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The ollie is a skateboard trick where the skater pops the tail to air or jump, without using the hands to help or grab.

Also known as: Ollies [plural]


The ollie is a fundemental skateboard trick, and is part of the execution of many other tricks.

An ollie can be done anywhere, from flatground to transition. Ollies are often used to get over obstacles, such as a gap, or on to obstacles, such as a rail or a ledge, or to do an air.


History

Jeff Duerr did ollies on banks and on flatground in 1978. [3]

Jeff Tatum is credited with inventing the Backside Ollie on transition. [2]

Jeff Durr showed Alan Gelfand the Frontside Ollie on transition. Alan Gelfand then popularised, and was also credited with the invention of the Ollie. [1][3]

Rodney Mullen has been credited with adapting the Ollie to flatground in 1983.


World Records:

There are several official and unofficial skateboarding world records related to the ollie. [4]


Performance

Before learning how to Ollie, you should get comfortable rinding your skateboard.

1. Move your front foot back behind the front truck bolts.
2. Bend your knees and kick down - or pop - the tail with your back foot, as you jump up into the air.
3. Drag your front foot towards the nose to bring the board up with you.
4. Compress, and level the skateboard.
5. Land and ride away.

Go to the ollie trick tip articles for more information on how to do an ollie.


Sources

Below are the sources referenced in the text. Go to the Ollie articles for more.

1] The History of the Ollie Added 10-07-2009
2] Jeff Grossos Loveletters To Skateboarding Season 02 Episode 05: Backside Ollie Added 14-09-2012
3] A Secret History of the Ollie vol 1 2015
4] World Record Ollies Added 03-12-2017


Related Stuff
Articles:

Below are the latest related articles. See the full list of articles for more related news and updates.

World Record Ollies [3/12/2017]
A list of skateboarding world records related to the ollie.

How to ollie with Tony Hawk [9/4/2017]
Life is nothing but a pile of regrets, until one day Tony Hawk teaches you how to ollie and its great.

Learn To Skate With HSTDskate [2/10/2016]
Halmstad Skateboardklubb has put out a learn to skate article for their skate school, with a list of basic trick explanation and videos.


Videos:

Watch the latest related videos below, or go to the full collection of videos.

2012: Trick Tips
Anthony Shetler shows you what it takes to switch up your stance and snap a big one in this break down of the switch ollie. Before you get started snapping, find out if you prefer your nose in the front or back when skating switch. Once you know which direction you want to skate your board for switch stance then you just need to perfect your pop. Hear it from Anthony Shetler what it takes to snap a switch ollie in this Step By Step.
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2012: Trick Tips
How-To Ollie Grab with Tony Hawk & Mike Vallely - Retro Trick-a-Day
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2012: Trick Tips
How-To Early Grab Ollie With Fritz Mead - Trick-a-day
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Pictures:

Below are the latest related images. See the full image collection for more photos.

2013: Magazines: Show Picture
Cover of Dank Magazine issue 5

2013: NORB NM Junior Street Final: Show Picture
Daniel Pedersen ollie over the pyramid during the junior final of the Norwegian skateboard championships in Oslo, Norway.

2013: NORB NM Junior Street Final: Show Picture
Ask Filling ollie down the stairs during the junior final of the Norwegian skateboard championships in Oslo, Norway.


Go Fish:

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Jessheim Open 2018 Results and Footage [12/8/2018]
Jessheim Open 2018 Results and Footage.

WCS Graz 2018 Best Trick Footage [25/7/2018]
Blue Tomato Best Trick gave us some insane level of tricks, where Angelo Caro from Peru took the win with backside 180 to fakie nosegrind to lipslide 270 out.

Go Skateboarding Day 2018 Trondheim Results [6/7/2018]
The results are in from the jury at Finalebanen in Trondheim, Norway.

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Damn Am 2018 Barcelona Results and Footage

Stavanger Open 2018 Results and Footage [17/6/2018]
Stavanger Open 2018 Results and footage.

Stavanger Open 2018 Program [11/6/2018]
Stavanger Open 2018 Program.

John Cardiel TWS Interview [3/5/2018]
John Cardiel on the Cardiollie EMB 1993.

Tampa Pro 2018 Results and Footage [11/3/2018]
Here are the results and footage from this years Tampa Pro contest.

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2018: Session Invitational [11/6/2018]

2017: GSF Skate Jam [22/9/2017]

2017: GSF Skate Jam [17/9/2017]

2017: GSF Skate Jam [17/9/2017]

2017: NORB NM [7/8/2017]

2017: NORB NM [7/8/2017]