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Alan "OLLIE" Gelfand (born 1963, New York) is the developer of the ollie, a skateboarding trick.
1 Life and career
1.1 Later years
3 External links
Life and career
Gelfand moved from New York to Hollywood, Florida with his family in 1968. Alan "Ollie" Gelfand started skateboarding in
1974 after his father bought him his first skateboard. In 1976 he won the South Florida Skateboard Championships. That
same year the first concrete skateboard parks began to appear in the United States with the first being Skateboard City just
up the coast in Port Orange, Florida. In 1977 Hollywood would get its own park called Skateboard USA and it would be here
that Gelfand would get his first notice in the skate press. His first published photograph was taken by Craig Snyder, a fellow
Hollywood skater and photographer. It would be another Hollywood skater by the name of Scott Goodman who would give
Gelfand his nickname of "Ollie" and who would name Gelfand's accidental aerial lipslide an Ollie Pop.
Skateboard USA with its imperfect walls was atypical of the first-generation skate parks and it was the over-vertical sections
of the park which played a significant role in Gelfand's development of the Ollie Pop. In late 1977 California pro Stacy Peralta
visited the Solid Surf Skate Park in Fort Lauderdale where he met Gelfand and observed with some disbelief his no-handed
maneuver. By 1978 the Ollie Air was born, known today simply as the ollie.
After Peralta formed Powell Peralta with George Powell, Gelfand was recruited as the first member of the new team joining
Peralta and Ray "Bones" Rodriquez. This team later became known as the Bones Brigade and came to include other Florida
skaters of the 70s such as Mike McGill, inventor of the 540 aerial or "McTwist" in 1984, and Rodney Mullen who during the
1980s helped foster the ollie for use on flat ground. Tony Hawk would be another Bones Brigade member to benefit from the
ollie. On vert he used the maneuver as a way to achieve higher air when doing tricks. By the mid 1980s the ollie had
transformed trick skating in its three disciplines of vert, freestyle and street. Most skateboard tricks today in street skating are
now based on this maneuver.
In the late 1990s ollie became an official entry in the Oxford English Dictionary but the origin was listed as unknown. In
February 2004 the Oxford English Dictionary rectified the listing giving Alan "Ollie" Gelfand credit as the name and originator
behind the 1976 maneuver. In July 2006 the Merriam-Webster followed suit adding Gelfand and his ollie to its dictionary.
Gelfand stopped skateboarding in 1981 because of knee injuries, general burn-out and the shutdown of most U.S. skate
parks during the previous year.
During the 1980s Gelfand turned to racing cars driving Volkswagen's and winning many of the Sports Car Club of America
SCCA races. In 1987 Gelfand won the World Karting Association, or WKA Grand National Championship. From there he went
on to win four 24-hour races driving VW's he custom-built in a shop called "Ollieprep". In 2001 Gelfand raced in the Grand
Am Cup behind the wheel of a 2000 model Porsche 986 Boxster. Gelfand continued racing for another year with visits to
winners circle in several national competitions.
In 2001 Gelfand returned to skateboarding. In 2002 he opened a venue in Hollywood, Florida called Olliewood which features
a 48 foot bowl built by the Team Pain crew.Alan Ollie Gelfand married Sharon Lisa Israel in 2006. He also owns the largest
dealer alternative for service of VW & Audi and SUV's called German Car Depot (Name changed from V DEPOT in 2009) in
In 1995 to present Alan Ollie Gelfand loves to collect Vintage skateboards on eBay and Sell parts for Volkswagen and Audi
Appears in the "The Bones Brigade documentary" (2012).
Brooke, M (1999). Concrete Wave: The History Of Skateboarding. ISBN 1-894020-54-5.
Grand Am Cup 2000 Yearbook
Alan "Ollie" Gelfand's Homepage
Alan Ollie Gelfand's Cool Shop site.Service,Repair,Sales of VW & Audi automobiles and SUV's called "German Car Depot"
in Hollywood Florida
Ebay About Alan Ollie Gelfand Page
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