<Step 1 – Flat ground>
Let’s start from learning the trick on the flat ground.
Stand on the ground without board.
Check to see if your hips are above your back foot and head is over the center of the board.
This standing position keeps your weight on the back leg and prevent your upper body leaning backward.
So you can keep your body balanced while shifting your weight backward and while springing off the tail of your board.
Now pop your back leg and pull your front leg up at same time.
Jump slightly forward and land on both feet.
If you pull your back arm up at same time while jumping with your back leg, you can prevent your upper body leaning backward.
Now let me give you some challenges.
Add a 90 spin to right and left side while doing an ollie just like hitting the side wall.
It’s just a balance training so don’t worry if you can’t do it properly.
But try staying in good balance while doing it.
Now let’s do an ollie with the board attached.
Stand naturally over the board and face to the direction.
Push board forward as far as you can but upper body stay standing straight.
Now pop straight up by your back foot.
At same time, you can bring your front foot up.
Bringing your front foot up will help you keeping your body straighter and giving more weight on the tail of your board at same time.
However, you can keep your attention to keep your upper body straight with your back elbow and shoulder keeping up high.
If your gaze are out far out your upper body might lean backward.
Or if your gaze is too close to your body, your upper body might lean forward.
So please remember that your gaze affect your balance while doing an Ollie.
Suck up your back foot after pop.
If your upper body is standing straight, both feet will come back to under your hips and you will land on both feet.
If you landed on back foot, upper body might keep leaning backward after pop.
So try to keep your back elbow and shoulder up high.
But don’t worry too much if you landed on back foot but your upper body is standing straight.
It means that you are still balanced.
If you landed on front foot, weight on back foot when you pop was not enough, or your weight is staying closer to the center of your board.
So, when you jump off the ground with your back leg your weight is pushed back forward.
Try pushing your board more forward so that you won’t be bounced back to nose side of your board.
Or you might be looking down while doing an Ollie.
So you can look further to keep your upper body standing straight over your back leg while doing an Ollie.
If you land on the edge, try focus on the toe to heel balance.
Stand your head straight, bend your ankles and push your knees and hips toward toe edge side before pop.
Especially people haven’t tried Ollie, they should focus more on the toe to heel balance first.
Because when beginners are getting low to prepare for doing an Ollie, hips and head are out too far from the board because their ankles are extended.
And shifting weight backward with this balance makes takeoff difficult.
Start from doing small ollie and check to see if your toe to heel balance is in good position.
When you land, try to stand up quickly after your feet touch the ground.
Then you can create more pressure under your feet to make strong base of support.
If you can do an ollie as drawing circle with your board in the nose side of your board, you might be able to move more naturally.
Here are the key points we learned in Step 1.
Next time we will learn How to do an Ollie while sliding on the slope.
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