Science of Treflip in skateboarding

Scientific breakdown of Treflip

You don't have to use your front foot in a Treflip. But what does it mean? Does that mean you don't have to pay attention to your front foot because it does something unconsciously, or the front foot indeed does nothing?

This page will discuss objective and scientific reasons why a Treflip flips and why you don't have to use your front foot.


Your front foot does NOT flip your board in treflip.

Your front foot loses contact with your board before your back foot completes a scooping sequence. Use your front foot to hold your weight when crouching but not to flick.

Stored energy flips the board.

The rear bushings flip the board by trying to return to their original state after being pushed down. Scoop the tail around the vertical axis(z-axis) to effectively squeeze the bushings.

Scoop = Twisting back foot inward

Focus on twisting your back foot inward around the vertical axis(z-axis), and your board flips sufficiently. Avoid swinging it to the heel side or pushing it toward your front foot.


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Why does a Treflip flip?

Common Misconception

You may assume you must do a 360 Pop Shove-it with your back foot while making a Kickflip motion with your front foot.

However, a 360 Kickflip flips due to entirely different mechanics.

A reason the front foot doesn't flip the board

As you look closer at my front foot, you can see it leaves the board even before my back foot finishes scooping, making it impossible for my front foot to flick my board.

How a back foot flips the board.

Being the last element to stay in touch with the board, the back foot causes the flip. Your back foot's toe side sinks as you twist your back foot around the z-axis, bending the rear bushings like compressing a spring. Consecutively, the bushings store energy to return to their original state once you release the back foot. This bouncing energy causes a flip.

Does the front foot do nothing?

While the front foot does not cause a flip, it plays a vital role in holding your board. Your front foot must hold your board until your back foot applies sufficient energy to the tail and squeezes the rear bushings low enough.

How to practice

Focus on the Z-axis rotation.

This time, we focus only on the most crucial part: twist around the vertical axis= the Z-axis rotation.

Utilizing the bouncing force of rear bushings is the most vital part of my type of Treflip. Turning your back foot inward around the z-axis (what they call the "Scoop") will cause both a 360 Pop Shove-it rotation and the Kickflip rotation.

And you don't need to swing your back foot to the heel side intentionally, as the weight distribution strongly affects the horizontal spin; Shifting your weight on the toe side before popping allows your back foot to push the tail to the heel side by popping straight down.


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Should you learn Treflip after Varial Flip?

Do I have to learn Varial Flip before Treflip?

No, they flip due to completely different mechanics.

We will analyze the scientific difference between a Varial Flip and a Treflip. They flip due to entirely different mechanics, and how you use your back foot is not the only difference. Let's science it.

Treflip weight distribution and landing back on your board

Why is it easier to Treflip while moving?

Because the board opens up due to the weight distribution.

This time we talk about this common saying: Treflips are easier when moving. I, too, personally think you should try this trick moving no matter how slow it is. But scientifically why? Perhaps it has something to do with the weight distribution.

Function of front foot in Treflip

What does the front foot do in Treflip?

It holds down the board and it does NOT flick it.

We have been saying different things about the function of the front foot in Treflips. In fact, there's no such thing as a unique way to use the front foot and it does vary depending on skaters' preference. This time, I will be showing you how I use my front foot in my Treflips.

Key to consistent Treflip - Scoop when your body's going up

Why does your Treflip not flip?

Because your body is holding your board down.

Some people can Treflip or Shove-it so lightly. Understanding how a steezy Treflip is possible helps you land yours. Above everything, the most crucial question in this video is: Can you scoop your board when your entire body is holding it down?

The mechanics of Treflip

Why can you not believe "Treflip is all in the backfoot?"

Because I can't believe it.

Treflips are all in the back foot. And you don't have to use your front foot. Whenever I heard this, I used to think "Yeah, right. but don't I still have to use my front foot?" Somehow, no matter how many times we hear someone says "it's all in the backfoot," we still want to use our front foot.

Let's see if we can believe it by studying the physics and objective mechanics behind Treflips.

Trouble Shooting

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