The bearings in your board are designed to roll efficiently. Once you’ve popped the deck up, it’s good to take advantage of these bearings with some tricks. Some of these tricks depend on how fast your wheels are spinning (i.e.: speed checks).
Board control: You should be very confident in popping the board up into tre, front sides, and backside. Being able to pop the nose downward while checking your spin speeds is also key.
You should have a strong sense of board control and you want to know your spin speeds. Work on popping the board up higher, especially when learning frontside 360 flips. Also, keep in mind that you might land on your back before the board flips 360 degrees.
Skateboarding Tricks You Should Know Before Learning to Tre Flip
You should have basic board control, being able to pop the front side and backside. Being comfortable with tricks like kickflips is also key.
As for committing to it 100%, don’t try half-ass a 360 flip unless you want to land on your face.
So, you want to know the difference between a tre flip and a kickflip?
The tre flip includes the kickflip, which is why it makes sense that both tricks have 360 degrees of rotation. Where they differ is in the spin of the board. A tre flip spins 360 degrees along its longitudinal axis, while a kickflip rotates only 180 degrees.
Difference In Height: A tre flip is slightly higher than a frontside pop shove-it, about an inch or two. It’s also significantly higher than a backside 180 Ollie.
How to Tre Flip
Getting the right foot position-You should start with your back foot in the pocket of where you would be riding. This will help to get more stability and control while doing tricks like a kickflip, but it’s also good for landing soft landings after grinds or spins!
Pop and flick-With your back foot, pop it down and use the toes on that same foot to flick towards one side. The force should be enough so that you can rotate 360 degrees in a different direction- heel side first!
Jump high- When you land your kickflip, be sure to flick forward and to the heel side with your front foot. This will start flipping of this skateboard; make it rotate evenly by jumping high enough so that all 360 degrees are turned before hitting it again on its second rotation!
Catch the board. As you approach 360 degrees of rotation and flip, catch it with your front foot to settle then back. However, when starting out don’t worry about catching the board for now; focus on getting flick-outs right so that your ride consistently rotates 180° every time!
Foot Placement – Your feet should be placed shoulder-width apart on the deck. Turn your toes outward slightly, but no further than fifteen degrees or so.
Firm Grips – Grip the board with both hands and squeeze as hard as you can without hurting yourself. The point of this grip is to ensure that you do not slip off while trying to ollie (pop).
Ollie – Place the middle of your foot directly on top of the front truck. To make your swing more powerful, but most of the weight on one foot. This will cause your front foot to pop off the ground, making you jump into the air. Make landings soft by bending both knees upon impact (and keep looking forward). You should also bend your arms and legs, to absorb the impact.
Focus on Form – Resist the urge to ride away from the trick after you land it. Instead, jump back up and ride back through it, focusing on the form before executing again: make sure that you pop your foot straight up into the air (not forward or backward) and that your body weight is shifted backward before landing.
Balance – Ride away from the trick immediately after you land it, focusing on balance and technique (so that you can ride back through it without hesitation). Keep riding forward until you are sure that you have mastered your tre-flip before executing again.
Scoop and Flip – As you turn your hips and shoulders back to the trick, bring your front foot forward around your nose. Your front foot should be placed underneath the tail of your board at a forty-five-degree angle.
Scoop – Put more weight on your back foot as you turn it, scooping inward with your leading foot by shifting your weight backward.
Kick front foot out – As you scoop your leg, pop your foot up into the air, kicking it forward quickly but softly toward the steering platform of your board. At this point, your rear leg should be straight and stand flat on top of your deck.
Use Your Legs – Bend both knees upon impact (and keep looking forward). You should also bend your arms and legs, to absorb the impact.
Ride away from – Resist the urge to ride away from the trick after you land it. Instead, jump back up and ride back through it, focusing on the form before executing again: make sure that you pop your foot straight up into the air (not forward or backward) and that your body weight is shifted backward before landing.
Remember to practice, practice, practice.