The Ollie is a skateboarding trick where the skateboarder pops the skateboard into the air using their feet. The effect is the skateboarder jumping with the skateboard stuck to their feet. This allows skateboarders to enter a position to perform mid-air tricks from the ground.
The Ollie originally started out as a transition skateboarding trick performed in pools. Invented by Alan Gelfand in 1976. The Ollie was later adapted to flat ground by Rodney Mullen in 1982. Mullen is often credited as one of the godfathers of modern street skating. The Ollie serves as a basis for many other maneuvers.
The Ollie is the most important trick you want to learn to progress in street or transition skating.
- Place back foot on the very edge of the tail.
- Put your front foot below the bolts closest to the nose.
- Bend down and while keeping your shoulders straight with the board. Slap down on the tail (popping) and slide your front foot up nearly simultaneously.
- Lean to the front slightly while sliding the leading foot forward.
- For beginners ollies can become quite frustrating to accomplish. Regular practice is necessary to obtain an acceptable height.