How To Ollie 180 A Fingerboard

If you’re comfortable with ollies and nollies, it’s time to progress on to spins.  The first spin to learn is the 180.

This trick is the same as an ollie, but with the addition of a 180 degree turn.  Achieve this half rotation by turning your entire hand in the direction you want to spin.

Read on for more detailed steps for performing both frontside and backside 180s

Step 1: Finger Positioning

The finger positioning for this trick is exactly the same as the ollie. Index finger in the middle of the deck, middle finger on the tail.

Step 2: Popping The Trick

Again, pop this trick as if you were popping an ollie, with your middle finger.  No change yet.

Step 3: Leveling Out

Here is where the difference lies.  To perform the actual spin, slide your index finger towards the nose, just like an ollie, while simultaneously turning your entire hand in the direction of the spin. Remember:

  • For frontside, turn your hand towards you
  • For backside, turn your hand away from you

This will take some practice and time to get used to the awkward arm positions.

Step 4: Landing

You’ll land this trick switch and ride away with your middle finger in front.

Final Thoughts

As your hand goes through the spin, you will notice it’s hard to land switch with both your fingers flat on the board.  Your arm and elbow won’t be able to follow your wrist all the way around.  At this point, you’ll want to finish off the rotation with your fingers.  Bend your index finger as your middle finger reaches around.