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How to Do a Backside Pop Shove-It on a Skateboard

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Last updated: Jun 24, 2020 • 1 min read

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Skateboard tricks are a fun way to add flair to your skating, practice your skills, or help you win competitions. Once you have a handle on the basic skateboarding tricks, you can advance to more impressive maneuvers, like the backside pop shove-it.



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What Is a Backside Pop Shove-It?

A backside pop shove-it (or shuv-it) is a skateboarding trick that combines a shove-it with the pop of an ollie. With a backside pop shove-it, the skater performs an ollie to pop the board into the air, spinning it 180 degrees towards the backside, before landing on it once again.

There are a few more difficult variations of the backside pop shove-it that include additional rotations—360, 540, and 720-degree rotations.

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How to Do a Backside Pop Shove-It

For skateboarders looking to pull off this intermediate trick, check out the following steps:

  1. Mind your foot position. Place your front foot slightly in front of the middle of the board with your heel hanging off the board. Position your back foot on the tail so your big toe presses on the tip of the tail.
  2. Snap and kick. While performing a basic ollie, snap the tail of the board with your back foot so the tail taps the ground, scooping your back foot behind you and your front foot out in front of you. The move should resemble a scissor kick.
  3. Bend your knees. As your board rises and spins, bend your legs so your board has room to rise and spin beneath you. To avoid your board turning too far, push more lightly as you kick out. To achieve more rotations, give the board a firmer push.
  4. Extend your legs. When your board has spun 180 degrees, extend your legs so your feet catch it and bring it down to the ground. Keep your feet spread apart, as wider foot placement will help you balance and land the trick successfully.
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