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.
hahaha thank you so much!! I really appreciate your words :)
Have a nice skate day!
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! :)
"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! :)
Thank you so much, dude! You made me smile :D
Have a skate day!
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 :)