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Skating: It's all mental

Ever wondered why you can ollie while rolling real fast but just can't ollie a ledge or stair set? Well, it's probably because you're scared.


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The thing is, you just don't want to get hurt, no matter how much you want to land that trick! It's all in your head: there's no difference between ollieing 3 decks while moving and ollieing a 3 set (by the way, that's a good place to start).

You just need to make yourself do it. In that single moment before you make that ollie, you might feel this stab of fear in your chest. Even if you feel like you're going to fall, its always good to at least try to land the trick. You are going to fall, it's part of skating. So, if you're trying to ollie steps and you can't, its probably because you don't dare to do it. It's all mental, you just need to go for it!

And also, for your own safety, don't start out trying to ollie a 10 set. Please, you could hurt yourself, you'll look bad, and you don't know what kind of force you put on your feet in the landing process. This doesn't just go for ollieing steps or ledges, it goes for everything, from kickflips, to 360 flips, to even something as simple as an ollie, fear can always get in the way.

So, it's more than likely not that you're a bad skater, its just mental... so just skate!

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Janiz-
Janiz-
When u get that trick what u were afraid to land, u will land it almost every time u try that That helped me a lot (Y)

9 September 2010 at 08:14

When u get that trick what u were afraid to land, u will land it almost every time u try that

That helped me a lot
clicheskater12
clicheskater1
being afraid could save your life you know! don't go crazy and keep skatin (H)

9 November 2010 at 14:48

being afraid could save your life you know! don't go crazy and keep skatin
ping1379
ping1379
Yeah i can do things stright away but then when i fail a trick i just cant get my self to do that trick again!

13 March 2011 at 16:16

Yeah i can do things stright away but then when i fail a trick i just cant get my self to do that trick again!
chidoriextreme
chidoriextrem
thanx u now im not scred

21 May 2011 at 20:39

thanx u now im not scred
BOOBINATOR
BOOBINATOR
im getting over the fear of stair sets still, it makes me mad, cuz i wanna do it so bad, and i can skate everything else, but stairs are my weakness, that true though man, its all mental

25 June 2011 at 21:37

im getting over the fear of stair sets still, it makes me mad, cuz i wanna do it so bad, and i can skate everything else, but stairs are my weakness, that true though man, its all mental

thewolf
thewolf
great advice

1 August 2011 at 03:48

great advice
Jimbo2106
Jimbo2106
Be like andrew reynolds, just tap 3 times before u do a crazy stair set, sadly it doesnt work for me :)

10 August 2011 at 05:18

Be like andrew reynolds, just tap 3 times before u do a crazy stair set, sadly it doesnt work for me
Roberh
Roberh
And if you keep being scared, just wear protections. With them I'd never be scared.

13 August 2011 at 06:56

And if you keep being scared, just wear protections. With them I'd never be scared.
skateordie999
skateordie999
It is all mental, but it's very hard to change the way you think.

14 August 2011 at 15:38

It is all mental, but it's very hard to change the way you think.
killemall1983
killemall1983
thanks bro, this really helps me to do some tricks!

1 September 2011 at 15:39

thanks bro, this really helps me to do some tricks!

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