Do you jump when you Ollie?

Answered by Antonio Sutton

When performing an ollie, jumping is a crucial part of the motion. It’s important to understand that the ollie is essentially a combination of popping the tail of the skateboard and jumping with both feet to get the board off the ground. So, to answer your question, yes, you do jump when you ollie.

When initiating the ollie, you’ll start by crouching down and bending your knees, preparing to explode upward. This initial crouch position helps to generate power and tension in your legs, which will be released to propel you into the air.

As you begin to straighten your legs, you’ll push down forcefully on the tail of the skateboard with your back foot. This is known as “popping” the tail. The popping motion creates a snapping effect, causing the skateboard to rapidly rise off the ground.

Simultaneously, as you pop the tail, you’ll also be jumping with both feet. This jump is what allows you to elevate yourself and the skateboard off the ground. By pushing off the ground with both feet, you’re able to generate upward momentum and lift the board into the air.

It’s important to note that the timing of the jump is crucial. The jump should occur just after popping the tail of the skateboard. This timing ensures that the board has enough upward momentum to follow your feet into the air.

As you jump, your front foot will slide forward on the skateboard, dragging the nose of the board up. This sliding motion, often referred to as the “drag,” helps to level out the board and keep it parallel to the ground.

Once both of your feet are in the air and the board is leveled out, you can then begin to prepare for landing. This involves bending your knees to absorb the impact and regain control of the skateboard.

The ollie is a combination of popping the tail of the skateboard and jumping with both feet. The jumping motion is what allows you to lift the board off the ground and perform the ollie. Timing your jump correctly is crucial for a successful ollie.