Introduction to the Ollie
The Ollie is the cornerstone trick in skateboarding. This trick is going to be the bridge to every other trick you learn on a skateboard.
Take your time and get this trick good. Proper form is everything.
Don’t worry about height in the beginning – focus on form.
Learn Ollies properly and the rest will follow…
How to Ollie on a skateboard:
- First try your Ollies stationary.
- Grass or carpeting may help keep you still if you’re having trouble with balance.
- Put your back foot on the tail and your front foot down behind the front truck bolts.
- Press your back foot down snapping your tail. At the same time jump up and become light on your board. Your front foot should drag up towards the front nose of your board pulling the board up with you.
- As you reach the peak height of your Ollie level your skateboard out.
- Land and compress your knees.
When practicing Ollies focus on perfecting your form.
Style is everything is skateboarding.
Watch and learn from your favorite skateboarders and apply what you see.
Once you can land Ollies in the stationary position try them rolling.
Then once you’ve got that it’s time to start applying them to actual street skating …up and down curbs and over obstacles, and then onto different variations.
The 2 most basic variations of the Ollie are:
- Frontside 180 Ollie
- Backside 180 Ollie
(Watch the video above for a quick run through of these two tricks.)
When you learn how to Ollie get someone to film you and teach this trick to someone else. Post your Ollie Trick Tip as a video response to this video and teach someone your way of how to Ollie.
More skateboard trick tips coming soon.
Until then, have fun skateboarding!