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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

How to Ollie on a Snowboard

How to Ollie on a Snowboard

Similar to skateboarding, one of the first tricks you want to attempt on a snowboard is the ollie. An ollie is a practical trick that can be used all around the mountain and is the precursor for more advanced tricks.

Is an ollie the same thing as jumping?
No, at first it may appear that an ollie is just someone jumping off the snow with their snowboard. While technically this is true, the difference is HOW you specifically jump off the snow. With an ollie, you don’t jump up with both feet at the same time. Instead, you bring your front foot up first followed by your back foot to do an ollie.

Why would I ollie instead of jumping?
Ollie-ing has a distinct advantage. The ollie takes advantage to the natural spring you have strapped to your feet – the snowboard. When you bring up your front foot first to do an ollie it causes your board to flex which will store up energy like a spring. Then, when you begin to bring up your back foot, you are effectively unspringing your board and transferring that energy upward. It’s an awesome feeling when done right!

How to ollie?
Note: before you attempt to ollie you should already be comfortable navigating your way around green (easy) slopes. Additionally, the best place to practice your first ollies are on flat and even terrain.

Step 1: Get comfortable on your board – find your balance and get into an athletic stance (knees slightly bent).

Step 2: Bend your knees like you’re getting ready to jump, then start to spring upward by lifting your front foot up hard.

Step 3: A split second after you have started lifting with your front foot, start lifting your back foot up hard.
Step 4: Suck both knees equally up towards your chest. At the highest point of your jump you want your board to be level so that you are well prepared for the landing.
Step 5: Get ready to absorb your landing and ride away.

Pro Tip: Practice your ollie standing still! You don’t have to be moving to get started. Once you feel comfortable doing it still, then start trying them at a slow speed and build your way up.