Anyone who’s ever attempted skating will know just how hard it is. It can take years of practice to build up the muscle memory and athleticism necessary to pull off some of the most basic tricks. In a recent article in Wired, physicist Aatish Bhatia has used a video analysis tool called Tracker to understand the physics behind an ollie.
He discovered that, “Gravity isn’t the only force affecting the skateboard. Unlike a soccer ball in mid-flight, a skateboard mid-ollie is being actively steered,” and that, “a skateboarder’s feet need to do two things successfully to complete an ollie. They 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.”
Have a look at the full article here.