How to Ollie on a Skateboard

by Brandy Burgess
The Ollie should be mastered before moving onto advanced tricks.

The Ollie should be mastered before moving onto advanced tricks.

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The Ollie is a beginner skateboard jump that creates a foundation for more advanced park and flatland skateboarding tricks. During an Ollie, the skateboarder must pop the board while jumping into the air. The amount of air that a skateboarder gets will depend on how hard he pops the skateboard. No hands are used during this basic trick. The Ollie is often used to leap onto, over or off of obstacles, such as stairs. Learning how to properly perform the Ollie takes considerable practice but can be visually striking when achieved.

Step 1

Plant both feet firmly on the skateboard. Place your front foot in the center of the board. Place your other foot on the end, or tail, of the skateboard. Stand on the balls of your feet to help keep your balance.

Step 2

Bend your knees to get into a crouched position. Keep your shoulders level with your feet to maintain a firm grasp on the skateboard. Reposition your feet to create a "V" on the skateboard. The foot that rests on the tail of the board should hang slightly over the side of the board.

Step 3

Move the skateboard by pushing against the ground with your tail-end foot. Keep your front foot in the center of the board. Get a feel for the board as you begin to move at a good speed.

Step 4

Kick down on the tail of the board with your back foot. Jump forward to avoid spinning in the air. The tail of the skateboard should hit the ground first, known as "popping." Drag your front foot towards the top, or nose, of the skateboard while pulling your knees to your chest to push the board higher into the air.

Step 5

Level out the skateboard during mid-jump. Leveling out refers to the action of making the skateboard parallel to the ground while in the air. Maintain your balance and stance to avoid falling off the skateboard.

Step 6

Land both feet back onto the skateboard in the same position in which you began. The front foot should land in the center region of the board while the back foot should support the tail. Bend your knees to absorb the shock as you land back on your board.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always try to land your feet in the same position in which you started. Landing both feet in the center of the board may cause the board to snap. Landing one foot on the nose and one foot on the tail could cause the end pieces to break off.

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