One Two Three Four Kick Five
Hand Kick Five


One Two Three Four Kick Five

The kick five is a traditional longboarding move. The idea being if a hang five is mastered, then a kick off the nose is even more hotdoggy. In longboard skating, a kick five is usually a nose wheelie. This routine sticks to those traditions, and adds a couple of twists.

The first twist is that the kick should follow four smooth cross steps, so the fifth step is a kick in the same rhythm. Hence the name, 1-2-3-4 kick five. The second twist is that the kick doesn't come down back on the board, it hangs off, pulling the nose down and balancing a wheelie.

The skater takes three cross steps, keeping them fairly close together.

The fourth step, with the left foot, goes right on the tip, at the balance point where the board will tip forward. On this board it's not quite a hang five.

The right leg kicks up, bringing the tail up a bit. The kick is knee to waist high or so, like kicking a ball.

The downward swing can be placed on the board. As a challenge, here it's held forward and an attempt is made to hold the nose wheelie that the kick started.

The skater keeps all his weight on the left leg which is bent. He keeps his weight centered right over the front truck, remaining in a seated position. This is the balance position for a nose wheelie.

Note: In lots of tricks involving supporting the weight on one leg, I use my left leg. You can see it all over this site, in hangs, nose stalls, one legged sits, kicks, etc. This makes the tricks a bit like cross stance tricks. I only do this because it's easier to carry my weight on my left leg. If you can carry your weight better on your right leg, do the tricks the opposite way. It may even be better for surfing, because hang fives require that you carry all your weight on the back (right) leg.


After the kick five and nose wheelie, the skater backpedals to the middle of the board for the next trick, which will be another kick. It's nice to do two kicks, walking or running back and forth between them.

This kick is different. First of all, the walk rhythm is done with two big slow steps instead of four small quick steps. The kick itself will be as high as possible. The goal will be to kick the hand which is held up.


Hand Kick Five

The skater takes two big cross steps, landing the second with the left foot right on the front trucks. This is the most stable part of the board and is a good platform for a high kick.

The right foot is on the rail of the board and back, ready to be swung up in a kick. He bends and crouches. Unlike the first kick five, a lot of force will be brought into this kick.

The kick goes up, as high as possible. The left foot goes up on tip toe for extra height and stretch. The right hand is held up head high as a target for the foot. The left hand goes up (or out to the side) for balance.

Some warmup stretching beforehand is required to kick high. A waist high kick is all that's needed. It's actually easier to do a hand kick past the waist, because it's easier to balance when the leg gets parallel with the body. When it's off to the side the force can throw the skater off the board.

The skater recovers from the kick by bending the leg as it comes down and holding his balance on one leg. The left foot comes down off tip toe and is solidly planted on the front truck.


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