Skateboarding Tricktionary – I


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Illusion Flip

Many people confuse this trick with a hardflip. An illusion flip is a type of hardflip performed vertically through the riders legs. To achieve this the skateboarder must rotate his body 90° frontside, before turning back to catch the board and land. The flip resembles a vertical pop shuvit but is in effect a half backflip, half kickflip, the opposite of a phobia flip.


A very difficult trick originating in flatland skateboarding involving the vertical end over end rotation, or backflip, of the skateboard around the riders back foot. Like a pressure flip, in an impossible the front foot does nothing except get out of the way. If you watch one, the back foot scoops forwards as the rider pops, to start the backflip motion, and then whips around in a circular motion, as the board literally has to roll around the back foot to complete the trick.

This trick was invented by Rodney Mullen in the 80’s after he was told that it would be “literally impossible” to get the board to flip end over end. After landing the trick, there was really no other name he could give it…


A grab trick where the back hand grabs the toeside edge of the board about half way along. This is the most common grab trick in vert skating.


Done on ramps, the invert is a handplant trick with many variations. In the basic invert, the board is grabbed mute and the back hand is placed on the coping to allow the skater to go completely upside down before re-entering the ramp.

Inward Heelflip

The opposite of an inward kickflip, an inward heelflip is a varial heelflip where the varial is popped backside instead of frontside. The rider must flick the heelflip off of the leading edge of the board as it turns, making the trick extremely difficult and impressive.

Note that this is a different trick to the version where you turn backside 90° in mid air and let the board flip between your legs, which is known as a phobia flip. Like the hardflip, phobia flips were created as an easier (though still not easy) version of inward heelflips, so if you can’t work out how to inward heelflip give that a go instead. In an inward heelflip, the board must spin laterally underneath your feet, not through your legs.

Inward Kickflip

A varial kickflip where the varial is popped frontside instead of backside. See hardflips for more detail.

Irish Flip

Pull the board like a half nosehook impossible from a no handed 50-50, and then do a late underflip to land normally.