You’ve probably heard of the Kickflip before you even picked up the board. It’s a classic trick that every skater needs to have under his belt. Today, we’re showing you exactly how to do it.

Kickflip Definition

The Kickflip is acheived by combining an Ollie and a kick-flick motion towards the front-foot’s heel-side corner of the skateboard. This makes the board flip toward the heel, along the board’s length-axis.

The Origin of the Kickflip

Before you learn this trick, it is important to know the history behind the Kickflip. Will knowing the Kickflip’s origin story help you land it? Probably not. Does knowledge equal power? Most definitely. Buckle up, folks, it’s story time!

The original Kickflip was very different than the Kickflip we know and love today. Curt Lindgren invented the trick in the 1970’s. Curt performed the trick by using the top of his toe, placed under his board, flipping the board upwards. When done this way, the trick would not get off the ground much and required the rider to have both feet facing the nose.

In 1982, Rodney Mullen modified the trick, inventing the modern-day Kickflip. Rodney would use a flat ground ollie to begin the trick, then initiate the flip by sliding his front foot off the top fo the board which would allow him to pop the trick higher, and control the direction of the board during the flip. The Kickflip became a common trick for freestyle skateboarders and eventually street skaters as well.

Are you ready for Kickflips?

I don’t know how many times we have seen the very first trick someone tries to learn be the Kickflip. This will set you up for failure. It is VERY important to learn tricks in an order of progression. This is what makes Skateboarding Made Simple so effective. It lays all the practice steps out in an exact sequence of progression so you are always improving. 

Before getting into the Kickflip, you should be very comfortable on your board and have the following tricks down:

  • Ollie
  • Frontside 180
  • Backside 180
  • Pop Shove It
  • Frontside Shove It
  • Heelflip

The above is the sequence of tricks that Braille recommends. Once you have these down, the Kickflip should be a lot easier to learn.

That being said, the Kickflip is one of the coolest and most fun tricks there is, so it’s understandable that everyone wants to learn it first! Watch the video below for an in-depth look at how the Kickflip works and how you can go about learning to Kickflip. You’ll learn how to position your feet, how to flick with your front foot, and how to land on the board and ride away clean. You’ll also be able to look at the Kickflip in super slow motion and see how the trick breaks down.

Once you’ve watched the video, read the information below for a greater understanding of the mechanics of the Kickflip. 

Kickflip Tutorial

Now that you’ve had a chance to watch the Kickflip video tutorial, keep all the details fresh in your mind by going over what we’ve learned. This recap should do the trick!

  1. Foot Position
  2. Body Position
  3. Front Foot Flick
  4. Practice Steps
  5. Landing & Rolling Away

Foot Position

The first thing to know about this trick is the foot position is very, very important. Your back foot is going to want to be in the middle of the tail standing on the balls of your foot. The ball of your back foot should be applying pressure evenly at the tip of the tail, with the heel of that foot slightly raised. Having your back foot in this position will generate more power and enable you to pop your board and have it flip under you much easier than if you were standing flat-footed.

Your front foot is going to want to be behind the bolts at about a 45-degree angle. Think of how you would position your front foot for an ollie. Now pivot your front heel towards your back foot, and hang your front heel off the edge of the board. Your front foot’s toes should be pointing diagonally on your boards towards the toe-side pocket of the nose. 

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Body Position

The body position for the Kickflip is an often overlooked aspect of this trick. For an Ollie or Pop Shove-it, for example, your shoulders are in line with the bolts of your skateboard and your chest is facing outward, the same direction your toes are pointing. However, for the Kickflip, your shoulders and chest will be facing a different direction.

Think about how your body is positioned while you are pushing your skateboard. Your chest is opened up, facing towards the nose of your skateboard, and your shoulders are perpendicular to the bolts of the skateboard. This is the same body position you’ll need to utilize when popping a Kickflip.

If your chest is facing the toe-side, you may end up flicking down and pushing the skateboard away from you. When you have your chest pointed towards your nose, your body will be in a better position to properly flick the Kickflip and get your feet back onto the board for the landing.

Front Foot Flick

It is important to get your feet and body into the proper Kickflip position and then start practicing the flick.

The flick is key. One detail that is often missed is people tend to think you flick down with your foot but in reality, you want your foot to flick off the front corner of the nose up and out, not down.

Practice Steps

One of the first practice steps you can use to help you learn the flick of the Kickflip is to just bend your knees and practice sliding your foot up the board and off.  You want to flick off the front side of your shoe and off the corner of the nose. This is by far the most important detail of the Kickflip.

The next practice step is to basically land one footed. Practice flipping the board and then stepping off with your back foot and trying to catch it with your front foot.  This will get your comfortable with the motion of the flip and the timing of it.

Landing & Rolling Away

With those practice steps mastered, the only thing left for you to do is to get your back foot onto the board for the landing. Once you pop, proceed to bend your back leg and let the board flip under you. Bending the knee of your back leg will bring your foot up slightly, allowing the board to complete the flip.

Wait for the board to flip all the way around and catch it once you see the grip tape. As always, stomp it on the bolts! Land with your knees bent and roll away. This will probably take a bit of practice but stick with it and you will get it!

For the full tutorial that will teach you all the exact practice steps for learning the Kickflip get Skateboarding Made Simple. 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!


Show us your best Kickflips! Braille Skateboarding wants to see Kickflips from all over the world, so film a quick clip of you doing your best Kickflip 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 Kickflips!

80 Comments

Andre

March 18, 2019

when i do the kickflip it always flyes forwards and i dont know how to fix it kan you give me a tip to make it stay under my feet.

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Mark

May 23, 2019

Drag your feet the the edge of the skateboard and not near the top

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Michael

May 24, 2020

When I do a kickflip my board does a variable flip motion how do I fix this

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Devon

June 20, 2020

I used to do this too. To fix it, find a chain-link fence or something and try to get the proper flick down while keeping your shoulders straight. I did this for two days and then BAM! I could kickflip. I think it’s all in the upper body.

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Porter

January 4, 2021

Try not to push the tail sideways while doing the trick.

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Will

November 9, 2019

Shift your weight to your back foot

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ben

April 13, 2020

keep your weight over the board like an ollie. when you flick, its to the side then out. jump forward towards the nose, and you will land.

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Hayden

November 2, 2020

Try flicking faster

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Mark

March 18, 2019

Every time i try a kickflip i always land it one footed (either my front or back leg), can you help?

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Gina

February 21, 2020

Same.

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Amir

April 20, 2020

When I kickflip my board flies away I tried using a crack but it comes out I NEED HELP

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alex

March 2, 2020

practice landing on ur board with it upside down with the trucks facing up, dont give it the full flick and practice landing on it like that until you get comftorable doing that. i would watch george pouloses video on how to ollie, shove it, and kickflip in one day. the pointers for the kickflip help real well

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Erika Totanes

March 2, 2020

Thanks for the tips!

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Jayden Padilla

March 19, 2019

When I kickflips I land with only back foot and it gets High enough but I just can’t put my front foot back on

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Pedro Javier

May 1, 2019

Dont flick your front foot over the nose. That should help

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David

September 27, 2019

I have the same problem. I catch with the back foot perfect and my front foot is beside the deck

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Gavin

March 28, 2020

i can’t get my back foot to land ok the board?!?! can you help me?

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Erika Totanes

March 30, 2020

Hi Gavin,

Practice on some grass or carpet first, and practice focusing the that back foot to get back on the board.
Record yourself to see what you might be doing wrong/right too! It helps when you’re watching the tutorial to see what steps you might be missing.

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Kevin

June 29, 2020

I had that same problem but what I did was keep my shoulders straight and parallel to the board and it really helped me hope this helps:)))

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zach

March 25, 2019

i can land my front on the board please help

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Mac

March 30, 2019

My problem about kickflip is, I just can’t land it, i can make flip under my feet I just don’t know how the heck am I going to land it, because one of my foot neithrr left or right they both end up on the ground not the on the top of my board, can somrobe please help me?

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Ben

July 16, 2019

You have to commit, I had the same problem, all you need to do is have commitment.

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Noah

May 4, 2019

I can’t get my flick fast enough/powerful enough to get the board all the way around

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steven Medaris

May 24, 2019

I ride regular and Whenever I flick the nose turns right a tiny bit and my font foot land on the ground. How can i corect this?

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Ben

June 17, 2019

Your back trucks might be a bit Loose so when ever you kick flip you truck turns and the board follows

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Ethan Grishsm

June 1, 2019

I dont understand I got the rotation but the board gets flicked a little bit ahead of me so my back foot doesnt get on the board.

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Luke

July 23, 2019

After the video and the help of the comments I landed it

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Chloe Holmes

July 24, 2019

Awesome! Good job!

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Cody

July 30, 2019

My kick flip always flies forward

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Thomas

August 15, 2019

Try swiping less forward en Flickr your foot a little harder

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Polly

August 1, 2019

I can only land with my back foot on the board

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staffkarp

August 12, 2019

when I make a kickflip my board flies in front, behind a leg, I don’t understand what it means to “click back”, I can’t kick-slip on both legs, only one, help me please

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Thomas

August 15, 2019

I’ve been trying to kickflip for a little while, I get closer but my board doesn’t turn fast enough, and when it does, it flies away, anyone got some tips

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jon

August 16, 2019

i can flick and land perfectly with my front foot, but whatever i do i cant land my backfoot

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Azaan

August 16, 2019

So I ride regular stance and when ever I flip my board it lands ahead of me and I can only stick my back foot on. My trucks are not too loose or tight and I am practice my kick flips moving. I need tips to keep my weight on top as well as landing with both feet at the same time.

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Reuben

August 20, 2019

I can never land both of my feet on the board. It’s always the left or right foot landing. I feel as though I’m comiting to the trick but one of my feet always lands behind me. Tips?

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Ryan Murphy

September 6, 2019

Thank you for sharing tips and tutorials. This content will greatly help skaters to do a kickflip, especially beginners. Worth sharing! Please do continue sharing tutorials and tips on tricks!

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Josh

October 23, 2019

I can heelflip, but I can never seem to flick my foot the opposite to kickflip. I cant get my foot to go the other way.

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Braille Shop

October 24, 2019

Practice it sitting down it will help you understand how to drag your foot to flick it.

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November 9, 2019

I’m still learning from you, but I’m trying to reach my goals. I absolutely enjoy reading all that is posted on your blog.Keep the stories coming. I liked it!

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Tyler kitchen

November 27, 2019

i cant get my front foot on the board ever when i try to just get my front foot on the board flies up

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Jen Latch

December 15, 2019

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Tyler kitchen

November 27, 2019

i can land my front foot on i tried and the board pops up super high

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Shann

December 31, 2019

When I kick flip I’m never able to get my front foot on the board. My front foot always touches the ground first

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Braille Shop

January 2, 2020

Hi Shann,

Check these links out!
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Josh

February 9, 2020

When I kick flip or do any trick the bored shifts just a little and I can never land on it

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February 10, 2020

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Tanguy

February 12, 2020

Is it normal that’s easily for me to do a 180 shove it than a kick flip ??

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Erika Totanes

February 12, 2020

Everyone’s skate journey is different! 🙂

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Blob

May 1, 2020

Yes

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Aigen Cruz

March 14, 2020

Hi im aigen cruz

i almost 3 months skating but i cant catch my kickflip i have kickflip but i dont know how to catch

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Erika Totanes

March 16, 2020

Hi Aigen,

Practice on grass or carpet first! Then when confident, try rollling.

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Ray

March 17, 2020

When ever I kick flip I always land with both feet on either side please help me and thank you

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Erika Totanes

March 17, 2020

Hi Ray!

Feel free to email us at contact@brailleskateboarding.com for any questions!

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Caleb

June 10, 2020

I have the same problem

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alexandercsmith

March 22, 2020

I would just recommend fully committing to landing on the board whether it rotates enough or not, eventually you will put it all together

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Sean Cromwell

April 3, 2020

I am able to catch the board and land… only on grass… whenever I try on concrete my front foot always gets caught under the deck… What should I do?

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Erika Totanes

April 6, 2020

Keep practicing! I know it sounds weird, but you might be psyching yourself out because you’re not on grass anymore. Pop confidently, and flick out not down!

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Zamil

April 7, 2020

What helps are those skater trainers. I dont bust my butt, or be afraid that my board is going to fly out.

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Erika Totanes

April 7, 2020

Yes! Those are truly helpful. If you cannot get your hands on skater trainers, you can also practice on grass or carpet!

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Caleb

June 9, 2020

Both my feet land on either side of my board when I land, Help me please

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Caleb

June 10, 2020

When I do it, both feet land on either side of the board

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Sticky

August 24, 2020

When I try a kick flip it doesn’t flip the whole way pls help

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JT

September 29, 2020

MY FRUNT FOOT FLIPS THE BORD BUT IT WONT GO WARE I WANT IT TO GO AND I CANT GWT A CONSISTINT FLIP

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Melissa Pope

September 30, 2020

Hi there! Please reach out to us at contact@brailleskateboarding.com and we’ll get you some help 🙂

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JT

September 29, 2020

CAN U HELP PLEAS

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Melissa Pope

September 30, 2020

We’d be happy to help you! Reach out to us at contact@brailleskateboarding.com

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JT

September 29, 2020

it lets me flip the bird and my back foot lands but my front foot is under or next to the board and I can’t get the flip consistently can u please help and respond and help

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Melissa Pope

September 30, 2020

Hi there! Please reach out to us at contact@brailleskateboarding.com and we’ll get you some help 🙂

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Amato Pepe

October 6, 2020

When I kick flip it flys out and lands primo how do I fix it Aaron help me!!

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Melissa Pope

October 15, 2020

Hi there,
We’d be happy to help you with this. Please email us at contact@brailleskateboarding.com and we’ll get you some help with that 🙂

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November 3, 2020

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Carter

November 7, 2020

So, I’m really close to kickflip. I can pretty much every time get a full rotation. I just can’t land. The board always lands in between my feet. What can I do to land one?

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Jonathan

November 8, 2020

Everytime I Kickflip the front of my board turn back then I end up flicking in the middle of the board

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Melissa Pope

November 9, 2020

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November 18, 2020

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Andy Garcia

December 28, 2020

Kick flipping isn’t that hard , you need to practice and make sure to land on both feet.

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Pinho

February 4, 2021

When I slide my foot to the heel of the skateboard flies to the left, anyone can help me? Thx

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Steven C. Martin

February 11, 2021

Practice makes a man perfect. I believe this and start practicing. This article helps me a lot to learn this. Thank you so much for this article.

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