Where to Start
Before we discuss how, let us see what really is Ollie as it may be new to the people who have never heard of the term before. This term which is used in snowboarding and longboarding, refers to a skill in which the jump is performed without help of any ramp. Surfers execute the feat by pressing the foot down on the tail of the board to rebound the deck off the ground. One thing that is important to note and take care of is that your longboard should have a considerably sized tail in order to Ollie.
Here are seven easy steps in detail to assist you learn this exciting stunt and enjoy longboarding to the max.
Stand on the floor. Start by jumping with your back foot. Then, by lifting your legs up in the air, jump. This motion let you understand that you need your back foot to pop the longboard correctly. And if you are a beginner, do not stomp on your board as depicted in many tutorials as it only emphasis on pushing down rather than jumping. Ollie is basically a jump, not stomping down of your longboard.
Next, get on your longboard. The most important thing to take cares of; is the foot placement. It is crucial that your back foot is on the tail and the front foot is right in the middle or closer to the nose of the longboard. Now, try to jump off your back foot, just as you did on the ground. Take notes: your tail should snap and may also pops up a little. When you master this pop, and can reproduce it consistently, you should consider yourself ready for the next step.
Levelling Out and Getting Air
You can practice this step by standing on the tail of your longboard. Get your front foot placed right next to the nose. Your board lifts up after the initial pop due to this move. The sides of the foot slides up. And if you want to go all the way and achieve maximum hieght on your Ollie, lift up your back foot, make the tail rise up by pushing the nose forward. At this time, you will achieve the peak of your Ollie.
Of course, you will not achieve much height on your virgin jump or some jumps after. However, with practice, you can increase the height you want to gain. The height you gain depends upon how high your Ollie is. Your board, however, can only go as high as your feet so give the maximum height to your Ollie; you should pull your knees up towards your chest, bringing your feet up to the maximum.
Once you are off the ground, the longboard should be levelled to the ground while you are still in mid-air. It is imperative that on your way down, the front of the longboard should not be sticking up in the air. This technique will help you especially when you are into jumping gaps.
Now that you are in the air, you do realize what goes up, must go down. Meaning, you are coming for a landing. Its basic rule of jumping and somewhat a reflexive move that whenever you jump, your knees bend involuntarily. The best thing to do is to center your weight in the center without leaning in any direction. It is highly recommended by the pros to try to land over the bolts if it is possible as it saves your board from damaging.
Landing back on the ground is as technical as taking off because if you land an Ollie with both feet in the middle of your deck, it is going to snap. In addition, if you land on the nose and tail, it can damage both of them. So for this, keep your knees bend while landing to absorb the shock.
These are the steps to follow if you want to learn to Ollie properly. For more detailed help and if you want to see it as it happens, here is a video that will help you get a clear view of the Ollie.
Ollie Tricks n’ Tips: FAQ
Common Issues and how to solve them
I can’t pop!!
To pop, make sure you jump. For this, you have to make the ball of your foot to do the popping, not the arch or the heel. Balancing your weight will help greatly as well. Do not lean forward too much. Don’t jump off too heavy. Keeping the height lower in the beginning and getting your technique right before going for higher jump is imperative.
The board flies out in front of me!
Make sure that you jump straight up and lean a bit more forward to compensate. It could be that you are rushing into your take off. If you want your feet to stick to the board, make sure the movement is fluid. Don’t stress yourself, rather commit to some basic exercises until you feel ready for Ollieing. Your foot should be up to the board’s nose to prevent it from spinning.
I land ahead of the board.
Lean a little bit back to counter this problem.
I get no height!
You are not then jumping properly. Make sure your feet are up to your ears. Popping harder helps as well.
My board goes vertical!
Slide your foot all the way to the nose of the board to avoid this from happening and push it forward.
I can’t commit!
It’s simple. COMMIT!
I really hope these will help you in your future endeavours. For getting the grip of this, you should try try again. You fall, get up and try again! That’s the only way to go about it.
Every new trick you want to learn will need your commitment and patience. So will Ollie. Make sure you keep in mind all the steps and the techniques you need to apply while performing the popping, taking off or landing. In time and with practice, you will be able to Ollie with more dexterity until you master the move. Safety gear should be worn at all times. For better understanding, you can consult experts around you or the video we have provided you can help you learn the tricks needed to learn this exciting move.
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