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How to Fakie Shuvit

The Fakie Shuvit is a really easy flat ground longboard trick – it’s probably the first to learn. It’s the first “flip” trick to try, and it looks really good with a huge board, so it’s ideal for bigger dancing longboards. Get this sorted and you’ll have a good feel for throwing the board around with your feet and catching it again. It’s great for board control and a perfect first step onto harder things – we’d recommend the 180 no-comply and beanplant next.

The board flips around in this trick, but your body doesn’t – so a symmetrical deck like the Legend or Symbian 3D will be a bonus here, otherwise you’ll have to do another shuvit to get the board back round the right way again.

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Get Rolling

You need to start off by riding fakie. This means that you are rolling backwards in your normal stance – in other words, what is normally your back shoulder becomes your front.

Foot position is fairly basic – you need to have your front foot on the nose, and your back foot about halfway along the board. Bend your knees, ready to spring upwards.

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Pop

Spring upwards, keeping a little more weight on your front foot (the one on the nose) to allow the tail of the board to lift up.

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Shuv it

Shove the nose of the board round board with you front foot, scooping it underneath and in front of you. The tail of the board should swing round, and you can guide it with your back foot. You don’t need to get all four wheels in the air, but with enough scoop, it’ll probably happen anyway.

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Spot and Catch

Now you’ve got the deck swinging round, you should get a solid contact with your back foot. Keep your front foot high to allow the deck to spin underneath your body. A really common problem with this trick is not getting your front foot out of the way, which will result in bruised shins as the spinning deck hits your leg.

Once the deck is almost at 180, spot your front foot down onto the deck, and commit to landing.

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Land

Land with your weight centered, with your feet as close to the bolts as possible. As you’re landing this in fakie, be careful to keep your weight over the board – don’t fall off the back!

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Roll away clean

You’re still in fakie, so you’ll need to do something else to get facing the right way round again…

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Next Step

Once you have this dialled, you could try it off the tail in regular stance. As you’ve learned how to pop the board up and throw it around under you, you’ll also have a good feeling for trying the 180 no-comply.

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