How To Ollie On A Snowboard – Getting More Height

This week we’re looking at how to ollie on a snowboard, in particular we’ll be looking at how to separate the two main parts of an ollie to get more height and air time:

The important tips to remember:

1) Your tail is the spring (don’t just jump!)

Most people try to jump off their back leg when they ollie, but in reality the trick to getting height is to use that tail as a spring instead of relying on just jumping off the back leg.

Think of it this way… would you get more height jumping off your back leg OR jumping off your back leg with a giant spring underneath it?

2) It’s a 2 step trick

While it’s true that you want a smooth/fluid motion for your snowboard tricks, you still need to break up each part correctly.

In this case, you want to make sure you’re doing 2 steps:

  1. Loading the tail with spring power
  2. Springing off the tail with your back foot

Don’t try to do both at the same time or you won’t be able to load up your tail to get enough height in your ollie.

The next step…

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  1. Hi, I would appreciate if you could help me with this question. I am quite a big chap (my weight is 103 kg) and don’t know what new snowboard to pick. I am looking at Ride HighLife Ul or Machete Gt 159, but the chart says it’s max weight is way below 100 kg, the shop says I don’t need a longer board, and that 159 will do for me just fine. That’s why I feel a bit confused and undecided and though I’d ask your advise. I’ve been snowboarding for about three years, don’t do tricks in the park, but mostly enjoy doing all mountain stuff. Many thanks in advance, Petras

  2. They say it would require much more efforts to ride and control a longer board.

  3. Btw, thanks for your response, much apreciatted.

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