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misty-mountain-hops asked: Hey dude! I have a slight problem with skating. I can skate fine, but when it comes to ollies I'm not so fine. I have the pop, pretty high actually, but I always seem to turn the board around ninety degrees (90°) or so. I was just wondering if you have any tips. Thanks!

Hi misty-mountain-hops!

This is a really common problem of beginners. The problem resides in your waist (lower trunk). I had the same problem years ago and my friends also had it so it’s normal ;)

The best way to solve this problem is to keep your head perpendicular to the skate when you do the ollie. I mean, don’t look into nose direction because the instinctive action of the waist when you ollie looking the nose is to spin slightly, trying to get the natural posture. So keep your head as perpendicular as you can (of course, you can move your eyes to look if you are skating direct to a cliff xD). As soon as you are able to do an ollie without turn, you can progressively turn your head but keeping in mind always the waist.

It’s really hard to explain this in english for me but I hope you understand me and this tip helps you.

:)

Anónimo asked: Dude you're so nice :P it's really awesome usually I see skateboarders and they look kind of mean and intimidating but your niceness is so refreshing XD

hahaha thank you so much!! I really appreciate your words :)

Have a nice skate day!

Anónimo asked: I really wanna start skating and i've told my family(i've got birthday soon) and my friends. But my friends are like "omg you just want to do it bc its cool" and "you will probably fall and break your leg or something" and i just ugh sorry i just gotta say it to someon😁😳 i just i want to start trixing and stuff(i suck at english sorry)

Hi mate!

Well, don’t listen to them, just go to skate and try if you like it. Doesn’t matter what people say, do always what you feel like doing.

I hope to see pics of you skating soon! :)

dolphinsarerad asked: Love your blog man, keep it up! I kinda need your help/advice. I'm a 17-year-old Dutch girl who has been longboarding for probably 5 years now. Last year I started skateboarding, but nothing serious. About a month ago I picked up skateboarding again & I love it! So I have two issues: 1) I can't land my moving kickflip (moving ollies are fine, stationary kickflips are ok) 2) I'm going to build a manual pad but I'm scared to even ollie onto things. I know I know "just do it" but I can't. Any tips?

"I know I know "just do it" but I can’t" hahaha you are a funny girl, dolphinsarerad. I’m going to try to respond your questions:

1) I can’t land my moving kickflip (moving ollies are fine, stationary kickflips are ok)

It’s fear. Trust me, it’s only fear! Or better said: insecurity on yourself. I felt the same years ago with my first moving flips (now I can’t even do it a good flip because the injuries I have scare me xD) but suddenly, one day you do a flip as always but your legs stay together this time and you almost catch the deck and the fear starts to disappear! :D

2) I’m going to build a manual pad but I’m scared to even ollie onto things.

hahahaha my previous response is applicable here too. Mi advice is: learn first how to ollie and “ollie-manual” a curb and then build a platform.

Hope that helps you! :)

lbrsk8 asked: And btw you have a great blog it is awesome there is a lot of information and great stuff to see BEST SKATEBLOG EVER!!!🌟

Thank you so much, dude! You made me smile :D

Have a skate day!

fatehadfallenshort asked: hey, could you help me with my product design coursework and tell me what you look in for in the design of a skateboard, and how you would feel and being able to design one yourself? Also, how do you think society/companies could interest more girls into skateboarding? And what you think of a holder to keep your skateboard safe and out of the way when not in use? Sorry to bother you but thanks!:)

Hey fatehadfallenshort! I’m sorry for the late reply :(

"What you look in for in the design of a skateboard, and how you would feel and being able to design one yourself?":

I always look for decks made with good canadian maple and no wider than 7.8 inches. Logos, cartoons, pictures in the deck are secondary for me.

If I had to design a skateboard, It would have a short but tall tail and a large nose, with 6 sheets of canadian maple and one in the middle made with polyurethane (why not? :D).

"How do you think society/companies could interest more girls into skateboarding?"

I think companies are already trying to interest more girls into this sport but the skateboarding has been always a sport more practiced by men so it is very difficult now to interest girls on it. It is the same that occurs with football (or soccer if you are american). I would love to see more girls practicing this sport…

"What you think of a holder to keep your skateboard safe and out of the way when not in use?"

Amm… I think my skateboard isn’t safe only when is under my feet xD Maybe a holder for bikes would be great.

Hope this comment helps you :)