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    Default I can't ollie.. no really.

    Anyone else ever feel like this?
    I've been skatin for I duno.. 10-11+ years or so and never been able to ollie.. if I practice for a few weeks I can get MABEY 1" off the ground.. but for the most part nothin.

    I don't really skate with friends, so I duno what i'm doin wrong. But since I recently found this forum I thought i'd ask if anyone had any kinda super tip that might help me out. I really do wana learn, just never been able to.

    Am I alone? or are there others that have tried and can't?
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    Default Re: I can't ollie.. no really.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wheel Man
    Am I alone? or are there others that have tried and can't?
    I'm with ya there man, it's four on the floor for me...

    I spent a while trying to ollie at the beginning of every session, never got the deck to stay under me and eventually I would just get all absent minded and roll away.
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    since i went through a 2 year period of being a newschool/freestyle skater(and never figured out how to kickflip) i konw how to ollie. i shall share the tricks:
    1. when first trying, put the board in grass, so you dont have to worry about the roll factor
    2. make sure you are ussing a board with short wheels, and little to no riders, mabye borrow someone's newschool, because that makes it easier.
    3. place the ball of your foot on the tail, and the front foot just before the back bolts, snap the tail down, and slide your front foot up.
    4. youll eventually get the feeling of timing the slide of the foot so taht it levels evenly.
    5. persistance is key and practice is perferct. if you blow like an hour learning it, and then spend like 10 minutes ever once in a while youll get it
    6. i know you think you dont need it, but once you know it, youll find it really ussful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinbal_wizzard
    since i went through a 2 year period of being a newschool/freestyle skater(and never figured out how to kickflip)
    I'm in a joke of a 'posse' called "Been skating 5 years and can't kickflip club"
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    ok, those tips did help a little.

    All my life i'v skated 65mm or larger wheels, the least amount of rise I can get away with.. which is usualy 1/2", and loose ass trucks.
    I'm guessin I should find some small wheels and take out those risers?

    After I learn on small wheels and little rise I should be able to get it on larger wheels, no?

    For the most part I wana learn how to ollie cuz it'll greatly increase the amount of objects I can grind on while i'm rollin around town.
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    I never learned how to land a kickflip either.

    But I have found getting harder bushings, and tightening up your trucks like you are bombing the biggest hill ever, helps when trying to do ollies. Just think of an ollie like a jump. Find the way to "Jump", but to get the board to go with you, not you with the board... Kinda.


    Here you go, hope this helps if what I said was meaningless.

    http://www.skateboard-city.com/Ollie.php

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    yup. im straight grounded.

    Heh, we should form a group.. 3 Prong Crew or somethin.. ya know, coz the plugs with the 3rd prong means its grounded. heh.. :P
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    I grew up skating in the late 80's, so I actually learned how to do kickflips and other tricks of the sort in the early 90's, until my friends and I realized that skating slow looked like $hit, small wheels felt like $hit, and riding big boards with big wheels was much more fun. So were big boneless's, no comply's, making up your own tricks, etc.

    There are some good tips on how to ollie in this thread: http://www.silverfishlongboarding.co...ic.php?t=12001

    Yes small wheels and no riser makes it a little easier, but why learn it on a board that your not going to want to ride? I ride 64mm wheels with wedged risers on a 40" brad edwards and I can ollie it pretty good. At least good enough to get up a curb or over a manhole, etc. It's all about timing and patience.
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    this thread has made me a more self reliant and confident person. I thought it was just me who was vertically challenged!

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    sensei is right. If your wheels are bigger you just have to snap your tail harder. Dont learn on something that you wont skate on normally. Dont learn in the grass or on carpet. The soft surfaces make the board pop different than on concrete. If you want to learn to ollie while not moving put your wheels in a crack or something.

    Its easier to learn frontside 180 ollies first. Your body naturally turns. This is probably why your not landing the ollie now. You have to keep your shoulders straight with your board. The ollie should be 1 swift snapping to jumping motion.

    The kickflip is done the same way but with your front foot flick your toe straight down. Watch it flip and catch it with your feet. The common problem with landing kf is the front foot not coming back on the board. So make sure you stay straight over the board and lift your front foot back over the deck after the toe flick.
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    Glad to hear i'm not the only one who's been skatin for years and still can't ollie.
    Those punk *** 13 year olds were startin to get to me.. haha.

    Some of these tips did help out a bit. I think i'll try and learn on 65's too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinbal_wizzard
    1. when first trying, put the board in grass, so you dont have to worry about the roll factor
    dont follow this advice! practice jumping up and landing on your board, but if you learn the otion on a carpet or grass you will have to completly relearn it when you try it on concrete and will have a pretty hard time learning. practive while rolling slowly. to quote this dude from woodward who taught me how to ollie off ramps: the faster you are going to easier it will be to pull off. if your in momentum already chances are when you land youll keep going, whereas if you do it while stanidng still there are alot of directions where your un balanced.

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    i find that its easier on boards high up off the ground.

    I still suck at ollies
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    Quote Originally Posted by CRASS
    Heh, we should form a group.. 3 Prong Crew or somethin.. ya know, coz the plugs with the 3rd prong means its grounded

    wow crass...

    just plain wow






    im all for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrzogs72
    Quote Originally Posted by CRASS
    Heh, we should form a group.. 3 Prong Crew or somethin.. ya know, coz the plugs with the 3rd prong means its grounded

    wow crass...

    just plain wow






    im all for it!
    Yah I didn't read that first time round, bravo!
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    See? Its brilliant!!

    Ill draw up a logo..

    ..and im buying a silk screening rig this summer.
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    I thought ollies were tough $hit for a looooonnnng time, I tried for months amidst the displeasure of my peers who thought I would never learn it. But I kept at it, and eventually I did learn it, and I then had the highest ollie around... But only once I moved to a 39" dragon. I can't ollie those little decks anymore, they're just too small, I can bust ollie norths, but not a regular ollie on those tiny boards. Wheels don't matter too much as Sensei said, I was riding some 76mm gumballs on my dragon for some time and they were mated with a 1/2" wedge riser, I was still able to ollie a trashcan on it's side.

    The key to ollie's is to work on them for a long time and not stop, it'll take you awhile but it'll be worth it. I can easily say that ollies are the most fun trick to do on a board, they make you feel like a million bucks.

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    um you said ollie north. I can only assume you started riding a skateboard because of a video game.

    It's a freakin 1 foot kids!
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    I was gonna mention that, but I'm refraining from posting since I'm in a lousy mood.

    Thanks for doing the dirty work frank
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    What the hell is an ollie north anyway?

    As for the crew, I think "the third prong" sounds a bit more fitting.

    You got the hot, you got the common, and then theres that pesky third prong.
    Ya know which one i'm talkin bout'? the one that dosen't always seem to fit into every socket.
    The one that you grow to hate when it won't do just what you want it to do? Sometimes you even buy those hokey adapters just so they'll work with ya..

    Damn third prongs.
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