Skateboarding can be a fun thing to do with friends. When a bunch of skaters get together, it's a lot of fun to watch what others can do, as well as show off your own stuff. A kickflip is a basic move, but when perfectly executed it can be quite impressive, even to seasoned skaters. This article will tell you how to kickflip perfectly every time.
- Perfect your ollie. Like many other tricks, the kickflip is founded on the basic ollie. It obviously follows that a perfect kickflip is dependent on your ability to do a perfect ollie. This article will not go into detail about learning to ollie, as there are many other resources available to learn that foundational trick.
Spend some time perfecting your ollie. Get to the point that you can execute an ollie perfectly every time. Before you read on, you should practically be able to ollie in your sleep.
- Introduce a variation, and master the mechanics. After your ollie is perfect, you can introduce the variation that results in the kickflip. As you drag your foot forward on the board (as is done in the standard ollie), kick it off to the side near the front of the board. This is the basic motion required to produce the kickflip.
Be sure to keep your feet above the board as it flips, and watch as the board flips. When the grip tape is facing up, place your feet back on the board to land.
This is the basic method for performing a kickflip, but you will have to find what works for you individually. Every skater has their own unique way of performing a trick. The difference is not always apparent in the physical performance of the trick; it can sometimes be a slight difference in the way a skater approaches the trick physically or mentally. The kickflip is no different than any other trick in this respect.
- Fall down, get up, and try again. This may seem cliché, but the only way to truly be sure that you will kickflip perfectly every time is to practice like crazy. You will fall down, and you will mess up when you are initially practicing. There is no technique that can prevent this part of the learning process. The key is to practice so much that the perfect kickflip comes automatically to you. This takes commitment.
If you follow the steps provided above with special emphasis on the final point of practicing, you will eventually be able to perform the kickflip perfectly. At first, you may not be able to do it every time. Be patient. This too will come with tireless practice.