The Ollie is perhaps one of the most important skateboard tricks you will ever learn. It is required for virtually any other trick you can think of, and opens up a world of possibilities. Even though the Ollie may seem difficult to learn at first, with the right method of practice, it will become second nature to you.
Learning to Ollie on Your Skateboard
The first thing to remember when trying to learn the Ollie is that skateboarding employs a great deal of physics. Balance, Weight Distribution, and movement of the feet are also very important. To perform a successful Ollie, the first thing you need to do is Pop the tail end of your board up with your foot. Practice this step by itself until it becomes natural to you.
The next step is to slide your front foot up the board. This is the most important step, and one that causes the most problems. Practice this step with the first slowly, until you’ve perfected it.
The third step is to balance out your weight in the air, and set your footing for the landing. This step is also very important, because failure to do it properly could result in some nasty falls.
It is now time to put all the steps together into one quick, fluid motion. It is natural that it feel awkward at first, but with the proper amount of practice, you’ll get the hang of it.
It is best to practice the Ollie on grass or carpet at first, to keep the board stationary. This will result in less falls until you’ve mastered it. Once you feel comfortable with it, you’re ready to take the ollie onto the cement, wood or whatever you ride on.
Side Note: Make sure the wheels and bearings are well lubricated. You can learn more about it here
The next step is to work on completing the ollie while in motion. You are likely to fall a lot at first, so go slow. As you’re going, pop the tail of your board, slide your foot up and try to balance the board out in the air and land flat so that you are less likely to be off balance.
Once you get the hang of the ollie in motion, you can attempt it off ramps and over objects. This is where it gets very dangerous, and you are strongly encouraged to wear the proper safety gear. Safety gear include a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, proper shoes, etc. Practicing without these could result in serious injury.
Keep practicing, and doing it safely and one day you may just be the next Tony Hawk.