The ollie is the stepping stone to the rest of the skateboarding world. You can do so much with the ollie once you learn it. Yet, it’s hard to learn because it’s the first trick you’re learning and it’s a whole new experience.
We get a lot of Skate Support videos on learning how to ollie, and we love helping people with this trick. Some learn it super fast, others it takes a little longer. Here are a few things that can help you land that ollie so you can move on to more advanced tricks!
- Be comfortable
The first thing that Aaron says before attempting any tricks on your skateboard, is to get very comfortable on your board. This means, riding to school, riding around the park, riding to the store, etc… Where ever you’re going, bring your board and just cruise around.
The skateboard is weird. It’s this piece of wood that has curves on both sides, with 4 wheels, and we do things with our feet so it flails in all directions under us and we have to land on it. It’s crazy, right?
If you’re brand new to skating (we all were at one point!) just spend time getting really comfortable with your board. You won’t regret it later.
- Sliding your front foot
Sliding your front foot forward is the step that most people have trouble with. After looking through many Skate Supports, we noticed one common thing that people aren’t doing correctly.
When sliding your foot, it has to slightly roll over when you’re sliding. The foot isn’t flat when it’s rubbing up your grip tape. If your back wheels aren’t getting off the ground, practice sliding your foot over and over and put a lot of attention on what your foot is actually doing. It’s a weird, somewhat uncomfortable action that you need to get used to.
Unfortunately, the down side is it will ruin your shoes. But, it’s also a good way to show that you’re doing it right. After practicing and looking at it closely, the sole of your shoe should be scraped and worn down.
- Go back to the pop step
Another thing to keep in mind is to keep practicing the popping step throughout this process. If you’re not fully comfortable with the popping step, it’s going to be hard to combine it with the sliding step by putting your weight on your back foot and popping up the board.
The popping step is also where you can get the height from your ollie, so always keep practicing this step.
- The timing of it all
If you have both of those steps down, now it all comes down to the timing of it all. The timing is so important, but it can be hard to get down in the beginning because it’s so fast! It’s almost down to the millisecond. Once the board hits the ground and the pop begins, that’s when your front foot starts sliding. When you look at someone do it, they make it look so easy because they have the timing and make it look like it’s one slow motion. They pop the board, it goes up, foot slides over, catches the board, and they land.
These are just a few of the common problems when learning ollies, but definitely aren’t all of them. Is there anything we missed? Comment below! Are you having trouble with your ollie? Send in a Skate Support.
If you’re learning how to skateboard, check out Skateboarding Made Simple. We have seven volumes that you can buy in a package, or separately. They start out teaching you the basics, and then teaches you how to land harder tricks, so you’re always progressing. You can check it out here!