HOW TO HARDFLIP
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
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"