How to Do a 360 Kickflip/Tre Flip on a Skateboard
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How to Do a 360 Kickflip/Tre Flip on a Skateboard

This is a step by step tutorial on how to do a 360 kickflip/360 flip/tre flip/3 flip, which is a combination of a backside 360 pop shove it and a kickflip.

The tre flip is a difficult trick to learn but is quite fun once you have it down. It is becoming a standard street trick and if you plan on being a skilled skater then you need to learn this trick. Before trying to learn this trick though you need to be able to consistently and cleanly be able to kickflip and at least be able to backside 180 pop shove it. Tre flips will come easier though if you can backside 360 pop shove it. This trick takes a while to learn so don't give up and keep trying until you've got it.

Step 1:  Place your back foot in the front pocket of your board with your toes hanging off of the edge.

Step 2:  Place about half of your front foot in the middle of the board at about a 45 degree angle towards the nose. When first starting out you may want to scoot your front foot back just a little closer to your back foot slightly behind the middle of the board. This will help make the spin easier.

Step 3:  Pop and scoop with your back foot as hard as you can. And I repeat AS HARD AS YOU CAN! Because until you become an experienced tre flipper it will be hard to get the full 360 rotation.

Step 4:  While you perform step 3 you will want to also at the same time flick out and forward. You want to assist the back foot in getting the full 360 rotation by kicking forward and out at the same time. This is VERY important! Without doing this you will not be able to properly rotate the board.

Step 5:  Learn how to spin a 360 flip. Before trying to jump up with it and land it, you need to have the spin on lock!

Step 6:  After you can spin it consistently you are ready for this step. While performing steps 3 and 4 you also want to jump up as high as you can, jump forward, and a little to your left side of you are goofy footed and a little to your right if you are regular footed. You also want to suck in your knees for extra height so as to allow the board to spin all of the way.

Step 7:  Learn how to coordinate all of the moves so that you can catch and land it. Read the solutions to some of the trouble spots you will encounter when learning tre flips below.

Trouble Spot 1: When first trying to spin 360 flips you will probably just be spinning varial kickflips. This can be extremely frustrating, but the key is just to scoop harder and remember to use your front foot to assist in the 360 rotation. Another thing that you can do to help this is to do a few backside 360 shove its. And if you can’t do a 360 shove it then learning it might help.

Trouble Spot 2:  When you are starting to get close to landing a few tre flips you might be hitting your shins and ankles trying to get the full 360 rotation. A good way to stop this is to just practice doing 270 flips (rotating the board ¾ of the way). With a 270 flip you will want to rotate your body 90 degrees opposite to the way that your board is rotating and just flip your board and make it do a kickflip and a backside 270 pop shove it. This will help you to not hit your shins and the more you can rotate your board the less you will need to rotate your body until eventually you are not rotating your body at all because you can get the full 360 rotation.

Trouble Spot 3:  Another problem that a lot of people have is landing on the nose of their board. Sometimes it can seem like this is what will keep you from ever being able tre flip, but the reason this happens is because you are either shooting the board out too much or you are not jumping enough to the side. As mentioned above if you are goofy footed you will need to jump to your left and if you are regular footed then you need to jump to your right. Another reason that this happens is because of foot positioning. If you try the tactics mentioned above and you still land on your nose then maybe you need to try a different foot positioning. You may want to try pointing both of your feet slightly towards the nose of your board. Just keep playing around with it and keep practicing and don’t give up and you’ll eventually get it.

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