What’s an Ollie? How to Ollie

Wikihow instructions on Ollie.

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Stand on the board. Get a good feel for its shape, the tightness of your trucks, and the size of your wheels. Ollies are always easier on a familiar setup. If your trucks are too loose and you can’t keep in control while crouching, then tighten them until things are a bit smoother.

 

Adjust your feet with your front foot near the middle of the board and your back foot on the tail of the board. Getting the foot positioning right can be the first really tricky part of an ollie to master. The ball of your back foot should be half hanging off the edge of the deck’s tail, or back. The ball of your front foot should be central to the deck, somewhere between the bolts. Read More

Bend your knees and crouch down. Start off in a stationary position. Balancing your crouch properly is crucial. Don’t bend your back too much and don’t stick your bottom out too far. Try to drop down and keep your shoulders level with your feet. Read More

Jump into the air, first with your front foot, and after with your back foot. The board isn’t going anywhere with your weight on it, so the beginning of an ollie maneuver is to jump. Sometimes it’s easier to think of it as jumping off of your back foot. If you’re having trouble with the height of your ollie, just forget about sliding (for the moment) and slam your knees into your chest.

Jump up, and kick down the back of your board at the same time. A good strong pop is very important; it’s the power behind your ollie. It’s called a pop because of the noise of your deck hitting the ground, which will make it bounce. read more

Slide your front foot as soon as you start jumping. Turn your front foot inward and slide up the front of the board in a rolling motion. Bring your back leg up toward your chest as you do this.

Pull your knees up towards your chest. Exactly how far you need to do this depends on how high your ollie is, but the board can only go as high as your feet, so if you want your ollie to be high you have to bring those feet up.

Level out with both when your front foot has slid all the way up, keeping pressure on the board as it begins to fall down. Make the board level to the ground while in mid-air. In other words, don’t have the front of the board sticking up in mid-air. This technique will help tremendously when you get to jumping gaps.

Try to land both feet at the same time, preferably with your feet as close to their respective trucks as possible. If you land an ollie with both feet in the middle of your deck, it’s going to snap. Likewise, if you land on your nose and tail, they could break off. Make sure you bend your knees to absorb the shock when you land.

To read the full article, go to Wikihow.com/ollie

What to Look For When Buying Skateboarding Safety Equipment

What to Look for When Buying Skateboarding Safety Equipment

skate pads

How can wearing skateboarding safety gear make you a better skater? It all comes down to comfort and confidence!  The bottom line is that a skateboard will be more able to focus on landing the trick when he isn’t so worried about getting injured! This usually results in improved performance and allows the skater to increase their skill.

What to look for and how to buy skateboarding safety equipment

So what’s involved in being fully comfortable on your board and being as safe as possible? This is the full list of items needed.

-helmets

-knee pads

-elbow pads

-wrist guards

Make sure you read the instructions on these items or watch a youtube video about how to place these items on your person properly!

Helmets

  • Helmets need to be worn by all skaters, at all ability levels, at all times to prevent head injuries
  • The helmet must fit securely and be buckled or fastened
  • Do not buy a helmet that moves on the head when the head moves
  • The front of the helmet should come down to just a finger’s width above the eyebrows
  • Make sure your helmet has a multi-sport safety rating or something equivalent.  Not just any old helmet will do for skateboarding

Knee pads

Knee pads are an important part of your skateboarding gear.  They will protect your need from those all too common knee slides, and impacts.  You don’t want to cheap out on these.  Make sure you get a set that is rated for high performance and safety.  Make sure the knee pads are securely fastened and worn at all times when skateboarding!

Elbow pads

We recommend elbow pads for all skateboarders of all ages and skill levels.  Any time I have decided to not wear my elbow pads I regretted it!  It is too easy for the board to come out from under you if you shift your weight too far back.  This results in some major elbow pain!

Wrist guards

Wrist and hand guards are not necessarily worn by all skaters but they can prevent a whole lot of asphalt from being implanted into the skateboarder’s hands!  We recommend wrist guards that contain a hard plastic splint on the face of them which can withstand a much harder impact than a soft pad.

Buyers Guide for finding the best skateboard gear out there

While skateboarding can be challenging, finding the best gear out there should not be! That’s why we invented SK8 Lands to help you find the perfect skateboard for your child, friend, daughter, son, or yourself!

So what kind of skateboarding are you looking to do?

1. For Longboarders

Longboards provide a much more “chill” experience than traditional short boards.  Longboards are often referred to as “cruisers” because of the fact that they can be fun to use while “cruising” down the boardwalk or down the street.  Many surfers take readily to the longboard because it can be very similar in feel to the act of surfing.  The long board can vary in size and is mostly used for downhill riding as opposed to tricks.  If you wish to get into tricks, you probably want to get a skateboard – of course that’s not to say that there aren’t tricks that can be done with longboards.  Here is a video that shows 5 longboarding tricks you can try.

While the information I give you here about longboarding is pretty basic, there are some great articles about longboarding that can give you a more in depth perspective of the sport.

Longboarding – How to Longboard Skateboarding Instructions

2. For Skateboarders

Skateboarding is one of the most addictive sports out there and many skateboarders will spend the rest of their lives developing new skills because there is just that much to learn.  Especially since the X-games became popular in the United States and abroad, there has been a renewed interest in skateboarding.  Skateboarding is for the thrill seeker and the daredevil, but it can also be done safely and reasonably.  Some of the possible tricks one could learn in skateboarding are:

– Flips

– Grabs

– Grinds

-Kickturn
- Tic-Tac
- Manual
- Switchstance
– Roll off a Drop
– Fakie kickturn

 

-Ollie


- Nollie
-180 ollie

And so many more!  Read on for tips on how to perform these tricks successfully. And look here for great deals on kids skateboards!