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Colin Gould

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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Snoopy123
Snoopy123
same with me

21 October 2011 at 19:26

same with me
BlkSkaterboi23
BlkSkaterboi2
wow good advice I find that music blocks out fear cause your favorite songs put's a positive effect on you skating skills I recommend rolling with an I pod but honestly I am a beginner and I get that fear alot some days I feel good other days I am scard to death of my own board (L)

4 November 2011 at 05:22

wow good advice I find that music blocks out fear cause your favorite songs put's a positive effect on you skating skills I recommend rolling with an I pod but honestly I am a beginner and I get that fear alot some days I feel good other days I am scard to death of my own board
mryculio
mryculio
nice this helped me a lot (Y) ^^ ;) :P :D

14 November 2011 at 20:56

nice this helped me a lot
sk8tergurl14
sk8tergurl14
just put more pop and move your foot down so u get a highr one

16 January 2012 at 07:24

just put more pop and move your foot down so u get a highr one
Galefargion
Galefargion
It isn't possible with all things, but if you can't get past the fear. It may look silly, but try imitating the motions of what you are doing on foot to get a small feel of it. It may help especially with stair sets.

22 May 2012 at 12:39

It isn't possible with all things, but if you can't get past the fear. It may look silly, but try imitating the motions of what you are doing on foot to get a small feel of it. It may help especially with stair sets.
Peewhee
Peewhee
This is a serious problem for me, I call it "chickenfoot." :(

26 May 2012 at 18:29

This is a serious problem for me, I call it "chickenfoot."
Davegun
Davegun
this post is so true!

10 June 2012 at 16:16

this post is so true!
TRONCAT
TRONCAT
this really helped me

11 June 2012 at 18:19

this really helped me
lcamsmith20
lcamsmith20
yeah its good advice. if you want to get better at skateboarding but don't wanna get hurt, you wont get much better

21 July 2012 at 07:50

yeah its good advice. if you want to get better at skateboarding but don't wanna get hurt, you wont get much better
macdevin18
macdevin18
hahaha

11 August 2012 at 17:04

hahaha

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