If you have a fingerboard, you should learn Ollie first, as it is one of the easiest and coolest tricks for both fingerboards and skateboards.
You’ve landed on the right page if you’re a beginner at fingerboard and would like to learn how to ollie on a fingerboard or tech deck with two fingers and three fingers.
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How To Ollie On A Fingerboard / Tech Deck
Learn the Ollie first if you want to learn any advanced tricks for fingerboarding because once you master it, you will also feel comfortable performing other tricks. Therefore, learning this trick can be a time consuming process, but furthermore, it will help you when learning other tricks. So let’s get started on learning Ollie on the tech deck.
Step 1: Positioning the fingers
The majority of the beginners make a mistake in positioning their fingers correctly, resulting in a bad ollie. Below is the correct way to position your finger on the tech deck.
Put your index finger (pointer finger/finger next to your thumb) in the middle of the deck and your middle finger on the edge of the tail. This is the positioning that most fingerboards feel comfortable with, but if you don’t make a change, then position the fingers according to your preferences. You can even place three fingers, which will be discussed further in the article.
Step 2: Practice The Basic
Positioning the finger does not mean you’re ready to ollie. This is because if you try, your fingers will move from their positions, and your tricks will not be complete.
Therefore, for mastering the trick, first practice popping the board upward by applying pressure on its tail with a finger placed there. You can also turn the board by twisting your fingers, but this is not necessary for Ollie.
Practice this basic step as much as you can since it will help you perform the ollie and all other tricks you’ll do in the future.
Step 3: Get The Board in The Air
In order to execute an ollie, you must place your fingers correctly on the board. Then apply quick pressure on the rear tail of the deck to get the board in the air with the front wheel first.
Now the task becomes one of maintaining balance in the air by applying little pressure on the front of the deck with the gripper placed in such a way that the fingerboard remains straight in the air. By doing this, the board can be easily landed on the wheels.
This is how you practice ollies correctly. Also, note that you may not be able to do it correctly in the first few tries, but you will definitely master it with time and practice. Once you can master the ollie perfectly, you can learn kickflips and other similar tricks, including flipping fingerboards in the air.
How to do an ollie on a tech deck with 3 fingers
So far, you have learned how to ollie on a tech deck using two fingers. Now let’s know how to do it with three fingers.
It is unnecessary to learn this if you are comfortable using two fingers, but if two fingers are uncomfortable for you, consider learning this.
We’ll use the index, middle, and ring finger here. We use the index and middle finger in two finger ollies as well, but here we’ll also use the ring finger (the finger next to the little finger) as the third finger.
The first finger should be placed at the front of the board, but behind the screws, the middle finger should be placed between the deck and slightly behind the logo, and the ring finger should be placed at the back of the board.
You can also practice by applying pressure to the board at the back and getting the front part of the board in the air. While practising this, make sure your fingers are in the right place.
Then, similar to the two finger ollie, push the board from the back tail with your ring finger and get it in the air. Now try to balance the board in the air and land it on the wheels. This completes the ollie.
Tips For Beginners To Learn Ollie Faster On Fingerboard
While we’ve outlined step by step how to switch ollie on a fingerboard, being a beginner, people are still making small mistakes that slow down their learning process. Hence below are some tips following which you can learn ollie faster with the fingerboard.
- Never think you can master these tricks in a day. Although learning ollie is one of the easiest tricks, but it takes time, so be patient and keep practising.
- If you think popping the fingerboard from backtail hard to get it in the air will ruin your deck, then you’re wrong. Some people think they’ll ruin the deck by applying hard pressure to it, by which they won’t be able to learn the trick. You should also keep in mind that fingerboards are designed for trick performance, so do not worry about them breaking easily.
- Make sure your trucks are tight, as loose trucks can give your fingers a loose grip onboard. Tight trucks can give you a good grip on board, as they are stable.
- While landing tricks on the fingerboard do not push hard down to the ground, it will break your deck quicker. During the beginning stages of a rider’s learning process, they may lose fingers on their tech deck and land their palms on the deck while landing the trick. This causes their fingerboards to become loose and increases the possibility of deck damage.
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There is nothing more you need to do in order to perform ollies on the fingerboard. By following this step by step process and considering the tips shared in this article, you’ll master the skill in a few days.
I hope I have answered your question about how to ollie on a fingerboard. If you have any other questions related to fingerboards or skateboards, feel free to leave a comment.
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