A heelflip is the opposite of a kickflip, the board spins toe-side (towards the toes). For a regular skater (left foot in front) the board spins clockwise from the perspective of one behind the skater. Again, there is a kick as part of the ollie but unlike the kickflip it is directed forward and outwards away from the rider's toe side (diagonal), so that the last part of the foot to leave the board is the heel, hence the name. It is considered a favorite trick among African-American skateboarders..
While the heelflip is similar to the ollie, it is not a direct variation of the ollie. In performing a standard heelflip:
- The front foot is placed behind or on the front bolts and towards the heel-side edge of the board.
- The skater pushes the ball of the back foot on the tail of the board slightly angled initiating the "pop" and a slight spin.
- The front foot is slid out diagonally in order to start the board rotating while the shoulders are centered over the board.
- Both feet are lifted out of the way so that the board can spin properly.
- Catch the board and roll away. It is considered good style to stop the board's rotation with the feet in midair rather than to allow contact with the ground to stop the board.
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