Tech decks are small skateboard-like devices that are used for tricks. They’re a fun alternative to real skateboards, especially for beginners or kids who may not be ready for the danger of an actual skateboard just yet. Because tech decks are smaller than standard boards, it can take some time to learn how to do kickflips on one. Here is how to do a kickflip on your tech deck so that no one will ever challenge you again!
What is a Kickflip?
A kickflip is a skateboarding trick in which the rider uses the toe of their foot to catch the nose of their board, flipping it 180 degrees. The board is then landed on the heel side of the foot. The name comes from the movement being similar to that of kicking a football with the foot and flicking it up into the air.
How To Do A Kickflip On A Tech Deck?
Check Your Grip
The first thing you should do when learning to do a kickflip on a tech deck is make sure your grip is correct. The most common grip style for skateboarding is the ‘push’ style. To check your grip, place your fingers on the top of the deck, and your thumb on the underside of the tail. Make sure your fingers and thumb are parallel to each other, not crossed. Your other fingers should be hanging off the side of the deck, and your thumb should be placed just above the wheel. If you have a different style of board, it’s worth checking your grip to see if you need to adjust it to suit the tech deck. You don’t want to start learning new tricks on your tech deck, and then find your grip doesn’t make sense and you’re not utilizing any of the tricks you’ve learned.
Change Your Footing
If you’re currently a beginner, you may be used to the ‘goofy’ footing. If so, you’ll want to change your footing to ‘regular’. Once you’ve mastered the kickflip on a tech deck, you can try bouncing back and forth between the two. To change your footing, put your left foot at the front of the board with your right foot at the back. Make sure that your left foot is at least as wide as your hips, but not wider than that. Your right foot should be about 2 or 3 inches behind the left. You’ll want to bend your knees slightly and keep your back straight.
Learn To Ollie First
An ollie is a standard trick in skateboarding and one you should learn to do before attempting a kickflip. Ollies are useful for a number of tricks, as well as being an excellent way for beginners to get used to skateboarding. To learn how to ollie on a tech deck, stand with your feet on the regular footing with the board in front of you. Put your weight on your toes, and bend your knees slightly. Next, jump up while swinging your arms, and at the same time push the board behind you with your heels. The combination of your jump and your heels should cause the front of the board to lift off the ground. Try to keep your legs straight, and jump as high as you can. This will cause you to go higher and make the trick easier. As you get better at ollies, you can move on to learn how to do kickflips.
Utilize A Trick Scooter
If you’re struggling to do a kickflip on a tech deck, it may be because you’re still a beginner skater. Skateboarding tricks are often difficult to learn with a beginner’s skill level, and if you’ve been skating for a while it can take you months or years, depending on your skill set, to master them. A trick scooter is a great way to practice the more difficult skateboard tricks without frustration. They’re lighter and smaller than tech decks, making them easier to control. A trick scooter is often used by kids who have outgrown their scooters but are not quite old enough for a skateboard. They’re great for learning difficult skateboard tricks like kickflips and heelflips. Once you’ve mastered the kickflip on the trick scooter, you can then move on to tackling it on the tech deck.
Try Using A Ramp
If you’ve done all of the above, and you’re still struggling to do a kickflip on the tech deck, it’s time to take things to the next level. Using a ramp is the best way to progress your skills, and is an excellent way to master the kickflip. Ramps are available in a wide range of sizes and are offered as DIY kits or ready-made. The best ramp for you will depend on your level of experience. If you’re just starting out, you’ll want to invest in a small, beginner-friendly ramp. Once you’ve mastered the kickflip on the ramp, you can move on to performing it on a skateboard. Or, if you want to keep skating on a ramp, you can learn more tricks to challenge yourself further.
How To Do A Flictch Flip – Forward Shifting Technique?
For this technique, you’ll want to kneel down with one knee and your other foot extended in front of you.
- Hold your tech deck skateboard in both hands and pop your board off the ground by using your back foot to push it off the ground.
- Quickly put your front foot up on the board.
- As you do this, you’ll want to push the skateboard forward with the hands you’re holding it with.
- Once your front foot is on the board, bring the board back down, quickly flipping it so the back wheels are in front and the front wheels are behind.
- You’ll want to finish the trick by keeping the board level and putting your back foot back on the ground.
How To Do A Kickflip On A Tech Deck – Back Shifting Technique?
For this kickflip technique, you’ll want to kneel down with one knee and have your other foot extended in front of you.
- Hold your tech deck skateboard in both hands, and pop your board off the ground by using your back foot to push off the ground.
- Quickly put your front foot up on the board.
- Once your foot is on the board, quickly put the board in between your legs using both hands.
- Quickly shift the skateboard back with your hands so that the back wheels are in front and the front wheels are behind.
- You can then quickly bring the board out of your legs and land on your board with your back foot.
How To Do A 360 Double Kickflip On A Tech Deck?
- For this trick, you’ll want to do a regular kickflip first.
- As soon as you land, quickly put the board between your legs.
- While bringing the board forward, you’ll want to move the board around 360 degrees.
- This is called a helicopter. Quickly snap the board out from between your legs and you’ll have done a 360 double kickflip.
- For many beginners, this trick can be challenging, so it might be best to try it on a softer surface, such as a carpet.
Learning To Do A Kickflip
Start by Standing on the Board: Before you attempt the kickflip, make sure that you’ve mastered standing on the board. This is the first trick that beginners learn and is the basis for many other tricks.
Try to Balance the Board on One Foot: Once you can stand on the board, try to balance the board on one foot. You’ll want to do this with both feet at first, but you can work on balancing with only one foot at a time. This will help you gain confidence in your footing and will help you better understand how to control the board.
Begin to Transfer Weight: Begin to transfer your weight from one foot to the other. This will help you gain experience with weight distribution and will help you become more confident in your ability to control the board.
Try Throwing Your Foot Forward: Try throwing your foot forward to help you gain momentum. Once you have some confidence in your ability to transfer your weight and throw your foot forward, go ahead and try the kickflip.
Important Tips For Doing A Kickflip On A Tech Deck
Find Your Center of Balance: You’ll want to find the center of your own personal balance before attempting this trick.
Place Your Feet on Both Sides of the Board: Try placing your feet on both sides of the board before you perform the trick. This will help you feel the different weight distribution and will help you develop an understanding of how to balance the board.
Visualize Your Footwork: Visualize the footwork you will use to do the kickflip before you attempt it. This will help you remember the sequence of steps you will take and make the trick feel more natural.
Practice Regularly: Practice regularly to ensure that you don’t get frustrated. The key to success with skateboarding is to focus on practicing consistently and to make sure that you don’t get discouraged or give up too easily.
Stay Steady: Stay as steady as possible while you are transferring your weight to the front of the board. If you don’t stay as still as possible while doing this, you risk falling over or failing to complete the trick.
The trick to a successful kickflip is that you must transfer your weight to the front of the board before you push off. When you do this, you’ll be able to spin your board around and do a foot trick on the back. Keep in mind that this trick is often done while the person doing it is in the air, so it might take a few tries before you get the timing down and are able to complete it properly. Once you do, there’s a good chance that you’ll own the board for the first time in your life! There is nothing cooler than being able to do a kickflip on a tech deck.