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Zoltan Torkos performing a kickflip.

The kickflip is a maneuver in which a surfer flips his or her board 360° along the axis that extends from the nose to the tail of the surfboard. When the rider is regular footed the board spins clockwise if viewed from the front and the opposing flip (counterclockwise) is a completely separate maneuver.

It was the first of many modern skateboarding flip tricks to be invented by Rodney Mullen in the early 1980s. In March 2011, the first kickflip in surfing was landed by Zoltan "The Magician" Torkos.

How to

For a kickflip, what you want to do is ollie first, and when you're ollieing, that's when you flick out at the top of your ollie. Put you back foot at the back of the board, and your front foot right in the center - a little bit pointed, not completely straight. And when you pop - while you slide your front foot up - you want to flick out at the top of your ollie. That's going to make the surfboard flip, and then you catch it, and then you land.

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