The Backflip Club

Did you land a backflip on ice skates? This crowd-pleasing skill has been around since the 1950s, but very few have mastered it, yet alone performed it in a show.

Send us a photo, along with your best recollection of the date you first landed it and how you learned to do it! We’ll post it on our Facebook page and on our website.

Skippy Baxter

Skippy Baxter



Skippy and Meryl Baxter

Skippy Baxter may have been the first to land the backflip on skates as a professional show skater.  His daughter, Debbie, reports that her uncle Meryl Baxter actually taught her Dad how to do the flip. He’d seen others doing the backflip at the coast in the sand and tried it on ice at the Broadmoor Skating Club while stationed in Colorado for basic training in 1942 or 1943. They were both in the 10th mountain division — the ski patrol!

Reportedly the fourth in the world to land a backflip, Russell Mullen skated with the Ice Capades in the 1940s.  He is pictured below landing a backflip on outdoor ice in New Hampshire in 1949.

Adam Blake Backflip Timelapse and Cantilever

Adam Blake (Photo credit: Jacob Marsh at N0Filter photography)

Adam Blake is doing a backflip in this time-lapse photo, and with a little photo editing, he is sailing over his own cantilever!

Adam learned to land the backflip under the tutelage of Larry LaBorde at the Ice Chalet in Knoxville, Tennessee in May of 2007.

Other members of The Backflip Club:

  • Scott Hamilton
  • Robin Cousins
  • Jeff Whalen
  • Jimmie Santee
  • Jaimee Eggleton
  • Surya Bonaly
  • Brian Orser
  • Michael Weiss
  • Ryan Bradley
  • Doug Mattis
  • Kim Muir
  • Ashley Clark
  • Larry LaBorde
  • Adam Blake
  • Austin Blake
  • Aaron Blake
  • Janet Champion
  • Dan Hollander
  • Richard Dornbush
  • Brendan Kerry
  • Philip Warren
  • Jonathan Voyles
  • Caleigh Newbery
  • Jozef Sabovcik
  • Terry Kubicka
  • Scott Cramer
  • Philippe Candeloro
  • Lori Benton
  • Gigi Percelli
  • Joey Percelli
  • Robert Przepioski
  • Kelsey Parker
  • Rory Flack-Burghart
  • Robert Wagenhoffer
  • Ken Shook
  • Michael Turner
  • Chris Dougherty
  • Skippy Baxter — perhaps the first in the 1940s?  Last one landed at age 70!
  • Ed Raiche — also in the 1940s
  • The Mullen Twins — also in the 1940s
  • Russell Mullen – 1949
  • Mike Course — one of the first in 1957
  • Katy Garrity
  • Clément Pinel
  • Norman Donald Sullivan
  • Nathan Chen
  • Elladj Balde’
  • Keegan Messing
  • Billy Henry, Jr. & Billy Henry (father & son act) – 1959-1961 Ice Capades

We’ll add more information and history as the club grows!  Your contributions are invited.

Amazing videos available on YouTube:

Summer On Ice 1961 – Ice Capades Show

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The Backflip Club