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.