How to Fakie Kickflip
(Step by step trick tip)
The fakie kickflip
A fakie kickflip is a perfect intermediate skill level trick to learn. Most skateboarders would agree that after you learn how to kickflip, it's pretty straight forward learning how to fakie flip.
What is a Fakie Kickflip?
A fakie kickflip is when a skateboarder rides fakie stance and ollies into the air performs a kickflip. So to say it simply, a fakie flip is when you do a kickflip while riding backwards.
Foot placement for Fakie Kickflip
Start off by using the same foot position as a standard kickflip. You may notice that you are over flipping the board. If you are over flipping or over rotating, hang less of your heel off the deck.
What does a fakie kickflip look like?
Start riding fakie at a slow to moderate speed. If you go too slow you might find that the board gets snagged up when you pop. So make sure you have a little bit of speed. You DO have to be rolling. A Fakie kickflip stationary is just a kickflip. There is nothing fakie about it.
Bend straight down keeping your shoulders inline with your skateboard.
It is crucial that you keep your upper body centered closer to being over your kickfoot.
If you have your upperbody over your pop foot, you are going to snagg your board when you pop and find yourself falling forward while the board flips but stays behind.
Notice how Shawn and Jim are both pretty well centered over the kickfoot or at least leaned out towards it the entire time. I think this is the best kept secret for somone trying to learn fakie tricks.
Just be that you have your footing correct, and that you are correctly centered nearest your kickfoot.
If you find yourself popping the board left or right then you are probably not centered correctly.
If you find that your board is not staying under you, then you are not centered properly.
As you are ready to catch the board just remember, you do not need to be concerned with the fact that you are rolling backwards. This is just a kickflip, and what the wheels are doing does not change how the trick is preformed.
How to fakie flip recap:
- Get your footing.
- Square up with the board.
- Bend straight down.
- Shoot your self straight back up.
- Pop and snap the concave straight down under you.
- Stay loose and allow your skateboard to rotate and catch it.
- Bolts and Roll away.
A huge thanks to Jim Bates & Shawn Prosen for helping us with this trick.
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More about Jim:
- Professional skateboarder from Newbury Park, CA
- Won ES Eric Koston Game of Skate world championships 2005 by beating Eric Koston, Mike Mo, and Jimmy Carlin.
- Children's Book Author/Illustrator
- Founder and CEO of Dragon Grip Grip tape company.