How to do a shin splint magic trick

Do an ollie

  • 1

    Stand on the skateboard. Get used to its shape, the tightness of your axles and the size of your wheels. Ollies are always easier on familiar terrain. If your axes are too loose and can't keep control when you crouch, tighten them until things are a little smoother.

  • 2

    Get your feet in the right position by placing your front foot near the center of the board and placing your back foot at the end of the board.Getting your feet in the right position can be the first part of an ollie that is really difficult to master. The ball of your back foot should be halfway past the back edge of the board. The ball of your front foot should be on the center of the skateboard somewhere between the screws.
    • The exact position of your feet is very important. How far in front or behind you want your front or back foot is largely a matter of preference, but it can also affect your ollie.
      • With giant monster ollies, your foot will have to be further back, but it will be more difficult.
      • Small curb jumps can also be made with your foot further forward.
  • 3

    Get on your knees and crouch.Start standing. Correctly balancing your crouching posture is crucial. Don't bend your back too much or stick your butt out too far. Try to fall down and keep your shoulders above your feet.
    • Especially when you are crouching, try to stand on the balls of your feet. If you stand on your toes, you may turn towards the front when you jump. (In case you don't already know, the front edge is the one closest to your toes).
    • If you move around while doing an ollie, there are two great ways to get your feet back into position so they are in balance when you jump.
      • The first is a small jump just big enough that you land your feet where you need them. This is the best and fastest way, but also the most difficult.
      • The second way is to simply slide your feet into position. It's a slower, less accurate method that will ruin your shoes pretty quickly unless your griptape is immobile - which it shouldn't be if you're trying to do a proper ollie.
  • 4

    Jump in the air with your front foot first and then your back foot. The board doesn't go anywhere with your weight on it, so the beginning of the ollie maneuver is the jump. Sometimes it's easier when you think you're jumping off your back foot. If you have trouble with the height of your ollie, disregard slide (for now) and press your knees into your chest.

  • 5

    Jump up and step down the back of your board at the same time.A strong jump is very important; it creates the power behind your ollie. It's called the "pop" because of the sound your deck makes touching the ground, which makes the board bounce.
    • The passage of time is crucial in pop. After jumping, push the board down as soon as you feel your weight on the board decrease.
      • This may seem difficult because the jump and pop happen in close succession, but imagining it this way helps a lot.
    • If you're new to skateboarding, chances are you've already tried the trick of stomping on the back of the board to make it fly towards you. The same principle applies to pop, only that you do it while standing on the board (or rather skipping).
    • Another possible reason the back isn't lifting is because the back of your foot is touching the ground too much and isn't allowing the board to take off. The floor is meant to help flip up the deck of the board, but not so much that the board stuck and your timing suffers.
  • 6

    Shift your front foot as soon as you start jumping.Turn your front foot inward and slide up the board in a rolling motion. Lift your back leg up towards your chest.
    • Remember that this step must be done at the same time as jumping. Sliding too fast results in an ollie with little height; sliding too late results in an ollie that is unbalanced at its highest point.
  • 7

    Draw your knees to your chest. How far you have to do this depends on the amount of your ollie. However, the board can only come as high as your feet; so if you want to do a high ollie you have to get your feet in the air.

  • 8

    Get closer to the ground when your front foot is all the way up, and put pressure on the board as it slowly begins to fall back down. When you are halfway up, level the board parallel to the ground. In other words, make sure the front of the board doesn't point straight up when you are halfway up. This technique will help you a lot when you start jumping over holes or gaps.

  • 9

    Try to land with both feet at the same time, preferably with your feet as close to their respective axes as possible. If you land an ollie with both feet in the middle of the board, it will break. Or if you land an ollie with your feet on the front and back, part of them could break off. Make sure to bend your knees and factor in the recoil from landing.