There are a lot of skateboarding tricks and one of the most common is the ollie. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that as a new skateboarder, you are wondering how long it generally takes to learn an ollie. The amount of time it takes to learn how to ollie is different for different people. For some, it takes months, years even and for some others, it takes a couple of days. These set of people are those we call naturals.
Depending on how much time and effort you put into practising, on average, it takes some people about two months to learn an ollie while moving and two weeks to learn it while stationary. A sure way to learn fast is to make sure you know and master the basics first before moving to ollieing.
If you want to be good at performing skateboarding tricks, it is important you know how to do the ollie because a lot of other tricks are based on it. Comprehending how to get ollieing right is a challenge for most beginners but it is very doable and there are ways to speed up your progress too. We’ll discuss that in this article as well as the reason why ollieing might be hard for you and also the difference between popping an ollie stationary and while moving.
Ollieing While moving
Ollieing while in motion is a bit than doing so while stationary but it is best for mastering the trick. The reason a lot of people conclude that this method is harder is mostly born from their fear of falling off a moving board.
Doing tricks generally is always comes after you have learned how to ride. Learning how to ride means you have gone over or greatly mastered your fear of falling. If you know how to ride, doing an ollie is not difficult as people will have you believe. This is because falling is inevitable while learning skating skills and the best way to fall is to fall while in motion. That way you can control how you land so you don’t hurt your ankle or anything.
The truth is, learning an ollie while in motion takes more guts, but pulling it off means you’re making progress, not just with landing tricks but with your general riding skills. Just keep practising and watching others pull it off. You’ll get better.
I wouldn’t advise a beginner to practice doing an ollie stationary. Of course, you will be able to lift your board off the ground, but you won’t have that extra pizzazz you need to make a trick go from basic to awesome.
Like I mentioned previously if you attempt pulling off an ollie while stationary and you fall, you are sure to get badly injured. If you are on the move, the impact of the fall won’t rest on a single part of your body, the weight of the fall will be distributed when you roll or slide on your knee pads.
How Often Should You Practice an Ollie?
There’s no limit to how much you can practice. In my opinion, the more the better. The trick is just knowing when to chill and let your muscles relax and adjust to memorize the motions. If you feel the pressure of learning is becoming too much, it’s probably wise to focus on practising something else to allow your . and muscle assimilate the little it has learnt. Just don’t get frustrated enough to quit. It might seem difficult, but just keep practising.
Mastering an ollie
The two most important parts to pulling off an ollie are getting the accurate movements and having total confidence that you can pull it off.
First, you want to perfect your balance. It is important you use your core, legs, feet, shoulders, and arms to balance. Doing an ollie is just about popping your talk and sliding your front foot. Do this while you’re on a soft surface so in case you fall, you won’t hurt as bad as if you fell on concrete.
Before you proceed to kick your tail, first stand on your board and jump up and land on it. That movement will make your body get accustomed to the feeling of jumping and landing on your board. Once you feel comfy with doing that while stationary, you can proceed to do it while on the move. Here is some step by step guide to perfecting your ollie.
Stand On The Board And Bend Your Knees.
Stand on your board with your front foot in the middle and your back foot at the back edge. Slightly bend your knees in preparation to jump while keeping your shoulders level with your feet. Make sure you maintain your balance or else pulling off the trick would be near impossible.
Jump Into The Air Engaging Your Front Foot First.
Once you’re balanced, stay on the balls of your feet and crouch. Once you have crouched down, the next thing is to spring back up to take your weight off the board and allow it to lift off from the ground. When you jump up, try to put more weight on your front foot first and then doing the same to your back foot.
Kick Down On The Rear Of Your Board As You Jump.
As soon as you feel your weight lift off the board, push down on the back of the board with your back foot. Do this so that you only lift the board and not your body.
Slide Your Front Foot As Soon As You Start To Jump.
With the same technique you’ve been using, slide your foot towards the top end of your board, just as you get your board up and kick it back down. As you slide your foot along it, the front of your board should thrust up. At this point, you should be at the highest point of your jump and your foot should be hitting the top of your board.
Yank Your Knees Up Towards Your Chest.
The height your board can reach is directly proportional to the height of your feet, so you’ll need to pull your knees upwards as you jump. Your ollie can only be as high as you can lift your feet.
Levelling Your Board.
After you slide your foot to lift your board the next thing is to level out your board. Once the front of your board reaches its highest point, push your foot forward into your board. This will cause the front of the board to lower down and will raise up the back, elevating the whole board into the air and causing it to straighten up.
Sticking A Proper Landing.
Landing properly is the important finish. Landing wrongly could cause you to get hurt and might also damage your board so you got to get it right. In order to avoid snapping your board in half, you need to maintain balance on your board.
On your descent, extend your feet and start to straighten your legs moving them over the wheels of the board. This will provide you balance and enable you to bend your knees ever so slightly so you can absorb some of the shocks.
Is it Hard to Learn An Ollie?
At this point, this question should be personal to you. If you have learnt the basics of skateboarding, then landing the ollie is not really hard. Doing the ollie is not something you could possibly get on your first try so it will take some practice and lots of determination.
Your learning this trick fast depends on how much time and effort you put into practising how to get it right. Your first day trying might be tough, just keep at it.
There is something about general sports and that is every one progresses at their own pace. Do not beat yourself up if there’s some other guy at the skate park who started out the same time as you and is now popping tricks here and there. He just learns faster than you and that is not at all your fault. Especially if you work as hard as him. Just give it your best and soon, you’ll get there.
Don’t practice 1 hour a day and expect to progress as fast as the guy who practices 3 hours every day. It just doesn’t work that way. And if learning the ollie is a battle for you, it might do you good to try out some easier tricks first.
Good luck popping your first ollie!