Skateboarding Trick Lessons: Ollie

How to do an Ollie skateboard trick


Lots of children and teens love to skateboard for recreation. Though it can bring the most common injuries, skateboarding can be fun for many. It is more fun especially to those who know how to do an ollie skateboard trick, the first trick that skateboarders learn and the foundation of all park and flatland skateboarding tricks. Invented by Alan “Ollie” Gelfand in 1977, when one learns the trick, they can go ahead to learn other tricks or they can invent their own.

Skateboarding neophytes may need some time to get used to ride on the board before learning Ollie tricks. If they are more aggressive, they just need to go ahead but with the right precautionary measures so they avoid the most common injuries in skateboarding. Here are some hints on how to do an Ollie skateboard trick:

  1. Getting on the skateboard should be on the rider’s comfortable speed. His or her foot should be positioned adjacent to the middle of the board, more or less 2 inches from the bolts. The back food should be on the tail.
  2. The legs should be bent and the rider should squat so he can spring up. Knees bent deeply can be the best as well because the more the knees are bent, the higher one can go.
  3. The back foot should be kicked down so that the rider can pop as he jumps up. While gripping the tape, his front foot should be rubbed upward which will help in hitting the ground and pop the board up.
  4. The rider should tuck his knees to his chest and his back foot should level the board.
  5. When out in the air, the legs should be extended to the ground when landing to help absorb the shock.
  6. Comfort with the bent knees should be present when coming down. Both feet should be over the bolts and on the board to land with the four wheels.
  7. Rolling away should be always smooth and safe that the rider can still manage to smile.


Learning how to make Ollie tricks can be fun and rewarding. As nothing good comes easy, the most common injuries in skateboarding can come along the way. Skateboarding is becoming more popular, and the number of young people injured because of it has also increased.


The most common injuries in skateboarding had brought many children and adolescents to the emergency rooms. The good news is, parents and children can do something to prevent injuries, such as or wearing helmets and other protective gears.


To prevent the most common injuries in skateboarding, some preventive measures include not allowing kids younger than 5 years to get into skateboarding. Those aged 6 to 10 need close supervision from an adult whenever they ride a skateboard. Choosing a place to ride the skateboard is of topmost importance as well for a smooth-sailing ride. It is because there are places which have rough irregular surfaces, and are near the traffic where riders can collide with obstacles like pedestrians, bikes and motor vehicles.