God, choosing a longboard is quite a confusing task. You have a variety of styles, shapes and sizes to choose from. Being a beginner, you may feel awe-inspiring to pick a board from a pool of boards but actually it is not. With this article, I would like to enlighten you guys about the riding styles and most common shapes of boards. Once you get hold of these elements, it would be easy for you to choose the type of board you need.
Obviously, the better you get an idea about the shapes and styles, the easiest it will be to choose the best longboards. Take a sneak-peak on the factors to be considered:
This one is the most common question which you need to ask yourself in order to choose the perfect board.
An all-purpose way of riding is cruising and carving. The board used for this purpose is designed to make you take wider turns while riding whilst you are hitting concrete surfaces.
Quick sliding with technical tricks is all about free riding. In this, the rider manoeuvres the board while downhill riding. Various tricks are used one after another to control the longboard effectually.
It is the regular type of riding. You can do anything like dancing, sliding, goofy riding and anything you think of doing. This style is inherited from skateboarding and slots in various technical tricks. Anyone whether a neophyte or an expert can try this style. Enjoy it, it’s a fun guys!!
[gtfa type=”send” size=”20″ color=”#dd3333″] Downhill for Advanced Riders
Guys, it’s all about speed, speed and speed. That’s all…
Just ride down the hills at as greater speeds as you can. Maintain full balance over the board while bombing the hills and terrains. You being a beginner should pick up slow speed at first and then move onto higher unless you don’t have tried your hands on boarding tricks.
Now, when you are aware of longboarding styles, let’s get our hands rolling with various longboard shapes.
Depending upon the style you choose, it’s the time to focus on shapes now. All the styles get covered up in two shapes of boards i.e. Directional and Symmetrical. Both these shapes go perfect for every rider whether beginner, intermediate or expert.
Directional: Clear from its name, this board goes into one direction only and the most used directional board is pintail.
Symmetrical: Such boards are perfect for free riding and freestyle riding. These are also called bidirectional boards wherein the front and back of the board looks the same. You can stand in any direction while riding to hit the roads smartly.
Lastly, I would like to say that the choice is yours. Choose from any style which suits you well and the shape you feel is perfect for your body. So grab a nice board to have a wonderful riding experience. Happy riding!!
Longboards have made a heroic entry in the realm of boarding industry. Every rider whether novice or expert is showing pretty good interest in longboarding. But you may feel that choosing a longboard is quite a cumbrous task which strains a lot of time of yours.
With this article, I would like to make it tranquil for you to make your choice. According to me, one of the best ways to cherry-pick an ideal longboard is by keeping your body shape in check. Your height and weight do the best deal in selecting the best board for you. So take a step ahead in choosing the finest board.
Board provides phenomenal riding experience if you choose the right flex and length. Potential level and intensity of the board multiplies boundlessly with just right type of deck. While roving, you yourself will feel that how you’re riding experience gets aptly la-di-da with right kind of board crafted specially for your body type. Let’s translate points for your better know-how about flex, potential and response.
It’s true that nice graphic boards attract you but head up and focus on some more things to choose an ideal board.
Pay for the board you feel is truly a blissful item in terms of graphics, shape and deck, of course. Don’t have a shop nearby? Not to worry… Online shopping is one such beauty to make your purchases easy on the go.
VOILA!! Consider these tips and choose an incredible board to have a magnificent riding experience.
Longboarding, a sport where fitness and intensity goes hand in hand. It gained popularity in late 1950s and was crafted to satirize surfing on concrete surfaces. Longboards are like skateboards but are archetypally wider and longer.
Every best longboards has diverse dimensions reliant upon your body shape and style. Usually, a board is 100 cms long. Quite comfortable and stable to ride, longboards pick up greater speeds easily. Due to the added weight, it becomes a bit impractical to use skateboard tricks for longboarding. So I have jotted down some longboarding tricks, in particular. Here is the goldmine of techniques:
One foot is located on the road and other foot is used to maintain balance in foot braking. The same technique works well if you want to place your foot on the sidewalk. Often, boarders use foot braking to stop the board or slow it down while riding.
Most commonly used in downhill racing, it is a technique to decrease the speed of board around a turn. It is actually cumbrous to slow down the speed mid-turn because boards lose grip. Have fun while riding and use this technique to control the speed which is otherwise too constricted to make while racing.
While roving at higher speeds, the technique of carving works great. Usually, in downhill boarding, the boarder ploys his board in S shaped curves to dawdle down. A series of curves is followed, sloping left then right and slowly taking control of the speed as you head towards downhill.
A technique where boarders stand upright on the boards while keeping their arms stretched out. This way the boarder gets complete control over wind confrontation and the board’ speed tumbles down bit by bit. Although it’s a perfect method to slow down the speed, it cannot be used as a braking method. Since air braking is an idyllic approach for higher speeds, it is often used by the boarders.
This one is my favourite. I love downhill riding and use slide braking to stop the board. Let me explain how this technique works. You need to quickly turn the board to stop it, make sure to turn it sideways to control the sliding and the board will automatically come to a halt. Practice makes a man perfect so try slide braking from either the front or the back. For added stability, you can even stop the board by locating your hands on the ground. I would suggest wearing riding gloves or else you will get your hands badly bruised up.
As the name suggests, the rider moves his feet up and down the board deck. To your surprise, this technique basically comes in use for longer boards. Depending upon your boarding level, you can try twisting, turning and jumping on the board to add zest and zing in your voyage.
So guys hook it up and try these easy-to-do techniques of longboarding. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks of boarding. Have a good day!!