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  • Home The award-winning book on the birth of modern skateboarding. Over 1200 images and photographs illustrate this 912-page unprecedented work. A Secret History of the Ollie is the winner of seven book awards, including three gold medals, and it was chosen as one of the Top 10 Photobooks of the Year by Mother Jones magazine. Regarded by many as "the bible of skateboarding," this is a book that should be in every home, school, and public library.
  • About Every culture has a creation myth, and skateboarding is no different. The Ollie forged a new identity for skateboarding after its invention in the 1970s, and it lies at the root of nearly every significant move in street skating today. The Ollie is one of the most important and controversial stories in skateboarding,surfing, board sports, and popular culture.
  • Buy Purchase a copy of the award-winning book “A Secret History of the Ollie” by Craig B. Snyder as well as special edition T-shirts, skateboard decks, and stickers.
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    • Table of Contents Table of Contents for "A Secret History of the Ollie" with exclusive online content only avilable on the book website.
    • Preface The Preface to "A Secret History of the Ollie,"the new book by Craig B. Snyder, is a web exclusive and only available online.
    • Introduction IN THE AUGUST 23, 1976 ISSUE of New York magazine, renowned journalist Tom Wolfe used the term “the ‘Me’ Decade” to describe the American ’70s. Narcissism was apparently running rampant in the United States, but then again, so was social progress.
    • Chapter 1 IN THE AUGUST 23, 1976 ISSUE of New York magazine, renowned journalist Tom Wolfe used the term “the ‘Me’ Decade” to describe the American ’70s. Narcissism was apparently running rampant in the United States, but then again, so was social progress.
    • Maps Maps from the book that include cities, towns, skate spots, skateboard parks, and other landmarks in Florida and California that are relevant to the story and events highlighted in A Secret History of the Ollie.
    • Contests, 1964–1980 Selected contests from the 1960s to the 1980s, many of which are featured in "A Secret History of the Ollie. They include the Hester Series, the first professional bowl riding series.
    • Skateparks of the 1970s Directory of the more than 200 skateparks that were built during the 1970s. Many of these historic skateparks no longer exist.
    • Ollie Physics One reason the Ollie has played such a prominent role in skateboarding since its discovery is because it seems magical, perhaps more so than any other move. When you study it closely, however, you find this magic carpet ride is an illusion, a sleight of foot that is only possible because of a few basic principles of physics.
    • How to Ollie How to do an Ollie: Trick tips with photos and videos featuring Alan "Ollie" Gelfand and Tony Hawk
    • Index The complete index for "A Secret History of the Ollie," from A to Z.
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