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How to Kickflip on a Fingerboard: Easy Guide with Tips!

How to Kickflip on a Fingerboard
Written by Kevin Gerard

Kickflips are fun and happen to be the most sought-after tricks to learn on the fingerboard. Before you tackle the kickflip on your fingerboard, you should have the ollie mastered and be able to land a shove it.

Follow the steps below to learn how to kickflip on a fingerboard.

How to Kickflip on a Fingerboard

Step 1

Place the back finger on the board’s tail. The pointer finger sits behind the front screws that hold the tracks to the board.

Step 2

Roll the board forward with your fingers and then pop the board’s tail using your back finger. You want the board to pop up off the surface.

Step 3

When the board comes up, pop the tail down and then slide it towards the board’s nose with your front finger. Try to slightly flick the finger down as it reaches the nose, which will cause the board to flip in your direction.

Step 4

You need to keep the fingers above the board while it is spinning. When the board makes a full rotation, you need to catch the board with your finger.

Do this with the grip side so it doesn’t continue rotating. Finish the trick when you land with both fingers on the board.

How to Do the No-Pop Kickflip Version on a Fingerboard

How to Do the No-Pop Kickflip on a Fingerboard

You can also try the “no pop” version! The trick seems a lot like the pressure-flip when you have to apply pressure with both your index and middle fingers on the board’s side that’s closer to your body.

You need the same setup as above and the only difference is there is less force with the pop.

Step 1

Follow the same steps as above

Step 2

Apply pressure with the index and middle finger on the side of the fingerboard closer to your body.

The only difference from the above steps is the pop has less force.

Fingerboard kickflip tips

Fingerboard kickflip tips

1. Practice each step individually

Start with one step at a time, and then build upon it. Consider each step as a building block. Every step should start with a solid foundation.

2. Be patient

Be patient during your learning phase, as it takes time to master it.

3. Once you have mastered the trick slowly, you can perform it at high speed

You can add some speed once you have got the hang of it. You will acquire good speed and finger control for performing tricks faster in no time at all.

4. Keep the deck out of reach of children

If there are children in the house, you need to keep the tech deck away from children. This is because it has small wheels that children can swallow.

5. Having the ollies on lock help a lot

It is as easy as flicking a finger when the ollies are locked.

6. Make sure you place your fingers correctly

Check your finger placement on the tech deck if the trick still isn’t working. Some decks are too small, resulting in uncomfortable finger placement. You can replace the fingerboard if it is uncomfortable or too small.

7. Use a narrow board

In case your board continues to over-rotate, use a narrower board.

8. Center the tip of your finger on the tail

When you pop the tail, your finger needs to stay in the middle of the tail.

Make sure it doesn’t creep towards the edge of the board. When it stays in the middle of the board, it won’t sprint out of control when in mid-air.

About the author

Kevin Gerard

I started off my career as a mechanical engineer at a scooter manufacturing company back in 2012. I’ve been into kick scooters and swimming since the early years of my life. Over time, I quit the latter for the love of the former and soon started to be recognized as a kick scooter expert!

I wanted to take scooter designing professionally but my family forced me to study engineering. Luckily, I decided to study mechanical engineering! That made way for me to work in the field of kick scooter designing as a core researcher and developer.

I am one of the founding members of Scooterlay and I contribute to the website as the head of the research team. I am currently working on my first book on the basics of kick scooter riding. This is a guide for beginner riders that will soon be published by Warner House Press, Arizona.

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