How to Heelflip
There are so many tricks that can be done with the use of skateboards right now but some are not meant to be done by beginners. If you have been skateboarding for a long time and you already know some tricks then adding heelflip to the list of tricks that you can do will not be a hard thing to do anymore.
There are some people who become confused with heelflips and kickflips because they seem so similar. The obvious difference is that when you heel flip, you will not be using your toes to flip the board. You will be more focused on using your heel. If you have done the kick flip before then you may find it easy to do the heelflip and vice versa but for some, they just prefer one over the other.
Most people think that the heelflip is harder to do probably because when it is done the wrong way, it can hit other parts of your body. If you have been doing flips for a long time though, this will not be too hard to do anymore.
A heelflip is basically when you have to jump together or along with your board then you have to flip your skateboard with the use of your heel so that it can move along with you as you jump. The board will then land first on the ground and you also have to land correctly on the board. There are some people who can still be considered as beginners in skateboarding who are attempting to do this trick but it may take time before this trick can be useful and helpful.
Doing Heelflip Properly
- In order to do heelflip, you need to place your back foot on the back of the tail. This is a position that is similar to the ollie. The front foot on the other hand will be placed near the middle part of the skateboard but only 3/4 of your foot will be on the skateboard, your toes should hang over a bit.
- Once you have already gotten the right position, you would need to do a flip similar to how you do an ollie but instead of just doing the usual, you would kick your front foot up. Remember that you need to spin the board with the use of your heel (which explains why this is called a heelflip.) You first need to pop your board up in the air with your heel then kick your feet. This separates this move from the ollie.
- The jump that you have to do may be a bit higher than the other jumps that you do but just jump high enough to let the board spin under you. Wait for the board to be ready for your feet again so that you can continue moving once you get back on the ground.
- In order to catch the board, you would need to have the proper position while landing. Land similar to your starting position so that you can have a good grasp of the board. Usually, you are recommended to land on the bolts so you will be able to maintain your position. At the same time, when you become too heavy while landing, there is a big chance that you are going to break your board in two so be careful when landing correctly while doing this trick.
Some Tips in Making the Heelflip Possible
In order to make the heelflip easier for you to do, here are some tips that you have to remember:
- Timing is everything. If you make a mistake with kicking the board with your heel or even how high your jump is, there is always a chance that you will not land on your board and if you do, you might land on your board in an incorrect manner.
- You also have to follow the board with your eyes. While you are doing the trick, everything can happen in a very short while but you still have to open up your eyes and watch when and where the board is landing so that you can drop on the board appropriately.
- Remember that you will only know if your landing is smooth if you are going to land on the ground with your board. If your board would land first before you land on it, you may be doing another type of trick that is not the heelflip.
- The key to making this trick work is in the dragging and the kicking of your feet. The more that you drag and you kick, the better it would be for you.
- Practicing will always help you get better. You can expect that in the beginning, you can barely get to jump high in the air and you can barely make your board spin but if you would practice more, this would also improve how you can do this trick.
How to Practice Heelflip Properly
You may be thinking at this point that heelflips are very hard to do. This would depend on how determined you are to learn this trick. For some people, they can do it naturally probably because of their background in doing kickflips and ollie but if you never took time to do those tricks before doing the heelflip, for sure you will have trouble doing this trick.
It may take time and there are even instances when you may break your board but being knowledgeable about how to do this trick in the first place will help you avoid this scenario. Read up on the tips that you can do while doing this trick and at the same time, you may also want to watch videos of professionals who are able to do great heelflips. This will inspire you to do better until such time when you can also do the heelflip on your own.
You will know if you have done the heelflip properly when you are able to catch the board in the air, land smoothly on the ground and roll away. Once you are able to do this, you know that you have already mastered this trick.