How to improve your Kickflip [Video]

by seth-ashworth
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
In this tutorial video I run through the more advanced ‘Pan-Am’ style kickflip as oppose to the more entry level ‘back deck roll’ style. At some point this year I will get to the more entry level method too!
Seth Ashworth
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So, key points from the video:

Wave selection is key.

You are looking for waves that are very steep and green and ideally not breaking or barely breaking on the top. This gives the most consistent take off and offers the best runway to launch you.

Start picking up speed.

You should be approaching the wave at medium to medium-fast speed. A full on sprint will likely make you miss time your stroke on the next step, and just drifting in won’t launch you off the top of the wave and produce that big air.

Final stroke pulls up on knees.

As you are driving to the top of the ____,do a big forward stoke while simultaneously pulling your knees into your chest. This will help you clear that wave more vertically.

Switch from pulling to pushing.

As your boat has reached its apex and just before it starts falling, you are going to push with the back face of your paddle on the upstream face of the wave. As you imitate that push you will start snapping your boat over the top of you. This step needs to happen as one fluid movement.

Final Tips

Start pulling later.

Try to pause before you snap your boat over your head to let your boat get all the way out of the water.

Good luck and have fun with it!