Remember, you can only Ollie as far as your leap allows. Bending down lower will offer you a higher jump, but that's not all... It takes tougher work to locate a suitable location for the front foot, which will provide you good control and level...
The more control you have over your body when it lands, the better chance you have of keeping your balance and avoiding injury. Control comes from proper form, which means balancing activeness and relaxation during each phase of the move.
If you're finding it hard to relax then that's probably because you're worried about falling out of the trick. The fact is, whether you ollie high or not, there's a good chance you'll land on your feet! Even if you don't, at least you tried. No harm done.
As for injuring yourself, this depends on how you go about it. If you rush the move, you increase the risk of crashing into something hard (like a table leg). Be patient and calm, and you should be fine.
Finally, remember that practicing safe tricks does not take away from the challenge or excitement of riding glass. If anything, it makes it even more fun!
Have any questions about ollying or jumping in general? Want to share some of your own tips? Then please comment below! I would love to hear from you.
Jump high, pop hard, slide up your foot, and remember to lift up your back foot so the board comes up off the ground! You should be able to accomplish an ollie if you correctly pop your board, move your foot up the board, have appropriate foot placement, have good timing, and leap with your board. Practice makes perfect!
Yes, you need to be able to jump high to ollie. It's part of the trick itself that makes it cool. If you can't jump high, then you shouldn't try and ollie any board. The only exception would be if it had a big nose or a long tail, which would help you get away from trouble if you can't keep your board straight up after you ollied it.
The higher you can jump, the better your ollies will be. This is because the more height you reach, the longer you'll stay in the air before landing. But even if you can't jump as high as me, this doesn't mean that you can't ollie. Just use your feet instead!
Your body type may also affect how high you can jump. If you're short, you'll need to kick hard to reach the same amount of air that a tall person can get by jumping lightly. However, this isn't necessarily a bad thing - being short means that you can skate closer to obstacles without hitting them!
You may practice this step by standing on the longboard's tail. Place your front foot directly near to the nose. Your board will rise up after the first pop from this move, and the sides of your foot will slide up as well, giving you a flawless Ollie. You will have reached the pinnacle of your ollie at this point.
The more you practice this step the better you will be able to do it. As with most other tricks, quality not quantity applies here as well. Even though it may not appear so, practicing this step is very important for perfecting your ollie.
Once you feel comfortable doing an ollie off the nose, try it off some lower boards too. The more boards you can ollie over the better because that means more practice!
When you are ready, try it on some dirt or grass. Make sure no one is around who might get injured if you hit them with your board during training.
Now that you know how to ollie, it's time to add some style to your riding. Design your own tricks or play games with your friend. See who can do the most amazing tricks. That's what this book is all about: having fun while learning new things every day.
Part 2 of 2: How to Improve Your Ollie
Improve your foot positioning. When riding properly, your front foot should be just behind the front truck screws and your rear foot on the back tail. This is the most stable and secure foot stance. The simplest part of the ollie is getting the board up in the air.
In fact, it's likely to be the first trick you learn on your skateboard. They're wonderful for navigating obstacles, moving around on your board, and simply looking nice. You know how to position your feet on the board correctly, and with a little effort, you can learn to pull off the perfect ollie!
Try to land it if you can, but for now, just get the board to pop. Try a full-fledged ollie. Snap the tail back and leap, pulling the board back up to its original height and landing on it. Continue to practice this basic action, attempting to get your stand-still ollie as high as possible while keeping board stability and control. You should be able to do a one-handed ollie now.
The most effective way of getting airborne is with a nose kick. This is where you push off the front end of your board with your foot, propelling yourself into the air. It's important not to pull a wheelie by kicking too hard or going over the top; instead, ease into it so that you stay in control.
Once you have some experience, you can start experimenting with different tricks. These will all help you become a better rider who knows how to control his board at any speed.
One trick that has been popularized by Ryan Villopoto is the switch heel flip. It's similar to a normal heel flip, except that instead of lifting your foot up when jumping, you switch feet and land on the other side. This allows you to take advantage of any small bump or hole in the street without falling over.
Another trick that works well at low speeds is the toe drag. In this case, you use your foot to stop the board from rising under it.