What is the Ollie & Why Should You Learn it?
The ollie was invented in 1977 by a pro skater named, Alan Gelfand. It is essential to learn how to ollie to be able to do almost all over skateboard tricks.
The ollie is the “root” trick for nearly all skate tricks. It must be mastered prior to learning hundreds of other moves. The move is essential for transportation, getting up onto curbs, and over obstacles.
Before You Start
Feel comfortable standing on the board. You should feel already know:
-You feel okay in balancing on the board.
Place Your Feet on the Board
Place your back foot on (1). Your front foot needs to follow the placement of the second sneaker below. (Not on (2), yet)
The first step of the ollie is to get the proper foot positioning. You should keep your shoulders above your feet and not twist your hips or shoulders. There are two steps to the ollie.
Step 1. Pop
The first step is pop. Pop is hitting the tail of the board to the ground until you hear a “pop.” The louder the sound of the pop, the higher the board will go. You back foot should be centered on the tail and your toes should be on the front edge of the skateboard.
Video Lesson on Step 1.
POP – STEP 1
SLIDE FORWARD-STEP 2
Step 2. Slide
The second step is a slide. You will need to slide your front foot forward to the center of the nose pocket of the skateboard. This is the part of the trick which will cause the back to wheels to lift. The stronger the slide, the higher the board will go. Make sure you put power and control into the slide.
At the start of the slide, the bottom knuckle of your pinky toe should align with the center of the nose. You will notice that many skater’s shoes are battered on this spot. The rough slide against the grip tape causes this.
It is just as important to delay the time it between the pop and the slide of the front foot. The more delay you can put between the steps, the higher the ollie will be.
Step 3. Allow Your Board to Level Out
A proper slide will lift the back of the board. Your back foot will leave the ground and follow your front foot to the crescendo of the ollie. This is when your board will stop lifting.
Look down. Aim for the bolts and ride away!
How to Practice these Steps
It is best to start practicing the ollie on flat ground and do not do it while moving. After you get the ollie while still, then you can try it while rolling.
The ollie is the base trick for hundreds of other tricks so you will have many other tricks coming soon. You can then take it to curb, stairs and much more. Try your kickflips and 180 and much more!
What you can do next:
-180’s and 360’s
-Manuals and Nose Manuals
-Tailslides and more
Before you Start: Exercise to Improve Your Ollies
Maybe you landed on this page for a refresher or to become more confident at ollies. You know the steps, but you can’t merely consistely land the ollie. This video below is for you to watch:
Find a flat, smooth parking lot which has some parking lines in it. Think of the lines as “deadly lava” which you must avoid. First go over the lines with you feet on the ends, and then try ollieing over each of the lines and this will help your ollies become more consistent.
Last Step: Ollie Higher
Tips to Remember
-A successful ollie is based on 3 things:
-Make sure you put a lot of power into both your pop and slide. This will dictate how high the board will go.
-Timing. Be cautious that you allow ample time between the pop and slide so that the board can raise as high as possible in the front.
-Control. Lastly, have control of your board by using proper foot placement and keeping your center of balance between your legs.
-If you are still having problems, watch the videos on this page, starting at the top.
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This video and article were written by Rob Dunfey. Rob has taught over 8,000 people how to skate, has made skate trick tip videos that have been seen nearly 3 million times online, and has built the largest skateboarding school in America, Go Skate.
Rob has been featured on ESPN.com, eHow, The Boston Globe, Yahoo Sports, About.com. and Skateboarder Magazine. He has skateboarded for over 14 years and competed in the BOE National Finals. Rob is an avid street, ramp, and flat ground skater.