Penny flip

To get philosophical here, the shifty is somewhat of an indicator for people who've “got it". It's a recognition, another hint towards the fact all “real" skaters know: skateboarding is more than just a sport. Because matter-of-factly, that trick you're shiftying is still that same trick – but you're adding your extra bit of style, your artistic expression… your fun!

This definition would make the particular kickflip shifty an indicator for people who've really got it. Because beyond a mind open for straying left or right off the beaten track, the kickflip shifty requires proper control. It is reserved for the cream of the crop, their way to say: Look where I can take this, look how beautiful skateboarding is!

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Penny Flip Shifty

The GIF of the ad on the previous page, Tom Penny finessing one over the Besos bar in Flip's Sorry.

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Rodrigo Flip Shifty

Rodrigo TX's technique is never anything short of impeccable so it should be little surprise to see him tweaking out a kickflip backside shifty with ease.

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Simon Skipp Flip Shifty

An undercover one here, both in the sense that it's at the Southbank Undercroft, and that it's likely few of you will have heard of Simon Skipp. Look him up kids.

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Ryan Gallant Flip Shifty

The way Ryan Gallant catches the board at what can't be far off 90 degrees is a sight to behold.

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Lucas Flip Shifty

Lucas Puig kickflip backside shifty between two trees for added visual delight.

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PJ Flip Shifty

PJ Ladd having off the Financial 9 in Boston. The nollie heel shiftys he drops in lines in this part are worth your attention too, so much board control.

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Moul Flip Shifty GIF

We'll go on record here and say, uncontroversially, that Alex Moul has one of the best frontside flips in the game. He's also got no problem catching them shifty, check those arms!

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Braydon Flip Shifty

The Santa Monica triple set has seen more than it's fair share of bangers over the years. Braydon Szafranski's Baker 3 ender is definitely one of the standouts.

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Matt Beach Flip Shifty

Matt Beach is one of those guys who has the ability to make pretty much any trick look good. When it's a trick as aesthetically pleasing as the kickflip shifty the results are always going to be glorious.

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Reynold Flip Shifty GIF

Andrew Reynolds knocks out a couple of kickflip shiftys in his seminal This Is Skateboarding section. However it's this one, found in the credits, down the MACBA 4 that finishes our homage off in style.

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