how to ollie on a skateboard

How to Ollie on a Skateboard

Any seasoned skateboarder will tell you that the Ollie is first trick to learn. Even though it nothing more than a simple jump, the tick is essential for everything else that follows. If you are a beginner and keen on learning how to Ollie, this simple step-by-step guide should make it make it easier for you.

Performing a Ollie: Step by Step Guide

There are basically two things to do before you are able to do the perfect ollie on your own;

  • Practice the right moves
  • Perfect your Ollie

Practicing the Right Moves

This is the first stage of learning to do the Ollie trick.  Follow these tips to practicing the ollie moves,

  • Practice on a soft surface.

Practice on grass or carpet when first starting out. This will hold your board still when practicing, and it’s better off to fall down on these soft surfaces than on concrete, trust me! Alternatively, look for a crack in the pavement that you can rest you back wheels in if there’s no grass around you. This should help prevent board movements as you practice.

  • Place your front foot close to the middle of your skateboard.

As you ride around, your center of balance should be your front foot. It needs to be in the center of your skateboard. Put your front foot behind the front wheels and near the center of the board, keeping it parallel to the tip. You may feel more natural with your left foot forward than your right, or vice-versa. Try standing with different feet forward to determine what works best for you.

  • Put your back foot right at the tail of your board.

Place your back foot as far back on the board as possible. It will kick the back of the skateboard down to lift up the front. Placing it further back gets you more leverage and makes it easier to Ollie.

  • Push down on the back of your skateboard to practice lifting the front up.

When doing this, make sure the board is held in place. As you push down the back using the ball of your back foot, let your front foot lift up with the board until the board hits the ground on the back. Keep practicing this motion until you are able to do it easily and with confidence.

  • Master sliding your front foot up the length of the skateboard.

After you perfected lifting the front of your board up, now use your back foot to hold the board in that position. Slide your front foot up the board towards the front, at the same time rotating it. Let the side of your foot just below the toes grate along your skateboard’s deck until it reaches the top. Practice this motion until you can do it with ease.

Perfecting Your Ollie Moves

Once you have practiced enough and are confident at doing the moves without thinking too hard, the next stage is to perfect what you’ve learned. To do that;

  • Stand on your skateboard and bend your knees slightly.

Positioning your front and back foot as earlier practiced, slightly bend your knees to prepare to jump, your shoulders almost level with your feet as you do. Make sure you keep your balance and don’t push too far up onto your toes to avoid the board spinning away from you as you jump.

  • Jump into the air starting your front foot.

After crouching down, spring back up again to take your weight off the skateboard and let it lift from the ground. Jump up, trying to put weight on your front foot and then your back foot, respectively.

  • Kick down the back of your board as you jump.

Push down on the back of the board with your back foot using the same technique you’ve been practicing. Try doing this as you feel your weight going off the board so that you just need to lift the skateboard instead of yourself. Avoid dragging the board too much along the ground as you’ll slow down and lose momentum.

  • As soon as you start to jump, slide your front foot.

Using the same technique you have been practicing, slide your foot towards the top end of your skateboard, just as you jump off and kick the back down. This step must be performed simultaneously with the jump.

  • Pull your knees towards your chest.

As you jump, bend your knees upwards. The skateboard can only lift up as high as your feet.

  • Kick the top of the skateboard over to level it out.

Push your foot forward into the board as the front board reaches its highest point. This will lower the front down and raise the back, thus leveling it out.

  • Straighten your legs as you land.

After leveling the board and you feel yourself starting to fall back to the ground, start straightening your legs out and move them over the trucks of your skateboard. This gives you better balance and allows you to slightly bend your knees to absorb some landing shock.

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Learning how to do an Ollie on a longboard may be easier than when using a penny board. It’s harder when you Ollie on a penny board since it is smaller and the angle of the pop is higher.

How to Ollie Higher

You need to master your footwork and jump in order to Ollie higher. Jumping higher helps you get your ollies higher. To do this, pop your skateboard harder, suck your feet up with the board, and jump higher than normal, trying to get your knees as high as close to your chest.

How Long Does It Take to Ollie on a Skateboard?

It takes anything from a couple of week to up to 6 months to lean an Ollie. How fast you learn may depend on how long you practice each day. If you want to learn an Ollie fast, start by covering the basics first.

Do You Jump When You Ollie?

When you Ollie, you jump up while pushing your front foot at an upward forward angle. Jump into the air with your front foot first and then your back foot.  The board should barely touch the ground before you pop away from and go into the air.

How Do You Ollie Over Something?

When you want to Ollie over something, make sure you have enough speed. Also, always look at the obstacle and only look away at your feet when you are far away and just threw the board down, just to check the Ollie position. Look up at your obstacle whenever you’re just seconds from snapping your tail.

What is a Good Ollie Height?

A good Ollie can make other skateboard tricks easier. If you are learning how to Ollie, set your first goal to around 2 feet. You can move to other flat ground tricks once you can comfortably Ollie over more than 2 feet.

How Do You Ollie Without Looking Down?

Get your feet locked in. You can do this by feel with the back foot. Check your front foot position then look at the obstacle and Ollie. Over the obstacle, you should look down to see if you are going to clear or you should kick it away. Then, look forward again as you land to steer your roll away.

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