The Ollie is one of the first tricks that beginner skateboarders learn, and not without reason.
Not only is it a fundamental skill, but it’s also relatively easy to learn when compared to many other tricks.
Of course, if you’re a complete novice and have only just figured out how to push, stop, and avoid falling over, even a simple Ollie can feel like an impossibility.
If you’re struggling to get to grips with this popular skateboard trick, then this is the guide for you.
Who Invented the Ollie?
The Ollie was invented by Alan “Ollie” Gelfand in the mid-70s.
The skateboarder wanted to figure out a way to get some air without grabbing the board. He experimented, and eventually, he created something that resembled the trick we all know and love.
However, it was actually Rodney Mullen who perfected it and showcased it to a wider audience.
Mullen, who created many other popular tricks, was instrumental in bringing the Ollie to the masses.
How to Ollie on a Skateboard
Follow these steps to perform an Ollie on your skateboard:
- Place your front foot in the middle of the board and your back foot near to the tail.
- Bend your knees.
- Keep your shoulders straight.
- Push your back foot against the tail and press it against the ground in a rapid and fluid movement.
- When the skateboard tail hits the floor, quickly shift your weight and jump.
- Slide your front foot toward the nose of the board while you are in the air.
If you can perform this move quickly and fluidly, you should be able to nail the trick and achieve some air without requiring a lot of speed. It’s a simple hopping action that can be incredibly useful and great fun to perform.
Of course, once you achieve that verticality, you will also need to remain stable on the board in order to land the trick.
Just bend your knees to soften the landing and help you to remain steady on the board.
How do You Do an Ollie on a Beginner Skateboard
You can perform Ollies on any skateboard made for tricks, including beginner boards.
If the board is the right size for you and is not too narrow or too wide, you should be able to perform an Ollie.
Why is an Ollie so Hard?
Everything is difficult when you don’t know how to do it.
You don’t become Eric Clapton as soon as you pick up a guitar, you’re not David Beckham the first time you kick a soccer ball. If you are brand new to skating, you’re going to fail, and you will probably fail quite spectacularly.
Just keep your shoulders straight, place your back foot in the middle of the tail of the board; place your front foot in the middle of the board, and perform the hop/jump action outlined above.
If you’re still struggling, check out a few videos of pro skaters performing the move. You can see how they do it and try to copy their moves.
Once you learn how to Ollie and fully master this skateboard trick, you can turn your hand to other popular tricks.
At that point, the world will be your oyster and there is a wealth of fun tricks out there to learn.