The Secrets of Skateboarding

  • 145 Page in depth guide of tricks
  • Features how-to, troubleshooting, and other skate secrets
  • Written by underground skater Tony Waters
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Troubleshooting the Ollie

Problem: I land one footed
Solution: One footed landings are caused by lack of commitment. Usually, it’s your front foot that lands on the board and the back foot that lands on the ground to catch yourself. To fix this, just focus on keeping the foot that comes off on the board. You may want to try Ollying lower so, you will land more balanced.

Problem: My board slides out in midair
Solution: Losing your board in mid-air is usually caused by kicking the board out instead of staying over the board and dragging. Remain balanced as you pop, leaning slightly forward as you drag and you will have no problem keeping the board directly under you.

Problem: My Ollies are too low
Solution: Low Ollies are caused by not getting enough pop before your Ollie. It is easy to fix this problem- simple crouch lower and move your front foot back a little, so it has more room to drag. When you’re in the air, remember to suck up your knees! Read the Ollie Higher section for a more detailed explanation on how to get more height.

Problem: My landings are sketchy
Solution: If you land unbalanced, with your back wheels hitting the ground first, you are not keeping your shoulders level in the air. Focus on keeping your shoulders stationary in the air and…

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