By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
The key to skateboarding is persistence. There is not a single trick that can be made on your first try. We know you’ve struggled before with ollies and basic flips, but some advanced tricks require a lot of falls and even months or years of practice to be mastered. Even some professional skateboarders haven’t got these moves right. Here, we present you 5 of the hardest skate tricks that can be pulled right now.
If it’s hard to master a simple kickflip, imagine combining it with a frontside pop-shove it. That’s a hardflip, basically. It may sound easy to pull it, but there are a lot of changes compared to the two tricks that are the foundation of the hardflip. First, you will need to kickflip really fast, and your back foot has to pull the board to the front. Your front foot will catch the board easily, but the tricky part of a hardflip is landing with your back foot. It may sound like an easy trick, but we assure you it isn’t.
A laser flip is a frontside 360 pop-shove it combined with a varial heelflip. You need to master these two tricks to try a laser flip. The first thing to do is throw the 360 frontside pop-shove it, and when the board is at a 90° angle you have to do a heelflip. Your front foot will catch the skateboard first, but the most common problem when trying to land this trick is the board getting behind your feet. If this is happening to you, be sure to check your foot positioning until you find the sweet spot for this trick.
This is one of the most challenging street tricks that can be done. Gazelle flips, also called bigspin 360 kickflips, consist of a 540 flip mixed with a 360 degree turn of the skater’s body. In simple words, you have to do a full backside turn while your board does one and a half spins and a kickflip at the same time. You need to master backside 360’s, bigflips and 360 flips to do this trick correctly. Pretty challenging, right?
Fakie Beta Flip
You got your first gazelle flip done? Now try the beta flip. It’s a lot more complicated. First, you need to be riding in fakie position, which is riding backwards with the tail facing the direction of your movement. Then, you will need to pull out a backside 360 and a 360° rotation of the board around your foot, like doing a hospital flip. It is so hard to explain and master that there are few examples of it on the Internet. This GIF shows Freddy Ernst doing a normal beta flip. Now think about pulling it fakie. Damn hard.
Unlike the other tricks mentioned, a heelflip 720 needs to be done in a vert. It is imposible to pull it out on the street, because you will need to be a lot of time in the air. It consists of doing a 720 turn, or two complete turns, and pull a heelflip. The key to this trick is pulling the heelflip at the exact time of the 720 turn so you can grab the board precisely and land it. But as Tony Hawk mentioned once, this depends mostly on luck.
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