The Ollie is one of the most important tricks to learn for fingerboarding. A trick that is done by putting pressure on the tail with the back finger to get a solid pop, then moving the front finger toward the nose with a flick of the wrist to level the board in the air. For a smooth landing, equal pressure is put on both fingers as the object falls through the air.
- Place your index finger between the middle of the board and the nose. Keep your middle finger on the tail of the board for pop.
- Popping the Tail: Put pressure on the tail with your back finger for a solid pop that makes the board go vertical.
- Flicking the front finger and wrist up and forwards: When the board is vertical after popping, moving the index finger up toward the nose will make the board rise up for air. Focusing on moving the whole hand and wrist instead of just the index finger is a great tip for getting the board to air.
- Leveling the board in the air: To level the board, turn your wrist back horizontal and let your middle finger control the tail of the board.
- Landing: Press down evenly with both fingers as the board goes down in the air for a smooth landing.
Learning the Ollie on a fingerboard can take time and patience. It’s all about timing the five steps above correctly and building “muscle memory” for it. With enough practice, you’ll be able to do the Ollie on a fingerboard with your eyes closed.
Advice on how to work on the Ollie move
Using the table’s arm, leg, or edge
Use the edge of a table, your arm, or your leg to practice the Ollie and get a feel for how it moves as a whole. The point is that you can pop too far backwards, letting the board rest upside down on the ground. This makes it easier to bring the board up into the air.
Ollieing on a fingerboard and not getting air
At first, it can be hard to do Ollies on a flat desk by yourself. A great tip is to find something to jump over or up on. If you’re just getting started, I’d suggest finding something to ollie up on. It could be a book or a small cardboard box, or anything else you can find around the house that will work. As you get better, it’s easy to stack more books or boxes on top of each other to make your goal height go up. Ollie can also be practiced over small things like another fingerboard, a pen, or cables.
#Board going out of bounds at random
When trying to Ollie, it can be hard to keep the board in your hands sometimes. Here, a good tip is to try not to pop as hard while flicking the front finger and wrist forward and up for air. If you lose contact with the board while trying to Ollie, it’s easy for the board to spin out of control.
I hope that these tips will help you learn how to ollie on a fingerboard. Remember that it takes practice and patience to perfect the ollie, but with time it will come.
Ollie in Manuals
If you can Ollie the fingerboard up on obstacles, you can try new things. One is to start using manuals in combos.
Ollie over gaps
You can make a drop, a gap, or a small set of stairs for Ollie out of books or boxes. Starting small and growing from there can be helpful. As you get better at controlling the board, you can even start to ollie off the edge of the desk and land on the floor, though it might take a few hits to get the board under control in the air.
Ollie into Grinds
You can also Ollie up on obstacles to lock into grinds. This can be, for instance, the edge of a box where the fingerboard’s truck grinds.
Frontside and Backside 180 Ollie & Slides
You can learn variations like the Frontside 180 Ollie and Backside 180 Ollie, which involve doing an Ollie while turning your hand 180 degrees with the board. This is especially helpful for sliding on things that are in the way.
This is because slides like the board-nose- and tailslide often require turning 90 degrees so that the part of the board that touches the obstacle can slide.