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The Ollie’s Creator: Alan Ollie

By Andres Pachon

A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.


Every skater in the world knows what an Ollie is, but does averyone know the origins of the trick? This air trick have come a long way since 1978, perfected by Rodney Mullen and Withney Aguilar in 1982 for even ground. On this occasion we will focus on the Ollie Master, it's creator, Allan Ollie.


Gelfand Skateboarding Beginnings

Photo: Jason Lee (Unsplash)

Gelfand got to Florida in 1972. He started to skate because of his father, who gave him his first skateboard in 1974. He improved very quickly, winning the 1976 South Florida Skateboard Championship. That was the year when concrete skateparks first made their appearence throughout the United States. The Skateboard USA park in Hollywood appeared in 1977, this proved to be a great opportunity for Alan to be noticed by skateboarding press.






Making History With the Ollie Pop

A Hollywood skater named Scott Goodman who gave Alan the “Ollie” nickname, and who also named “Ollie Pop” his aerial lipslide. The over-vertical sections of the Skateboard USA Park had a lot to do with the creation of the Ollie by Gelfand. When 1978 came, the Ollie Air had made a name for itself which today is only known as the ollie. By the early 80s the Ollie maneuver transformed the tricks in every category, vert, freestyle and street. Almost every trick you do in the present time has it's base in the Ollie.

In the 90s, the word “Ollie” became part of the Oxford English Dictionary, but the origin of the word and trick was not published. But thanks to Alan’s ex-wife, the Oxford Englidsh Dictionary rectified their mistake in 2004, giving him the credit he deserved.

So now you know a thing or two about the guy who made possible for skaters nowadays to be as creative as they want. 




Read also: Skateboarding: How To Do an Ollie

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