
✦ The front foot must not be far behind to get back on the board, though the back foot gets hold of the skateboard first.

✦ The previous step will help you control the trick better while landing.

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✦ One important thing as far as doing a kickflip on a skateboard is concerned, is that while landing or coming down, keep your feet as close as possible to the bolts.
Everything said and done, be clear about one thing―doing a kickflip is not an easy task, as many things need to happen at the same time. Not only that, you need to focus on all those simultaneously.
So, the best way to ensure that you are able to do it well is to be clear how you are going to go about it. This will help you understand the concept. Practicing is extremely necessary, needless to say, because it is both the body and the mind that need to be trained.
This skateboarding trick though, is not as easy as it seems. If you are a beginner, there is every chance that you could encounter these problems:

Chicken Foot

Here, you would pop up in the air, though when you land, the problem could be that one of your feet always lands on the ground.

Losing the Board

This is the most common issue everyone face. If you are losing the board or it flies in front of you, it may mean that you are flipping it in the wrong place. Too much usage of leg strength could also be a cause of this.
Ensure that you flick the corner of the deck. If your board spins sideways, this indicates that you are flicking it too hard. Tapping instead of flicking can sort out this problem.
Another problem could be, and perhaps is a very common one, is low kickflips. The only solution to this problem is practice more, and you will master this technique eventually.