The heel whip is one of the most popular tricks in scooter riding, and for a good reason! Not only does it look cool when performed, but it also requires the right skill and practice to master.
In this blog post, we’ll be going over the basics to advance on how to do a heel whip on a scooter. We’ll start by discussing the basics of what you’ll need to get started and then move on to the technique and practice tips. So, let’s get started!
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What You Need
Most of the people who didn’t get pro in any scooter tricks, including heel whip, make the common mistake of taking the wrong equipment to their practice session, which often results in slower and unacceptable progress.
Hence, you must ensure that you have the correct equipment and setup before performing any scooter tricks, including heel whip.
The scooter is the most important thing when it comes to doing a heel whip. You will want to ensure you have a good quality stunt scooter designed to handle the extra strain of doing a heel whip.
This means you’ll want to ensure you have good quality wheels, a solid deck, and comfortable handlebars. Once you have all of this taken care of, you can move on to the technique.
The simple fun kick scooter should be avoided as it is not made to handle the stress of tricks like heel whip.
The second important thing is the appropriate safety equipment. Helmets, wrist guards, elbow pads, and knee pads should be worn while attempting any tricks or stunts on your scooter. Especialy when you’re a beginner.
Thirdly, you will need a clean and open space to practice in. You don’t want to practice heel whips in a crowded area with obstacles. Find a good spot and stick to it to make sure you can practice safely and without distraction.
Lastly, it is important for beginners to have a spotter present while attempting any tricks. This person can help in spotting you while attempting the heel whip for emergency and can also provide tips and advice if they are an expert.
How To Do A Heel Whip On A Scooter
Now that you have ready all the equipment and setup, it’s time to learn how to heel whip on a scooter properly.
Step 1: Find a smooth surface and set up your scooter with the right posture. Make sure you’re standing straight with slightly bent knees on the scooter deck, feet shoulder-width apart, and firmly planted on the scooter.
Step 2: Place both your feet slightly backward on a scooter, just above the rear fender brake.
Step 3: Grab the handlebar with both hands to pull it up towards your chest but at a distance.
Step 4: Stand on your place and apply pressure on the scooter deck with your back foot heel to turn the scooter deck.
Step 5: While doing this, apply pressure and jump yourself in the air with a scooter over the handlebar.
Step 6: While jumping, you must rotate your scooter as much as possible by grabbing the handlebar.
Step 7: Land on both feet on the scooter deck. To land safely, keep an eye on the scooter deck and ensure you don’t land on it sideways.
Step 8: Practice till here until you feel comfortable.
Step 9: Start riding a scooter with a little speed and try to jump with it using the above heel whip technique.
Step 10: Start doing heel whip tricks on a scooter by following the above steps.
This is what we call a heelwhip on a scooter. Practice and patience is the key, so keep practicing, and you will be able to master this trick in no time.
Additional Tips to Be Considered
1. Until you’re experienced, keep practicing heel whip in one place. Only try to move forward and backward once you’re comfortable.
2. Don’t try to attempt this trick at full speed at the start. Increase the speed gradually as you get more confident.
3. Take breaks between your practices to avoid physical and mental fatigue.
4. Keep safety equipment with you for extra precaution and for better performance.
Once you have practiced this trick enough and feel comfortable, you can start attempting more complex heel whip tricks on your scooter.
If you want to learn backflip tricks you can also check our previous articles on how to backflip on a scooter.
The heel whip on a scooter looks simple but requires lots of practice and patience to perfect it. Using the right equipment and following the steps mentioned above, anyone can learn how to do a heel whip on a scooter and become an expert in no time.
Just remember that safety is always the number one priority, so make sure you have all the right equipment and a spotter present before attempting any trick. Good luck with learning the heel whip on a scooter!
I am Mary Earhart, the founder of scooterideas.com. Scooter (Kick scooter, electric scooter, and more) is my passion, and I have years of teaching experience in this field. Our vision and mission are to provide you with accurate information on everything related to the scooter.