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Long before jejemons stood up and got recognized, skateboarding had begun to boom and get mainstream attention.  Gone are the days when it was looked down solely as out-of-school youths’ favorite pastime, as now everyone—rock stars, celebrities, even journalists like us—are harboring their own Tony Hawk fantasies.

That’s why when skateboarding lifestyle brand DC Shoes brought in five international skateboarding athletes as guests in skating championships in Cebu and Metro Manila, we didn’t waste a single opportunity to phish for tips and tricks. Granted that you know how to balance yourself on the board and do the basics (like the ollie), here are some intermediate tricks you can try—at your own risk, of course.

Kickflip
Do it like: Hirotochi Kawabuchi, Japan


1. Do an ollie while making the board spin mid-air. You can do this by flicking the board with your foot.
2. Kick the board with the top and side of your front foot.
3. Flip and spin over at least once, and land on the skateboard comfortably, wheels down. Ride away.

360 flip on flat ground
Do it like: Bjorn Johnston, New Zealand/Australia


1. Find a space that will serve as your practice pad.
2. Start moving around, then place both your feet back on the board. One foot should be on the edge in a kick-flip position.
3. Pop the tail of the board with the ball of your back foot. At the same time, gently flick the nose (the front part) of the board with your other foot.
4. Land back down.


Next: The Nollie flip and the Benihana


WORDS: ALEX PAITA
PHOTOS COURTESY OF DC SHOES

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