As discussed on here two weeks ago, 2023 was the year of the switch flip. And rather than blithely asking your friends to “do a switch flip” — as so many of our colleagues had during those trying 365 days — Salomon Cardenas documented the efforts of all those who came within the path of that request.
Switch flips are unique because they are one of skateboarding’s great equalizers. Switch heels? Nobody is “okay” at switch heels. You’re either Tyshawn Jones or they’re rolling on the floor and you’re shocked when you happen to land on one playing defense in S-K-A-T-E. Whereas with switch flips, there’s a 7% chance you have a better one than your favorite skater. For example, it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that Mason Silva is the best skater in any regular ol’ skate video that features Mason Silva. In Switch Flip: The Movie, he has maybe, like, the 53rd best switch flip in it.
The switch flip has a way of upending expectations like no other trick. You see Will Marshall come onscreen and it’s a shoo-in for the #1 seed before the tail even pops — then Johnny Cumaoglu cuts in and throws your entire bracket into a tailspin.
Sully uploaded this one onto his IG page on January 1st, but it was so entertaining and generated so much debate amongst the hallways of QS HQ, he was kind enough to give his blessing to throw it onto YouTube for anyone who may have missed it.
There’s a big painted slogan when you enter the Nike campus that says “If you have a body, you are an athlete.” After watching this video, rest assured that if you have switch kickflips, you can do anything. Actually, gonna get that painted on the front door of the QS shack right now.