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Ollie trick tip

Since Alan "Ollie" Gelfand invented the ollie in 1978, it has been the single most important trick in skateboarding.

Almost every street or vert trick strongly relies on the ollie. Learn this one really well, this will be the foundation to build all the other tricks on. It can take some time to master the ollie, but it will make your life a lot easier.


(Videos by skaterboy1790 and skate999ordie)

  1. 1

    Start with your feet positioned more or less like in the picture below.


  2. 2

    Crouch down for the jump. Don't go too deep or you won't be able to pop & drag the board.


  3. 3

    Jump up using your back foot. Snap the tail down hard and fast. Raise your front foot and don't put pressure on the board with it while jumping.


  4. 4

    Move your front foot towards the nose of the board to level it out. Take it easy, it's a gentle drag, not a ninja kick.

    At the same, raise your back foot.


  5. 5

    Try to stay level and land with your 4 wheels at the same time. Bend your knees a little to absorb the impact of the jump.


Tips

  • Try to practise with at least a little speed, and work your way up. Even if you're barely moving forward, it's better than practising stationary.

  • Your back foot provides the power, your front foot will guide the board.

  • Your board can never go higher than your feet. If you don't jump high, you won't ollie high either.

  • The tail of your board can hit the ground when you pop, but contact needs to be as short as possible.

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Keys
Keys
God why do skating so hard :(

7 April 2009 at 13:34

God why do skating so hard
skater-eva14
skater-eva14
with the ollie it's important that u slide ur front foot up and let it come down a little bit.

7 April 2009 at 13:40

with the ollie it's important that u slide ur front foot up and let it come down a little bit.

bashy
bashy
for ollies my friend doesnt think about sliding his foot up, i can think about it or not im just saying cuz it helps him, he thinks about rolling his ankle so the side of his shoe touches the board then he just leans forward and somehow, after he pops, he gets the board to level out! hope this helps (Y)

7 April 2009 at 14:04

for ollies my friend doesnt think about sliding his foot up, i can think about it or not im just saying cuz it helps him, he thinks about rolling his ankle so the side of his shoe touches the board then he just leans forward and somehow, after he pops, he gets the board to level out!



hope this helps
clictheman
clictheman
I can't get enough pop help

9 April 2009 at 18:06

I can't get enough pop help
leikinskater
leikinskater
It helps to keep your toes off the edge of the board. Also, keep your front foot 2 in. from your bolts but, 1 in. when you first start to learn. (Y)

10 April 2009 at 23:14

It helps to keep your toes off the edge of the board. Also, keep your front foot 2 in. from your bolts but, 1 in. when you first start to learn.
skaterdudex
skaterdudex
one of the most important this for a solid ollie is to maintain balance and stay centered over your board

14 April 2009 at 14:06

one of the most important this for a solid ollie is to maintain balance and stay centered over your board
skate8888
skate8888
[color=blue][/color] Ollie's RULE

16 April 2009 at 15:14

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Ollie's RULE
CroatiaSkater
CroatiaSkater
Ollie is easy :D

25 April 2009 at 14:35

Ollie is easy
zerordie
zerordie
to practiss at home try doing squats or jumping and sucking your knees up as high as u can

28 April 2009 at 18:43

to practiss at home try doing squats or jumping and sucking your knees up as high as u can
SeamusRocks999
SeamusRocks99
I can do this trick! It's fun! :)

23 May 2009 at 20:22

I can do this trick! It's fun!

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