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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-10-2008, 05:30 PM
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Unhappy Skateboarding help

Hi yall. I've been trying to get at skating, on and off, for a few YEARS now, and I still can't do a damn ollie. When i got on a snowboard this season, it came so easily.. I was carving blacks by the end of my first week . But then I hope on a skateboard at the end of the season, and BLAM! I still suck. I seriously skate around in my driveway for 30 - 45mins each day, trying to do a fucking ollie. I've had help from friends, watched them do it, watched videos on how to do it.... I think I know how to do it, I just can't DO it.


Any suggestions? Other than give up?
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-10-2008, 05:53 PM
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Hi yall. I've been trying to get at skating, on and off, for a few YEARS now, and I still can't do a damn ollie. When i got on a snowboard this season, it came so easily.. I was carving blacks by the end of my first week . But then I hope on a skateboard at the end of the season, and BLAM! I still suck. I seriously skate around in my driveway for 30 - 45mins each day, trying to do a fucking ollie. I've had help from friends, watched them do it, watched videos on how to do it.... I think I know how to do it, I just can't DO it.


Any suggestions? Other than give up?
keep on trying man..
i'm going to assume you know the mechanics of an ollie. one thing that may help you (if you're not doing this already) is to bring your knees to your chest as you kick down on the tail of the board and slide your front foot across the front of the board. i'm not sure if i described it correctly, but i'm better at showing someone how to do it than explaining it. another thing..when you get frustrated, stop and take a moment to relax..trying to do it when you're all pissed off will mess you up and make you more pissed off..hope this helps.

some advice on skateboarding: take it slow..nuts+handrails=unearthly pain lol

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practice.

A LOT.

its kind of an unnatural feeling trick for someone just starting to learn it. but all other tricks are based off of it so ya gotta learn.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-10-2008, 07:33 PM
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k thanks I'll definitely try bringing my knees to my chest, I wasn't doing that before.. And I do tend to get pretty pissed off, my tail now has a cool looking dent .
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-10-2008, 08:14 PM
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lol... I'm in the same situation and was actually thinking of starting a thread like this! I always sucked BAD at skating, and I was really surprised when I seemed to be picking up snowboarding pretty quickly. My greatest moment was ollieing onto a curb back in high school (only happened twice).

I used to try to ollie with my front foot starting in the center of the board. A couple days ago I tried doing it with my front foot closer to the bolts, and it seemed to help a lot. I landed 3 stationary ollies in a row (remember, I suck so that's big for me). Gonna try it while moving today.

Anyone know any good skateboard forums?
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-11-2008, 06:12 PM
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It is way harder. Snowboarding ollies are a lot easier IMO too. I've been trying on a skateboard for about a year, and I'm not very good either. starting with your foot near the front truck works ok in stationary (with 2 wheels in a crack or something), but as you start progressing you'll want to move it back. the action of sliding your foot toward the nose helps to gain height and also to level out your board. I also practiced just flicking my back foot to get the tail to snap up. I didn't have a front foot on for that part. It helped a lot. Hope that makes sense and helps some!
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-13-2008, 12:06 PM
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YEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!! Just nailed the ollie 2day. Not really nailed, but I can do maybe 2 out of 5 tries. I started on grass and it helped A LOT. Thanx everyone .
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-14-2008, 08:51 AM
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Wow skateboarding, i havent been on mine in so long. I learned to ollie in my room on the carpet though, made it a lot easier when the board couldnt move.
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