Ollie trick tips for beginners
Invented in the late 1970s by Alan “Ollie” Gelfand, the ollie has become a skateboarding fundamental, the basis for many other more complicated tricks. In its simplest form, the ollie is a jumping technique that allows you to hop over obstacles and gaps.
The following trick tip will show you how to Ollie. Reading this trick tip is just the first step to learn the Ollie, but know that you’ll need lots of practise to land it.
The ollie is an absolute essential trick, it is “introduction” to skateboarding tricks.
The ollie is oftentimes the first real trick you’re going to learn concerning skateboarding. But before you start trying to do this, you need to know how to atleast roll around and stay balanced on your board. Practise ollie a lot untill you can pull it off real good! Whitout the ollie, you’ll be a lousy skater forever!
Positioning your feets for ollie:
The back foot should be square on your tail of the deck. Make sure it’s positioned to be able to offer a good pop as well as maintaining balance.
The front foot will be best placed just a few inches behind the front bolts. Make it level with the board. You will likely want to try moving it around a little bit depending on your personal preference
Get yourself rolling slowly and position your feet for this one.
1. Quikly push the end of the tail with your back foot (= pop). Make sure your tail doesn’t touch the ground.
2. As you’re performing step one, bend your foot and drag the side of your foot up the deck towards the tail. If you combine these two motions properly, the draging motion will be lifting you off of the ground with the deck still intact to your feet. While pushing the tail, jump up real high. You board should come up with you.
3. When you reach the highest point, try to level out your board so it’s horizontal. To do so, slide your front foot to the nose of the board. Make sure to stay above the board. The leveling out will come more naturally with practice, so don’t worry too much if you’re having a hard time with it at first.
4. Now just slide your front foot back and stay on it untill you’re back on the ground. When you land, bend your knees to absorb the inpact of the trick.