Ollies are the foundation
You just landed your first ollie, time to move on to the next trick... right?
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Wrong. There really isn't any point in trying any other trick that involves ollies until you completely master them.
Just a month ago, I couldn't do any of the tricks I was trying. Why? Because my ollie wasn't high enough. Dissapointed, I took a new approach. I decided to learn better ollies and only ollies.
I started out spending a few days practicing my stationary ollies until I got them about a deck and 1/2 high.
Then, I moved onto moving ollies until they were about a deck high at moderate speeds. At this point I was already feeling pretty good and in control.
After this, I moved onto ollieing off stuff. This only took me a day, and it was worth it. Now I can ollie the 3-set I was so afraid to do before and I'm looking to try a 5 set.
Last, but definately not least, I learned to ollie onto and over obstacles. Gaps work well for this too. I have only one tip for this: Keep both feet on the board no matter what. I have a friend who always lands them with one foot off and can't break the habit.
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Besides, you progress much faster if you use proper technique in the first place.
Finally, I was happy with my ollies. I could ollie 2 decks high standing, 1 moving, I could ollie off 2 1/2 foot ledges, gap 3 foot gaps, ollie onto boxes and had so much better balance and control of the board from all of it.
In the last week, just because I had my ollies down, it has been much easier to learn tricks. I have learned these in the last week. Remember that I could do no tricks before!
- Fakie shove-its
- Pop shove-its
- Casper flips
- Ollie onto nose stalls
Trust me people, bad ollies make bad tricks!
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