In a sport like skate­board­ing, the kick­flip is the move that, by def­i­n­i­tion, sep­a­rates the begin­ner from the pro­fes­sion­al skater. First every­one mas­ters Olli (first love), then comes shu­vit (mar­riage), and then only kick­flip (car­riage) fol­lows. The first land­ing after a kick­flip becomes very excit­ing and real­ly takes the ath­lete to a new lev­el. Below you will find a brief his­to­ry of this pop­u­lar trick, as well as 21 stun­ning pho­tographs that cap­ture the dynam­ics and impact of this sport.


The kick­flip was invent­ed by skate­board­ing leg­end Rod­ney Mullen in 1983. He orig­i­nal­ly called it the ‘mag­ic flip’, but the name has since evolved and changed. The flip is seen as a defin­ing moment in the sport as it opened the flood­gates for a wave of inno­va­tion and cre­ativ­i­ty. Rid­ers were no longer bound to their boards as they per­formed their tricks, bounc­ing and spin­ning in unimag­in­able ways.

For the unini­ti­at­ed, a kick­flip is when the skater pulls his front foot at an angle to the nose of the skate­board and then kicks it out to make it turn 360 degrees along its axis.

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