The Physics Of Doing An Ollie On A Skateboard

Doing an ollie on a skateboard is hard. Sure, people who can do it make it look easy, but for those who can’t do it, it seems like magic.

But it’s not magic. It’s physics. Over at Wired, they have a great explanation with accompanying videos of the physics of doing an ollie on a skateboard. Have a read of that, but the basic reason is that skateboarder’s feet need to provide a changing force to move the board correctly, and they need to provide different amounts of force with each foot to steer and turn the board into the right orientation. It’s all a bit mental.

Can you ollie? Onwards!

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