Skateboarding: Performing the ‘Ollie’.

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BY Troy York

If you are a lover of skateboarding like myself and enjoy the freedom of rolling, it is a must to learn the Ollie before progressing any further.

The Ollie is basically making your board jump off the ground and over obstacles.

In order to progress with more technical skateboard tricks, it helps to have a good Ollie and you will be able to progress to rail slides, nose slide, tail slides and 50-50 grinds.

So here are a few steps to get you started.

STEP 1. Stand on your skateboard with preferred stance, with your back foot on the tail and your front foot a few inches below the front deck bolts.

STEP 2. With a very quick movement, bend your knees and slam your back foot down on the tail.

STEP 3. Once you feel the tail of your board hitting the concrete, slide your front foot up towards the front deck bolts, bringing your back foot up into the air.

STEP 4. Now your board should be in the air. Try and land with both feet over your deck bolts, to avoid snapping your deck.

NOTE: Once you have mastered the Ollie, try and perform it while rolling along.

Please also be aware of your surroundings, and make sure you have plenty of room to practice and always wear your safety gear: helmet, knee and elbow pads.

Enjoy skateboarding responsibly.

Wangaratta Skate Park can be found at the corner of Evans St and Edwards St, Wangaratta.

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