Let us talk about the first basic trick, the skateboard ollie
There really is nothing more majestic than a skateboard ollie. Although it is insanely tricky to master the skateboard ollie is really the most fundamental principal skateboard trick that all beginners need to learn to progress.
The physics of the trick are quite simple, but it is the timing of the skateboard ollie that gets most people stuck. You pop down on the tail and then slide your other foot up the grip tape. At the same moment you need to jump up off your back foot and level out the board. Yeah, that is a lot of steps to complete the skateboard ollie but once you have it down, you will be popping the skateboard ollie at every opportunity.
There are so many tutorials out there that can help you master the skateboard ollie but what it really comes down to is practice. And we mean serious practice. On a personal note, it took me months until I had my skateboard ollie down. In fact, I gave up skateboarding as a kid because I could not master the trick and boy do I regret it. It is only now at the ripe old age of 28 that I finally grabbed my dusty old board and had another crack at learning to skateboard ollie. It took me several months, several bruises on my shins and my bum but I finally unlocked the skateboard ollie. It feels like you’re gaming, and you’ve just unlocked another level or special ability. By unlocking the skateboard ollie, it is as if Player One has entered the game.
To help you master the skateboard ollie I am including some links to videos that helped me.
Personally, I gained a lot from the tutorials on Braille Skateboarding. They have a lot of different videos that explain different tricks and they have a cool and easy approach that will get you in the air in no time. Click below to see their tutorial for the skateboard ollie.
If you prefer learning by reading, then checkout this article on wikiHow. They offer a step-by-step analysis of the skateboard ollie so read up on the instructions and get out to the park to practice.
It is also worth mentioning that once you have learned the skateboard ollie, you will next need to learn the moving skateboard ollie. The fundamentals remain the same, but I have picked up a few tips along the way that I’ll now share with you.
- Do not look down.
This might seem cliché, but it is true. You can look at your feet as you roll in just to check that they are in the right position for a skateboard ollie but when it comes time to pop look forward at where you want to land.
- Look at where you want to land.
I just mentioned this, but it is especially important. For you to skateboard ollie correctly keep your eyes fixed on where you are going, not where you are. This way when you skateboard ollie you will not end up turning in the wrong direction and your shoulders will remain centred on the board
- Jump forward.
Most people think you jump up and rely on the momentum to keep you moving but in truth the skateboard ollie works best when you jump forward. Skateboard ollie in the direction of where you are going and force to board up and with you.
So, there you have it. The skateboard ollie is the first trick you should learn and the sooner you get it down the faster you can progress to other tricks. It will take a lot of practice on your part but whatever you do, do not give up. The skateboard ollie is within your grasp, you just need to seize it!
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