How to Do an Alley-oop (Skateboard Trick Tutorial)

Learn how to do an alley-oop on a skateboard with our step-by-step tutorial. Master the technique today!

Are you tired of sticking to the basics? Ready to spice up your skateboard game with some serious tricks? Well, my friend, today’s your lucky day because we’ll dive into the world of alley-oops! And don’t worry if you’re not a pro skater, we’ve got you covered with our step-by-step tutorial.

Now, before we start, let’s address the elephant in the skatepark. Yes, the name “alley-oop” might sound like it has something to do with basket ball, and, actually, it does (more on that below). Ok, grab your board, and let’s get rolling!

A video called “How-To Skateboarding: Frontside Alley-Oop Ollies with Jake Duncombe” from the RIDE Channel YouTube channel.

What is an alley-oop?

An alley-oop in skateboarding is an air or ollie where your body moves sideways in the opposite direction that you are rotating. The term “alley-oop” comes from basketball, a pass thrown to a teammate moving toward the basket.

Image of a skateboarder doing an alley oop on a vert ramp. Source: tim mossholder, pexels
Image of a skateboarder doing an alley oop on a vert ramp. Source: tim mossholder, pexels
My favorite complete skateboard (at the moment):

Enjoi Whitey Panda Complete Skateboard

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My favorite complete skateboard (at the moment):

Enjoi Whitey Panda Complete Skateboard

I had my board stolen a few years ago and was forced to quickly replace it with a complete. I got one with an Enjoi deck and loved it so much that I still buy the Whitey Panda deck each time I need a new deck. This complete with budget-friendly, beginner-friendly parts, but I still swear by it.

How to do an alley-oop

An alley-oop is a skateboard trick where the rider rides up the wall, performs a 180-degree turn, and lands back on the ramp in the same direction they started. Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of how to do it.

  1. Approach the Ramp

    Approach the Ramp at an Angle Approach the ramp at a 45-degree angle. As you ride up the wall, lean into the turn.

  2. Begin Your Turn

    Begin Your Turn As you reach the top of the ramp, shift your weight and begin to turn your body 180 degrees.

  3. Turn Your Shoulders

    Turn Your Shoulders At the peak of your turn, turn your shoulders in the direction you want to land.

  4. Release Your Back

    Release Your Back Foot As you come back down the ramp, release your back foot from the board and let it swing around to complete the turn.

  5. Spot Your Landing As you come back down the ramp,

    Spot your landing and focus on landing smoothly. Absorb the impact by bending your knees and keeping your weight centered over your board.

  6. Ride Away

    Ride Away Clean Once you’ve landed, ride away clean and celebrate your success!

By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to mastering the alley-oop. Remember to practice, stay focused, and have fun!

Who invented the alley-oop?

The inventor of the alley-oop skateboarding trick seems unknown, as there are no clear records of who first performed it or when. Even so, skateboarders still like the trick because it is hard and shows how well they can work together, time their moves, and be athletic.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Do you still have questions about the alley-oop skateboarding trick? Below are some of the most commonly asked questions.

What is the difference between an alley-oop and a backside 180?

To perform an alley-oop, you ride up the ramp in one direction, perform a 180-degree turn, and land back in the same direction you started. In contrast, a backside 180 involves riding up the ramp backward, turning 180 degrees, and landing while facing the opposite direction.

Is the alley-oop a difficult trick to learn?

Like any skateboard trick, the alley-oop can be challenging to learn. It requires coordination, balance, and a good understanding of body positioning. However, anyone can learn to do an alley-oop with practice and patience.

What are some common mistakes when attempting an alley-oop?

One common mistake is not approaching the ramp at the right angle, making it harder to complete the turn. Another mistake is not turning your shoulders enough during the trick, which can lead to an awkward landing. Lastly, not releasing your back foot at the right time can affect the trick’s success.


Well, folks, that’s how you do an alley-oop! (or should I say, “that’s how you alley-oop the alley-oop”? I’ll see myself out). I hope this tutorial has given you the confidence and knowledge to try this cool skateboarding trick for yourself.

But before you head out to the skatepark, let me ask you: did I cover everything you wanted to know? Do you feel like you can crush the alley-oop now? Let me know in the comments section below, and I promise I’ll read and reply to every comment. And if you found this tutorial helpful, don’t be selfish – share it with your skateboarding crew, and let them know the secret to master the alley-oop.

As always, check out my blog for more tips and tricks on skateboarding and all things cool. Thanks for reading, and remember: practice makes perfect. Keep shredding, and until next time – peace out!

Key takeaways

This article covered the alley-oop. Here are some key takeaways:

  • An alley-oop is a skateboarding trick where the rider turns 180 degrees on the ramp.
  • To perform an alley-oop, approach the ramp at a 45-degree angle, turn your body, release your back foot, and focus on landing smoothly.
  • Common mistakes include not approaching the ramp correctly and not turning your shoulders enough.
  • Remember to absorb the impact when landing and keep your weight centered over your board.
  • The alley-oop is different from a backside 180.

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