The heelflip is a very basic trick. After learning this, you can start doing variations (varial heelflip, backside heelflip and others).
You don’t need to be able to kickflip to learn how to heelflip but I recommend doing so. The reason being is that it’s easier to flick with your toe than your heel.
Place the ball of your front foot on the edge of the concave (grove).
Which means your toes will be hanging a bit off the side. Now that your front foot is in position, place your back foot comfortably on the tail (much like an Ollie).
If you have a strong flick place your front foot higher than in the picture and if you have a weak flick place it lower than in the picture.
Now that you’ve got your stance, you need to snap your tail on the ground and get a nice clean pop. Make sure to have balance while you’re executing the pop, if not, it will be rather hard to flick your board. Other things you should look out for is popping the board higher than you can jump, because if you’re not on your board, it will also be hard to flick the board.
After you pop your board you’re going to flick your heel up and away from your body. Aim for the right side of your nose if you skate regular (as demonstrated in the picture) or to the left if you skate goofy. You want to make sure to get a good flick; if not the board will stay completely vertical and you will get credit carded.
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After you get a good pop and a good flick, you don’t want to have your board hit your foot and ruin the trick. So you’re going to want to get your feet out of the way. It is also important to keep your balance in the air so that when you land, the board will not shoot out in front of you or behind you. It could also result in leaving the board behind you or in front of you.
Once the board has spun the full 360 ̊, you have to land it. Now, there are two ways to do this: catch it or stomp it. Stomping is a lot easier than catching it but it isn’t as clean. To stomp it is very easy, once you see the griptape, you push your feet down until you hit the ground. Catching is more difficult, after you see the griptape, put your feet on your board without applying much pressure, glide a bit, and then slowly float to the ground.
After you caught it or stomped it, land and roll away. Don’t forget to bend your knees after you land to absorb the impact. It won’t matter if you’re just doing a heelflip on flat ground. But if you’re doing a set or a big drop, not bending your knees may result in breaking something.
There are two common mistakes that people make while attempting this trick: credit card and the chicken foot. As I explained in my kickflip trick tip, the chicken foot is that every time you try to land the heelflip, one of your feet always find’s its way off the board. The only way of solving this problem is to stop being scared. Stick with it, don’t get scared because it won’t hurt, just land it.The credit card is a real pain. You don’t know what happened but after you pop, your board goes completely vertical and hits you in the groin. There is also one way of avoiding this: flick your heel outwards. The only time you get credit carded is when you flick too vertically so the board will naturally follow. Just flick your heel off to the side and you’ll be taking this trick to big sets of stairs and other various objects.
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It’s a fun trick to learn and once you have it, you won’t forget it. But the only way you’ll get it is if you get out there and practice.