How to Do a Front Flip Like Evan Bourne

by Nick Mann

One of the highest flying moves performed in professional wrestling is the flip done by Evan Bourne. The technical name for this maneuver is the Shooting Star Press and first involves an athlete climbing the top ropes with his opponent lying on the mat. He then jumps into the air and completes an inverted back flip and lands on top of his opponent. Learning this maneuver is challenging and can be potentially dangerous.

Items you will need

  • Trampoline, mattress or wrestling ring
Step 1

Find a safe, soft surface to practice the Shooting Star Press. A trampoline is ideal because of the bounce it provides, but a large mattress will also work. An actual wrestling ring will also work, but can be dangerous when first learning. Make sure there are no obstacles or hazards in the way when practicing to ensure safety.

Step 2

Stand at the corner of your trampoline or mattress. If you are using an actual wrestling ring, then you should climb the top ropes and balance in an upright position. You should have at least 8 to 10 feet of room in front of you to land on once you flip forward.

Step 3

Jump in the air as high as possible. If you are on a trampoline, it helps to jump up and down a few times in order to build momentum. If you are using a wrestling ring, then you will simply use the ropes for bounce.

Step 4

Leap upward into the air and force your body to do a back flip. This can be accomplished by tilting your head backward and using the momentum to propel yourself through the motion of a back flip. Make sure that you propel yourself far enough in front to create a safe landing.

Step 5

Propel your body forward until your stomach is parallel with the landing surface. Once you are parallel, allow your body to fall flat to the surface and brace yourself for impact. If you have an opponent underneath you, your stomach should land on his stomach.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure that you are comfortable with performing a standard back flip before trying this move.
  • This move can be very dangerous and can result in serious neck injury, so be careful.
  • Practice this move without an opponent underneath you at first. Otherwise, there is the potential for an injury.

About the Author

Nick Mann has been a writer since 2005, focusing on home-and-garden topics. He has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.