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How to Do a Frontside 180 Ollie

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The Frontside 180 Ollie is a skateboarding maneuver where the rider pops their board into the air and then does a 180-degree turn in mid-flight. Exclaiming "Gnarly!" afterward is totally optional.


Warning
Always wear protective clothing, including a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, kneepads, and appropriate footwear. Skateboarding is not recommended for children under the age of 6, and children between the ages of 6 and 10 should only be allowed to ride with adult supervision.

Step 1: Push forward
The easiest way to perform this trick is by using a rolling start. Begin by pushing the board forward at a comfortable speed -- but the faster you go, the higher the board will lift off of the ground.

Step 2: Position front foot
As you roll, place your front foot about halfway up the board, at a slight forward angle. Your toes should be near the outside edge of the skateboard.

Step 3: Position back foot
Put the ball of your back foot on the center of the tail.

Step 4: Lift back heel
With both of your feet on the skateboard, lift the heel of your back foot so your weight is on the ball of your foot and your toes.

Step 5: Squat
In preparation to spring upward, squat down in a crouched position.

Tip
The lower you bend down, the higher your board will fly into the air.

Step 6: Twist your torso
As you bend your knees, twist the top half of your body by turning your torso around toward the tail of the board in the opposite direction you are heading.

Step 7: Straighten legs and unwind
Straighten out your legs to start your jump, and quickly unwind your body by spinning your torso back toward the front of your board. Try not to lower your head.

Step 8: Stomp back foot
Stomp your back foot down so you smack the tail of your board to the ground, lifting the front of the board into the air.

Step 9: Jump
Jump off of your back foot into the air, and slide your front foot up toward the nose of the board.

Step 10: Tuck
While jumping up, tuck your knees into your chest, which will pull the back of the skateboard with you into the air. Be sure to pick up your back foot as well, because that levels out the board horizontally.

Step 11: Complete turn
At this point you should be halfway around. To complete the 180-degree turn in the air, pull the board with your back foot, using your toes to swing it the rest of the way around.

Step 12: Land
When you've turned all the way around and the board is heading back down to the ground, extend your legs and land. Bend your knees as you touch down, making sure both feet are squarely on the board.

Tip
Be sure to check your board regularly for any faults, cracked or broken wheels, or chipped parts. Tricks like these put a lot of wear on a skateboard.

Step 13: Practice looking over your shoulder
You will now be rolling backward, so practice looking over your shoulder before trying this trick!

Did You Know?
The world's longest skateboard measures 30 feet 1 inch long, 9.8 inches wide, and two inches thick, and was completed in Newton, Massachusetts, in 2005.

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