Now, the thing about an Ollie is that it looks easy and fun, which is exactly what it is. But it takes a bit of work to learn the technique and put on the whole show.
But you don’t need to look any further because today we’ll show you how to Ollie on a longboard the smart way!
Step 1: Acknowledgment and ready.
We have always believed that when you make a mistake, you learn from it. And anyone who knows a lot about longboarding knows that, like all sports, it has its share of falls and injuries.
And if you want to learn an Ollie, you must first be ready to fail a few times and get hurt a lot.
We want everyone to remember that some of the best professional skateboarders and skaters in the world, like Tony Hawk, were once just like you: inexperienced and clueless.
Their journey to the hall of fame once started with one single step on to the deck of their longboards. What sets them apart from others is their drive and determination.
If you are a delicate snowflake, you shouldn’t try to learn to Ollie. Instead, you should stick to just cruising the board.
Because you’re sure to trip and fall! The key is to get back up each time you fall and learn something from it.
So, yeah, be ready to lose your balance and trip over many times, to fall on your face, and to get a few cuts and bruises here and there. It’s all part of the same thing.
But it’s not enough to just acknowledge the pain and try to keep going. Every time you fail, you have to keep pushing yourself to do a better job. Observe, concentrate and execute.
Remember that you decide whether you will win or lose before you even start a game. Don’t let go.
Step 2: Learn how the longboard is put together.
Before you can do some really cool Ollies, you need to know how your longboard is put together and how to name its parts.
Even though there are many different kinds, the building can be broken down into two simple parts:
The deck looks just like it sounds. During cruising and freestyling, you stand on the plank body. Before you do anything else, make sure the deck is the right size for you.
Using your age, weight, height, and shoe size, you should be able to find the right size.
However, if you don’t want to risk getting the wrong kind, then be sure to ask the sales assistant to help you find the right size of the deck for you. The back of the deck is called the “tail,” and the front is called the “nose.”
It can be blunt or pointy, depending on what it’s used for, but if you want to do a nearly perfect Ollie, you should get a wider kick, which are the raised ends of the deck.
Kicks, play a huge role in Ollie-ing and we will cover its importance soon. We furthermore suggest looking into flat-cave decks over concave ones since they will be easier to work within the air.
Everything under the deck is on the trucks. You have two trucks under your board, and the whole thing is made up of axles, bolts and screws, the kingpin, and the wheels, of course.
There are two kinds of trucks: drop-down and drop-through. A drop-down truck system will have it bolted and screwed under the deck, while the drop through the truck system will go through the board via cutouts.
We suggest that Ollie get a drop through deck instead of a drop down system because it is lower and more stable.
Step 3: Climb onto the board!
Step up on your longboard! But before you try to do tricks and moves, there is one thing we suggest you do: try to learn your board.
No. We’re not talking about getting attached to a piece of wood, even though that wouldn’t be a bad thing. We also don’t mean that you should be its therapist.
When we say “understand your longboard,” we mean that you look at it and get a good sense of how it works. When you step on it, you should pay close attention to a few things, like how it feels, how stable it is, and how well you can control it.
Does it shake around too much? Are the trucks too small for you to move around easily? Is the boat’s deck too small? It’s too big?
In the end, if you want to do an Ollie on your longboard, you need to be VERY comfortable on it.
Even if you have the best, fanciest, most expensive longboard in the world, it won’t matter if it’s not comfortable for you. You should know how it feels and how it works very well. Your board should feel almost like an extra set of feet.
Step 4: Place your feet right.
When it comes to doing an Ollie, the longboard is less important than the technique and foot of the person doing it. It goes without saying that you need to know the dos and don’ts and how-tos of foot once you’re on the board.
First, make sure you are in the right place. Put your front foot near or in the middle of the board’s deck, and rest your back foot on the tail or kick at the back.
Now let’s figure out the right places. The ball of your front foot should be in the middle of the deck, and the ball of your back foot should be half hanging off the edge of the tail or rear kick.
Even though these positions look easy, it can take a while for them to feel natural and come to you right away. So practice, practice, practice! Remember that this is the most basic rule for where to put your feet.
You can, of course, go a little outside the lines, but doing so will change how your Ollie turns out as a whole.
For example, the Ollie turnout should be stronger the farther apart the two feet are. But, of course, this is hard to do because it takes a lot of trial and error in terms of stability.
Not for rookies. On the other hand, you don’t need to put your feet too far apart for average hops. Guys, it’s all in the feet!
Step 5: Move your upper body.
Now that you know how to move your feet, let’s talk about what your upper body does. Yep. For an Ollie, your upper body, weight, force, and inertia are all important. It involves the whole body.
Once your feet are in the right place, you will need to bend and crouch. What we mean by this is that you will need to and crouch your torso just enough to form and hold a good amount of pressure on your deck with your feet.
Now, remember that you shouldn’t bend or squat down too much. Knees should bend just a little less than 90 degrees. Don’t go too far with the crouch, either. Keep the movements very easy and natural.
Even when you’re crouching, try to stay on the balls of your feet. Your shoulders are also a very important part of this. As much as possible, try to keep your shoulders at the same height as your feet.
For now, that’s all for the upper body. When you do this, keep your upper body loose and relaxed instead of tense and stiff. Keep your hands loose and drooping.
People have a natural tendency to raise their hands when they are squatting, so it will take some practice. Your legs should be the only place where pressure builds up.
Step 6: Try it out!
So, that’s how to Ollie on a longboard, folks! We have to say that being an Ollie is a hard job. It’s not impossible, though.
Once you look at the steps and method of the whole trick and figure out how it works, the rest is easy as pie. You can amaze yourself if you work hard and keep going.
Last but not least, make sure you practice while wearing the right safety gear. Going back to the first step, there will be a lot of falls and injuries.
We want you to understand that, but we don’t want you to give in to them. Wear knee pads, elbow pads, and most importantly, a helmet.
Many smart students even wear gloves for safety, so yes, get ready. All things considered, all you need to do now is practice, practice, practice!
Try to keep the same schedule every day. This will make it easier and faster for you to learn. And lastly, remember that it takes years to master a proper Ollie, so be patient and keep pushing yourself.