Ollie next to a curbThis is how I learned how to ollie. Place your skateboard next to a curb, right up against it. This will help keep your board from rolling. Next, do everything that I just described, but don’t worry about what your board does. Just do it, and land up on top of the curb, on the sidewalk. Don’t stress about whether the skateboard will be there, or if you will get hurt – just go through the motions of ollying up the curb. If you do it right, the skateboard will be there. If you do it wrong, you’ll probably just land on your feet on the sidewalk. Here’s the key – just do it and expect it to work. Your body understands what you are trying to do, and the less you stress, the more it can kick in and fill in the blanks.
Ollie on the carpet or in grassThis will keep your board from rolling. Most people think that ollying whiles standing still is a lot harder than while rolling, but practicing like this can help your body learn how to do it. And, if you are worried about the skateboard shooting out from under you, practicing on the carpet or grass should make you feel safer.