With both your feet on the board, lift up the heel of your back foot so your weight is on the ball of your foot and your toes. That part of your foot should be centered at the tip of the tail. Your front foot should be about 2/3 of the way up the board, angled slightly forward. Your toes should be near the toe edge of the board and, depending on shoe size, your heel may be hanging off of the heel edge. Smack the tail to the ground with your back foot and jump off of that back foot--getting the timing down is probably the hardest part. As you jump, your front foot slides up to your nose, pulling the board into the air. At the peak of your ollie, level out your board, then wait for the landing. Always land with your knees bent. When ollieing a gap, try not to think about clearing it; instead, think about popping a nice big ollie. The hardest part about ollieing most gaps is getting in the committed mindset. When you're in the air, spot your landing and keep those shoes on that grip tape until you roll away.
MANUALThis little trick helps to build balance, and gives you something to do while you're skating down the sidewalk to the corner store, or to the next spot. Your back foot should be on the tail, but very close if not covering one or two of the rearing mounting bolts. Your front foot should be somewhere around the front mounting trucks. This wide stance will enable you to control the manual with both your front and back feet. Try turning while doing a manual to really test your skills
Set up your feet in the ollie position. Your front foot, though, should be adjusted back towards the heel edge a bit and your toes (or rather the front of your shoe) should be just behind the centermost mounting bolts of the front truck. Do an ollie, but rather than only sliding your front foot upward and forward, you must also slide your foot (again, probably your shoe) to the heel side enough to start your board in a spin. This action requires you to actually kick your front foot off of your board; the last point of contact between the front of your shoe and the board should be in that little concaved dip just before the nose. The spinning board then hovers for a second between your sprawling legs. When you see the grip again, stop the rotation with your back foot, then put that front foot back on, right on top of them bolts, and land.
BACKSIDE PIVOT FAKIE
Before you try it, get good at regular pivots and fakie rocks. Learn to sit on pivots with all your weight resting on your heel wheel. To do this trick, as you approach the coping, turn and push on your tail so that you are locked on the coping on your heel wheel. Keep your shoulders turned as if you're doing a fakie rock. As you start to lean back into the ramp, shift your weight from your heel to your toes and push your back foot in, leading you fakie . Remember to push on your tail long enough so your front truck doesn't catch the coping. It's safer to learn pivot to fakie rock first. Good luck and wear a wrist guard or something.
The ollie manual is a good trick to help develop your balance and ollie control. The idea is to ollie and land on your back wheels, riding a "wheelie" for a distance before setting the front wheels down. It can be done on the flat ground or over an object, but is most commonly done up onto an element, like a curb or block. It requires a fair sense of balance, and you should be comfortable ollieing. It might be good to get accustomed to manualling on flat ground before ollieing onto something, but a curb is a good element on which to learn the ollie manual. Ride at the curb at a normal ollie speed - you'll want to go fast enough to get up onto the curb and still have momentum for the manual. Pop into an ollie and get up over the curb. Instead of levelling the board in the air beneath you, keep your leading foot up and your weight centered over the back wheels. The lower you pop your ollie, still clearing the element of course, the smoother you will land on your back wheels and the easier it will be to gain balance once on those wheels. Once on them there back wheels, you'll notice your body arched forward over your board as you ride the manual. This is how you keep your weight balanced on the back wheels. It is useful to try and manual a set distance, like to a line on the sidewalk or off the curb again. This will give you something specific to strive for until you've got the ollie manual so wired that you can just ride it for days. Then you can try variations like the ollie manual to kickflip off of an element, or even the ollie flip to manual. The options are endless.
BOARDSLIDEThis is the easiest of the slide tricks and will get you used to the feeling of how your board slides on different obstacles. It also serves as a good warm-up trick on an obstacle for more advanced skaters, in order to gauge how that particular obstacle slides. Approach the object at a very mellow angle. Pop an ollie and get your nose and front truck up and over the object, landing on the deck between the trucks. Center your weight over the board and slide until the end of the obstacle. When nearing departure from the object, start to turn yourself and your board 90 degrees, but don't be too anxious or your wheels will hit the object before you come off. A slight bounce off of the end of the object allows you to fly off the end instead of dropping straight down to the ground. Depending on the obstacle, this trick sometimes requires you to lift your front truck over the obstacle while coming off. To do this, put pressure on your tail as you turn off the object, as if you're doing a kickturn in the air.
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