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The first time you practice an ollie you can do it without even rolling. You want to bring your front foot pretty close to the middle of the board. With your back foot, your toes should be at the center of the tip of your tail.

When you jump, you want to push down with your back foot so your tail hits the ground. But you want to be light on your back foot once your board hits the ground -- if you're too heavy, the board won't come back up.

The front of the board is going to rise up. Roll your front foot and slide it forward. That will make the back of the board come up. It takes practice, but eventually you'll find that perfect pressure and that perfect rhythm.

Photo: Illustration by Andrew Roberts

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