15th March 2006
Skateboarding Question : Committing To Your Ollie
“I go to ollie but when I’m in the air my back foot comes off the tail and goes straight back. My foot slides off after my pop but before the peak of my ollie. Then when I land the board slides out from under me.”
This sounds like a commitment problem, rather than any kind of technique fault. Remember with ollies you should be jumping up and forwards off of your back foot (read how to ollie for a review of this), but to do what you’re doing you must be jumping and then letting your back foot lag behind the rest of the jump, or conciously moving it backwards.
To do good ollies (or any other ollie based trick) you need to commit to the trick and do your best to stay above the board. In most cases like this, people fear the landing and whether the board will fly out from under them, but the more you keep doing what you are doing the more you will fear the landing. The surest way to stomp a solid landing that won’t fly out from under you is to commit to the ollie and get your feet in the right positions.
If you keep having trouble, try ollying on grass or carpet – some kind of surface that isn’t so unforgiving. Then move to concrete when you are doing them consistently.