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Steven Reeves demonstrates the ollie

Photo Credit: Michael Andrus
Definition: A skateboarding trick where the skateboarder pops the skateboard into the air. The effect is the skateboarder jumping with the skateboard stuck to his or her feet.

Basically, the trick involves snapping the tail of the skateboard down while sliding the front foot up along the skateboard and jumping. This trick takes a lot of practice to get the technique, but once learned it opens the door for the bulk of common skateboarding tricks.

Alan "Ollie" Gelfand is credited for inventing the rolling Ollie in 1977 as a trick done in pools, and later Rodney Mullen the flatland Ollie in freestyle skating in 1981. Danny Wainwright from England holds the official record for the highest ollie at 44.5 inches, but video footage of a skateboarder named Jose Marabotto from Peru shows Jose ollying a stack of skateboards. Many think that the stack should be over 50 inches, but as the trick is only in a video, it's hard to tell and unofficial. Like most things in skateboarding!

To learn how to ollie, read How to Ollie on a Skateboard, or watch the How to Ollie Video. And if you have problems, check out the Ollie Help FAQ.

Pronunciation: "AH-lee"
Also Known As: "ollie pop" at first, but now shortened to "ollie"
Examples:
"When Spencer first figured out how to ollie he was so stoked, he made his mom watch. He only made a couple of inches at first, but soon he was ollying up curbs, steps, even over the dog if it would stay still - everything he could find."
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