How to do an Ollie

The Ollie is the beginning of everyone’s skateboarding career. It is the root of all Skateboard Tricks such as the Kickflip or the Pop-Shuvit. Invented by Alan Gelfand who was nicknamed “Ollie” when he learnt how to pull off aerials using no hands just by lifting the nose with a scooping motion to keep his feet on top of the Skateboard

1: Make sure before you start to do attempt an ollie that you are comfortable riding your board around town, try bringing your skateboard along with you as much as you can such as going to the shops or taking it to school so you can get a feel and control on your board

2: Start by practicing the motion of your applying pressure onto your back foot forcing the tail (rear end of the skateboard) to hit the ground, this is what will get you up into the air for your ollie. This movement is commonly referred as popping your board.

3: Place your front foot behind the front bolts on your skateboard and drag your foot up to the nose (front end of the skateboard) on a 90°angle making. You’ve got to make sure that you are using enough force to make it seem like you’re ripping a hole into your shoe.

4: Now you’re going to combine popping the board and dragging your foot up so you can figure out the timing required along with the movement for when you’re up in the air doing an ollie.

5: When you think you’re prepared enough to jump up into the air with your board, jump when you pop your skateboard into the ground and raise your back foot as high as you can to get enough height. Your front foot should be dragging up so that your board levels out allowing you to get onto obstacles.

Issues occurred while Ollieing

Turning in the Air

When you ollie your body may unintentionally turn to the side. Usually this happens when your body isn’t aligned with your board, try keeping your shoulders straight pointing forward and keep your arms out on your side to stay balanced when ollieing.

Low Ollies

This happens quite often when learning how to ollie. There are many reasons why this may happen but the main reason being that you aren’t crouching low enough before you ollie, otherwise you aren’t pulling your feet up high enough into the air after you jump. When you crouch try act as if you’re trying to reach for the ground and not to worry about falling over.

Losing your Board in the Air

If you notice that your skateboard does not stay underneath your body when you ollie, it could be possible that you are kicking your board away when you jump, To prevent this from happening practice popping your board with your back foot without standing on the skateboard.

Still having Issues?

There are many problems you may face while ollieing, I recommend skating with a friend and ask them to spot out anything that you’re doing incorrectly or could improve on. If you don’t have a friend to skate with you could record yourself doing an ollie and try review yourself and see what’s going wrong.

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