When you hold a skateboard in hand, there are many things you can do with your skateboard. You can apply the old-day and ordinary skating styles or get creative with today tricks. And if you are a long-time skater, you may have known a trick called Heelflip and it is not very hard to do if you have experienced some skateboard tricks before.
Kickflip and heelflip are sometimes confused to some people for they all need to use feet to do the trick. But it is easy to see that with heelflip, you won’t let your toes and top of your feet touch the board during the trick. You focus mostly on your heel functions.
To do this trick is not very hard, especially to ones who have tried the kickflip. It’s like a part of the kickflip. However, don’t be subjective, if you are not careful, you might do wrongly and hit other parts of your body with your board.
Imagine, to do the heelfip, when you pop, you have to use your heel to pop the board so that it’s up along you while you jump. Remember to use your heel only. When landing, the board will reach the ground before you and you land on the board. To beginners, this trick requires a lot of practice until reaching the skillful level.
Doing Heelflip Properly
1. In position and shape issue, you must stand in a way quite like the Ollie trick. Your back foot is placed in the tail of your board in order to make the jump for your heelflip. The other foot is positioned near the middle of the board, but only ¾ of your foot is on the board and your toes are a little out of the board.
2. After you get the right position, you can execute the heelflip. First you pop your board up by the kick of your back foot in the board’s tail, then use the other foot to spin your board around while it’s in the air. Remember, you must only use your heel but not all your foot like the kickflip. To have a better visualization, you can assume that the heelflip is like the Ollie but with the heel, which is why it is called the heelflip.
3. Unlike other flips, the heelflip needs jumping a little higher so that the board can have enough space to spin under your feet. Still, use your heel and measure the perfect timing for your next move.
4. All along your heelflip, even when you land, you must have the right position. Best you can get is the stand when you land is like that of your beginning. Landing on the bolt is suggested. Be careful, if you are too heavy or you land too harsh, you might break the board in a blink of the eye and might hurt yourself.
Remember to proceed thoroughly the procedure in order to gain great success. Even if you are beginners, follow the advices, you will master the heelflip much quicker than normal. And if you are into skateboard tricks for a time, it will be much easier and you will have more time to get professional with it.
Some Tips in Making the Heelflip Possible
The procedure is not everything. As usual, to master a field, learners also need help from tips that help they get through the small blocks from their learning. Here are a few of them. You should consider to make your learning more fluent.
- Timing is the first priority. Everything you measure should be as in theory. If there is something out of your control, you might not end up putting your feet on the board or landing on but in un incorrect way. This might lead to your injuries or ruining your board.
- Next, you must always keep an eye on your move to keep tract of the time and the position your board is in the mean time. By doing so, you can locate the right place you can land on and the best time to land on so that you won’t make any mistakes.
- Be ware to be confused heelflip with other types of flips. If you are going to flip your board and then land on the ground, it can turn into another kind of trick.
- The key to success of this trick is your movement of your feet. How you drag and kick your board with your foot is the most important role to work out the heelflip. Let it roll underneath you.
- Last but not least, practice makes perfect. You can meet a few obstacles while doing it the first time such as unability to spin the board or unability to jump high, but as time passes and your practice goes on, you will soon master your heelflip.
How to Practice Heelflip Properly
Some people may think it is very hard to do a heelflip up to now, but it doesn’t lye in the matter of hard or easy. It is your determination that decides your success. To long-term skaters, this trick is naturally easy because they have been through the Ollie and the kickflip, which are nearly the same position as the heelflip. But to beginners, they can be successful, but there must be continually practice to gain satisfaction.
There will be hard times and good times. There will be times that you feel totally broken down for you fall down on the ground a few instances or you slip out of the board. But there are also times that you feel proud and magical when you can flip higher than before or you can roll your board impressively.
Meanwhile, you will feel like a superman or so. So don’t worry, the training won’t be boring for you can experience many great joys.
Remember to learn from the experienced. You are suggested to work out your training and watch tutorial videos on YouTube for more references. It not only gives you advice but also inspires you to continue your work. So get on it!
When you get the feeling of catching the board in the air, smoothly landing and rolling away, you’ll know that you have mastered heelflip.