The heelflip (aka heel), is an aerial skateboarding trick where the skateboarder kicks his board in order to make it flip 360 degrees along the board’s long axis.
A heelflip is executed similarly to the ollie, and like the Ollie has become a defining trick of “New School” skateboarding.
A heelflip is the opposite of a kickflip, the board spins toe-side (towards the toes). For a regular skater (left foot in front) the board spins clockwise from the perspective of one behind the skater. Again, there is a kick as part of the ollie but unlike the kickflip it is directed forward and outwards away from the rider’s toe side (diagonal), so that the last part of the foot to leave the board is the heel, hence the name.
While the heelflip is similar to the ollie, it is not a direct variation of the ollie. In performing a standard heelflip, you must:
Place the front foot safely behind the back bolts or onto and slightly towards the heel-side edge of the board.
Place the ball of the back foot on the tail of the board slightly angled.
Pop the tail by pushing down with the back foot while jumping into the air.
Slide your front foot out diagonally in order to start the board rotating while you stay with your shoulders centered over the board. Put your front foot over the top bolts and kick.
Lift both feet out of the way so that the board can spin properly.
Catch the board and roll away. It is considered good style to stop the board’s rotation with the feet in midair rather than to allow contact with the ground to stop the board.
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