I’m glad you’re here to ask how long it takes to learn kickflip because I’ve wondered the same thing many times.
First off, you should know that there is not a specific length of time an individual should practice to perform this trick. There are too many variables: age, coordination level, and mental state (to name a few).
But through my personal experiences and those of others I’ve seen on YouTube videos that feature tutorials for learning kickflips, I can give some ballpark figures as well as share some tips that will increase your chances of success.
How long does it take to learn kickflip?
About 15 minutes: The very first time you try kick flipping your board
I would estimate about 15 minutes as the minimum amount of time you would spend simply holding the board with your front foot in the center, with your back foot near or just behind the grip tape. You’ll practice standing with one foot on the ground and then with both feet on the board while keeping your weight centered over it.
One of the kicking blades is sticking out away from you so that it won’t hit your ankle when you lift either foot to try kicking the air in front of you. You want to begin by trying to tap with only one leg at a time, not pushing down but instead tapping very lightly like you were tapping something down onto the floor (like an imaginary cigarette).
About 30 minutes: After you can smoothly kickflip five times in a row.
If, after about 15 minutes, you can kickflip your board consistently five times in a row without the board hitting the ground, you should continue practicing just that – kicking back and forth. You want to eventually be able to do it fluidly, one after another, for as long as possible. It would help if you ensured you can still land each time ideally before trying any tricks. Just keep kicking smoothly from one foot to the other, maintaining control of your movement and weight distribution at all times during both the activities and the landing.
Doing this over some time will allow you to build muscle memory. Even if not all of them end up being “perfect” kicks, they’ll help immensely towards helping your body figure out how to use those muscles properly. As with anything else, it’s all about experience and muscle memory. So keep practicing, putting in your 15 minutes every day or so, and you’ll begin to feel yourself getting better.
Weeks: After you can kickflip from both feet fairly consistently
At this point, you’re going to be working on making it a smooth transition from kicking one foot forward to the other during your trick. Again your primary focus will be on stability. You still want to land each time ideally before moving on to something else. Kicking at different angles is where things become interesting.
Once you have the fundamental movement down for switching between frontside and backside kicks, try mixing them up by kicking low, mid-height, or even higher, depending on the trajectory you want for your flip.
You’ll also need to work on keeping your knees bent and having enough power in each kick. You don’t want any of them to be too slow or not strong enough. Just keep at it every day, being sure to land perfectly after each repetition. That’s pretty much all there is to it! It is just about putting in the time and effort.
How hard is it to learn a kickflip?
Learning can be challenging if you don’t have a solid foundation. If you’re starting and it’s your first time even trying to kickflip, I would recommend getting down the basics of riding your skateboard smoothly first before trying any tricks at all. That way, you’ll build muscle memory and know how to use those muscles properly to learn it faster.
Is kickflip easier than ollie?
In a way, yes, because you don’t have to lift the board until you want it to flip. With an ollie, you need to do that at the beginning of the trick before gaining enough momentum for a full rotation.
Is kickflip a beginner trick?
I think it can be for people who already know how to ride a skateboard and feel comfortable doing so. Just keep in mind that if you don’t have any muscle memory built up yet, you’ll need to start with some basic riding before practicing your kickflips.
What is the hardest trick?
I would say the most challenging trick is a hardflip.
Are Heelflips harder than kickflips?
I would say that Heelflips and Kickflips are about the same difficulty level. They both require a little bit of muscle memory and technique.
Can you kickflip a penny board?
Absolutely! These tricks can be done on any skateboard, including penny boards.