Ollie is a basic freestyle trick for snowboarders. The ollies allow you to jump across the various terrains of the ski area. With ollie, higher air is also possible.
However, when you try it, can’t do it well. If you like that, let’s do the 6 steps I will introduce!
- Step 1 : Practice without a snowboard
- Step 2 : Find flat area, let’s practice with a snowboard
- Step 3 : Ollie at slow speed
- Step 4 : Ollie over obstacles
- STEP 5 Ollie going off a small ledge
- STEP 6 : Ollie off the edge of your snowboard
Step 1 : Practice without a snowboard
First, let’s understand the movement of ollie without a snowboard. This practice you can do at home too. Practice as many times as you like to understand the correct ollie movement with your body.
① Bend your ankles and knees and take a low position
② Raise your front knees, kick your hind legs and jump
③ Attract both feet toward your chest
④ When landing, use your knees softly like a cat
Common mistakes: Head down
Some people get their heads down when they step on. You want to bend your ankles and knees, but don’t your heed down. Otherwise you cannot keep balance.
Step 2 : Find flat area, let’s practice with a snowboard
This time, let’s go with the board actually attached. There are flat areas in the ski resort, such as the area near the rest house and the lift platform. It’s easier to do it when it’s stationary than when it’s done while the board is moving. So, first of all, let’s make sure that you can ollie firmly in such a simple environment.
① Let’s put some weight on the front legs
② Move your weight to your hind legs like rowing a boat and kick with the tail
③ Pull both feet toward your chest and jump
④ Absorb the impact with your knees like a cat and land
Step 3 : Ollie at slow speed
Now let’s try the ollie while riding. At this time, the important thing is to do it at a low speed. The higher the speed of the ollie, the more difficult, so at the beginner’s stage, the slope is as flat as possible. It is preferable to do it in a place where the speed is not so high.
What you can’t do well is important to do in a simpler environment. It is important to be able to move correctly. For example, a gentle place where you start riding, a place that is almost flat near the lift platform and does not speed up, or a Cat Truck(narrow and flat long run) is good.
It’s more difficult than the one I introduced earlier in Step 2, but let’s try to do it even where we can gradually increase the speed. As I say many times, practice is important. Some beginners say, “I can’t do it well.” However, if you can imagine the correct movement, it is important to repeat the practice.
Guide the ollie to lead with your front hand to match the movement of the board. From the place where you lowered it, move your front hand forward. However, at this time, if the hand rises too much you might losing balance. Raise your hands to shoulder height.
Step 4 : Ollie over obstacles
Go over a small obstacle, while doing an ollie.
Jumping some obstacles makes it easier to ollie. The obstacles are, for example, snowballs and tree branches. It will be easier to make an ollie jump if you give it a little pressure to “fly”. If you get out of balance with this exercise, try going back to the previous step and reviewing it. The important thing is to have a good ollie step by step at each step.
STEP 5 Ollie going off a small ledge
After completing step 4, you should be able to improve your ollie considerably. This Step 5, let’s Ollie going off a small ledge.
Ridges can be found where you jump off a Cat Truck(flat and narrow long run). Be sure to check that the landing is safe.
KEY POINT: The key to getting the height is to wait for the kick until the lip is barely reached.
What you want to learn in step 5 is to wait as long as you can when popping. This is because many Ollie beginners can’t get the height without waiting. By ollie well and create anti-aircraft time, it will be easier to do tricks. And above all, you can get a pleasant feeling.
If you’re not used to it, it is ok you can pop it early, but gradually strengthen your feeling of “waiting” and try it. If you could wait and do ollie, you can fly higher and feel good. In the illustration above, let’s try pushing the red ● part to the ground like a push button.
The key to ollie is whether you can use tail pop.
STEP 6 : Ollie off the edge of your snowboard
Ollie is a technique that can be used in various areas of ski resorts. You can also do a side hit jump. In places like side hits, you will also need an edging ollie. Therefore, in Step 6, I will introduce an exercise that ollie while to traverse across the slope.
Heel side traverse Ollie
Humans can stand on their toes, but it is difficult to stand on their heels. So heel-side ollie is difficult to balance. If you can’t do it well, discard the ollie movement at first and use the edge on the heel side to jump with both feet at the same time. Once you get used to it, let’s put in an ollie style that kicks with the tail.
Toe side traverse Ollie
The toe side, which is easy to edging, is easier to ollie than the heel side. However, toe side tends to fall to the mountain side, so try to raise your upper body.
Please check out the video below, too!
I also recommend “How To Carve On A Snowboard : 5 Steps” to help you learn the how you stand on the board.