This stacks up pretty well on the only chart of measure that matters.
Despite a slow start to the year, the past several days have yielded a barrage of developments relevant to our quest in appreciating good flip tricks (i.e. stuff that is understandable to the normal human’s brain in a way that most professional skateboarding of the day never will be.) Below, is a list of the three best flip tricks in existence, and how they have been elevated in the past week or so.
P.S. The 360 flip has been too homogenized in recent times to qualify for the top three. All the great 360 flips have been done, man.
Seimi Miyahara may be the heir to William Phan’s Asian Skateboarder With Absurdly Tweaked Kickflips throne. The ender justified the lipslide kickflip’s existence to an entire generation born before 1990 that never thought it would cheer for one after Gino did it backside in Nothing But the Truth. He also skates over garbage bags, hopefully as an overt homage to a prominent New Jersey skateboarder with exemplary flick capabilities.
Wish there was a side view of this, but yeah, that’s a kickflip.
And yes, that is out of a lipslide.
2. Backside Flips
Among our friend group, there is a simplified S.K.A.T.E. variant in which two people see how long it takes them to roll away from five backside flips. The first to five wins and they do not need to be in a row. As these games sometimes take twenty minutes to complete, a frequent notion of wisdom is that “Even the people who are really good at backside flips, still aren’t *that* good at them.”
After perusing some B-sides from the 2013 Christmas clip, that thought seems wrong. Either that, or it has only been said with unspoken acknowledgement that professionals — particularly those with “Greatest Backside Flip Ever Done” contenders (consult 3:57 mark) — are not considered when making such a statement.
The backside flips above might’ve occurred a month and a half ago, but jealousy over their form is only beginning to register now. At the time, more brain power was being spent on appreciating not getting kicked out of the spot they were occurring at.
3. Nollie Backside Heelflips
Between Brian Hoard’s Deca tenure and Torey Pudwill’s “Big Bang” part, there was not much talk about picnic table NBDs. Though tables themselves have been increasingly fashionable post-Bryan Herman in Stay Gold, only recently have we re-started to ask “Wait, has that been done over a Cali table?” A nollie backside heelflip was one of the most oft-considered curiosities, and the mystery was put to rest on Instagram two days ago via a former Redline Energy Drink spokesman.
With a nollie back heel put to rest, we can assume that a straight fakie flip (the fourth best flip trick) over one is only a year or two or Dylan Reider part away.