We grabbed a short little snippet of a video that shows James Walker landing an Ollie 3, and we’ll use that as a basis for a short tutorial on this trick. We also have a small Flyboy Wakesurf Flickr album on the Ollie 3, that you can use to study the sequence shots. It’d a great process if you can compare your own set of sequence shots to the ones that we publish, so that you can self-diagnose. If you have someone in your boat do the same thing, then sort of compare frame-by-frame, you can often really quickly see what your’re struggling with on this trick.
So first up is the video.
For our mobile enabled friends, here is a link to the Ollie 3 video, if the embed above didn’t work for you.
This will be one of the tricks you’ll want to work on AFTER you have two other tricks on lock, a surface 3 and either an ollie or an air.
We started the sequence shots a little late, but if you watch the video at the onset you’ll see James carving to the top and bottom of the wake. You’ll need some speed in order to do this trick, and the up and down carving is the process that James uses to create that speed. There isn’t any push that drives you and your board at 12 mph, we are always falling down the face of a wake in some fashion or another and by repeatedly climbing and falling, James is able to generate the speed needed to perform this trick. So from there, we can start the individual steps.
The entry into this trick is what will make or break it, once you land from the ollie part of the trick, the rest will be your surface 360 out. Now if you have your airs and/or ollie down, the entry will be very similar, but you want to turn your body and the board in a backside rotation, as oppossed to the frontside rotation you are used to. It takes some getting used to, but just keep your body closed to the wake at the beginning of the entry.
You can see that James’ shoulders are still closed to the boat and wake.
The next step is very similar to an ollie or an air, push down with your rear leg and pull up your front leg, while driving the board up and off the lip. Remember, shoulders closed to the boat!
You can see James is starting the rotation in this next shot, it’s before the board is completely free of the water, so that will become key, your timing for the start of the rotation is BEFORE the board is fully in the air.
The next step is your regular part of an air, where you pull your rear leg UP and sort of push the front foot out to bring the tail of the board up. The only part of this that is weird is that you are spinning away from the boat, so your refernces are different than with an air.
You’ll want to land with about 3/4′s of the board on the surface of the lip. You’ll have almost no forward momentum and there isn’t any push forward or laterally in the wake that will allow you to continue hydroplaning. If you miss this trick, by sinking off the face, stuff more of the length of your board into the face. Those forces will give you enough energy to help spin the board around.
Virtually all sports recognize the concept of falling to gain energy and speed. We drop in to waves in surfing and on a half pipe on skateboards and snowboards. Half pipes are designed specifically to generate that speed and energy, you want to use the wake in the same manner. James is a master at very slowly sliding down the face of a wake, but it’s always falling down using gravity and the act of falling to generate speed for the hydroplaning effect we need to prevent sinking! You can see it here in the next 3 shots, if you compare James location on the wake.
You can see the drop in elevation, if you will, as James starts the spin out of the ollie onto the table.
The rest is really pretty much just the second half of your surface 3, you’ll bring the board and your body around into the pocket of the wake.
So there you go! That will give you the information and resources to get you on the road to landing your first Ollie 3!
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