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29 October 1999

Ollie Up

It's fun watching the kids skateboard at school during their free time. I'm impressed how they can jump their boards high into the air over an obstacle on a flat sidewalk with no ramp. That basic maneuver is called an ollie. It's the basis for many more difficult tricks. For example, Shane likes to ollie into the air and spin his board along it's long horizontal axis at the same time. It looks like magic! The riders are not attached to their boards with straps (like skis), and they do not place a foot under their board to lift it. How is a skateboard ollie possible?

Shane doing an ollie over Whitney.
Shane doing an ollie over Whitney. Note there is no ramp.
How can he lift the board from above?

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