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Colin Gould

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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barnseyboy01
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I'm working on getting my ollies higher so that I can learn Pop shove-it's and be able to land kickflips. So thanx for this guide 'cos this has helped me a lot. In a little bit I'm gonne go and try to clear a little gap at my local church.

22 August 2011 at 13:23

I'm working on getting my ollies higher so that I can learn Pop shove-it's and be able to land kickflips. So thanx for this guide 'cos this has helped me a lot. In a little bit I'm gonne go and try to clear a little gap at my local church.
D1ll
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nice i think moving ollys are easyer

29 August 2011 at 23:05

nice i think moving ollys are easyer
johnathon
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fgregbrthtg

19 September 2011 at 19:23

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StinGeR
StinGeR
ollies is everything

29 September 2011 at 13:35

ollies is everything
StinGeR
StinGeR
real

29 September 2011 at 13:35

real
StinGeR
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i thinq

29 September 2011 at 13:35

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pandaman132
pandaman132
thats probely why i cant do a kickflip but i can shove it

7 October 2011 at 16:08

thats probely why i cant do a kickflip but i can shove it
wheelking1
wheelking1
great help (Y)

20 October 2011 at 21:44

great help
mryculio
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[quote=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 [/quote] ur probably sliding against the board. Maybe u slide to fast or to hard. Try to slide along side of the board :D

26 October 2011 at 18:31

Hazelnutz said:
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



ur probably sliding against the board. Maybe u slide to fast or to hard.
Try to slide along side of the board
BlkSkaterboi23
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The Oliie is the foundation no skater can deny that I am working hard trying to learn but it's so cold now

17 November 2011 at 13:50

The Oliie is the foundation no skater can deny that I am working hard trying to learn but it's so cold now

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