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How to Backside Kickturn

This is a basic and essential ramp/bowl/transition trick – you aren’t going to get far with skating any kind of bowl or ramp without being able to kickturn. The Backside Kickturn is easier and less committing than the Frontside Kickturn, so we recommend that you start with that.

Any size ramp will do, as you don’t have to ride all the way to the coping. If you want to get coping sooner, then find a small (3-4ft) ramp to learn on.

In this trick tip, Adam hit’s the coping, but if you’re just starting out, you can just learn this by turning halfway up the transition. It’s exactly the same body movement whether you do the kickturn at the top on the coping, or below it in the ramp.

Any board with a kicktail will be perfect for this, we recommend a shorter regular shaped skateboard or old school shape like the Dagyr for all transition skating.

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Approach

Approach the coping at whatever speed you are comfortable.

You don’t need to be going very fast to hit coping, and for the first few, you probably want to keep it low anyway – so no need to go super fast.

Keep you eyes on the bit of the coping you want to hit, or the part of the transition that you want to turn on.

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Start to Carve

At the bottom of the transition, start to carve by loading up your toeside rail.

Keep your eyes on the spot where you want to do the turn.

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Ride up the Transition

Try to imagine an arc on the ramp in front of you.

Your eyes, head and body will be ahead of your board throughout the whole arc. Here Adam has started to look away from the coping that he wants to hit, even though his board hasn’t even got to the kickturn yet.

If you keep looking ahead of yourself throughout the whole arc, you’ll find this really easy.

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Start the Kickturn

As the front wheels approach the coping, unweight your front foot slightly to allow the front of the board to come up and get the front wheels over the coping.

Notice how Adam is already looking back down the transition, and his body is opening up as the board turns.

If you’ve gone fast enough, your back wheel and maybe your truck hanger will hit the coping with a very satisfying “clink!”

It can be intimidating when you first go for the coping, but don’t worry, it’s exactly the same as just doing a kickturn in the ramp. Just go a bit faster and get up there!

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Pivot

The board starts to come round to the same direction as you’re facing, with the front wheels still in the air.

As long as you’re looking in the right direction, stay relaxed and light on your feet, you’ll ride this one out.

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Drop Back In

Get your weight over the front truck to get your front wheels back in contact with the ramp.

Lean forward and pump for more speed. This will also take some weight off your back wheels and help them clear the coping more easily.

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Ride Away Clean

Keeping your weight forward, ride down the transition and onto the next trick or turn!

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Next Steps

Do it faster and higher until you are hitting coping every time! Once you have this dialled you can learn to drop in and go for it, or you can try the frontside kickturn.

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