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The side flip, also commonly referred to as a side somersault is an acrobatic movement where the body rotates side ways making a complete revolution.

Common variations in technique include either landing facing sideways, in the same direction as the take off, or landing facing backwards towards the take-off point. Another variation is that some people will rotate with their back parallel to the ground, while others will have it almost perpendicular.


  • Inward sideflip
    A sideflip from height in which the direction of travel is opposite to the direction of rotation. For example, rotating over the right shoulder whilst travelling to the left. This is much more awkward than a normal standing sideflip as it's natural to lean into the direction of the spin to get the rotation, so a powerful jump in the opposite direction is required to avoid clipping the object.