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360 Flip

360 Flip Video
First you should learn varial flips and knowing 360 shove-its can help too to get the feel of scooping the board. Set your back foot up on the tail the same way as you would set it up for a 360 shove it, you want it right in the pocket of the tail, even have your toes hanging of the side, cause you wanna get a real good scoop, set up your foot the same way as you would a varial so it’s like pointing towards the nose but with a slight angle towards the board. Scoop the tail nice and hard with your back foot and give it a light flick with your front foot off the side of the board to start it flipping, Jump real high over the board and wait until you see the grip tape and stomp those feet down. This trick will take A LOT of practice to land and even more to get consistent, but once you’ve got it it’s a great trick to have down.

Backside 180

Backside 180
You should learn front side 180s first to get a feel of turning and then maybe bs half-cabs to get the feel of going backwards and fs half cabs to get the feel of the way you turn for a bs 180. Once you have these tricks you should attempt the bs 180. You should start by setting your back foot on the middle of the tail closer to the inside than the out, set your front foot up in the same position as you would for a normal ollie. Try to ollie in the air first the while your in the air use your back foot to push the board around and your front foot should slide up and sort of to the side to help the board come around. These will take a while to get fully rotated but once you get them are an awesome trick for off ledges and down stairs.

Frontside 180

Frontside 180
The front side 180 is a basic trick that should be learnt among pop-shove its and ollies. Firstly set your feet up just like you would for a normal ollie but have your back foot further up the tail. Ollie in the air and at the same time push the board around with your back foot and guide it with your front foot. It’s easiest to land on the nose and pivot around the extra degress you didn’t get with your ollie, but can be done either way.

Heelflip

Heelflip
The heel flip is one of the first flip tricks learnt by most skaters as well as the kick flip. I think the heel flip is easier to land then a kick flip, but a heel flip is harder to flip. A kick flip is easier to flip than a heel flip, but much harder to land.
Set your back foot up the same way as you would an ollie, have your front foot in the middle of the board with the tose hanging of the edge, the front foot can be adjusted as it should just come down to preferecnce as many skaters set their feet up differently for a heel flip. Pop the tail and as you do drag your front foot up and kick it off to the side, giving it a slight push down to get the board flipping. Try to keep the board under so you can land on the grip and roll away.

Kickflip

Kickflip
Kickflip’s are one of the first flip tricks learnt by most skaters along with the heel flip. This trick will take ages to learn with A LOT of practice. Set your back foot up the same way as you would an ollie and have your front foot on a slight angle about ¾ on the board with your heel hanging off, your toes should be about an inch from the front bolts. Pop the tail and as you pop it drag your front foot up and when it reaches the curve just before the nose push down and drag it off the side off the board. Extend your leg out past the nose of the board and then bring it back over the nose above your board. Try to catch the flip when you see the grip tape and stomp down to land the flip.

Ollie

Ollie

The ollie is the foundation to most skateboard tricks, once you’ve learnt how to ollie, it will open up much more doors to different kinds of tricks. After you have learn the basics of skateboarding such as pushing and stance you should then attempt your first trick, the ollie.

Set up your back foot so that the ball of your foot is on the tip of that tail, and your front foot flat in the middle of the board about and inch or two from the front bolts. This stance isn’t a written rule, so feel free to move your feet about to how ever you fell comfortable, this stance is just the most common stance used by skaters when setting up for the ollie.

Most skaters start off by learning to ollie stationary and then take it to the next level and learn it while rolling, the ease of learning stationary ollie is that you can start off on carpet or grass and not have the fear of falling over on the hard cement. Personally I feel that moving ollies are easier, but you shouldn’t try them on concrete until you feel comfortable with the technique.

Set your feet up in the ollie stance and then bend down really low, the lower you go, the more force you put on the board when coming up, thus maing the board go higher. It can also help to have your shoulders inline with the board, this will keep your ollie straight and give you ore balance. Slam your back foot down really hard on the tail, and as soon as you feel the tail touch the ground, bring your bck foot into the air, this is tricky and takes time to get right, its like a snapping motion, just keep practicing and it will come. As you bring your back foot up slide your front foot up the board to level the board out in an attempt to get it horizontal. When you are jumping into the air, try to suck up your legs as high as you can, like someone once told me “you need to eat the cupcake of your knee”. Whilst in the air just keep the skateboard against your feet and p;ant it on the ground, ad you land crouch down to absorb the impact. And as so many people say, “roll away”!!! Have fun trying, and remember don’t give up!!! Most people take up to half a year sometimes to learn the ollie, it’s all about patience and practice.

Nollie Flip

Nollie Flip

1. First learn to nollie, so you can get the feel of popping the nose down first and after you have a good solid nollie, attempt these tricks.

2. Set up your front foot as you would a normal nollie, except set up your back foot about an inch from the back bolts, with your heel hanging off the edges so your toes are on the side of the board. It may also help to have your foot at a slight slant rather than completely sideways.
Nollie Flip

3. Pop down the nose as you would for a normal nollie and wait for the nose goes into the air, once you feel the nose go into the air, start to slide your back foot off the end of the tail, as you would a normal kickflip. Remember this is not the same as a normal kickflip, where you slide your foot up as you pop the tail, you have to slide your foot off after the nose has come into the air.

4. When the board starts flipping, bring both feet back over, above the board and hope that you catch the griptape after it's flipped.

These take a while, it may be better to learn switch flips first, whichever suits your preference. Remember "Practice makes perfect"!

Double Kickflip

Double Kickflip

First you need to learn kick flips, and have a good solid kick flip down before attempting this trick. Set your feet up the same way as you do a kick flip except when you pop and slide your foot up to flip the board you have to push down really hard and jump extra high so the board can rotate twice. Make sure you jump really high above the board and land on it after it flips twice. This takes a bit of practice to learn how to flip the board twice but are cool tricks once you get them.

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