New skateboarders spend hours perfecting their ollies. Once they've got the trick down and can do them easily, it's time to use that ollie to get the skateboard up on a rail or coping (ramp edge) to work on their boardslide. Here's how to use your ollie to boardslide.
Step 1:Be comfortable with your ollie before attempting a boardslide. To make sure you are ready to do a boardslide, perfect the steps in the eHow article, "How to Do an Ollie."
Step 2:Set your rail to the lowest setting or find the lowest rail at a skate park to practice your boardslide. It is best to learn this trick on a rail before trying it on a ramp edge or the coping of a box or half-pipe.
Step 3:Approach one end of the rail at a comfortable speed with your feet in the normal skating position, over the bolts of the trucks.
Step 4:Pop the ollie to land on the rail while turning your shoulders 90 degrees to face the rail. This will automatically turn your feet and your board so that the middle of the board lands on the rail.
Step 5:Slide the board down the length of the rail, keeping your body evenly balanced. When you reach the rail's end, turn your shoulders back to the original position, which will then turn your hips, feet and board forward so you can skate away from the rail.
Tips & Warnings
Wax the rail or coping for an easier boardslide. Just be careful not to use too much or you'll slip out of the boardslide trick.
Balance is key to a successful boardslide. Leaning more weight on either foot will make you fall sideways in that direction. Leaning forward will tip the board so the edge of it hits the rail and you will fall forward, while leaning back could make the board fly out from under your feet.
Not turning your shoulders, hips and board forward after leaving the rail will make you land hard on the board and you will not be able to skate away.
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