The Backside Bigspin Kickflip is considered an advanced flat ground trick in Skateboarding. Before you learn this trick, we recommend you are able to Backside Bigspin, 360 Flip, and Varial Kickflip consistently. Of course, having Backside 180s, Pop Shove-Its, and your other basics down will help too. Let’s begin by defining the trick.
Backside Bigspin Kickflips (a.k.a Bigspin Kickflips, or Big Flips) are achieved by combining a 360 Flip with a Backside Body Varial. It can also be defined as a Varial Kickflip combined with a Backside 180. The skateboard will do a 360 Flip while the rider rotates 180-degrees backside, landing and rolling away in switch stance.
With the help of professional Skateboarder Chris Chann, we put together a brief video tutorial on the Backside Bigspin Kickflip that you can watch below! We recommend you check out the tutorial before attempting to learn Big Flips on your own.
After you’ve had a chance to watch the video tutorial, be sure to read the rest of the information on this page for an in-depth analysis of the trick and how YOU can start landing Backside Bigspin Kickflips…FIRST TRY!
We hope you enjoyed the video and learned a thing or two from it! If you’re still unsure about learning the Backside Bigspin Kickflip, don’t stress! We’ve got you covered.
We’ll be breaking down what we learned from the video. This step by step breakdown of the Backside Bigspin Kickflip will help clear up any issues you may be encountering with this trick. There are 5 important aspects of the Big Flip that you’ll need to know before you land your first one!
The foot position for the Bigspin Kickflip very closely resembles the foot position you would use for a 360 Flip. After all, the board will be doing a 360 Flip. The only difference between the 360 Flip and the Big Flip is that your body will rotate 180-degrees in the same direction that the board is rotating.
To clarify, you’ll need your back foot to be placed on the tail of your skateboard. The ball of your back foot should be near the toe-side edge of the tail with your toes hanging slightly over the edge. You should be able to curl your toes over the toe-side edge of your tail from this position. Place your front foot in the middle of the board, slightly angled, just below the front bolts of your skateboard.
For the Backside Bigspin Kickflip, the pop you’ll need is in between a scoop and a pop. In the words of Chris Chann, think of it like a “diagonal chop”. Try to avoid scooping too much, and avoid popping straight down with your back foot.
Somewhere in the middle of those two movements is where you’ll find the appropriate pop/scoop for the Bigspin Kickflip. If you have your regular Backside Bigspins down, you’ll notice the back foot pop/scoop motion is nearly identical for these two tricks.
Now we know to set our feet up like a 360 Flip, and to pop/scoop the board as we would for a Backside Bigspin.
It’s time to turn this Bigspin into a Big Flip! The flicking motion required for the Backside Bigspin Kickflip is similar to the flicking motion for a Varial Kickflip.
The difference between the two flicking motions is that you’ll be turning your body as you flick for the Backside Bigspin. After you’ve popped the trick, when your body is turned about 90-degrees, this is when the front foot will flick off near the middle of the board on the heel-side.
Once you’ve flicked off the board, your front foot needs to follow through with the flick and guide the board around for the landing. The same direction that your front foot flicks is the direction you’ll be turning with the board. Following through with the kick/flick of the front foot will help you finish rotating your body in order to catch the trick and ride away switch.
Since this is a “180-trick”, turning your shoulders is very key. Winding up your shoulders before you do the trick, then releasing the pressure as you begin to pop the Big Flip will not only help the board complete the required rotation but will also help YOU turn 180-degrees with the board.
One of the most common problems skateboarders have when learning Big Flips is slipping out on the landing. This happens when your shoulders haven’t turned all the way around with the board. It causes you to land on the board with your body slightly twisted, which doesn’t feel good. A solid wind up with your shoulders before you pop, and keeping your back straight can help eliminate this issue.
Another common error with Big Flips is when the board fails to flip properly. You may be experiencing this issue if you find yourself landing in primo or with the board flipped upside down when attempting Bigspin Kickflips.
A great way to develop the muscle memory to properly form the Big Flip is to practice stepping off the board with your back foot and landing the trick with only your front foot.
For this practice step, roll slowly on flat ground and pop the Big Flip. As you pop the trick, turn your shoulders, then plant your back foot safely on the ground as you follow the board around with your front foot. Finish by landing the Backside Bigspin Kickflip with only that front foot. Don’t worry about getting your back foot on there!
This is a practice step and should be used only to develop your muscle memory and dial in the Backside Bigspin Flip motion. This step should simplify the act of popping, flicking, and turning your shoulders simultaneously. Once you’ve mastered this step, you’ll be ready to commit and get both your feet to land on the board. FULL SEND! FIRST TRY!
You’re almost there! The last step is to fully commit and get both of your feet on the board. You have to practice a lot and practice the motions that we said above. Once you’ve got all of that down, it’s just practicing and committing to the landing.
To recap, you’ll start with your feet in Big Flip position. The back foot will be half popping, half scooping with the ball of your back foot pushing down in the toe-side pocket of the tail. Scoop the board and as you begin to rotate your body Backside 180-degrees, your front foot will flick off the board like a Varial Flip, except your front foot follows through with the Backside 180 motion.
At this point, your shoulders will be turning with the board and your back foot will be coming around as your front foot gets ready to land on the board. When you learn this trick it helps to revert a little bit at the end. You’ll catch the board with your front foot if you plan on doing the slight revert.
Once you become more experienced with Backside Bigspin Kickflips, to get the full rotation in the air you’ll find yourself catching the board with either your back foot or both feet at the same time. Remember to bend your knees to absorb the impact, and roll away clean!
Make sure you are comfortable riding switch, as you’ll be landing in switch stance. Being comfortable with switch riding will help make your Backside Bigspin Kickflips as clean as possible. That’s all there is to it! With some practice and perseverance, you’ll be rolling away from Big Flips before you know it.
For the complete video breakdown of this trick, check out Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 6! SMS 6 is a complete advanced flip tricks tutorial, and the Bigspin Kickflip is the first trick that’s covered. With Christopher Chann and Aaron Kyro as your instructors, this video will help you master the advanced flip tricks.
Now get out there and have fun!!! We want to see YOU land this classic trick. Film a quick clip of you doing your best Big Flip and post it on Instagram tagging @brailleskate, #brailleskate, and #brailleskateboarding. Let us know which piece of advice helped you the most so we can highlight that and we can get more people landing Backside Bigspin Kickflips!
The Casper Flip is a difficult skateboarding trick that looks like pure magic to the untrained eye. Rumored to have been invented in the early 1990s by Rodney Mullen, the Casper Flip is a modern flip trick variation of a classic Freestyle Skateboarding trick, the “Casper”. The original Casper was invented by Bobby “Casper” Boyden in the late 1970s.
The Casper has many variations, a few of which you may have already heard of; the Casper Stall and the Casper Slide, for example. Before we jump into learning Casper Flips, let’s begin by going over the definition of a Casper Flip.
Casper Flips are achieved by combining a half-Kickflip with a quick back foot scoop on the underside of the tail. This brings the skateboard around 180-degrees, right-side-up, and back under the skater’s feet.
The Casper Flip is often confused with a similar-looking trick, called the Hospital Flip. The Hospital Flip is a different trick than the Casper Flip. Though the motion of the board is roughly the same, the Hospital Flip uses only the front foot to bring the skateboard back around and under the rider’s feet. The back foot just pops the board then lands back on it after the front foot half-flips the board and brings it back around.
During a Casper Flip, the back foot pop the tail down then quickly scoop the underside of the tail in mid-air to bring the skateboard back under the skater’s feet. It’s that small difference that could make a huge difference in a game of S.K.A.T.E!
Check out the video tutorial below that will teach you the steps Braille Skateboarding recommends for learning the Casper Flip. Once you’re finished watching, be sure to continue reading the rest of the information on this page!
We’ll be breaking down what we learned from the Casper Flip video tutorial and going over each step in greater detail so that YOU can start landing Casper Flips…FIRST TRY!
We hope you enjoyed that tutorial and that you learned something! We have some more tips and tricks for you, so stick around as we recap everything that was in the video above.
Before you attempt to learn this trick, we recommend you know how to Kickflip consistently. Since the Casper Flip involves half of a Kickflip, having solid Kickflips is very important for learning the trick. Once you have your Kickflips down, it helps to look at each part of the Casper Flip individually.
And as we’ve said before, this trick is an advanced trick. So while you should minimally have your Kickflips down, it’s worth knowing that you need to be really comfortable on your board and with flip tricks. This one in particular is rather bizarre, so make sure you have some intermediate tricks under your belt as well.
Below are the 5 essential parts of the Casper Flip.
For the Casper Flip, place your feet in Kickflip position. Your front foot should be in the middle of the skateboard, just below the front bolts. Position the front foot at a 45-degree angle, as you would for a Kickflip. This foot placement is important as you’ll need to perform half of a Kickflip during the Casper Flip.
Your back foot should be on the tail in a similar stance to the Pop Shove It. The ball of your back foot should be closer to the toe-side edge of the tail, rather than the middle or heel-side edge of the tail. It’s very important to have your back foot perched on the ball of the foot. You will need to pop the tail fast, then scoop down in order to have the board complete the full rotation. Since this trick requires both speed and accuracy from your feet, how you position them for the Casper Flip is extremely important.
Once you have your foot position figured out, we recommend using this first practice step to help you learn the Casper Flip. For this practice step, you will be popping the tail down and performing a half-kickflip. Simply pop the board, begin to flick off for the kickflip, but let the board come down with the grip tape side of the board resting on the shoelace side of your front foot.
Once you’ve popped the tail down for the half-kickflip, simply plant your back foot on the ground and let the board half-flip and land gently on top of your front foot with the grip tape facing the shoelaces.
Don’t try to land on your board, and try not to flick downwards for the half-kickflip. Practice this step repeatedly. After you’ve mastered this practice step, you can move on to the next one!
This practice step will be short and sweet. Perform the first practice step but instead of stepping off, land with your back foot on the tail of the board. Pop the tail down, flick the half-kickflip, and land on the board with your back foot on top of the underside of the tail, and your front foot underneath the board with the grip tape facing your shoelaces. That’s all there is to it!
Begin this step where you left off from the second practice step. With the board upside down on the ground and your feet in the Casper position (front foot underneath, back foot on the tail), scoop down with your back foot while you lift up gently with your front foot. Essentially you are just flipping the board over.
Think of it as a Pop Shove-It with a half-flip. Requiring just a little bit of commitment, this is probably the easiest practice step for the Casper Flip. The downward scoop of your back foot combined with the upward lift of your front foot will cause the board to complete the Casper Flip motion. Remember to jump slightly with the board as you do these motions to get both your feet back on for the landing.
You’ve mastered the 3 Casper Flip Practice Steps. Now it’s finally time to perform the motions in mid-air and land your first Casper Flip! Unfortunately, this is where things can become difficult. Obviously the higher you pop, the easier it will be to land the Casper Flip, but you shouldn’t focus too much on popping a huge ollie.
Your focus should be on moving your feet very quickly. Pop the tail down, begin to flick the half-kickflip with your front foot but leave it under the board, then quickly scoop down and backward on the tail with your back foot. This will rotate the board around 180-degrees and half-flip it back under your feet. Bend your knees to absorb the impact and roll away clean!
We hope you enjoyed that! If you’re interested in learning other advanced tricks, check out Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 6! It goes over so many tricks in complete detail, so you don’t need to figure it out. Some tricks that are included are Double Kickflip, Big Spin Kickflip, Nightmare Flip and Gazelle Flip. You CAN learn to skate, and Skateboarding Made Simple is your roadmap!
Show us your best Casper Flips! We want to see YOU land this trick! Film a quick clip of you doing your best Casper Flip and post it on Instagram tagging @brailleskate, #brailleskate, and #brailleskateboarding. Let us know which piece of advice helped you the most so we can highlight that and we can get more people landing Casper Flips. Now get out there, keep progressing, and have some fun!
Are you ready to learn how to do a laser flip? I rarely see this trick being done well or at all. Most of the time when I ask people if they can do a laser flip they say “oh that trick is too hard” or “it takes so much energy from my legs”. I can tell you from experience that this trick requires you to know some complex steps and tricks before trying to learn/master this beast of a trick.
Now how exactly do you do a laser flip and what is a laser flip? You perform a laserflip by combining a 360 frontside shuvit and varial heelflip together. It was invented by Rodney Mullen, the same guy that invented the ollie.
The laser flip is a difficult trick. If you haven’t mastered the varial heelflip and 360 frontside shuvit, go back and learn those first. This trick will also take a lot of practice. Remember to not give up. You can do it!
The tricky part about learning this trick is finding the “sweet spot” and the right balance of shuvit and flick to make it stay under your feet, rotate, and then so you can catch the board.
What is a “sweet spot”? By sweet spot I mean the foot position. This varies between each person but the most common position I’ve seen, is having your front foot in the center of the board pointing straight ahead with most of your heel being on it and your toes hanging off the side of your board.
Now for the back foot. It’s very similar to a heelflip or varial heelflip, you’ll want to have to have your foot on the pocket of the tail with your toes pointing away from the board (have them pointing to the right if you’re regular footed or to the left if you’re goofy footed) at a 45-degree angle.
There are some steps and tricks required to learning this trick. The first and most important is a varial heelflip. Why is it important to know this trick? Well it’s the best trick to know before trying to laser flip.
It’s the same thing as trying to learning how to kickflip or heelflip without being able to ollie, balance, or being comfortable riding a skateboard. Once you’re able to varial heelflip easily enough to land it 8/10 times, it will condition your body to know how to land a “smaller” and “easier” version of a laserflip.
Now let’s talk about the timing and finding the right balance of flick and shuv. This is a huge and common problem when I see people trying this trick out. Most of the time I see people flicking too hard, not flicking hard enough, or not giving the shuvit part enough power. These two are definitely the hardest parts of mastering this trick.
First of all, the timing is weird. For example, when you’re doing a kickflip all you think about is popping, flicking, waiting for the board to flip, and catch the board. But for this one you’ll have to wait for the board to start rotating. Once it reaches a 90-degree angle, that’s the moment where you flick.
Similar to a treflip (360 kickflip) this trick is actually more in the back foot and shuvit than the flick and front foot. Give more power to the back foot and get used to getting the board rotating 360-degrees. The best way to practice this is by stepping off the board with both feet the moment you shuv the board.
Keep practicing that part and once you’ve got it down try to land a 360 font shuvit with one foot and stepping off with your back foot the moment you get it to rotate have your back foot on the ground then catch the board with your front foot. Then once you feel comfortable with that step you add the heelflip to the mix.
This will help you get your muscles used to the amount of power used for the trick as well for the timing. The same routine is used here, step off with the back foot and land it with your front foot until you feel comfortable doing this.
There are also plenty of small but very important problems that people look over when trying to learn laser flips.
For example, your feet could be too close together when setting for the trick and trying to catch the board. The best way to fix this is experimenting with foot placement.
It’s just like anything in life, if mimicking someone’s method doesn’t work then just use what you learned and try to figure out your way of doing things. Keep tweaking your placement until you start to see it stay underneath your feet. Then after that all that’s left is landing the trick.
Another example would be the board flying behind you when trying to catch it. You may be jumping forward instead of going straight up. That’s a simple thing to fix, just try to consciously make yourself jump straight up when trying to land the trick.
Also, when flicking, you’ll want to bend your front ankle and flick in the direction of the rotation instead of flicking forward and in front of you. If you don’t, you’ll most likely end up slowing down or straight up cancelling the rotation. This goes with the step of finding the right balance between flick and shuv.
One more thing that seems pretty scary but it makes it a lot easier is going fast. This especially helpful when doing laser flips on flatground. Practicing the basics is also very helpful. Like doing a few front shuvits and varial heelflips before getting into the battle that is laser flips.
Finally, all you have to do is practice all these steps and combine them to get both the rotation and flip for the trick, keep pushing forward, never give up, and eventually with some time you’ll be able to laser flip like its nothing.
It may take weeks or even months but once you get this down it’ll be worth all that time. Maybe someday when you’ve mastered this, you’ll be able to take it off drops, stairs, in and out of grind/slides.
Show us your best laser flip! We want to see you landing these tricks from all over the world. Film a quick clip of you doing your best frontside heelflip and post it on Instagram tagging @brailleskate and #brailleskate. Let us know which piece of advice helped you the most so we can highlight that and we can get more people landing this awesome trick!
If you want to learn some other tricks, be sure to check out the rest of our blog. You should also pick up Skateboarding Made Simple 1-7! They go over everything like learning how to ride, ollie, kickflip, slides and grinds, skatepark basics, mini ramp basics and other advanced flatground tricks. You CAN learn to skate, and that’s the entire purpose of Skateboarding Made Simple.
Originally invented by Rodney Mullen, the Ollie Impossible is an advanced skateboarding trick that, despite its name, is certainly possible to land. We’re here to teach YOU how to do the Ollie Impossible!
There are many variations of this trick, including the Front Foot Impossible, which has been popularized in recent years by Skateboarding phenom Andy Anderson. Before you get into those (or any variation of the trick), it’s important to first know your basics.
You should have all the tricks from Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 1 down! These tricks are:
Some skateboarders will tell you that knowing how to Pressure Flip will help with the Ollie Impossible. Although there is some truth to that, if you don’t know how to Pressure Flip, you will still be able to learn the Ollie Impossible.
As with any trick, it’s important to know what you’re actually learning. So, let’s start by looking at the definition of the trick.
Ollie Impossibles, also known simply as Impossibles, are similar to 360 Shove-Its in that the board rotates 360-degrees. However, Ollie Impossibles are performed when the skateboard is wrapped almost vertically over the back foot while in the air, resulting in a 360-degree rotation of the board.
Included below are two helpful tutorials that show different styles of Ollie Impossibles. The first video features Braille Skateboarding’s Aaron Kyro, and the second video features Professional Skateboarder, Jonny Giger, who is a beloved friend to us here at Braille! We recommend that you watch both of these videos before trying to get out there and learn Impossibles by yourself!
After you’ve watched the video tutorials, read the information that follows for an in-depth analysis of the trick and before you know it, you’ll be landing Impossibles…FIRST TRY!
We hope you enjoyed the video tutorials and that you now have a clear idea of how to do Ollie Impossibles. We know you must be eager to, but before you start practicing them you should read over the information on this page to really familiarize yourself with the trick.
Knowing all the steps will help you learn the trick fast and you’ll be giving all your friends a letter during games of S.K.A.T.E in no time! Now, let’s review what we learned from these video tutorials and break this trick down!
For the Ollie Impossible, place your front foot near the middle of the board, just below the front bolts. Slightly angle your foot, similar to the front foot position of a Kickflip or Pop Shove-It. The front foot’s only job is to stay out of the way of the board. This allows the board to wrap around the back foot, then stomp the bolts for the landing.
Your back foot’s position on the skateboard is much more important for the Ollie Impossible since it will be doing most of the work. Place your back foot near the middle of the tail, with your toes hanging over the edge quite a bit. Your back foot’s heel shouldn’t be hanging off the board too much, if at all. That heel should almost be lined up flush with the heel-side edge of the tail.
For this practice step, stand still on flat ground with your front foot off of the skateboard. With your back foot in the Ollie Impossible position, scoop the board down and wrap it around your back foot. The board should stay attached to the back foot as it wraps around, and you’ll land with your back foot on the bolts near the tail.
Your front foot is planted on the ground behind the board for the entire duration of this practice step, so don’t worry about trying to get your front foot on the board. This step is designed to get your back foot used to the motion of wrapping the board around your foot, which will develop your muscle memory for the Ollie Impossible.
Naturally, the second practice step builds off of the first practice step for the Ollie Impossible. For this practice step, set up in the Ollie Impossible position and ride with a little speed. While riding, pop the board down and scoop the Impossible with your back foot while stepping off and planting your front foot safely on the ground.
Wrap the board around your back foot, land on the bolts, then quickly step back on with your front foot to continue riding forward. Remember to keep your back foot attached to the skateboard as much as possible during the wrap, because the back foot is the point of control for the board.
You’re going to use your back foot to put your board where you want it to go! Once you’re really comfortable popping the trick while riding and stepping off with your front foot, there is one last practice step you can use to dial in the back foot wrap and keeping your front foot in the air before landing back on the board.
For this practice step you’ll stay stationary. You will need something at about chest height or slightly lower to hang on to. Place your feet in the Ollie Impossible position, but hold on to whatever is in front of you, like a railing. From here, perform the Impossible, wrapping the board around your back foot while jumping in the air. Keep your front foot out of the way, then get it back on the board once it has wrapped around your back foot and landed back on the ground.
Holding on to the railing in front of you allows you to float in the air above to board for a bit longer than you would when popping the trick without any assistance. This will get your front foot used to staying above the board rather than planting down while your back foot does the work.
Once you can land some Impossibles while holding on to a railing, barrier, etc, you’ll be ready to perform the Ollie Impossible while rolling unassisted!
You’ve mastered the practice steps, you can land Assisted-Impossibles, so there’s only one thing left to do! It’s time to commit.
It may feel quite a bit different when you don’t have something to hold on to, and you may not know exactly how to distribute your weight. The majority of your weight needs to be on the back foot. Your front foot should only be weighted enough to keep your front wheels on the ground.
A common mistake people make when trying to learn Impossibles is scooping the board backward. You will need to scoop the board toward the direction that you’re rolling. If you scoop the board backward, the board will end up doing a 360 Pop Shove-It.
With your back foot really weighted, you’re going to elevate your front foot and scoop forward with your back foot. The board will begin to wrap around your foot, your front foot will stay up and out of the way, then you’ll pull your foot back.
Make sure your front foot doesn’t interrupt the Impossible, and place it back on the board once it wraps all the way around. Bend your knees to absorb the impact and roll away clean!
If you find yourself landing with both feet near the nose, you aren’t pulling back enough with your back foot to complete the wrap. Pull your back foot back enough to get it on the bolts near the tail of the board.
To recap: Scoop forward, wrap, pull back, put your front foot on, then roll away clean. If you’ve learned the Ollie Impossible step by step, with some practice and perseverance you’ll be able to combine the steps and land proper Ollie Impossibles confidently and consistently.
And that’s all there is to it! Finally, we want to see YOU land this classic trick! Film a quick clip of you doing your best Ollie Impossible and post it on Instagram tagging @brailleskate, #brailleskate, and #brailleskateboarding. Let us know which piece of advice helped you the most so we can highlight that and we can get more people landing Impossibles. Now get out there, keep progressing, and have fun!
The Frontside Bigspin is often considered an intermediate or advanced trick, mostly done by the pros or sponsored skateboarders. Way too hard for a beginner or novice right? WRONG! We’re here to tell you that not only you but, anyone can learn how to Frontside Bigspin! All it takes is some practice and perseverance.
We can walk you through Frontside Bigspins to help you finally unlock them. Even if you only know your basic skateboarding tricks, you’ll be able to land them! All you’ll really need to know to be able to Frontside Bigspin is Frontside Pop Shove-Its and Frontside 180s. If you are pretty consistent with those two basic tricks, the Frontside Bigspin is well within your ability!
Having all the tricks from Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 1 mastered really helps. More than anything, you need to be completely comfortable on your board. By this point, you should have those tricks down and have a good feel for your board. So keep going, keep practicing and land this trick!
Before we go any further, let’s define the Frontside Bigspin. It’s important to know and understand the trick you’re attempting.
Frontside Bigspins are achieved by combining the Frontside 180 and 360 Frontside Shove It as one spin trick.
Although the motion the board does during a Frontside Bigspin is a Frontside 360 Shove-It, you will not need to learn how to do Frontside 360 Shoves to be able to Frontside Bigspin. Think of this trick as if you were doing a Frontside Pop Shove It, catching it, then turning frontside 180. As long as you have solid Frontside Shove Its and Frontside 180s, you’ll be able to land this trick in no time.
We hope you enjoyed the brief video tutorial on Frontside Bigspins. We’re going to go over everything in greater detail for you to really understand how the Frontside Bigspin works. There are 4 crucial steps to the Frontside Bigspin:
This trick takes a lot of practice and commitment. So when you’re out there skating, don’t give up! You’ll be able to land it soon enough. Now, let’s get into the trick!
The foot position for the Frontside Bigspin is very important. Your back foot is the most important one here. The power from your back foot is the most critical parts of performing a Frontside Bigspin.
For the FS Bigspin, place your front foot near the front bolts of the skateboard, just before the bolts but quite close to them. Your toes should be hanging off the edge slightly, almost like you would for a Heelflip. Place your back foot in the heel-side corner pocket of the tail. Your heel should be angled towards your front foot instead of pointing straight back. This should be at about a 45 degree angle.
Having your back foot angled in the heel-side corner pocket of the tail will allow you to snap the board down to pop the trick while still giving you the full 360-degree rotation required to be set up for a clean landing.
When it comes to Frontside Bigspins, all the magic happens with the back foot. Your front foot does nothing but stay over the board waiting to catch it. It’s ALL in the back foot. With your back foot in the proper FS Bigspin position, snap the board down as hard as possible. If you scoop the board too much instead of snap, the board will likely flip on you and you won’t be able to land the trick.
When you’ve snapped the tail down for the FS Bigspin, give the board a small nudge forward with your back foot. This will keep the board from rotating behind you so you won’t land in front of the board.
Remember, it’s basically the same technique as the Frontside Pop Shove-It, just with a little more force. When you are first learning this trick, getting the full rotation will be the most difficult part. If this is the case, you can land on the nose of the board and pivot it around to complete the rotation.
Another helpful tip for achieving the full rotation when learning the FS Bigspin is to take the trick down a curb or small ledge. This will give you the extra hang-time needed to rotate the board and the full 360-degrees. Once you land those, it will give you a good basis to eventually get the full rotation on flat ground.
While still looking forward (the direction you are traveling), before popping the FS Bigspin your shoulders should be turned slightly. This is to wind up for the Frontside 180 that your body will need to do. This technique is almost identical to the shoulder turning technique used for a regular Frontside 180.
Wind your shoulders and as you snap the board down and nudge it forward with your back foot, begin to turn your shoulders for a frontside 180. If you’ve popped the trick high enough you’ll be able to catch the board with your front foot as it comes around. Then, it should simply complete the rotation in the air.
If the trick is staying lower to the ground, you can turn with the board as it spins. Then pivot off the nose with your front foot once the board has come to about 270-degrees to finish the rotation.
When you land a Frontside Bigspin, you’re going to be rolling away switch. Because of this, you should practice riding around switch as a warm up. This way, you won’t have the problem of being uncomfortable landing when you’ve got the whole rotation of the trick down.
It’s important to be comfortable with riding around switch for this reason. It will help make your Frontside Bigspins look cleaner and you’ll roll away from them more often. Again, if you’re having trouble landing Frontside Bigspins, you can take them off a curb for some extra hang-time.
Another way to make Frontside Bigspins a little easier to land is to try doing them over a hip. This will allow you to slightly under-rotate the FS Bigspin while still rolling away clean, and switch. This should help give you the confidence to commit to landing the Frontside Bigspin on flat ground.
If you want to learn other tricks like this, check out Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 5! SMS 5 covers intermediate flatground tricks and dives into deep detail into every trick. It covers other intermediate tricks like the Tre Flip, Hard Flip, Varial Heelflip and the Inward Flip. If you want to take your skateboarding to the next step, check out the Skateboarding Made Simple Series!
Finally, we want to see your best Frontside Bigspin! Film a quick clip of you landing a FS Bigspin then post it on Instagram, tagging @brailleskate, #brailleskate, and #brailleskateboarding. Let us know which part helped you the most so we can highlight that and get everyone landing Frontside Bigspins. Now get out there, master your FS Bigspins, and have fun!
Looking for other tricks to land? Check out our Skateboarding Trick Guide! This page has detailed blog posts for every trick on there, so you’ll know exactly how to do each and every trick. If you’re starting from the beginning, we have all the tricks from Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 1. If you’re looking for more advanced tricks, there are tricks from Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 5 as well. No matter what level you’re at in skateboarding, there’s something there for you. GO OUT AND SKATE!
The 360 Pop Shove It is a difficult trick to learn. If you’ve been having trouble with them, don’t worry. You’re not alone! After all, Braille Skateboarding considers the 360 Pop Shove It an intermediate or even an advanced trick. It’s a fantastic trick for a game of S.K.A.T.E and even some of the most talented skateboarders will take a letter from a well-executed 360 Pop Shove It.
No wonder you want to learn how to do them! Before we get into the details, it’s important to know the definition of a 360 Pop Shove It.
360 Pop Shove its are achieved by adding an extra 180 spin to the Pop Shove it, making the board spin a full 360-degrees while your body stays neutral above the skateboard.
You’re going to want to have your basics down before attempting the 360 Pop Shove It. You will definitely need to know how to Pop Shove It. If you’ve been progressing using Skateboarding Made Simple, you should have all the tricks from SMS 1, as well as most of the tricks from SMS 5.
The 360 Pop Shove It is within the realm of SMS Volume 5, which covers intermediate flatground tricks. So, if that’s where you’re currently at with your skateboarding, you are ready to tackle this classic trick!
Check out this super helpful tutorial below to get an in-depth look at the 360 Pop Shove It. You’ll learn Aaron Kyro’s “secret” that helped him unlock this trick and more tips to get you landing 360 Pop Shove Its FIRST TRY.
After you watch the video, be sure to read the rest of blog post to really drill those 360 Pop Shove It mechanics into your head!
We hope you enjoyed the video tutorial and that it helps you land your first 360 Pop Shove It! We are going to review the most important points from the video and breakdown all the steps for you.
The more you familiarize yourself with the small details and little intricacies of this trick, the better your chances are for landing them clean and consistent. So take notes! (Yes, taking mental notes works just fine.)
Here’s a quick breakdown of the 5 crucial steps you’ll be learning.
For this one, start by placing your front foot in the middle of the board, just before the front bolts of the skateboard. It should be positioned the same way you would position your front foot for a Pop Shove It or a Kickflip.
Having your front foot positioned similar to a Pop Shove It or Kickflip will work just fine for the 360 Pop Shove It, though you may want a little bit more of your front foot on the board. It will be acting as a guide/failsafe for this trick, so having a decent amount of your front foot on the board will help.
The back foot should be placed right on the tip of the tail of the skateboard, with the ball of that foot applying pressure to the center of the tail. You don’t want your toes hanging off the board much, if at all. This may cause your board to begin to flip like a 360 Flip.
The back foot should be placed right on the tip of the tail of the skateboard, with the ball of that foot applying pressure to the center of the tail. You don’t want your toes hanging off the board much, if at all. This may cause your board to begin to flip like a 360 Flip.
You may find yourself landing this trick in Primo position (landing on the trucks) or with the board upside down. If this is happening, it’s important to make sure your toes aren’t hanging off the board. Once again, that back foot should be on the tip of the tail, with the ball of your foot applying pressure straight down into the center of the tail.
For this trick, you should be standing on the board the same way you would for a regular Pop Shove It. That is, with your shoulders parallel with the board. For the 360 flip, your chest is facing more toward the nose with your shoulders more opened up.
This differs from the 360 Pop Shove It since you should be more lined up with the bolts, with your chest more or less facing the same direction your toes are. The photo below shows Aaron’s posture and body position just before he pops..
For the first practice step, you’re going to have your back foot on the tail in the proper position as we mentioned above. Your front foot will be off the board, standing on the ground just behind your board. From here, use your back foot to pop straight down with a slight backward scooping motion to get the board to spin 360-degrees. Try to keep the board flat and spin it around using only your back foot.
If you aren’t able to keep the board flat with just your back foot, and it keeps going into Primo position or landing upside down, don’t stress out! It’s not that big of a deal, just do your best to keep the board flat as it rotates. The next practice step will keep your board from flipping, so it’s not the end of the world if the board isn’t staying completely level for this first practice step. Once again, just try your best!
After you’ve mastered that first practice step, it’s time to move on to the final practice step. For this one, you will set both your feet up on the board in the foot position. Pop the trick but leave your front foot on the board as the board rotates.
This time you’ll be stepping off with your back foot after you’ve popped the trick and land the it with only your front foot. It’s simple! Pop it, scoop it, step off with your back foot and leave that front foot on.
For the 360 Pop-Shove It, your front foot acts as a failsafe. If your front foot remains flat on the board, the board will not flip on you! That’s why it’s not a huge deal if you are struggling to keep the board flat during Practice Step #1. When you are performing the trick you’ll have your front foot on there to keep the board level.
Once you’ve gotten the hang of Practice Step #2, putting everything together to land the 360 Pop Shove-It should be easy for you!
After you’ve popped the 360 Pop Shove-It, all you will need to do to land is bend your back knee. This is allowing the board to rotate under your feet, so you can land! From here, simply extend your back knee, land on the bolts and ride away clean.
Congratulations! You’ve just landed a 360 Pop Shove It. Have fun giving your friends a letter in games of S.K.A.T.E and be sure to push yourself! Try taking this trick down a set of stairs or a gap once you’ve mastered them on flat ground.
At BrailleSkateboarding.com we have everything you need to help you progress. Our full tutorial Skateboarding Made Simple is a unique approach to learning to skate created by expert instructor Aaron Kyro. The full lesson plan Volume 1-7 will take you from beginning to advanced skating in no time.
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Before we get started, what is a frontside heelflip? It’s simply a frontside 180 with a heelflip, and is also known as a frontside 180 heelflip. It’s a simple trick that combines both of these tricks together but there are some things that make it difficult.
Before you get to this trick, there are a few others you need to learn. Here’s that list:
As you may have noticed, Braille teaches skateboarding on a step by step basis. When learning this trick specifically, it’s important to learn these in order so you know you can control your board.
The most important tricks are your frontside 180s and heelflips. If you don’t have these down, the trick is still possible to learn but it’ll be a million times harder. It’s self explanatory why these two are the most important, but nonetheless, you should get all tricks in Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 1 down first.
The foot placement is one of the most important parts of this trick. You want to have your front foot (left foot if you’re regular and right foot if you’re goofy) in the heelflip position.
As a reminder, the foot position for the heelflip is as follows. Your front foot is about the same distance up the board as an Ollie or Kickflip, but instead you are going to have your toes hanging off the board. The back foot is going to want to be in the pocket of your tail closer to the side your heel is and you are going to want to stand on the balls of your foot. You should have your back foot should be slightly angled with your heel turned a few degrees toward your front foot.
The back foot (right foot if you’re regular and left foot if you’re goofy) is really simple. You want it to be in the frontside 180 position which is, right on the corner/edge of the tail. Here are some images showing the foot placements for both regular and goofy stances.
The other important thing when doing this trick is your shoulders. When doing an Ollie, you keep your shoulders straight and parallel to your skateboard but when it comes to a frontside 180 you wind up your shoulders before you pop your board up. This creates that momentum you need to spin the 180-degrees. Setting up and winding your shoulders right is very important to this and any 180 tricks.
Most of the work for this trick goes into the shoulders. So how do you set and wind them up? You’re going to have your front shoulder (left shoulder if your regular or right shoulder if your goofy) in front of your chest. As for the back shoulder, (right shoulder if you’re regular or left shoulder if you’re goofy) have it to the side of your body and slightly dipped down. This helps create the power you’ll need to rotate your upper body.
Once you’ve got your shoulders and feet set up properly the next thing is winding up your shoulders. Wind them up by turning to the opposite direction that the frontside 180 turns, which is towards your back shoulder. After that start turning towards your front shoulder and lift up your front shoulder then your back shoulder as you turn.
Practice doing this with your shoulders for a couple of minutes. It’s a strange motion that you’re doing even on the ground. So when you take it to your board, you should be very comfortable. Once you’ve practice these steps with your shoulders, move on to trying it on your board and do some frontside 180s to really make sure you have those down.
As you’re turning, you’re going to be doing a couple of motions all at the same time. You have to bend your knees, pop your tail, bend your front ankle as you would for a regular heelflip. Then, you slide your front foot up the board and flick it off the corner pocket with heel to make the board flip under you. Then all you’ve got to do is make sure your legs follow your upper body. Make sure the board finishes the flip so you can catch it and roll away.
Sounds complicated, right? Well, the good part is it’s the hardest part about the trick. By ensuring you have the timing of it down, you’ll be able to land it in no time.
Now let’s go over some problems you’ll come across when learning this trick. Don’t worry, it’s totally normal to be facing barriers for any skateboard trick.
Your board may be landing behind or in front of you. This is happening because your jumping forward when you’re popping and for the board being in front of you, that’s probably because you’re putting your feet down before the flip is completely done.
To fix this, just make sure your legs are being guided by your shoulders. Also make sure you’re lifting your legs up and not jumping forward or trying to step down in the middle of the trick. You can also take a look at your foot position to make sure it’s correct.
Another problem could be you’re catching it with only the front foot (the foot that flicks/kicks for the heelflip) and your back foot lands on the ground. That’s a very small problem that is mostly coming from not 100 percent committing to the trick. You also could not be comfortable with the turning of your shoulders and shifting your weight. There are two things that I believe will help you out.
The first thing is doing a front pop shuvit motion with your back foot instead of popping straight up when turning. Doing this will make your board and feet move more easily with your upper body. This may also help with the weight shift between the front and back foot when landing/rolling switch.
The last big problem I see is not being able to catch the board right before you land or not being able to do the whole trick in the air. Which both can be fixed doing a “pivot” instead of landing the complete 180. This is going to be another step but it’s not too hard to learn.
A pivot is when you land on your front wheels and turn to complete the motion of 180 when you come short of landing one. Think of it as landing at 90-degrees, and completing the rest of the rotation on the ground.
You’re going to want all your weight on the front foot, turn, flick, once you’re in the air you’re going to want to land on the front wheels, keep the back wheels in the air for a millisecond to finish turning all the way for the 180, then your weight should shift to your back foot to land the back wheels, and finally roll away like a boss.
That’s all the step, tips, and problems you need to know to learn a frontside 180 heelflip. I hope this tutorial has helped out anyone learning or trying to fix this trick. Now go out their progress and master this trick. Also, go fast and commit! Trust me it’ll help out with this any trick in skateboarding.
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Now that you’re ready to step it up to the next level, the Frontside 180 Kickflip is your next trick! Congratulations, you’ve entered the intermediate stage in skateboarding.
This trick is super fun, exciting to learn and not too difficult. This is when skateboarding gets a lot more exciting. After learning the basics, frontside and backside flips are a great way to transition into more advanced tricks.
First, let’s take a look at what this trick actually is and what tricks you need to have on lock so you can land this trick First Try!
Frontside 180 Kickflips are acheived by combining the FS 180 and kickflip as one spin/flip trick. It’s also known as the Frontside Flip.
There are some tricks you need to know first before attempting this trick. Keep in mind, you’re combining two tricks so it only makes sense to have those tricks down! Here are the tricks you’ll want to learn so you can have a better shot at landing this trick. Each of the tricks below have their own dedicated blog post, so go ahead and check those out if you’re having trouble with any of them.
In order to make sure you have these down, check out Skateboarding Made Simple. It’s your true roadmap to learning how to skateboard. With 7 volumes, you’ll be able to go from a complete beginner to learning more advanced tricks in no time. The Frontside 180 Kickflip is also covered in in Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 5. All of the above tricks and many more are covered in Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 1.
Now, let’s break this down so you know exactly what we’ll be covering.
Your front foot is in the kickflip position near the front bolts at an angle. Your back foot in the back pocket of the tail ready to pop forwards just like you would in a frontside 180. Take a look at the photo below as a reference.
It’s important that you are able to stand in this position without losing your balance. Once you find yourself in a stable position where you can maintain the balance, you’ll be good to go. If you’re comfortable in this stance, it just makes it a lot easier to learn and practice. It also helps with your confidence. Feeling comfortable on the board helps grow your confidence on the board so you can land it faster. It really helps take away the fear from hesitating to do this trick.
As with the Backside Flip, the timing of the flick and catch is a very key part of this trick. Your back foot pushes the skateboard into your front foot, so you have to get that front foot out of the way so it can flip properly. It’s a timing issue on the flick with your front foot needing to get out of the way fast enough.
It’s crucial for you to practice getting that motion of flicking your front foot and getting it out of the way. Once the board does the full rotation under you, bring it right back down.
The flicking of your front foot will determine which direction your board rotates. Your front foot will have to flick slightly backwards towards where your front foot will land. You would catch the board with your back foot just like you would on a regular kickflip.
Of course, we’re going to break this trick down into practice steps. It’s important to note that if you’re having a lot of trouble with this trick, go back to practicing kickflips and Frontside 180s. Just do both of these tricks back to back so you can have those down.
The first step is to stand still and drag your front foot up in the kickflip position. At the same time, turn your head and shoulders frontside. Practice this for a couple of minutes so you have that motion down and get the timing right.
Next, go through the motions and step off with your front foot. Pop the board, flick it, and turn 90 degrees while stepping off with your front foot. Do this until you have that full rotation down. It doesn’t matter where the board lands. You’re just focusing on the flick.
Next, practice stepping off with your back foot and catching it with your front foot. Your front foot will need to learn how to give it that unique flip that rotates the board in a frontside 180 direction. You’ll want to get used to kickflipping and catching the board in the 90 degree angle at the peak of the flip.
The landing must be practiced to where you land softly instead of stomping. Landing softly will result in being able to do this trick and roll away smoothly, instead of stomping, and possibly snapping your board on flat ground.
Another good practice step is using the pivot motion. This is where you kickflip, land on the nose and pivot the 180 degrees after. Doing so will prepare you to do the full trick and rotation since at first it will be hard trying to get the full rotation. The pivot will be the best and easiest way to land this trick. You can work to decrease how much your pivoting each time and work to get that full rotation without having to pivot.
Once you have all the prior steps down, it’s time to put them all together. This part is really about the timing of everything. That’s what makes or breaks this trick. Turning your body and doing the pop shove it with the timing of the kickflip does take practice. So, just keep practicing! You will be able to land it.
Go ahead and get into the proper foot position. Pop straight down and scoop your back foot forward. While you’re doing that, flick your front foot forward, just as you would for a kickflip. Turn your head and shoulders frontside at the same time as you’re doing the pop and flick. Once you see the board has fully rotated, catch the board with your back foot. Land and roll away!
If you don’t have to pivot to land this trick, that means you understand the trick and you’re flicking hard enough to get that full kick flip rotation. Putting it all together really is just committing. Don’t be afraid to continue doing this trick until it’s perfect. Just keep practicing to make it look cleaner and add those style points. Make it look as good as the pros do.
Don’t be afraid of landing Primo (where the trucks of your board are facing up) or getting hit in the shin. Unfortunately, these most commonly occur when doing these flip tricks, and could easily make you not want to skate for the rest of the day. Keep practicing, commit to the trick and don’t stop until you roll away. Because you know by the end of it, it was totally worth all the blood sweat and tears!
Just as with any skate trick, there are some things that can go wrong when attempting this trick. Under-rotating your board is one of the most common problems for this trick. Make sure you have the full flip down and you can catch the board with your back foot. If you are having a hard time with getting the full 180 rotation down, go back to the practice steps.
Your body position can also play a huge roll in this trick as well. Being too stiff in your hips for this trick will affect the chances of landing. Loosen up and make sure you stretch before and after every skateboarding session. This keeps your body loose and helps prevent any injures that might occur.
Keep in mind, you must be able to predict where the board is going to land. The flip, rotation, and landing goes by so fast, that you must be able to react quickly with your feet. You have to (literally!) stay on your toes to be able to master this trick.
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Since you made it all the way to the end, go ahead and reward yourself with this video tutorial we made on Frontside Flips. It covers everything in more detail so you can land this classic trick.
What is an inward heelflip? It’s a trick combining a backside pop shove it and a heelflip. You should have your ollies, pop shove its, backside pop shove its and heelflips down before trying to learn this one. Below is a tutorial from Garrett Ginner we uploaded so you can start off on the right foot!
Let’s take a look at the practice steps and some common problems you might run into when learning this trick. Keep in mind, it’s good to know varial heelflips but it’s not vital. The best thing to do is try to understand how this trick works. It’s pretty complicated, and really isn’t easy. But, once you understand how it works, you’ll be able to get it down in no time!
The first step is the foot position. You may think the best foot position is to have the back foot on the tail with your toes hanging off the front edge of the board, like a pop shove it. That’s not the case with this one. The best position I’ve found is having your back foot on the tail with your toes on the back of the board and the rest of your foot off the edge, like a frontside shove it. Take a look at the photos below for reference.
The front foot is going to be like a heelflip position, with your foot below the front bolts and your toes hanging off the board. You may be asking yourself “why do I have to pop and scoop the board off the heel side of the tail?” The reason is it makes flicking easier by making the board slightly tip over to the heel side and having the toe side of the board facing up.
That way when you flick, all you have to do is flick straight in front of you and off the side towards the tail. You want your legs to be doing a scissor kick motion.
With this trick, many skaters try slight variations of this and make it work. If this isn’t working for you, try changing it slightly to see what works for you. Better yet, when you have them down, you can change it to see if it improves at all. But the above is generally the most successful foot positioning.
Next up is practicing the motions to make the board spin and rotate under you. Before trying to land the trick, you’re going to want to practice landing it with your front foot to get the feel for the trick. Just keep doing a pop shove it and once the board starts spinning is the moment you go to flick.
You’re going to want to flick straight to the side towards the tail, not up or down. That’s going to be a bad habit to get into and it makes the trick a lot harder. If you flick up or down the board could easily come up in between your legs and nobody wants that.
When you’re flicking, you want to flick actually backwards toward the tail. This makes it a lot easier to actually get the rotation. The reason is because when you pop, all of your pressure is on the back of your board, due to how far back your back foot is. So, your board is going to want to turn slightly in the direction of a kickflip. But, as soon as that happens, that’s when you flick towards the back. You want to flick hard enough so you can get that full rotation.
Now when you’ve got the spin and rotation down, you’re going to want to pay attention to where the board stays. If it stays in the air and underneath you, then all you want to do is jump straight up once you pop the trick. Similar to the varial flip, the practice step of landing it with your front foot is where most of the trouble is. Once you’ve got that down, simply lift up your back foot and land.
The board staying under you is the ideal way you want the trick to go down but when you’re first learning this trick your board may go in front of you. If this happens then you want to make sure you’re jumping forward once you pop the trick. That way your legs will be right above your board and ready to catch it.
There aren’t too many steps to this one, but let’s go over some small problems you could run into. As with any trick, there are answers to the questions you may be asking. Here are some of the common ones.
One problem you could be having is not getting the board to fully rotate or rotate at all. This could happen due to putting too much power to your back foot. Doing this makes the board do a 360 shove it instead of a regular shove it.
The inward heelflip is controlled more with the front foot than the back foot. Make sure you give the back foot just enough power to get it to start spinning. Then you do the heelflip which will get the board to finish the inward heelflip motion.
Another problem that can happen is not being comfortable with the heelflip part of the trick. The heelflip is a difficult trick, so make sure you really have them down. And if you’re having trouble with this, do a couple of heelflips to make sure you really have them down.
If you need some more help on the heelflip, go back and check out the heelflip tutorial below. You can also check out our blog post on it right here.
Another problem could be with the foot position. There are many different ways of setting up your feet for the trick. An example of a different setup is given by professional skateboarder, Jonny Giger. Jonny is an incredible flatground skater, so he knows what he’s up to.
He prefers to put his front foot below the front bolts with his toes hanging off the edge. This sounds pretty normal but the two things he changes is pointing his foot towards the tail at a 45-degree angle and when flicks he flicks towards the tail of the board. He’s flicking inward instead of outward. You can try this out or experiment with your foot placement to figure out what works for you.
That’s all the steps and tips you’re going to need for the inward heelflip. All that’s left is for you to go outside, have fun, practice, and never give up! Before you know it, you’ll be an inward heelflip master.
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Take a look at Jonny Giger’s video below for more information on the inward heelfip. He knows his way around this trick and is an incredibly talented flatground skater.
Varial Heelfips are achieved by combining the Frontside Pop Shove-it and Heelflip together as one spin/flip trick. To some skateboarders this trick is also known as the frontside shove-it heelflip.
“Who would ever call it that?!” you ask? For example, professional skateboarder and legend of the sport, Andrew Reynolds, refers to varial heelflips as shove-it heelflips. The reason why is more technical than you think.
In a 2015 interview, Tony Hawk explained that the word “varial” implies grabbing your board and turning 180 degrees. It’s because of this distinction that you’ll find some skateboarders referring to the varial heelflip as the frontside shove-it heelflip.
In an attempt to keep things as simple and consistent as possible, we will be calling it the varial heellflip. Varial Heel, Shove-Heel, Heel-Varial, Heel-Shove, whatever you may call the trick, Braille Skateboarding and Skateboarding Made Simple can help you master it!
It is recommended that you have both your frontside pop shove-its and heelflips at a decent level of consistency before attempting the varial heelflip. Having these two tricks dialed in will help you get used to the motions required for landing clean varial heelflips FIRST TRY. EVERY TRY.
Reviewing these 5 crucial steps will help you with your varial heelflips:
For this trick your front foot will be positioned for a heelflip while your back foot is in the same position it would be for a frontside pop shove it. Place your front foot somewhere around the middle of the board before your front bolts, with your big toe just slightly hanging off the edge of the board. Think of how you’d place your front foot if you were trying to pop your biggest ollie, then just move it up slightly so that big toe is off the board but the ball of your foot is still on it.
Your back foot should be placed on the heelside pocket of the tail, with pressure being applied using the ball of your foot while your heel hangs off the board. Angle your back foot diagonally so that the heel is pointing more towards your front foot than behind you.
As you work on this trick, you’ll find yourself adjusting your feet slightly to compensate for any over or under rotating/flipping that the board may be doing.
Now that you’ve found the best foot position, it’s important to pay attention to how the rest your body is positioned.
Posture is an often over-looked aspect of learning a new trick that can have a huge impact on your success. There are a couple of things to keep in mind when it comes to your body position with varial heelflips.
When you are bending down to pop this trick, you shouldn’t be hunched over and or leaning over your toes. This is setting you up for failure. When you bend over and lean too much on the toe side of the board, you will end up jumping in front of your board after you pop. This of course will cause the board to land behind you.
You may have experienced the same issue when learning regular heelflips. Fixing this issue for varial heelflips is no different. Instead of leaning over your toes when you bend down to pop, keep your back straight and shoulders in line with the bolts of your skateboard. Think of it the same way you’d safely lift something heavy off the ground. Don’t lift with your back, lift with your legs!
Apply this same mentality to popping your varial heel. Your chest should be facing forwards as you pop instead of facing down towards your griptape. This, along with the proper foot position, will keep the board under you instead of behind you.
While it’s true that your board must do a frontside shove-it during this trick, you shouldn’t put too much focus into popping the board like you would for a frontside shove-it. With the varial heelflip, the purpose of your back foot is to pop the board almost straight up and around 45 degrees frontside.
As the board moves up vertically and begins the rotation, that is when your other foot would flick off on the right spot to complete the full rotation and flip. This differs from a frontside pop shove-it since your back foot and front foot are working together to flip the board correctly instead of the back foot fully controlling the board’s rotation. It’s similar to popping a hardflip, as the board pops more straight up and relies on the other foot to help it around.
With your back foot in the proper pocket, you won’t require as much scoop as you might think. Remember after you’ve popped to bring both your knees up so you don’t land the trick with only one foot.
Do you believe in magic? You better because, this is where the magic happens! The front foot plays a huge role in the varial heelflip. Where your front foot makes contact with the board after you’ve popped it is what makes or breaks this trick.
As your back foot pops the board up and turns it slightly frontside, your front foot will slide up like an ollie then flick out on the toe-side, at the pocket on the nose of your skateboard. Your “heel” shouldn’t exactly be the part of your foot that flicks off the board and causes the rotation. In reality, it is your pinky toe flicking off the toe-side pocket of the nose that makes the board flip and finish rotating.
Your foot should kick out similarly to a regular heelflip, then remember to bring your knees up to allow the flip to happen and to ensure your foot finds itself back on the board for the landing.
Landing this trick takes confidence. Hesitating or second guessing will have you landing one footed, or with the board behind you. For the board to complete the full frontside 180 rotation and to finish flipping you’re going to have to give it a moment. Before you stomp down the landing gear, give the board the space it needs to finish the varial heelflip.
This trick can be a notorious “slow-flipper” so pop, flick, and suck those knees up! You may have to land quite a few slow flipping floaters before you’re able to catch this trick in the air. If the board is flipping too slow and hitting the ground before completing the varial heelflip, adjust your foot position. Bringing your feet closer together or further apart, hanging your toes off barely or hanging them off quite a bit…
All of these things will change how the board rotates for you. Find your sweet spot and commit yourself to popping, flicking, bringing both your knees up as you jump, spotting your landing and rolling away clean. Bolts. FIRST TRY.
We’ve included a tutorial below that will help you see all of the above in action. Keep in mind that the best way to learn varial heelflips is to get out there and practice them!
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The Hardflip is acheived by combining the Frontside Pop Shove-it and Kickflip together as one spin/flip trick.
Before getting into Hardflips, it’s extremely important to have great Kickflips and Frontside Pop Shove-its. You’ll need to be able to flick your front foot for the kickflip really fast. With Kickflips, you’ll want to be comfortable enough with them to the point where the toe of your front foot is flicking off the board quickly and you’re catching the board with your back foot before landing.
With your Front Shove its, you should be able to pop the board either in front of or directly underneath your feet. To achieve this you’ll need to have the ball of your back foot on the very tip of the tail. You have to pop straight down with your back foot as it gradually pushes forward. That back foot pushing forward after it pops will keep the Front Shove its level and prevent the board from going behind you.
Again, having your Kickflips and Frontside Pop Shove-its as described above will help tremendously as you will be combining those aspects of each trick to do a Hardflip.
Check out the tutorial below for Aaron’s in-depth tutorial of the Hardflip. After you’ve watched the trick tip, read the information that follows for a recap and to really let all the mechanics of the Hardflip sink in.
We hope you enjoyed the video and hopefully you learned something! We want you to master your Hardflips. To help you get there, let’s recap what we learned from Aaron’s Hardflip tutorial.
Place your front foot in the middle of the board in Kickflip position. Now pivot your foot slightly so your toes are facing more towards the nose of the board. Your foot should essentially be in the same position it would be for a Kickflip, only a bit straighter than the usual Kickflip angle.
Place your back foot in the middle of the tail at the very edge of the board. The ball of your back foot should be pressuring down onto the middle of the tail near or slightly in the heel-side pocket of the tail.
Much like the 360 flip, landing the Hardflip is almost entirely dependent on your back foot. Your back foot will be doing most of the work for this trick while your front foot only plays a small role, and mostly keeps out of the way.
While the back foot will be scooping forward slightly to achieve the 180-degree rotation of the Hardflip, the back foot’s most important job is to pop the board straight down. You want the board to pop up almost completely vertical to set your front foot up properly to finish the flick.
It’s also important to remember that after you’ve popped straight down with your back foot, it will need to also scoop forward slightly at the same time as the front foot flicking off the board. At this point both of your feet will work together to complete the Hardflip. Try to imagine popping the highest Front Shove its possible.
So, once again; bend your knees, with your back foot in position you’ll pop the board straight down, scooping forward slightly as the tail makes contact with the ground. Now you’re ready to let your front foot finish the job.
After you’ve popped the board up vertically, the big toe of your front foot will flick off the board similar to the Kickflip. The difference is, instead of flicking off at the edge of the nose as you would for a traditional kickflip, you are going to flick off more at the front bolts of your board. You won’t need to flick as hard but you need to flick fast. After you flick off to that side, bring your knees up to get your front foot out of the way as the board flips.
Hardflips have a tendency to suck back up to your foot when they finish flipping, so, once you’ve flicked off the board and have brought your knees up, the board will finishing flipping and you’ll catch the board with your front foot.
This step will really help you put everything together. For this practice step, have your feet in Hardflip position, bend your knees, pop the Hardflip and step off with your back foot. Essentially you want to land a Hardflip with just your front foot as your back foot is planted on the ground. Repeating this practice step and drilling the motions will help you build the muscle memory required for landing clean and consistent Hardflips.
Don’t focus on landing with both feet at this point. Drill this technique over and over until you can confidently pop Hardflips, step off with your back foot, and land with your front foot. Master the back foot’s pop and scoop motion, as well as the front foot’s flicking and catching motion, then you will be fully prepared to start landing with both feet and rolling away clean.
This is the final step to landing the Hardflip! You are going to need to bend your back knee after your back foot has popped and scooped the board. Bending your back knee will bring that foot up and out of the way, giving your board the room it needs to complete the Hardflip.
If you’ve drilled the practice step above enough, it will only take a very small adjustment to go from practice step to real Hardflips. That small adjustment is simply the bending of the knees and lifting of your back foot. Be prepared to commit to the landing and bend the knees once again to absorb the impact.
Don’t hesitate! With the practice step above mastered, the only thing holding you back now is a bit of commitment.
The most common problem with Hardflips tends to occur when the front foot doesn’t get out of way of the board. The skateboard ends up colliding with your leg as it rotates and flips around. This trick goes up and in between the legs after you’ve popped it, so if you don’t get your front foot out of the way, the board will hang up on you and stop dead in its tracks.
If this is happening to you more often than not, go back to mastering that practice step. That step really teaches the front foot how to flick off and get out of the way properly. It will also get your front foot used to catching the board.
Another problem that arises when learning Hardflips is landing primo or with the board grip-side down. If this happens to you, consider adjusting your front foot position. This problem is caused by flicking either too hard or not hard enough with the front foot.
Playing around with your front foot’s position will change how your board reacts to the front foot flick. In most cases when this is happening, you aren’t flicking hard enough. Keep at it, get your flick on, and you’ll be stomping nice Hardflips and giving all your friends a letter in games S.K.A.T.E.
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Now that you’ve learned the Kickflip and know all the tricks from Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 1, it’s time to step it up even more! That’s where the Varial Kickflip comes in.
You’ve probably seen this trick and wondered, “how did they land that?”. That’s because this trick, when done correctly, looks so clean and will leave others wondering the same thing.
The good thing is, it’s not that complicated to learn. One thing to know, you’ll need your kickflips mastered before you continue onto the Varial Kickflip. Many of the steps are the same, so the muscle memory should be there already.
Before we get into the practice steps and how to actually do the trick, let’s take a look at the definition.
Varial Kickflips are acheived by combining the Pop Shove-it and Kickflip together as one trick. It’s also known as a Varial Kickflip.
Because you’re combining two tricks, it’s important you have those and a few others down. Here’s what you should know:
At this point, you’re probably very comfortable with your board. Once you have those down, you’ll be in a good place to land this trick.
Check out the tutorial video below so you can see how this trick is done. Aaron goes very in depth and covers all the practice steps necessary so you, yes YOU, can master it. After you watch it, continue reading to see some extra practice steps to really get the mechanics of how it works.
We hope you enjoyed that video! Now let’s get into the details of the trick. Here’s what we’re going to cover in the rest of the blog post:
Before going on, try warming up with a few pop shove-its and kickflips. This will help get that muscle memory developed when you’re working to land the Varial Kickflip.
The foot position is relatively simple. It’s similar to the Kickflip, as that’s the most important part of the Kickflip.
Your back foot is going to be on the tail, with your toes hanging off the board. This is what’s going to help you get that scoop that you’re going to need to rotate the board underneath you. We’ll go over this more in detail later on.
The front foot is right underneath the top bolts. Your foot should be at a 45 degree angle. One tip that makes it easier is to be standing more towards the heelside of your board. This makes it flip faster, without you having to flick harder. When you’re flicking your front foot, you’re going to be flicking more in front of you, thus having that angle on your front foot.
Your body position is also important. When you’re watching the trick unfold, you wouldn’t see how important your upper body is. Your back should be straight, and similar to the position for the kickflip.
Before we just dive into the trick, we’re going to break it down in classic Braille style.
The first and really only practice step for this trick is learning how to flip the board. You do this by doing everything as your normally would, but catch the board with your front foot. You should still scoop the board with your back foot, but then just step off with your back foot.
Practice this enough so you can get that movement that gets the board to flip under you. Once you’ve gotten that flip, the rest of the trick is just committing to putting that back foot on the board.
Let’s dive a little deeper into that front foot. When you’re flicking with your front foot, it’s basically the same as the Kickflip. It’s the timing and the scoop from your back foot.
One piece of advice is to really flick your front foot forward off the board, like a karate kick. If you’re not doing this with your kickflips, this will give your board more time to rotate underneath you.
Going along with the practice step above, flicking the front foot with the correct amount of force could be challenging at first. After practicing this step for awhile, you will be able to get the full rotation and land it.
When doing the varial kickflip, you might want to scoop your back foot with a lot of force. The truth is, it doesn’t need to be that powerful. You’ll notice in the video above, Aaron points out it’s a small nudge.
When you’re popping the board down, you’re going to pop the board straight down, with a slight nudge to get that board to rotate 180 degrees. Keep that in mind if your board starts over/under rotating under you.
Finally, when you’re ready to commit, you have to simply lift your back foot up and place it back on the board. Once you’ve got that down, you’ll be landing this trick time and time again.
If you’re still having trouble landing it, go back to the practice steps and focus on catching the board with your front foot. After that, just make sure you’re lifting your back foot up super high so you can come down and have it land under you.
This trick is all about confidence. The practice steps involved are really all about gaining confidence so you can get that rotation down first before trying to attempt it.
As you practice this trick over and over, you’re also gaining confidence. Try practicing this trick stationary at first, and then you can work your way up to a comfortable speed. Keep going with the practice steps, go at it every day until you have enough confidence to land it and roll away!
This trick really is awesome. It’s the stepping stone to learning the Tre Flip and other advanced tricks. As time goes on and you learn the Tre Flip, oddly enough your Varial Kickflips might actually get worse. If you keep them up as well as your Tre Flips, it’s a really useful trick in a game of S.K.A.T.E. Chances are, if someone has a really good Tre Flip, you’ll be able to get a letter with the Varial Kickflip.
This trick is also a good stepping stone to combining two tricks. Because you’re combining the kickflp with a pop shove it, you’re getting used to doing more advanced tricks. It’s one, very important but amazing trick once you land it!
If you want to see this and many other intermediate tricks explained in more detail, check out Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 5! Once you’ve mastered the basic tricks, Skateboarding Made Simple Volume 5 gets into the Varial Kickflip, Backside Bigspin, Backside 180 Heelflip and so many others. You CAN learn to skate, and Skateboarding Made Simple is the answer!
Finally, we want to see YOUR Varial Kickflips. Film a quick video and tag @brailleskate, #brailleskate and #brailleskateboarding on Instagram. Tell us which part of this blog post helped you the most so we can highlight it. Our goal is to help everyone get into skateboarding and push skateboarding across the world. We love seeing you guys progress and learn new tricks. The more people that are skating, the more skaters we will make! All thanks to you guys.