How to Do Jumps on a Skateboard

by Joseph Cohen
Ollies are the key to most tricks.

Ollies are the key to most tricks.

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The ollie is the fundamental trick for modern skateboarding. The ability to jump into the air without using your hands was "invented" in the late 1970s by Alan "Ollie" Gelfand. It is now used as the basis for practically every trick done in the air, whether it's on a ramp or on flat ground. Knowing how to ollie is the first trick every aspiring skater should learn.

Items you will need

  • Skateboard
  • Flat surface
Step 1

Place one foot on the tail of the board and one just behind the midway point of the board.

Step 2

Crouch down. A low center of mass is key to a higher jump.

Step 3

Tap the tail of the board onto the ground, hard enough to cause the board to pop into the air. Jump at the same time.

Step 4

While in the air, slide the outside edge of your forward foot along the top of the board. This will help keep the board underneath you and straight.

Step 5

Bring your legs up to allow the board to rise underneath you.

Step 6

When you land, slam your feet down over the trucks. This will keep the board from shooting out in front or behind you, or from just falling over, off balance.

About the Author

Joseph Cohen has over six years of experience in writing and editing business-to-business media summaries for numerous Fortune 500 companies. He is the author of The Future Soldier: Fast Movers, a role-playing supplement from Steampower Publishing. Cohen holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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