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Street Skateboarding: Flip Tricks
     

Street Skateboarding: Flip Tricks

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by Evan Goodfellow
 

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With sequential photos and step-by-step instructions, this guide to a performance cornerstone—the flip trick—benefits skateboarders of all skill levels. Often combined with curb tricks and applied to such obstacles as handrails and ramps, flip tricks are commonly used as the final touch on a more complex maneuver, and, with this guidebook, readers learn

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With sequential photos and step-by-step instructions, this guide to a performance cornerstone—the flip trick—benefits skateboarders of all skill levels. Often combined with curb tricks and applied to such obstacles as handrails and ramps, flip tricks are commonly used as the final touch on a more complex maneuver, and, with this guidebook, readers learn the basics of such tricks while progressing toward veteran moves. A section devoted to the history of skateboarding is included with an in-depth look at the individuals responsible for the creation of flip tricks and how they came to invent this aspect unique to skateboarding.

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VOYA - Stacy Dillon
Professional skateboarder Goodfellow uses frame-by-frame photographs and descriptions to help skateboarders improve their flip trick and ramp trick skills. From the basic "kickflip" to the challenging "fakie inward big spin heelflip," the core flip tricks of the skateworld lexicon are covered in Flip Tricks. Goodfellow assumes a certain level of skill from readers in that he does not describe how to perform an "ollie," which is the basis of virtually all flip tricks. He also expects readers to know the parts of the board. This book begins with a description of the birth of street skating, and highlights professional skateboarder Rodney Mullen and demonstrates his importance to the sport through listing no less than twenty-nine tricks that Mullen invented. Goodfellow then stresses the importance of the skate video in the progression of the sport during the 1990s; specifically those put out by "Blind" and "Plan B.o Although the photos and descriptions of tricks may be valuable to skaters, the history is scattered and somewhat subjective. Many skaters will look to videos to learn how to perform tricks, including resources such as Tony Hawk's Trick Tips video series, which visually give step-by-step trick descriptions. This book might find a home in a public or school library that is not looking for skateboarding history but rather for a trick how-to guide. The book ends with a list of resources including "Evan's Picks," which highlights company information and Web sites. Further resources are skateboarding books, camps, magazines, museums, organizations, skateparks, builders, videos, and Web sites. Other books in this series include Street Skateboarding: Ramp Tricks andEndless Grinds and Slides: An Instructional Look at Curb Tricks.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781884654244
Publisher:
Tracks Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
710,477
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Street Skateboarding

Flip Tricks


By Evan Goodfellow, Doug Werner, Tadashi Yamaoda

Tracks Publishing

Copyright © 2005 Doug Werner
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-884654-24-4



CHAPTER 1

1 Kickflip


1. Snap the tail against the ground like you would for an ollie.

2. Your front foot should be turned at a slight angle and in the middle of the board.

3. As you snap the tail, jump up with the board and flick your front foot to the side.

4. As the board spins, keep both feet above the board while it completes the flip.

5. Once the board has completed the flip, land on the board bending your legs as you hit the ground to absorb the impact.


The secrets to kickflips are to flick the board during the ascent and to keep your feet above the board at all times.


2 Switch kickflip


1. Snap the tail against the ground like you would for an ollie.

2. Your front foot, turned at a slight angle, should be in the middle of the board.

3. As you snap the tail, jump up with the board and flick your front foot to the side.

4. As the board spins, keep both feet above the board while it completes the flip.

5. Once the board has completed the flip, land on the board bending your legs as you hit the ground to absorb the impact.


The secrets to switch kickflips are to flick the board on the ascent and to keep your feet above the board at all times.


3 Heelflip


1. Snap the tail against the ground like you would for an ollie.

2. Your front foot should be placed in the middle of the board with your toes slightly over the edge.

3. As you snap the tail and jump up with the board, kick your front foot straight across the board to make it spin.

4. The spin happens when the ball of your foot hits the edge of the board.

5. When your front foot extends, bring it back up over the board so that both feet are above the board as it flips.

6. As the board completes its flip, you should be descending.

7. Place your feet back on the board as it falls to the ground and bend your knees to absorb the impact.


The secret to heelflips is to remember that the ball of your foot makes the board spin, not your heel.


4 Switch heelflip


1. For switch tricks, you stand in the opposite position than normal. That is, if you are regular-footed, stand goofy on the board. If you are goofy-footed, stand regular.

2. Place your back foot (normally your front foot) in the middle of the tail. Your front foot should be in the middle of the board with your toes a bit over the edge.

3. Snap the tail and kick your front foot straight out so that the board begins to flip. It may be easier to angle your front foot and shoulders slightly inward.

4. When the board flips, make sure to keep your feet above the board and to land on top of it as it descends.

5. Bend your knees to absorb the shock of landing.


The secret to this trick is to make sure your front foot kicks so that the ball of your foot causes the board to flip.


5 Varial heelflip


1. Place your back foot on the edge of the tail. If you are riding regular, it is the left side of the tail. For goofy-footed, it will be the right side.

2. Your front foot should be placed with your toes slightly hanging over the edge like a heelflip.

3. As you snap the tail against the ground, you want to scoop it out in front of you so that the board does a varial (a 180 of the board, not your body).

4. As the board begins to turn, kick your front foot straight out as if you were doing a heelflip. The heelflip helps the board turn the remainder of the 180.

5. As the board spins and flips, keep your body straight so you can land with both feet on the board.

6. Land with both feet on the board with knees bent for absorption.


The secret for varial heelflips is to time the varial with the heelflip. Begin the heelflip a split second after you snap and scoop the tail.


6 Switch varial heelflip


1. Place your back foot on the edge of the tail. If you skate regular, it will be the left side. For goofy foots, it will be the right side.

2. Your front foot should be placed with your toes hanging slightly over the edge — like a heelflip.

3. When you snap the tail against the ground, scoop it out in front of you so the board does a varial (a 180 of the board — not body).

4. As the board begins to turn, kick your front foot straight out as if you were doing a heelflip. The heelflip helps the board turn the remainder of the 180.

5. While the board spins and flips, keep your body straight so that you land with both feet on the board.

6. Descend with both feet on the board and bend your knees for absorption.


The secret for switch varial heelflips is to time the varial with the heelflip. Start the heelflip a split second after you snap and scoop the tail.


7 360 flip


1. Place your back foot on the edge of the tail just where it begins to turn up. For the regular-footed, it will be the right edge of the tail; and for goofy, it will be the left edge.

2. Place your front foot in the kickflip position.

3. As you snap the tail, scoop your back foot behind you as hard as you can. This scooping will produce the 360 spin.

4. As your board begins to spin, flick your front foot to the side of the board to help the flip.

5. As the board spins and flips, your feet should be above the board.

6. Descend and land with both feet on the board with your knees bent to absorb the shock.


The secrets to 360 flips are to scoop your back foot and to flick your front foot slightly.


8 Fakie 360 flip


1. Begin by riding backward.

2. Place your back foot on the edge of the tail right where the tail begins to turn up. For regular-footed skaters, it will be the right edge of the tail; and for goofy, it will be the left edge.

3. Place your front foot in the kickflip position.

4. When you snap the tail, scoop your back foot behind you as hard as possible. This scooping will produce the 360 spin.

5. As your board begins to spin, flick your front foot to the side of the board to cause the flip.

6. Keep your feet above the board.

7. Land with knees bent.


The secrets to fakie 360 flips are the scooping of your back foot and the slight flick of your front foot.


9 Backside half cab kickflip


1. Place your back foot in the middle of the tail. Your front foot should be in the kickflip position.

2. Snap the tail and as the board ascends, turn your shoulders and feet so that your body and board begin a 180.

3. Flick your front foot so that your board does a kickflip.

4. The 180 degree starts it and the kickflip should be done by the time the board has turned 180.

5. As the board flips, keep your feet above it.

6. Land with knees bent.


The secret to this trick is in the half cab. Learn the half cab ollie and kickflip first.


10 Frontside half cab kickflip


1. Place your foot near the edge of the tail. For the regular-footed, place it on the left side. For the goofy-footed, place it on the right side.

2. Your front foot should be in middle of the board at about a 45 -degree angle.

3. Begin riding backward and place your feet in the above mentioned position.

4. Snap the tail against the ground. You must lean over the board so it doesn't shoot out in front of you.

5. As you snap the tail, turn your shoulders and flick your foot across the board while bringing your foot around to the front. The ollie, the turn of your shoulders and the flick of the board, should cause the board to turn 180 and flip.

6. When you turn, be sure to pull your legs up so the board can flip underneath you.

7. Descend and place your feet back on the board with knees bent.


The secrets to this trick are the shoulders and the flick of the kickflip. As you snap the tail, you should be turning your shoulders. The kickflip should begin as soon as your body begins turning.


11 Backside half cab heelflip

1. Place your front foot on the left side of the tail for regular and the right side for goofy.

2. Your back foot should be at a 90-degree angle with your toes hanging slightly over the edge.

3. Ride forward, snap the nose and in one fluid motion turn your shoulders and kick your front foot out and around to the front of the board.

4. The kick of the board will be like a heelflip, except instead of kicking straight out, kick your foot out and around to make 180 degrees.

5. Turn with the board during the 180.

6. Remember to land with your knees slightly bent for absorption.


The secret to half cab heelflips is to kick your back foot out and around so that the board does a 180.


12 Frontside half cab heelflip


1. Riding fakie, place your back foot on the tail with your toes near the front edge of the tail.

2. Your front foot should be in the middle of the board with your toes hanging slightly off the edge.

3. Snap a fakie ollie and bring your front foot around with the board.

4. As you snap the board, begin turning your shoulders.

5. When your board and body begin turning, kick your front foot out across the board so that the ball of your foot makes the board flip.

6. While the board spins and flips, bring your feet up so that you do not interfere with its rotation.

7. Land with both feet on the board and knees bent.


The secret to this trick is popping a good fakie 180 so that board is in the air long enough to turn and flip.


13 Nollie kickflip


1. Place your front foot in the middle of the nose of the board.

2. Your back foot is halfway between the middle of the board and the back bolts. Your back foot should be at a 90-degree angle.

3. Snap the nose on the ground like a nollie and bring your front foot and board forward.

4. As the board ascends forward, take your back foot and flick it to the side and backward in order to flip the board.

5. The board should be spinning underneath you. Make sure to keep your feet above the board.

6. Descend and land on the board. Bend your knees and prepare for impact.


The secrets to this trick are to bring the board forward during the nollie and to kick your foot to the side and back. This provides the proper amount of tension between forward and backward so that the board is able to flip under you.


14 Fakie kickflip


1. Place your back foot in the middle of the tail and your front foot at a slight angle in the middle of the board.

2. Ride backward in this position.

3. Snap the tail and as your board is coming up, flick your front foot forward and to the side. This will cause the board to flip.

4. It's easier to look backward when riding backward.

5. As the board flips, keep your feet above the board.

6. Land with both feet on the board with your knees slightly bent.


The secret to fakie kickflips is to ride looking backward. Some skaters find this trick easier to learn than kickflips where you ride forward.


15 Frontside pop shuvit (varial)


1. Place your back foot in the middle of the tail and your front foot straight across the middle of the board.

2. Snap the tail as you would for a normal ollie except scoop it a little behind you at the same time.

3. As you snap and scoop, lift your legs so that the board turns 180.

4. Land with your feet on the board after it finishes turning.

5. Your knees should be bent to absorb the impact as you land.


The secrets to this trick are to scoop and pop, almost as if you were doing an ollie, and to lift your legs as the board ascends so that it can spin.


16 Backside pop shuvit (varial)


1. Place your back foot in the middle of the tail and your front foot straight across the board. Some people find it easier to hang the toes of the front foot slightly off the board.

2. Snap the tail like you would an ollie but scoop your back foot out in front of you in order to make the board spin 180.

3. As you snap and scoop with your back foot, be sure to lift your front foot up so that the board has the freedom to spin.

4. As the board finishes the 180 and you begin your descent, place your feet on the board.

5. Land on the board with your knees slightly bent.


The secret to this trick is to keep the board from going too far behind you as it spins.


17 Backside 180 kickflip


1. Place your back foot in the middle of the tail. Your front foot should be a few inches higher than the middle of the board.

2. Snap the ollie, and in one fluid motion, turn your shoulders and scoop the board so that you and the board begin to turn 180.

3. As the board begins to turn 180, flick your front foot across the board. If you are regular-footed, that will be across to the left. Goofy foots cross to the right.

4. The board should now be flipping and turning 180, simultaneously.

5. As you begin your descent, you should be facing backward. Keep your feet above the board as it flips.

6. Descend, place your feet on the board and land with knees bent for absorption.


The secret of backside flips is to perfect the flick of your front foot. It helps to flick it near the beginning of the 180 in order to bring the board completely around. Also remember that shoulder movement is crucial to swinging both your body and board around.


18 Frontside 180 kickflip


1. Place your back foot on the corner of the tail — left side for regular and right side for goofy.

2. Your front foot should be in the middle of the board at a 90 -degree angle.

3. Before you pop the tail, start turning your shoulders so they are about at a 90-degree angle.

4. Snap the tail against the ground, and as you ascend, flick your front foot across and backward.

5. your foot should follow your shoulders across and around so that your body turns 180. Your shoulders should be a bit ahead of your feet, but by the end of the rotation, your feet catch up.

6. As you flick and rotate, keep your feet above the board.

7. As you descend, place your feet on the board and land with knees bent.


The secret to this trick is to flick your foot around and out past the board so your foot can come around and up for the landing. You don't want your feet to hinder the turning and flipping of the board.


19 Varial kickflip


1. Place your back foot in the middle of the tail. Your front foot should be slightly angled and in the middle of the board.

2. As you snap the tail, scoop your foot back slightly.

If you scoop it too much, it will over rotate.

3. When the board begins to rotate, flick your foot to the side to cause the board to flip.

4. As the board flips and rotates, be sure to stay above the board.

5. As you begin to descend, place your feet on the board and bend your knees for absorption.


The secrets to this trick are to rotate your board like a regular varial and to flick it slightly so that it flips.


20 Nollie half cab kickflip


1. Place your front foot in the middle of the nose. Your back foot should be in the kickflip position.

2. Snap the nose, and as the board ascends, turn your shoulders and feet so that your body and board begin a 180 turn.

3. At that point, flick your back foot across and around so your board does a 180 and a kickflip.

4. The kickflip should finished by the time the board has turned 180.

5. Keep your feet above the board as it flips.

6. Land with both feet on the board and bend your knees for absorption.


The secret to this trick is in the half cab. Learn nollie half cab ollies as well as kickflips first. Remember, the turning begins in the shoulders and feet, and the body follows.


21 Nollie backside kickflip


1. Place your front foot near the edge of the nose. If regular, use the right side of the nose, if goofy, the left.

2. Position your back foot at a 45-degree angle near the back of the bolts.

3. As you nollie, push the board forward and begin turning your shoulders.

4. When the board and body begin to turn 180, flick your back foot across and around so that your back leg lands in front.

5. As your board and body spin, suck your legs up so the board can flip under you.

6. Land with knees slightly bent.


The secret to this trick is the balance between your front and back foot. The trick requires a solid nollie 180 combined with a proper flick of the back foot.


22 Frontside 180 heelflip


1. Place your back foot near the edge of the tail. Left side for regular foot and right side for goofy.

2. Your front foot should be in the middle of the board with toes slightly overhanging.

3. As you crouch down to snap the tail, begin turning your shoulders 90 degrees.

4. As you ascend, scoop your back foot around so that your board and feet begin the 180.

5. When the board begins the 180, kick your front foot across and bring it around with the rest of your body to complete the 180.

6. Suck your legs up so the board can flip underneath you without hindrance.

7. Land with your knees slightly bent.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Street Skateboarding by Evan Goodfellow, Doug Werner, Tadashi Yamaoda. Copyright © 2005 Doug Werner. Excerpted by permission of Tracks Publishing.
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Meet the Author

Evan Goodfellow is a sponsored pro skater and skateboard instructor. He is the coauthor of Street Skateboarding: Endless Grinds and Slides. He has costarred in eight skateboarding videos in as many years. He lives in Glendora, California.

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