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A Secret History Of The OLLIE

written by Rob Rodrigues January 27, 2017

“[A Secret History of the Ollie] sheds a very bright light on a revolutionary time in skateboarding.”

– Thrasher Magazine


With Surf Expo & King of Kona going on this weekend, both happening in Florida. It got me thinking about when I was a Grom growing up in Miami and spending my youth traveling around Florida going to skateparks and contests with my Runway Skate Crew.

If you are into Skate history and evolution or appreciate an amazing collection of photos and information. You must check out Craig Snyder’s book A Secret History Of The OLLIE released in 2015 by  Black Salt Press.

The Ollie, a move super critical to how modern Skateboarding wound up where it is today was invented by Alan Gelfand. Gelfand is from Hollywood Florida. As a young kid I got to witness him crafting his first generation Ollies when my parents would take me to the skatepark in Hollywood where Alan was a local. Years latter I was honored when the book’s author contacted me to hear my stories and memories of that incredibly explosive period in time for skateboarding and Florida’s place in it.

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“Every culture has a creation myth and skateboarding is no different. The Ollie forged a new identity for skateboarding after its invention in the 1970s, and it lies at the root of nearly every significant move in street skating today. This groundbreaking no-handed aerial has also affected the evolution of surfing and snowboarding, and has left a permanent impression upon popular culture and language. This is the story of the Ollie, the technology that set the stage for its creation, the pioneers who made it happen, and the skaters who used it to start a revolution.” – A secret history of the Ollie



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