An Ollie is one of the first tricks that most skateboarders learn to do. Apart from being an incredibly useful and cool trick, it is also the basis and foundation of most flip tricks (Kickflip, Heelflip, etc). Although the Ollie may seem quite daunting when it is first tried, if you follow this guide you will succeed in pulling off an Ollie – and continuing to do this consistently.
There are three main parts to an Ollie: Pop, Push/Slide, and Landing. The foot positioning is also very important. Your back foot should be on the tail of the board and your front foot in the middle of the board. However the front foot may vary between different people – middle to front bolts is the general area.
Before you lean to ollie you are going to need to be able to ride comfortably around and be balanced on your skateboard. If you are struggling to keep on the board when riding then practise this before attempting the ollie as you will need to keep balanced and then land and ride away. As soon as you are able to ride completely balanced you are reading to Ollie.
Step 1 – Pop
The first step of the ollie is to pop the tail of your board, this will determine how high your Ollie will be – small pop, small Ollie. Popping the tail of your board is when you snap/push hard on the tail of the Skateboard.When you do this on the board it pushes the board into the air, this is what will create the air needed for the Ollie. Makes sure that when you Pop you jump in the air with the board because otherwise you will not get off the ground. The Pop on its own though will not be enough to achieve the Ollie – this is where the slide of your front foot comes in.
Step 2 – Slide
Sliding your front foot along the board straitens out the skateboard and so allows you to land the Ollie and roll away. It also makes sure all your board can go over an object – the back wont be caught on anything. When you slide your front foot along the board you need to bend your ankle so the side of your sole is touching the griptape. With this position you will then want to push your foot to the front of the board, so it straightens out. The timing of the push is very important as well though. You will need to wait long enough that the board is almost vertical from the pop but not so late that you don’t get off the ground. It is almost instantly but with practise the right timing will come.
Step 3 – Landing
Once you and your board are in the air you will want to lift up your legs and pull them up towards you. This will get your Ollie higher and give you more time to adjust your feet to land. When you are coming down towards the ground straighten your legs slightly so the board lands horizontally on the ground. When you hit the ground bend your legs to take the impact and then just roll away.
If you are not managing to complete the Ollie, then firstly just keep practising, work out what part of the Ollie is going wrong and adjust how you do it–it will be different for everyone. For example if you are not getting off the ground you need to pop harder and get the timing right between the pop and the push of your front foot. However if you keep practising eventually you will get there.