How to Give an Ollie: 9 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Give an Ollie: 9 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Give an Ollie: 9 Steps (with Pictures)

Any veteran skater will tell you that the ollie is the most fundamental of all tricks. In fact, if you plan to skate, it will probably be the first trick you'll learn. There are several ways to ollie: you can ollie while you walk down the street or over obstacles at your favorite skate park. With these steps and with a lot of practice, you can tear and scratch yourself a little, but you'll jump on many sidewalks out there.


Ollie Step 2

Step 1. Get on the board

Feel its shape, the rigidity of the axles (or trucks) and the size of the wheels. It's always easier to ollies on a skateboard you know and trust. If the axles are too loose so that you don't feel stable while squatting, tighten them until they are snug.

Step 2. Adjust your feet placement

The front foot (your left foot) should be near the middle of the board, and the back foot (your right foot) at the far back - tail or tail - of the board. The first thing that's tricky when doing an ollie is the correct placement of the back foot: the heel of the back foot should be suspended over the tail of the skateboard, and its tip closer to the edge. The heel of the other foot should be positioned further forward, and centered on the board (between the sets of screws).

  • This placement is very important. How far you will put your front foot, whether more towards the tip of the skateboard or more towards the tail, will be up to you, however, the position adopted can affect the maneuver.
    • Big, tall olies are more difficult and will require your left foot to move a little farther back;
    • Small ollies are much easier, and can be done with this foot forward.

Step 3. Bend your knees and squat down

First, start standing still. Proper balance when crouching is crucial to the maneuver. Don't bend your back too much and don't position your butt too far back. Try to let go, keeping your shoulders in line with your feet.

  • Focus your weight on your heels, especially when squatting. If you put your body weight on half your toes when jumping, the chances of you falling flat on your face when landing are great (note that the "front side edge" of the skateboard is the side of the board closest to your toes feet);
  • If you try to ollie on the go, there are two good, balanced ways to get your feet into the proper position before jumping;
    • The first is to take a small jump, big enough to drop your feet where they should be. This way is the best and fastest, but it is the most complicated;
    • The second way is to just drag your feet into position. This is a slower and less accurate method. This way of positioning also spoils your shoes faster, unless your board's sandpaper is worn out - which shouldn't happen if you want to have equipment capable of performing the maneuver.

Step 4. Jump up, first with your front foot and then with your back foot

The board will not lift by itself with you on top of it, so the start of each ollie is always a jump. Sometimes it's easier to think of the ollie as a “back foot jump”. If you are having problems with the height of the ollie, for a stand, skip the maneuver while moving and try to do higher jumps while standing, so that your knees are closer to your chest.

Step 5. Jump with the skateboard at the same time as you kick down (with the sole of your right foot) the back of the board

This movement is very important, as it is what will give strength to the jump in the maneuver. It is also called “pop” because of the noise of the skateboard hitting the ground.

  • Making the “pop” at the right time is crucial. After jumping, kick off the kick as soon as you feel your weight decrease on the board;

    This may seem complicated, as the jump and kick-off seem to happen at the same time. However, describing it in this way helps to better understand the maneuver;

  • If you're new to this sport, you've probably already played with stepping on a skateboard's tail to make it jump on top of you. To ollie, it's more or less the same principle, except that you're doing it on a skateboard;
  • One possible reason for the tail not going up is that your foot may be pressing too hard into the ground through the skateboard, not allowing the board to lift. You need to use enough ground support to lift the board, but not so much that your weight jams the board into the ground.

Step 6. When jumping, lift your knees towards your chest

The distance of this movement depends on the height you want to reach with your ollie, however, how high you can reach will depend on how high your feet reach. If you want your ollie to be high, then you will have to direct your momentum and your feet as high as you can.

Remember that this step must be performed at the exact moment you jump. If done too soon, the height of the maneuver will be very timid. And if it's too late, the ollie won't be able to reach its maximum height

Step 7. Bring your knees towards your chest

The height at which you do this depends on the height of the maneuver, but the board must not exceed the height of your feet; if you want the maneuver to be high, you have to lift your feet even higher.

Step 8. Line up after your front foot slides across the board, maintaining pressure on the board as it starts to fall

Try to keep the skateboard horizontally aligned with the ground - or in other words - avoid the tip of the skateboard pointing upwards. This technique will help a lot when you start jumping obstacles.

Step 9. Try to land with both feet touching the skateboard at the same time, preferably as close as possible to their respective axles (or trucks)

If you ollie and land with both feet in the middle of the board, it could break. Likewise, if you do the same on the tip or tail of the board, they can also break. Be sure to bend your knees, absorbing the shock of the fall as you descend.


  • Make sure your back foot lifts right after the push. Don't let him press the skateboard, or weigh the board towards the ground;
  • If you still can't ollie properly, practice the tail thump and foot pull. First, on the floor. Then, with the skateboard, push the tail down and try to drag your foot to the front of the board. When you get good at this process, the ollie will come out more naturally;
  • Try moving your foot positions a little. You may find a new way to ollie;
  • When you jump and feel that the weight on the board is relieved, immediately kick the backside of your right foot (making the “pop”), this way the board will rise on the jump, along with your feet. Remember that recognizing the right time to move your feet is essentially all you need to know about this maneuver;
  • Where you learn is just as important as how you learn. Look for a flat, flat spot, and don't try to ollie over an obstacle right away without training. A good idea is to draw a chalk line, or a square, and try to ollie it. Many people believe that it's easier to ollie when you have a fixed point in sight. Therefore, an obstacle drawn in chalk is a much safer and easier way to train for a beginner;
  • The harder you push the board at the start, the greater the height your skateboard will reach. And the more your back foot is on the edge of the tail, the easier it will be to lift the board off the ground;
  • It takes time to learn to ollie. Nobody gets it the first time! It's not an easy task to jump into the air while controlling a plate on wheels under your feet. So don't be discouraged, you'll have to work hard to get it, and the reward is worth it;
  • Don't try to skate ollies by riding at high speed - start slowly, and gradually speed things up. If you've learned the maneuver while standing still, you'll naturally have to relearn it while moving;
  • The three basic factors that influence the height you reach with an ollie are: how hard and fast you press the tail (making the “pop”); how much effort you put into the momentum of your jump; and finally, how exactly do you slide your foot over the board's sandpaper;
  • Bringing your knees a little closer will allow you to reach higher;
  • Don't think you're too bad. Train;
  • You have to move with the board! Don't expect her to just jump into the air without your effort;
  • Be sure to properly tighten the shafts before ollieing;
  • If you have trouble doing a stationary ollie, hold onto a wall while you perform the maneuver, until you have minimally mastered it (this way you won't fall flat on your face);
  • If you don't make it the first time, keep trying!
  • Try to perform the maneuver without moving first. Try it out on the grass, holding it to a fence, or on the living room rug, if your parents will allow it. However, don't get too used to this teaspoon, as you may have a hard time learning to ollie while moving;
  • Some skaters learn best by practicing a stationary ollie at first, while others do not recommend this type of training, as giving a stationary ollie is quite different than giving an ollie while skating. If you're scared of the skateboard running under you when you get off after the jump, it's okay to practice on the mat first;
  • Sometimes it's easier to think that you're just jumping on the free ride skateboard. This thinking makes it easier to use the ollie to negotiate obstacles, since you'll only concentrate on jumping over, or over, them;
  • Ollies, as well as other skateboarding tricks, are more easily done on smoother, more uniform surfaces;
  • If you're having trouble landing with your ollie, try to practice positioning your feet and legs off the board without worrying about falls.


  • Spend a lot of time perfecting your ollie because it is a fundamental maneuver for this sport;
  • Don't try to do anything outside of your comfort zone, especially skating half-pipe tracks for your first time. All you really need to get started is a skateboard and a helmet. For vertical (half-pipes), you will probably need - in addition to a lot of training - a lot more equipment;
  • Make sure you balance yourself correctly when crouching, otherwise the skateboard could get out of hand and spoil your maneuver.

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