A Secret History of the Ollie | By: Craig B. Snyder


More than seven years in the making, A Secret History of the Ollie tells in part, how a small, unheralded group of skaters revolutionized skating on both the East and the West Coasts.  Although the Ollie is now over 35 years old, its influence on skateboarding remains, and has never been surpassed.


The 1970s were not just the Dogtown era, but skateboarding’s Golden Era.  The Z-Boys were an important part of the emerging American skate scene during the 1970s, but they weren’t the only scene.  In the state of California alone, besides Santa Monica and Venice, there were many other hot spots.  Some of thos included San Diego, Salt Creek, Vista, Uplant, Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, Oxnard, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco – all equally influential and significant for the skaters and innovations they delivered.

But far, far away from California, on the Gold Coast of Southern Florida, thousands of miles from the control of the media and the skate industry, there was another tale unfolding.  More obscure and under the radar, the Florida scene would have an immeasurable impact on skateboarding, allowing it to literally take flight.  It all started with the invention of the Ollie, a magical no-hands aerial and the signature move that would forever change skating.


Created in 1978, the Ollie, without a doubt, is the maneuver that changed skateboarding for all time.  Author, photographer, and skater Craig Snyder follows this revolutionary no-handed skate trick from its humble beginnings in his hometown of Hollywood, Florida, to the present day in the new historical two-volume work with a story as dramatic and magical as the move itself.

Illustrated in color throughout, A Secret History of the Ollie contains rare, never-before-seen photography and historical artifacts-most of which have never been published before and help illustrate some of these critical moments in skating history.