Before you decide to start trying these.. You're going to want to have inward heels down solid, as well as backside 360 shoves, as both of these tricks will have you much more capable of flipping and controlling a 360 inward.
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If this trick is just ending up being too frustrating for you... Consider trying them fakie, or perhaps trying fakie big inward heels.
- The back foot
Back foot needs to be placed as if you were going to do a regular inward heel. But you might want to scoot it just a little bit further onto the tail, as this will make it easier to get the backside 360 shove motion.
- The front foot
Alright, the front foot will be placed similar to the location it would be for a regular inward heel also.. But scoot it back down the board a little bit.. A few inches. This will make it easier to make the motion happen.
Once you start getting these landed, you have a few options.. Clean it up. Maybe take it to a gap. Or hell, go brag about being able to do it to your friends. Either way, good luck with it, and have fun.
Ah, a 360 inward heelflip... A.K.A emerald flip.. It is an incredibly technical trick, to say the least. It's a hard one, but it's also a very impressive one. If you want some help on doing this trick, then this guide is for you.
Alright... You're going to have issues with this trick at first. It's an incredibly weird feeling maneuver, and it's worth pointing out that before you really start to get close to landing this one... You will have to practice it A LOT. If you're trying it, and at first it just seems too uncomfortable to make happen, don't worry. Just keep trying it, and it will become easier.
But if your problem isn't lack of comfort.. And you're consistently finding the same things going wrong with this trick, it's all good. Check out below, and we'll sort em out.
- The board doesn't spin 360 degrees
With the way your back foot is positioned, making a full 360 motion is difficult. If you're coming up short, try adding just a little bit more force into your spin. Also, consider moving your back foot a little bit more onto the tail, as it will make it easier to spin the board. But mind you, if you try this, only move it a little bit further on. Moving it too far onto the tail can cause this trick to not happen at all!
But hey, it is possible that this problem isn't because of the rotating bit done by your back foot. As much as you have to make sure you give it enough force to make it spin, you also have to make sure you give it enough time to spin! Keep your feet sucked up as high as possible as long as possible.
- The heelflip motion isn't happening/it's coming up short
Haha, I dunno how many times I've went to try this trick.. And ended up just doing a backside 360 shove it! If this is happening to you, or your heelflip isn't flipping all the way around, you need to put more force into your front foot. Remember, this motion has to include a kick (you should know this already from inward heels). If the heelflip isn't going all the way around, kick harder.
- I try to watch the board flip under me, but I just can't figure out when to try to catch it
This is such a weird trick, I've got to say (for the millionth time).. It's easy to sort of lose track of it while you're watching it, especially if it's getting a bit inverted on you. If this is your problem... I'd say try the trick a few times, only without the intention of landing it. Observe it and take note on about how long it usually takes you to flip trick trick. This will give you a better idea as to when you need to move your feet in for the catch. Remember, this is one of those things that will seem really confusing at first, and you just gotta practice it a lot before you really get the hang of it.
- The board comes up and hits my legs, thus ruining the motion of the trick
This can be a frustrating problem, yeah. First off, make sure you're pulling your legs up as high as possible for as long as possible. This trick takes a long time to happen, and if you try to catch it before it's done, it's gonna be a mess.
If you feel that's not your problem, and that the board is just coming up and hitting you... Consider putting a little less of a pop on the tail when you begin this trick. This will help it in keeping it lower, and out of your way.
- The board seems to go fine, but it hits the ground before it finishes the motion
Sometimes you'll find that the spin and the flip both seem to be going okay, but it's just not all happening fast enough. That can be a tricky problem.. And you will ask "well, do I spin it faster, flip it faster.. Or what?"
Rather than trying either of those ideas, simply try putting a little more pop on the tail when you start the trick. The 360 inward heel can take a while to finish, so it will need a bit more height than your average trick in order to complete. And hey, don't be scared to try this one off a small ledge or something, since that extra bit of height might be what you need.
- The board doesn't stay under me
If this is a problem for you... Firstly, make sure your back foot is making a clean pop and spin motion. Without that, it'll make this one terribly difficult to control, and it can easily get away from you. Also, make sure you're getting a clean kick with the front foot. If you have too much of your foot on the board when you try to make it happen, you can easily end up just kicking it away from you.
And hey, if it seems like it just goes out a little bit in front of you... Consider sort of trying to "jump with it". If it's going in a certain direction, jump in that direction to help you stay over it.
- I land on my nose
If this is happening, lean a bit further back when you start the trick. Put a bit more weight over your tail and focus on staying over it.
- Alright, I follow all your steps dead on.. But this trick isn't happening. So, what?
Again, I have to point out this is a very technical trick. As so, a lot can go wrong with it. Really, you just have to commit a lot of patience if you plan on having this one on your list of tricks. Keep a cool head, and just try it over and over.
Remember, this is skateboarding. Sometimes things just don't happen like they should, it can seem. Like any other trick, you gotta practice, practice, and keep practicing!
Hopefully that helps you out a bit. Good luck!
Alright, so you're ready to try this one out, are you? Sweet. Give yourself a few pushes, and set up the feet as explained above.
- Alright... The first bit of this trick will likely feel very odd at first. You have to try to scoop the tail with your back foot in order to begin the 360 shove it motion. You'll quickly find that this will be a bit hard, because it feels like the back foot placement isn't exactly in the best spot to make this happen.
But don't let that trick you into moving it further onto the tail! In fact, if this is a big problem for you... Simply just try to land a few simple backside 360 shove its with your back foot placed in the position as described in the above section. After a while, it will become a lot easier for you, so don't stress it if it seems hard at first.
- Alright, as you're using your back foot to make the 360 motion... Drag your front foot up the board towards the nose. This motion is going to feel pretty similar to what it feels like when you're just doing an inward heel. However, this motion will likely need to be done a little bit faster than usual.
- As your front foot is right around that groove before the nose, do a heelflip motion to start the flip of this trick. And hey, you remember how you sorta have to add a bit of a "kick" to this motion on inward heels? Well, this trick is no different. And I've had some people say they have to kick more, and some say they have to kick less. So, try kicking out with the same amount of force you would for a regular inward and see how that feels. Then, apply more or less force in the "kick" as you see fit.
- Once your feet have set the board on it's way, suck them up. 360 inward heels have tendency to get a bit inverted for some people, so you have to really pull your legs high to get em out of the way.
- Alright... So the trick is spinning under you and you're watching it. It's sort of hard to anticipate when to land this one at first. Make sure you focus on watching the 360 shove motion. Keep your legs up high, and as the board is about 270 degrees spun around, prepare to catch it
- Catching this trick can be weird, no doubt. You're going to catch this one with your front foot, with your back soon to follow.
- After you've caught it, land on the ground with your board as leveled as possible. Stay over your board and absorb impact as you need. Ride away clean and throw a thumbs up. Good work!
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