Do you want to have long skateboard deck or you want to start while learning simple tricks. In order to land your first few kick flips you’re going to have to actively push yourself outside of that safe territory, so before you do, make sure you’ve got your technique of flicking the board and making it rotate underneath you one full time and catching it with your back foot and then once you’ve got that down, take a deep breath and really give it an honest attempt now you might end up taking a couple of spills here, but if you already have some practice falling, which you should, and especially if you have some pads on, it’s not going to be the end of the world and then, before you know it, you’re going to be able to start landing your kick flips without having to worry about being afraid of falling any more. Now, some people will say that in order to make landing your kick flips easier that you should try them on a smaller board, and to an extent that is true; it is it is a little bit easier to flip a smaller board faster, but by no means is it necessary.
As you can see here, I have an 8.75 inch wide board and I’m still able to do kick flips and double kick flips on it, so don’t feel like you need to go out and buy a whole new board just in order to learn this one trick. Now, another thing that has the tendency to give people a little bit of a problem is that when they imagine what they need to do in order to get the board to rotate in this direction, they think that what they need to do is to apply a force straight down on this side of the board, which would make sense if the board was just floating in the air, but it’s not.
It’s being popped up like this, and it’s already angled, and then this right here is also angled up more than just the side of the board so instead of jumping up in the air and kicking your foot straight down, what you need to do is drag your front foot up, and then flick it out, in this direction, and that’s going to make the board rotate the way that you want it to and get it to level out in the air so that you can catch it with your back foot.
Another thing you’re going to want to keep in mind about this trick is that whenever you go to pop it, you don’t want to have your back foot positioned too far heel-side or else what’s going to happen is the board is going to pop off the ground and start rotating a little bit in a kick flip motion, but it’s going to be too early, and you’re not going to have anything to kick your front foot off of, so what I usually do is I take the ball of my back foot and I position it right on this center line of the tail, and if you want to you can even position it a little further toe-side than that, but what that’s going to allow you to do is pop the board off the ground and have it rotate kind of in a heel flip motion into your front foot and allow you to get a really nice strong flick with your front foot and make the board go all the way around.
The last piece of advice I have for you is that you’re going to need a lot of patience in order to learn this trick. Most people are going to underestimate how many hours it actually takes in order to develop the motion that you need to do with both of your feet as well as getting the timing down between them, so even if you’re not seeing a lot of progress, you just need to stick with it and try to focus on what it is that you’re doing wrong that’s holding you back and correcting that motion over and over again until you’re doing it properly, and soon enough you’ll be landing your kick flips every single try.
A good technique that you can use in order to determine where exactly it is that you’re getting hung up would be to just film yourself doing a few kick flip attempts and then compare what those attempts look like to someone who already does kick flips very well. Just remember, it’s easier to see your progress when you compare two practice sessions together rather than comparing two individual attempts back-to-back.