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Matt Sefton

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!

Trust me people, bad ollies make bad tricks!

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Jordansup
Jordansup
Right now I'm working on my ollie to get it higher so I can kickflip and pop Shove it. aswell as getting on to my rail without a kicker

7 April 2009 at 20:55

Right now I'm working on my ollie to get it higher so I can kickflip and pop Shove it. aswell as getting on to my rail without a kicker
akrspring19
akrspring19
That's great man... Im going to try to do what you did (Y) !

11 April 2009 at 12:07

That's great man... Im going to try to do what you did !
mkymkz
mkymkz
im working on my moving ollie :)

16 June 2009 at 08:58

im working on my moving ollie
Hazelnutz
Hazelnutz
I'm also trying my ollie standing But i think i'm not experienced enough When i scratch the griptape my board flies away Can anyone help my?? And by the way i definetely think it's the most important trick

4 July 2009 at 13:38

I'm also trying my ollie standing

But i think i'm not experienced enough

When i scratch the griptape my board flies away

Can anyone help my??

And by the way i definetely think it's the most important trick

Skater4lyf
Skater4lyf
i'm trying to get it higher i still cantr get techneic right and hazelnutz that sometimes happens to me as well only occasionly tho

8 July 2009 at 02:11

i'm trying to get it higher i still cantr get techneic right

and hazelnutz that sometimes happens to me as well only occasionly tho
ame2296
ame2296
he is rite there is no point if u cnt do a ollie u cnt really do any other trick

17 July 2009 at 00:21

he is rite there is no point if u cnt do a ollie u cnt really do any other trick
Dantsku
Dantsku
(Y)

26 July 2009 at 07:00

constatine01
constatine01
good point

11 August 2009 at 22:16

good point
Dark_Star
Dark_Star
i cant ollie real high but when i try 2 ollie higher , my foot hits the board and forces it down so it doesnt go higher. can somebody pls help???!!!! :( :)

17 August 2009 at 03:56

i cant ollie real high but when i try 2 ollie higher , my foot hits the board and forces it down so it doesnt go higher. can somebody pls help???!!!!
constatine01
constatine01
[quote=Dark_Star]i cant ollie real high but when i try 2 ollie higher , my foot hits the board and forces it down so it doesnt go higher. can somebody pls help???!!!! :( :) [/quote] you should prolly record yourself. post it on youtube, so that me and others will know what you are doing wrong. but which foot hits the board? how hard are you popping? are you dragging your front foot upward?

18 August 2009 at 09:24

Dark_Star said:
i cant ollie real high but when i try 2 ollie higher , my foot hits the board and forces it down so it doesnt go higher. can somebody pls help???!!!!





you should prolly record yourself. post it on youtube, so that me and others will know what you are doing wrong.



but which foot hits the board?

how hard are you popping?

are you dragging your front foot upward?

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When Alan Gelfand invented the ollie in 1976, it was called a "no-hands areal".