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Chris Gurinsky

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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reddellbrooke
reddellbrooke
This article is so right. Ollies are a necesity. Practice makes perfect!

15 March 2015 at 19:53

This article is so right. Ollies are a necesity. Practice makes perfect!
BAKES2735
BAKES2735
I love the Ollie right now i can Ollie off a small ledge and im working my way up to kickflips

26 March 2015 at 00:31

I love the Ollie right now i can Ollie off a small ledge and im working my way up to kickflips
DGardoque
DGardoque
RS! (H)

10 May 2015 at 18:52

RS!
Breedlove221
Breedlove221
I need help I'm just like your friend my back foot won't stay on . My ollies are pretty high. Primo and riding . The only thing is my back foot won't stay on it's like I kick it out or when I slide my front foot to level it out it just doesn't go with me . I have also been thinking it's the. Board size I do have to small of a board . And I have also been working on my shoulders staying in line . Any other tips ?

12 May 2015 at 17:27

I need help I'm just like your friend my back foot won't stay on . My ollies are pretty high. Primo and riding . The only thing is my back foot won't stay on it's like I kick it out or when I slide my front foot to level it out it just doesn't go with me . I have also been thinking it's the. Board size I do have to small of a board . And I have also been working on my shoulders staying in line . Any other tips ?
Yeager1018
Yeager1018
I need help, what can I do to Ollie higher...and how can inollie while moving?

19 June 2015 at 11:30

I need help, what can I do to Ollie higher...and how can inollie while moving?
alex_veitch
alex_veitch
Thanks for the help! Can Ollie about one and a half inches but I want to bring it up to about four😄😄

21 July 2015 at 05:53


Thanks for the help! Can Ollie about one and a half inches but I want to bring it up to about four😄😄
TheShredder
TheShredder
For some reason I can't even Ollie while moving, but when I'm still I can get them pretty high.

25 July 2015 at 08:07

For some reason I can't even Ollie while moving, but when I'm still I can get them pretty high.
KK0909
KK0909
just curious. Does height matter when you Ollie or do other tricks cause I'm pretty short for a 12 year old but I can Ollie as high as my other friends

4 January 2016 at 05:43

just curious. Does height matter when you Ollie or do other tricks cause I'm pretty short for a 12 year old but I can Ollie as high as my other friends
hannas
hannas
I've been working on my Ollie for awhile now and I just cant get it down, it doesn't come off the ground. help?

13 November 2016 at 12:48

I've been working on my Ollie for awhile now and I just cant get it down, it doesn't come off the ground. help?

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