The Ollie downstairs also called the Soul Grind is a skateboarding trick where kicking…
Learning how to ollie off of stairs is a sweet skate trick that looks cool and can be very useful. The same principles behind this move also work when trying something new, like ledges or tables!
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How to Skatestep
You should know how to Skatestep. Honestly, if you don’t know this trick then don’t worry about it. It’s not that useful unless maybe you are skating in place (Pushing to gain speed before jumping on your board). However, if you want a good party trick or to annoy your friends then this is it.
This trick will allow you to gain speed if you are pushing around the board using one foot, and then jump on the board with both feet for surprisingly fast acceleration. This process allows you to quickly build momentum by running faster than normal.
How to Ollie
You should know how to Ollie. The Ollie is the basis of all skateboard tricks and is the first trick that any new skater learns. This trick allows you to get up onto your board and find your balance point for riding, as well as build momentum into larger tricks.
To learn the ollie, you first need to find your balance point. This is the position on your skateboard where you can perfectly balance with no outward force pushing on the board. Practice this by standing on the board with everything off of it (wheels, trucks, railings) and putting one foot in the middle of the board, leaving leave it there. If you can balance, then this is your balance point and you should know how to Ollie.
Step 1: Stair Ollie Setup
Use a long stairway with a good amount of height. A successful adventure requires a clear path, no matter how fast you go. You should start by getting on your board with both feet in the middle, about shoulder-width apart from each other. Now place your front foot on the nose of your skateboard right on the tip. Bend your front knee while having your back leg straight, but off of the ground. You should keep both knees bent throughout this entire step.
Step 2: The Approach
Now that you are in position, approach the stair by pushing forward with one foot (front foot) and run towards it. Before doing so, make sure to visualize your path to the stair so you can get a good idea of where you are running. Make sure that this step is quick, because if it isn’t then your board will probably go too far away, or worse.
Step 3: The Jump
Your front foot should be the only one on the board mid-air at this point. If you’re not happy with your work, then there’s something wrong. Leap from the board using only your front foot and jump onto the board with both feet as soon as you can. You should be holding your front foot off of the ground at this point so that you don’t accidentally step on it or anything like that.
Step 4: The Weight Transfer
The weight should be completely transferred onto the board at this point, so jump off of the ground with your back foot. This is accomplished by thrusting yourself into the air using your front foot. As you are moving up press down on the tail end of your board with the flat part to lift it upwards and hop into position quickly.
Step 5: The Landing
Your back foot should land on the tail of your board first. If you did it right, then your back foot will slide down the center of the board towards the ground. Your front foot should quickly lift off of the board to avoid any sort of speed loss or potential injury, and place yourself into a riding position as soon as possible.
Common Stair Ollie Problems
The biggest problem for people trying to ollie downstairs is that they don’t Ollie hard enough. People tend to not realize how much power it takes to get up onto the board and then lift themselves off of it and jump into position, so do not be afraid to go for it.
It is possible to Ollie too high when trying to ollie downstairs, so make sure that you have enough room in your approach. If you don’t have enough space for whatever reason, then try doing it indoors or somewhere else where there is a lot of open space. After learning how to do an Ollie, people tend to try to ollie downstairs too early. Make sure that you can land your Ollie successfully first because there is nothing worse than landing on the nose of your board and then trying to do one downstairs.
If you are still having trouble with them, make sure that you are using the correct technique for an Air Ollie. It is different than an Ollie in the sense that it doesn’t use your back foot to lift the board. Instead, you are using your front foot to lift yourself, and then thrusting into the air with both feet for height.
If none of these methods work, try doing them on a lower-height stairway where the board is stable and you will not fall. There is nothing worse than trying something new and coming crashing down.
Tricks you can do after Stair Ollies are done *Please remember that Tricks go in Alphabetical order.* After learning how to properly ollie downstairs you can begin to learn other tricks. One of the most popular ones is a Tail-Slide, where you place your back foot on the tail and slide it down into a Pivot. This requires a lot of precision, so make sure that you have at least a little bit of experience before attempting something like this.
Now that you know how to ollie downstairs, you can begin to learn other tricks. After learning how to do a Tail-Slide, the next step would be something like a Frontside Rodeo. This trick is essential for beginner riders because it combines an Ollie with one of the most basic board maneuvers; riding no-handed! The best way to think of this is to imagine doing a 180 and putting your front foot on the board as you jump up into an Ollie.
I have found this guide to teaching you how to ollie downstairs very helpful. If you’re looking to learn how to ollie, this guide is perfect for teaching yourself. It’s important that every time one is trying out a new board or making an attempt for their first time it should be done with care and attention so as not to damage anything in case of failure! The skater needs enough speed for the ollie, the board needs to pop upward, and the skater jumps over the obstacle. This will require a bit of trial and error, but with practice and dedication, you can learn how to complete an ollie downstairs!