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5 Really Hard Skateboard Tricks To Try


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.


Laser Flips

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.






Gazelle Flip

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.


Heelflip 720

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.


Read also: 5 Tricks That Every Skateboarder Needs to Know

Read also: 7 Things Not To Do While Skateboarding



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Pontoizeau September 29, 2020

After more then 30 years of skateboarding, I consider an Underflip as the most difficult skateboard trick as the kicking foot is used twice and the board is flipped back in such a short air time. FS 180 front foot impossible also to be considered as extremely difficult and rarely done because there is so much 1 in a million skaters can perform this trick.

Logan b November 19, 2020

A fakie beta flip is a full cab hospital flip. Not whatever tf u said wrapping the board 360. You also said there’s a gif of someone doing a regular beta flip and then “imagine doing it fakie” fakie 360s are soooo much easier than rwgular back 3s. I can do a fakie alpha flip but the regular version is so much harder because you need to land it perfectly. Adding another 180 to a regular alpha flip sounds unbelievably hard considering how hard back 3s are to learn but adding another 180 to a half cab hospital is way easier because how little rotation it takes to do a half cab. In conclusion. This website is dumb as fuck cuz of how over complicated u made all these tricks sound

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