If you're reading this article, you are probably an absolute beginner when it comes to skateboarding. For all I know, this could be the first skateboarding tutorial you ever read. But don't worry! Although learning skateboarding is extremely difficult compared to other sports, it is also extremely fun compared to other sports (at least I think so). If you don't own a skateboard yet, there is one that I recommend below that should suit your price range as a beginner.
Before you can begin to learn the Ollie, you need to know what it is. The Ollie is the act of snapping your board off of the ground to jump into the air. Check out this video to understand the basic concept:
Now that you've seen the trick, try to understand the skateboarder's movements. You'll notice that he begins by snapping the back of his board off of the ground, while gently sliding his front foot forward and jumping upwards. To do an Ollie yourself, try to follow these steps:
- Position your feet on the board as follows: back foot on the "tail" (back) of your board, with your heel hanging off slightly, so that your weight is supported by the front of your foot. Since humans jump from their toes, with the last muscle in a jump being activated by your calves, you need to set your foot up this way (since doing an Ollie is skateboarding's jump). Place your front foot around the middle of your board, with your weight centered over your foot.
- Begin the Ollie by snapping your tail off of the ground. To do this, just press your back foot down, lifting up the nose of the board. It's as if you were to stomp on the tail of your board.
- Immediately after you've snapped your tail off the ground, jump directly upwards. A lot of people try to teach the Ollie by saying you need to slide your front foot forward. Don't bother trying to do this as it complicates the movement too much.
- As soon as you've jumped upwards, try to move your front foot over the bolts of your board. This creates that foot-sliding movement most people teach, but is a much easier way to learn the motion.
- If you've done everything perfectly, you'll be in the air, having just done an Ollie!
With anything in skateboarding, it's going to take a ton of practice to learn this trick, especially since it is the first trick you'll learn. While it may seem difficult at first, each trick you learn after the Ollie will become easier and easier, so if you can overcome this one, it'll only get easier and more fun. As I mentioned earlier, if you don't even own a skateboard yet, I recommend this board for beginners: Krown Rookie Complete Skateboard (Purple Flame). It is a Canadian maple board, which is much more durable the most beginner boards (beginner boards are usually made from Chinese maple). If you choose to buy that board, please note that is my affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission from the sale, so if you choose to buy that board, thank you! Now go out to your local skatepark, or even the sidewalk in front of your house, and start trying to learn. The more you practice, the better you'll become. Have fun :)