So you’ve picked your favourite from all the jazzy skateboards and have got the hang of the general method of riding, what next? The first trick most people move on to is almost always the ‘Ollie’. It is the foundation of the majority of other skateboarding tricks and if you get a handle on that one then you’ll find it much easier when you move on to the more complicated stuff. But how do you produce the perfect Ollie?
From there you need to bend your knees and slam your back foot down as hard as possible. The harder you slam, the higher you go. At this point you need to jump up from your back foot as well and raise your body into the air. This is a motion that will take some practice but is the key to a good Ollie.
This phase is called the ‘the pop’- timing is everything.
Once in the air, you need to level the skateboard out. After you’ve jumped you should pull your knees up to your chest and get into a (floating) crouch position. As you’ve reached the maximum height of your jump and you feel yourself starting to drop you need to think about levelling out the board. This is done by getting both feet level on top of the board as you come back down to earth and ensuring the board lands flat.
And then all that’s left to do is roll away and soak up the glory of the perfect Ollie! It will certainly take some time to master, but persevere and follow these tips and you’ll end up with a great foundation to become a top class skateboarder capable of producing every trick in the book!
A guide to skateboarding - hints and tips
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