The Ollie is the first trick you should learn when you start skateboarding. Even though the Ollie is nothing more than a simple jump, this trick is essential for everything that follows. You’ll need this basic every time you are on your board and will hopefully never forget it again. So get started and learn the basics:
In 1976 Alan “Ollie” Gelfand, luckily, had the awesome idea to invent a method to do airs in the pool without the need to grab your board. His new movement allowed it to lead the board in the air and keep it under the feets as if it was magic.
Rodney Mullen, probably the most successful Freestyle Skateboarder of all time, was so impressed by Alan Gelfand’s invention that he started working on the technique called “Ollie” and brought it into street skateboarding five years later. Here lies the foundation of everything Skateboarding is known for today!
Learn here how to do an Ollie!
Ollie trick tipp: FAQ
Your Ollies work out fine while standing, but not when riding or you’re not landing properly.
In the beginning, ollieing while riding can be quite scary. Just let it happen and try to get used to the ollie-motion while you’re rolling slowly. Try to avoid a supine position and keep your back rather straight.
If you tend to pull your front foot crooked or if you’re not landing straight, try to concentrate on keeping your shoulders straight. Usually, if your shoulders are aligned correctly your Ollie will come out straight as well.
Your board won’t get off the ground.
One problem might be that you’re jumping off too heavy and you’re forgetting to do the characteristic Ollie-motion. Take a closer look at steps 2-4 of our trick tip and practice the motion with your feet. Your first Ollies don’t have to be a meter high, better safe and steezy than high and sketchy!
Your board slips away from your feet or it spins out of control
A rushed take-off might be the problem here. Steps 2-4 of this trick tip could help you out. In order to make your feet “stick” to the board, you have to do the movement fluidly. But don’t stress yourself out! You should rather start with some preliminary exercises until you feel safe while ollieing. It is also important to pull your foot up to your board’s nose in a straight manner to prevent it from spinning.