The Kickflip can be used in the same places that a skater might usually use an Ollie, making the whole trick harder and cooler.
Rodeny Mullen invented the kickflip over two decades ago. A Kickflip is considered a "flip trick", because the board flips while in the air. The Kickflip is the easiest flip trick to learn, though it is still a hard trick to master. To learn to kickflip, read "How to Kickflip".
A Heelflip is similar, but the kick goes in the opposite direction, and the final kick comes from the heel of the skater's foot.
The kickflip is a popular trick to learn as a new skater, after mastering the Ollie. It's a difficult trick to get comfortable with and land regularly, but it makes for excellent photos and looks very impressive to non-skateboarders. For more, read the How to Kickflip Instructions, or watch the How to Kickflip Video. If you are having trouble with your kickflip after you've read how to do it and practiced, read the "How do I land Kickflips?" FAQ.