How to tre flip on a skateboard
The tre flip is an advanced skateboarding trick that incorporates a 360 pop shove-it with a kickflip.
Find out how to do it
When done correctly, it’s one of the most popular and enjoyable tricks you can perform on a skateboard.
Skateboarding superstar Rodney Mullen pioneered the tre flip in 1983 and it’s basically a 360-degree flip.
Watching it in slow motion reveals just how complicated the spinning and rotating is.
Learn the three-flip by mastering the ollie, kickflip, pop shove-it and varial kickflip before you can learn the tre flip.
A well-executed tre flip relies heavily on the placement of your feet.
A 30- to 45-degree angle with your heel dangling off the edge of the board is ideal for your front foot, which should be in the centre of the deck.
As a matter of fact, your toes should be “grabbers” on the tail of the board in order to land a tre flip, so keep that in mind.
Your heel should not be on the floor when you stand.
Instead, focus the majority of your weight on your toes to increase the amount of pop you can achieve with each step.
The rear foot is responsible for creating the scooping motion in the tre flip.
Back foot drags the board backwards at early pop stage, while front foot glides straight up and out of the deck.
In order to achieve a balanced flipping action, you should aim to place equal weight on both sides of the skateboard.
When learning the tre flip, it’s preferable to practice on a slippery and smooth flat surface.
In addition, begin carefully practicing the tre – never stop moving forward.
To avoid this, you must keep the board in front of you or to the side of you.
With your front foot, make sure you’re able to catch the board once it’s completed its full rotation before leveling it all off.
Let’s break down the tre flip so that you can land it more easily:
1.Pull the trigger on your skateboard
2.With your front foot planted in the centre of the board, and your back foot’s toes dangling off a bit, you’re ready to ollie.
- The back wheel will be touching the board on the toe side to raise it up on the kickflip side just before popping the board.
4.Pop the board and kick the tail backward at the same time.
5.When the skateboard is in the air, use your lead foot to flick it.
6.Slide your lead foot out of the board like a kickflip as the board begins to spin.
7.Keep your feet and eyes on the board at all times.
8.Catch the board with your front foot as soon as the rotations appear to be finished and the grip tape begins to appear.
- Trap the deck with your rear foot while keeping the board parallel to the ground.
- Get off the ground and skate off
Mastering Skateboarding’s Per Welinder says that if your board is flying forward, you may be flicking your lead foot too forcefully.
Adjust your flick so that you are merely spinning the board and not actually moving it, like you would in a conventional kickflip.
Try to land the board just short of a full 360 and then drag the front around the rest of the way if the board isn’t spinning around laterally.