Ollie propblems are extremely common for new skaters. Skateboarding is kind of cruel this way - the ollie is probably the most important skate trick to learn, and it's one of the first tricks skaters try. But it's also one of the toughest! You have to do three different things, all of them at the same moment. It can be tough! So what do you do?
Next, it depends on what's wrong. There are so many pieces and parts that make up the ollie, that a lot can go wrong. Here are some common problems:
Chickenfoot Ollie Problems - This is where you pop up into the air, but when you land, for some reason one of your feet always seems to land on the ground. Read more about chickenfoot.
Spinning Ollie Problem - When you ollie, you turn in the air, sometimes all the way to the side. This can result in some nasty whipeouts if you're rolling! Read more about spinning.
Moving Ollie Problems - A lot of skaters have a hard time with ollying while rolling, while other skaters swear it's easier to ollie in motion! I personally think it's harder to ollie while moving - if you are having a hard time, read more about ollying while moving.
Low Ollies Problem - This can happen for a lot of reasons, but the biggest one is that you are not crouching low enough before your ollie, and not pulling your feet high enough after you jump. When you crouch down, try and touch the ground. When you jump, try to hit yourself in the chest with your knees. Both knees. Don’t worry about falling. That will happen sometimes – that’s just part of skateboarding! Read more about low ollies.
Losing Your Board in Midair - Sometimes skaters lose thier boards in mid air while ollying. If this happens to you, you may be kicking the board away while in the air, or taking your feet off of your board. Try and make sure to keep yourself and your feet above the skateboard.
General Ollie Problems - There are plenty of other problems that you might have. I recommend using the buddy system! Have someone else watch you ollie, and tell you what they think you might be doing wrong. This can be anyone, really. It can be a buddy who skates, but it can also be a friend who doesn't. It could even be your mom. If the person doesn't skate, then print out the Learn How to Ollie instructions, and have them read through them first. People can understand how the ollie works, even if they can't do it. Have the person watch you as you practice your ollies, and tell you on what they think didn't look right. You can have them watch the How to Ollie Video too, if you want.
For more help with ollies, check out the How Did You Learn to Ollie? Readers Respond page. You can read what other skaters went through, and share your own stories!