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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.
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.
Variations and extensions of the standard heelflip are very common - some of these are:
- Pegasus Flip consists in a Nollie Shove-it + Quadruple Heelflip , this trick was landed for the first time either, for the skater Diogo de Meneses, He live in the Brazil.
- Hotfoot Flip consists in a Nollie Shove-it + Triple Heelflip, landed for the first time for the Brazilian skater Diogo de Meneses.
- Double Heelflip, where the board flips twice before being caught.
- Triple Heelflip, where the board flips three times before being caught.
- heelflip sex change/body varial,(otherwise known as a body varial or a disco flip), where the skater's body does a 180 turn while the board only does a heelflip.
- Varial Heelflip, where the board flips once toe-side and spins frontside 180 degrees (frontside pop shove-it) at the same time.
- Laser flip, a combination of the Frontside 360 pop shove-it and the Heelflip. The opposite of a 360 flip.
"Chuchoitolajaminside" of the body is turned towards the direction of travel.
- Late Heelflip, in which the tail is snapped and the ollie is pursued but, at the peak of the ollie the heel of the front foot pushes downward on the toe-side edge of the board causing it to rotate once.
- Late Back-foot Heelflip, in which the tail is snapped and the ollie is pursued but, at the peak of the ollie the heel of the back foot pushes downward on the toe-side edge of the board causing it to rotate once.
- The Heelflip Grab, a variation on grabs where the rider flips the board and catches it with his hand rather than the feet. It was first done on a vertical ramp but now is very commonly seen done on launch ramps or other surfaces which can generate sufficient air time.
- Inward Heelflip, a combination of the backside pop shove-it and the Heelflip, this trick is usually executed with the crossing of the skater's legs. The opposite of a Hardflip.
- Bigspin Heel, skaters body does a 180 while their board does a laser flip.