Optimization of Skateboard Tricks


Skateboarders can perform complex tricks and maneuvers. Firstly, we are interested in figuring out how the skaters' manipulate and control the board and their body using optimal control methods. Secondly, we want to design the board and environment to maximize performance and safety.

Theme Sports Engineering Current Researchers
Last Worked On December 2023 Past Researchers Jan Heinen
Collaborators Sam Brockie, Eline van der Kruk, Raymund ten Broek

Associated Research Products

Journal Articles

  • Heinen, J.T., Brockie, S.G., ten Broek, R., van der Kruk, E., & Moore, J.K., "Maximizing ollie height by optimizing control strategy and skateboard geometry using direct collocation", Sports Engineering 27, 8 (2024), https://doi.org/10.1007/s12283-023-00448-y



  • J. Heinen, S. Brockie, R. ten Broek, E. van der Kruk, and J. K. Moore, "Maximizing Ollie Height by Optimizing Control Strategy and Skateboard Geometry Using Direct Collocation." engrXiv, Aug. 14, 2023. doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.31224/3171.

Conference Presentations

  • J. Heinen, “Optimal Skateboard Geometry For Maximizing Ollie Height,” presented at the Dutch Biomedical Engineering Conference, Dutch Biomedical Engineering Conference: Egmond an Zee, The Netherlands, Jan. 26, 2023.




This project has been made possible in part by CZI grant CZIF2021-006198 and grant DOI https://doi.org/10.37921/240361looxoj from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Foundation (funder DOI 10.13039/100014989).