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How to hardflip - this is trick is perhaps one of the most popular new skool "tech" tricks. The trick involves the board flipping through the skaters legs, simultaneously performing a backflip and a half rotation. The motion for this trick is similar to one method of the frontside flip.

 1 - To perform this trick roll at a slow to moderate pace with your feet in a 'forward' stance, that is pointing more forward than usual. Begin the hardflip by jamming down the back kick and dragging the front foot upwards. As the front foot is moving up the deck drag it off the side as you would in a kickflip

2 - If you are just starting this trick the importance of the 'forward' stance comes into play here. You need to open your legs to allow the board to flip through them (a mistake here could hurt) without rotating your body 180degrees as is done in the frontside flip. Your bad foot needs to 'circle' to avoid the tail of the board.

This trick can either be caught with the front or the back foot depending on the skater but for the learner I'd suggest the front. I suggest this because the board will be easiest to see at that point and your back foot will be avoiding the tail. Catch the board, stomp it and roll away.

3 - With the board itself: the board performs a backflip and a half-twist and it is important that your feet engineer each of these movements. 
When you pop the tail it needs to be popped quite hard to send the board into the backflip. 

4 - In addition to this, when your front foot is dragged up the board, it should be moved 'gently' off the side of the board, that is, not trying to flip it fully as you would in a kickflip, but giving it enough force to rotate halfway around.

All this seems fairly complex for a relatively simple motion but perhaps that is why it is called the "hard flip" 



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