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I want to try to backflip off a small kicker.

Posted: Sat May 10, 2014 3:47 pm
by Kiwy
Somehow I managed to learn how to flip in these past months. There's a problem with decent ramps in my city and I don't have the tools and knowledge to build one myself. Or where to place it so everyone could use it.

There is this small concrete kicker though, where I can pick up decent speed. My question is, do you think it could be approachable to use for backflips?

This is a link to an album showing the size and how high I can manage to jump over it. They're old pics and I have no new ones to know if I can go higher now.
Anyway, what do you think?

http://imgur.com/IwTRFwP,35tRrhK,MfqrMib,2PCEwwY,V8q6YlK,wS56Rp6#0

Posted: Mon May 12, 2014 4:43 am
by saul
Kicker radius is too low to learn flips
Try too find some MTB dirt jumps

Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 4:26 am
by Alan_RTH
I've seen people flip smaller and shallower kickers but if you're fairly new to flips I'd advise trying them on some a bit steeper first.

Small kickers are fine to flip but you've got to really whip it which I'm not sure would be that easy with a shallow kicker like that considering the amount you'd have to pop at the same time.

Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 4:27 am
by Alan_RTH
Actually looking at it again it's definitely possible and would probably work pretty well.

I still maintain my advice not to go straight to it if you're new to flips though. Try something a touch steeper and bigger to learn small flips.

Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 6:51 am
by Kiwy
No, my board is pretty heavy (8kg) so until I learn how to manage that weight I'm not going to risk it.
Thanks for the advice. It was really helpful.

Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 8:01 pm
by Mikael
Yeah I'd definitely agree with Alan.
The most likely thing you're gonna do is huck it and since flips aren't automatic for you yet, you're likely to land sideways, overrotate, underrotate, all kinds of bad things.
You could definitely learn them on that kicker, but it's likely that you'll hurt yourself before you do so.

Also 8Kgs is not heavy, it's pretty average.

Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 10:20 pm
by Kiwy
It's heavier compared to what I had. I know how to do them but true they're not automatic yet. I was having doubts because of the size and radius. It throws me in length but not much in height, so I was questioning if my head would pass safely.
When I'm ready mentally I'm going to attempt one and come back with a follow up. Hopefully pics.

Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 1:10 pm
by Kiwy
Here's a bad, six second video with the follow up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQM1IbiHv_s&feature=youtu.be

Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:23 pm
by Mikael
That was pretty damn good!!! Congrats!

Posted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:13 am
by saul
cool!

Posted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 1:04 pm
by Ben
nice one man. bet your stocked

Posted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 1:46 pm
by Kiwy
First one, I got scared of landing mid spin and botched it.
Second one I over rotated and landed in a manual.
Third attempt went smooth and I tried another one. I took a break after because I was starting to get too confident. It's a decent ramp, I didn't have to pump as much as I thought initially.

Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 4:03 pm
by McCarver
well done sir!