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Longboard Lingo

written by Team Rider November 27, 2013

Whats up everybody! The name of the game is to spread some knowledge. For those of you who are new to the great world of skateboarding, Longboard Lingo is here to teach you the meanings, of all the weird words we use to describe what we’re doing on our boards.

When you hear a skater say something like “high Ollie contest” they’re not talking about their Australian landlords glue sniffing competition. An Ollie is when a skater manipulates their board to pop into the air.

To learn how to ollie you could concentrate on two parts of the trick. The first part is popping the board into the air. In order to do that, you have to bend your knees and unload some force through your back foot. The same way you would jump to reach a basketball hoop mid stride, you would generally jump off of one foot, not both feet. The difference is you need to get the tail of your board to hit the ground. It takes some practice to get use to the feeling of a proper pop, but eventually it will all make sense and muscle memory takes over.

The second half of the ollie is all about leveling out the board. Once you pop the tail your board is going to be in this position ” / ” and you want it to end up in this position “–”  nice and flat. The way to go about that is to slide your front foot towards the nose of the board right after you pop the tail!

It’s going to take some practice but once you get the hang of it you will want to ollie up curbs and over cones. Being able to ollie will open many doors in the palace of skating! So get out there and practice!

Check out my little Vine video ( Uploading Soon ), I hope it helps you get the idea of how the magic of the ollie works.

-Dave A.


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