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Ken Hada

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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acelaw13
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i can ollie a little but i dont no exaclty how i did it do you let the tail hit the ground when you pop it or not? somebody please help

18 August 2009 at 14:50

i can ollie a little but i dont no exaclty how i did it do you let the tail hit the ground when you pop it or not? somebody please help
SNIPE0705
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right now i can ollie a good foot....but im trying to go higher and higher....speed is good if u want to clear a stair set or go for distance

21 August 2009 at 13:04

right now i can ollie a good foot....but im trying to go higher and higher....speed is good if u want to clear a stair set or go for distance
mariorocha
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that's right without an ollie you cant skate =x

29 August 2009 at 20:37

that's right without an ollie you cant skate =x
jaysim
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its true ollies are like the base or father of all tricks in the book

30 August 2009 at 01:46

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davidabot
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[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] what you want to do is scrap your foot sideways up the board. hope this helps (Y)

8 September 2009 at 14:37

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???!!!!

what you want to do is scrap your foot sideways up the board. hope this helps
Kessonjr
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I can ollie 3.5 inches, I am working on getting a higher ollie. Is there a specific technique to getting higher ollies besides foot further back? ;)

14 September 2009 at 05:49

I can ollie 3.5 inches, I am working on getting a higher ollie. Is there a specific technique to getting higher ollies besides foot further back?
NBSk8er
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[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]have your foot back more then you'll be able to slide it forward more and it should even out better. Harder pop + Fott farther back = Higher Oliie

11 October 2009 at 20:28

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???!!!!

have your foot back more then you'll be able to slide it forward more and it should even out better. Harder pop + Fott farther back = Higher Oliie
NBSk8er
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[quote=Kessonjr]I can ollie 3.5 inches, I am working on getting a higher ollie. Is there a specific technique to getting higher ollies besides foot further back? ;) [/quote]Pop the board faster then your front foot should slide faster enough practice and it should be a higher ollie.

11 October 2009 at 20:30

Kessonjr said:
I can ollie 3.5 inches, I am working on getting a higher ollie. Is there a specific technique to getting higher ollies besides foot further back?

Pop the board faster then your front foot should slide faster enough practice and it should be a higher ollie.
subboy
subboy
I can ollie about 11 inches while moving but sometimes i ollie too high and when i land it throws me off balence!!! Also i think i'm going to do what you did cuz i'm trying to learn kickflips but i can't get even 1 foot on my board!!!

20 October 2009 at 14:17

I can ollie about 11 inches while moving but sometimes i ollie too high and when i land it throws me off balence!!!



Also i think i'm going to do what you did cuz i'm trying to learn kickflips but i can't get even 1 foot on my board!!!

Last edited by subboy 20 October 2009 at 14:19

sukmynutsak
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HOW TO OLLIE 1. Pop the tail down before it touches the ground 2. jump and slide your front foot up ! 3 keep yours knees bent and it should work

25 November 2009 at 17:00

HOW TO OLLIE



1. Pop the tail down before it touches the ground

2. jump and slide your front foot up !

3 keep yours knees bent and it should work

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