Skating is a great way to get exercise and have some fun. But did you know that skateboarding can be really tough? 

There are a lot of tricks that you need to learn in order to skate well. Some of the hardest tricks on a skateboard are the Laser Flip, Hardflip, Backside Tail Slide, Tre Flip and Impossible. 

To do these tricks correctly, It’s strenuous and needs a lot of practice. So,  if you’re looking to try out some hardest tricks, make sure to start with the easiest ones first!

Which skateboard tricks are the most challenging?

  1. Laser Flip
  2. Hardflip
  3. Backside Tail Slide
  4. Tre Flip
  5. Impossible

1. Laser Flip

Laser flips are probably the hardest flat ground tricks to land. Because this trick combines a 360 shuv with a variety of heelflips.

360 shuvs are performed by flicking the back foot down and back to make the board spin 360 degrees. 

The varial heelflip consists of the heelflip combined with the front shuv. In heel flips, the board spins with your heels by flicking the front side forward. During a front shuv, your skateboard spins 180 degrees by pushing the back foot forward. 

As you can see, this is a really technical trick, thus it is the hardest one in our list.

2. Hardflip

Due to its complexity, the hardflip ranks second on our list of hardest tricks. Basically, this trick combines both a frontside shuv and a kickflip into one move.

When doing a hardflip, you should place your front foot in the middle of your board and point it diagonally outward. As you can see, this is the foot positioning for a kickflip. As you position your back foot in the middle of the tail, the ball of your back foot should put pressure on the heel side pocket in the back of the tail, which is the same as the foot positioning of the front foot. 

In order to do a kickflip, you need to pop hard, so that your board becomes vertical enough where you can flick your front foot, resulting in a kickflip.

3. Backside Tailslide

Unlike a flatground trick, the backside tailslide is performed on a rail, ledge, or hubba, rather than on a flat ground. 

Rails are basically flat bars or handrails that can be attached to stairs; ledges are flat blocks on the ground with waxed up edges; and hubbas are essentially flat ledges that can be attached to stairs.

In order to do a backside tailslide, you must first approach your obstacle with your back to it in order to do it successfully. It is for this reason that it is called the backside. 

Then, The next thing you need to do is pop your board, turn your shoulders a little bit so the board turns 90 degrees, and slide your tail onto the obstacle. 

It is a difficult trick because you have to do it on the blind side, which is extremely difficult. 

Trying to approach an obstacle’s backside is already difficult, but when a tailslide is added to it, that makes it even more difficult since you have to turn your eyes away from it while still locking into the tailslide at the same time.

4. Tre Flip (360 Flip)

Our number four on the list is the tri flip, also known as the 360 flip. Basically, this trick combines the 360 back shuv with a kickflip to make a Tre Flip(360 Flip). You can do a 360 back shuv in the same way you would a 360 front shuv, except instead of pushing forward with your back foot, you push back instead.

For Kickflips, It’s performed when you place your foot in the middle of your board and point it diagonally in order to be able to flick the board backwards while you are doing an ollie and slide your foot up to do an ollie.

One of the keys to this trick is to use your backfoot. In order to scoop properly, you need to scoop as hard as you can while slightly moving your front foot forward. In our list of tricks, this one is not as technical as some of the others, which is why it is at number four in the rankings. 

5. Impossible

This trick might sound intimidating at first glance, but it is not impossible to land once you know what to do. The impossible is a trick that is probably best described as one in which the backfoot is heavily emphasized. Here is a brief explanation of how it works.

The front foot is placed near the front bolts and turned at an angle. Additionally, your back foot is placed on the toe-side pocket. 

When you are doing an ollie, you will scoop the board with your back foot and push it forward so that it looks almost vertical, and this will make it spin 360 degrees if you do it correctly.

If you compare it with 360 shuv, it is similar to it, but the difference between the two is that the board spins vertically, not horizontally.

A list of honorable mentions

Fakie-to-fakie 900

Not much teaching about the tricks on the internet, but I did find a video of Bob Burnquist doing this. 

900

There is no doubt that the 900 is one of the most difficult and infamous skateboard tricks ever performed. In order to do this, you need a vertical ramp or “big air” ramp. 

While in the air, the skater must spin two and a half rotations before landing on their board. 

In 1999, Tony Hawk became the first professional skateboarder to land the trick in competition at the X Games in San Francisco. 

In the years since, only a few talented and risk-taking skaters have replicated it. 

Gazelle Flip

In 1981, Rodney Mullen invented the gazelle flip, also known as a bigspin 360 kickflip. 

A gazelle flip is considered one of the most difficult street tricks to master, and it can take months or even years for many skateboarders to master it. 

Basically, the gazelle flip is a combination of a backside 360, a 360 flip, and a bigflip combined into one move. 

Moreover, Performing a gazelle flip requires the skateboarder to do three things at once: rotate the board one and a half times, do a kickflip, and do a full backside rotation while doing it.

Heelflip 720

Heelflips 720 are another skateboarding trick that wasn’t quite included on this list. In this trick, a skater performs two full turns, a 720-degree turn, followed by a heel flip. 

This trick is most challenging when it comes to executing a heelflip during the already intimidating 720-degree turn. 

As if these challenges weren’t daunting enough, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk won’t say performing this stunt is almost entirely luck-based.

Some Answer You Might Want To Know

1. The laser flip was first performed by whom?

The first publicized performance of the laser flip featured Mike Hayes, who nailed the flip in a 1997 Alien Workshop video titled “Timecode.” Skateboarding has not always been as organized as it is today, so it’s entirely possible Hayes learned this trick from someone else. 

Having said that, Mike Hayes was the first person to land the trick successfully in any form of public forum in any form of time or space. 

Hayes has even claimed to have performed laser flips since 1991, six years before Alien Workshop’s video introduced the laser flip to the world.

2. Where can you practice difficult skateboard tricks?

Practicing difficult skateboard tricks is best done in an empty garage or parking lot. 

In addition to giving plenty of room for practice, it also eliminates the risk of colliding with a car or person. 

A smooth sidewalk or a skate park will also be a good place to practice difficult tricks if you cannot find a parking garage or lot. 

3. The impossible in skateboarding was invented by whom?

The first person to achieve the impossible was skateboarder Rodney Mullen in 1982. Mullen was not stranger to inventing new tricks. 

His notable contributions are the creation of many tricks that have survived to this day, including the 540-shuvit, the kickflip, the heel flip, and the 50/50 sidewinder, which has gained him a lot of fame and recognition over the years.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the five hardest tricks on a skateboard today are Laser Flip, Hardflip, Backside Tail Slide, Tre Flip, and Impossible.

To mastering these tricks will take time, practice, and patience. But with hard work and dedication, anyone can learn them and become a skateboarding pro.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start practicing!

Author

My name is Patricia Toh. I was born in the southen of China but I live in Hawaii. I work as a translator. I love skating. But in the future, I’d like to try yoga too."

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