Starting Point – Ollies

1. Depending on what you want to ollie, there’re a couple of logistics to take into consideration: how high can I jump, and what’s my threshold for an impact?

2. I’m assuming that I’m talking to someone who’s just starting out. So here goes: Roll toward the object you’re going to ollie. Size that puppy up, and make the commitment to yourself that you’re going to give it everything you have or else don’t even try it.

3. Next, bend down, hovering over your board with your front leg firmly planted in the middle of the board and turned exactly 90 degrees from the pushing stance. Your back leg should be on the very tip of the tail. If you can feel your big toe and the ball of your foot through your shoe, you’re doing great.

4. Once you feel like you’re standing in the ideal ollie position (see your favorite skater for inspiration. I’d look at Mark Gonzales-often imitated, never duplicated.)-crouch down.

5. With the majority of the pressure on your back foot pressing down on the tail, and once you hear the tail hitting the ground, scoot your front foot up the board, lifting your front leg up to the sky.

6. Bring up your back leg to even the board out into the full jump position. Get used to holding that position in the middle of the air. (In the future, that’ll have a lot to do with how high you ollie and your ability to ollie stairs, gaps, et cetera. Hopefully that makes some sense.)

7. Now you want to look at where you’re landing and put all four wheels down. And that’s it. You just ollied.

Side note: Leg strength is really important, so the more you skate the better. Running and riding bikes can help strengthen your legs, too.-Reese Forbes

For some motion to go with this Starting Point, check out Reese’s ollie tip in TransWorld’s Show Me The Way video.