The Secrets of Skateboarding

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How to Backside 180 Ollie

In the backside 180 Ollie, the skater spins 180 degrees in the direction he is facing. In other words, a goofy skater would spin to his left, and a regular skater would spin to his right.

Foot Placement

Your back foot should be set up in the middle of the tail, in an Ollie position. Your front foot should be a little closer to the front bolts than in a regular Ollie. You want to have your feet a little wider, so you have more control over your board.


  • Before you pop, have the majority of your weight on your back foot. You also want to have your shoulder wound up already.
  • As you pop, start rotating in the backside direction.
  • When you reach the apex of your Ollie, your board should have already rotated 90 degrees.


  • You should remain centered as you rotate.
  • To complete the 180 Ollie, just quickly twist your legs.
  • You want to turn your head around so you are facing forward again- doing so will help you regain balance quicker.


It is especially important to bend your knees after you land. When doing the Backside 180 Ollie, you weight shifts from your back foot to your (now) front foot so there is a tendency to…

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