The Ollie is an advanced skateboarding trick that was first thought up by Rodney Mullen. Despite its name, it is possible to land. The Ollie is a dance move that we’re going to show you how to do.
There are many different ways to do this trick, like the Front Foot Impossible, which has been popularized by skateboarding star Andy Anderson in recent years. Those (or any variation of the trick) need to be learned first.
- Frontside 180.
- Backside 180.
- Pop Shove It.
- Frontside Shove It.
A lot of skateboarders say that if you know how to Pressure Flip, it will help you with the Ollie. There is some truth to that, but even if you don’t know how to Pressure Flip, you will still be able to learn how to Ollie.
As with any trick, it’s important to know what you’re actually learning when you try it. So, let’s look at what a trick is.
It’s called “Ollie.”
Ollie, also known as Impossibles, are like 360 Shove-It.
It’s because the board moves around 360 degrees. The Ollie, on the other hand, is when the skateboard is almost vertically wrapped over the back foot while the skater is in the air. This causes the skateboard to turn 360 degrees.
If you need help, look at the two tutorials below. They show different types of Ollie. Professional skateboarder Jonny Giger is in the first video. Aaron Kyro, who works for Braille Skateboarding, is in the second video. He’s one of our favorite friends here at Braille! Watch both of these videos before you try to learn by yourself!
In the videos, we hope you learned how to make Ollie Impossible. We also hope you now know how to make them. There is a lot of information on this page that you should read before you start practicing the tricks on this page. This will help you become more familiar with the trick.
Step by step, you can learn the trick quickly and start giving letters to your friends during games of Skater. Here we go! Let’s look back at what we learned from these video tutorials and break down this trick!
- Foot Position
- Wrapping the Back Foot
- Wrapping the Back Foot While Riding
- Assisted-Impossible Practice Step
- Putting It All Together
In order to do the Ollie, you should put your front foot right below the front bolts. Make a slight angle with your foot, like the front foot position of a Kickflip or Pop Shove-It. There is only one job for the front foot: to stay out of the way of the board. When you land, the board will wrap around the back of your foot, and you’ll stomp the bolts.
The position of your back foot on the skateboard is much more important for the Ollie because it will do most of the work. Back foot: Place your toes a little over the edge of the tail. Putting your heel on the board with your back foot should not be a big deal. This heel should be almost level with the heel-side edge of the tail. This is how it should look.
Wrapping the Back Foot
For this practice step, stand still on flat ground with your front foot off of the skateboard. In the Ollie position, with your back foot in this position, scoop the board down and wrap it around your back foot. Make sure the board doesn’t fall off your foot as it wraps around. You’ll land on the bolts near the tail with your back foot.
You don’t have to worry about trying to get your front foot on the board during this practice step. Your front foot is on the ground behind the board the whole time. When you do this step, you want to get your back foot used to how to wrap the board around your foot, which will help you build muscle memory for the Ollie move,
While riding, you can wrap your foot.
As you can see, this second practice step for the Ollie Impssble is based on the first practice step for this skill. Make sure you are in the Ollie position and move a little. Pop the board down and scoop it up with your back foot while you’re riding. When you’re done, step off and plant your front foot on the ground.
Wrap the board around your back foot, land on the bolts, then quickly step back on with your front foot to keep going forward, as shown in the video. Remember to keep your back foot attached to the skateboard as much as possible during the wrap, because the back foot is where the skateboard is under your control.
You’ll use your back foot to move your board where you want it to go! There is one last practice step you can do to get the back foot wrap just right and keep your front foot in the air until you land on the board again.
For this practice step, you’ll stay where you are. You’ll need something that’s about chest height or a little lower to hold on to so you don’t fall. Hold on to something in front of you, like a railing. Here, do the Impossible by wrapping the board around your back foot as you jump. Before getting on the board, keep your front foot out of the way. Then get it back on the board when the board has wrapped around your back foot and landed safely back on the ground.
Using the railing in front of you, you can stay above the board for a little longer than you would without the help of the railing. When you do this, your front foot will learn to stay above the board rather than plant down while your back foot does the work.
While holding onto a railing, barrier, or something else, you can land some Impossibles! Then, when you can do the Ollie while rolling on your own, you’ll be ready to do it!
Putting everything together
It may be very different when you don’t have anything to hold on to and you don’t know how to distribute your weight. Your weight should be mostly on your back foot. Keep your front foot just heavy enough to keep your front wheels on the ground.
One of the things that a lot of people do when they are trying to learn is scoop the board backwards. You’ll need to scoop the board in the direction you’re rolling. If you scoop the board backward, it will do a 360 Pop Shove-It.
At the same time, you’re going to lift your front foot and scoop forward with your back foot. Your front foot will stay up and out of the way as the board wraps around your foot. Then, you’ll pull your foot back.
When the Impossible is done, put your front foot back on the board. Make sure your front foot doesn’t get in the way. Bend your knees so that you can roll away clean.
There’s a reason why you land with both feet close to the nose. You aren’t pulling back enough with your back foot to finish the wrap. It’s important to move your foot back far enough to get your heel on the bolts at the tail of your board.
To sum things up: Then roll away clean. A lot of practice and a lot of persistence will make sure you can learn how to do a proper Ollie step by step.