A mid-air trick even beginner riders can master, the tail whip is an awesome way to show off in your combos. When you see it in action, a tail whip is when the rider gets air, kicks the deck, and spins the deck 360 degrees—all in one smooth motion. Even though it seems like a foot move, this trick requires a lot of arm movement and control.
Sound easy? Difficult? Why don’t we break it down for you step-by-step so that next time you head to the park, you’ll have all you need to nail the tail whip.
Pro tip: If you’re not super confident, practice your kick while stopped before giving it a go in motion.
Build up speed. As with many tricks, the tail whip is a sweet mid-air move, so you’ll want to gain good speed to give you enough of a boost when you jump.
Jump. Catch as much air as possible—airtime is crucial if you want enough time to execute your tail whip. Landing too soon in the middle of a trick is never fun, just saying.
Kick the deck. Are you ready for this? Kick the deck with your back toe, allowing it to whip around in a quick motion.
Use your arms. Now, right after you’ve just kicked the deck, use your arms to move the bars in a circular motion to keep the deck underneath you. This part is very important if you plan on landing your tail whip.
Catch the deck. When the deck comes back around (you should be watching it to make sure), catch it with your back foot and bring it back underneath you.