Kickflips are easily the most popular skateboarding trick to learn, after the ollie. But they're tough! There are piles of common problems, and one reader named Will just wrote me with one. He said, "when I try to kickflip i always ollie instead, my feet just cant do the flick unless I try to land with only one foot."
This is a pretty common problem, and it could be from a few different things. My first guess is something called Chickenfoot, where you are scared (whether you know it or not!), and so one of your feet refuses to land on the board. Read this FAQ on Chickenfoot for more help if you think that might be your problem.
But this could be other things too, like a foot placement problem, or even just that the kickflip isn't high enough! Here's some more resources that might help:
- Kickflip Troubleshooting - some common kickflip problems, with some help for each one.
- How Do I Kickflip Higher? - this is another FAQ, just about adding inches to your kickflips.
- Video on How to Kickflip - videos are a great way to learn, and this one will walk you through the steps.