How to Ollie

The ollie was invented in 1977 by a guy named, Alan Gelfand. It is essential to learn how to ollie to be able to do almost all over skateboard tricks.

Before you can Ollie you Need to Know:
-Basic transportation
-You feel okay in balancing on the board.

Below is the foot placement you want to have when starting out:

The first step of the ollie is to get the proper foot positioning. You should keep your shoulders above your feet and not twist your hips or shoulders. There are two steps to the ollie.

ollie2The first step is pop. Pop is hitting the tail of the board to the ground until you hear a “pop.” The louder the sound of the pop, the higher the board will go. You back foot should be centered on the tail and your toes should be behind the front edge of the skateboard.


The second step is slide. You will need to slide your front foot forward to the center of the nose pocket of the skateboard. This is the part of the trick which will cause the back to wheels to lift. The stronger the slide, the higher the board will go. Make sure you put power and control into the slide.

It is just as important to delay the time it between the pop and the slide of the front foot. The more delay you can put between the steps, the higher the ollie will be.

It is best to start practicing the ollie on flat ground and do not do it while moving. After you get the ollie while still, then you can try it while rolling.

The ollie is the base trick for hundreds of other tricks so you will have many other tricks coming soon. You can then take it to curb, stairs and much more. Try your kickflips and 180 and much more!

What you can do next:
-50/50 grinds
-180’s and 360’s
-Manuals and Nose Manuals
-Tailslides and more

Before you Start: Exercise to Improve Your Ollies

Find a flat, smooth parking lot which has some parking lines in it. Think of the lines as “deadly lava” which you must avoid. First go over the lines with you feet on the ends, and then try ollieing over each of the lines and this will help your ollies become more consistent.

Last Step: Ollie Higher

It breaks down to these tips:
1. Power
2. Timing
3. Control

Make sure you put a lot of power into both your pop and slide. This will dictate how high the board will go. Secondly, make sure you allow ample time between the pop and slide so that the board can raise as high as possible in the front. Lastly, have control of your board by using proper foot placement and keeping your center of balance between your legs.
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This video and article was written by Rob Dunfey. Rob has taught over 8,000 people how to skate, has made skate trick tip videos that have been seen nearly 3 million times online, and has built the largest skateboarding school in America, Go Skate.

Rob has been featured on, eHow, The Boston Globe, Yahoo Sports, and Skateboarder Magazine. He has skateboarded for over 14 years, and competed in the BOE National Finals. Rob is an avid street, ramp, and flat ground skater.