Learn How to Longboard Skateboard – Easy Approaches
Longboarding and skateboarding are quite akin to each other. Longboarding, in particular, has long board, big wheels and big trucks. It is so crafted to let the boarder pick enough speed to cruise, ride and slide down. Boarding is fun and neophytes can also master this art in lesser time than skateboarding. Let’s get started with long boarding if you have some time to practice this sport. Peek-a-boo in this easy tutorial:
Choose your Board: Your choice of board depends upon the type of boarding you wish to do. Do you want to cruise through the streets? Want to move around the skate park? Or slide down the big hills? Short boards are nimble but lack in stability whereas longer boards are stable but less agile. So I would suggest taking on longer boards if you are a beginner.
Get Protective Equipment: If you are new to boarding, don’t forget to get padded up. Keep these things with you:
- Proper fitting helmet
- Flat bottomed shoes
- Elbow and knee pads
Figure out your Stance: Check out your stance whether it’s regular or goofy. Stand on the board and ask someone to shove you off from behind. Now whichever foot you choose to catch yourself is your dominant foot. This foot will be the one which you will use to lead on the board.
Ride around on a flat surface: Ride on the board a couple of times until you feel the smooth flow. Keep your gravity as lower as you can and you will feel better and comfortable while riding.
Get comfortable with your stance: Place your feet between the trucks, a bit longer than shoulder-width apart. Position your front foot little forward at 45 degree angle and back foot to sideways. Keep both the foot upright to the direction of board. Once when you get comfy, you can switch to other stances to check which work better for you.
Practice balancing on the board: Get your hands on long boarding and see how it feels. Use your arms and knees for balance. If, while riding, you feel out of control, focus far away with your vision and gain back balance or control.
Move forward: Use the ground to push off the board with your back foot. Keep your body loose as it will keep you balanced on the board. The loose your body is, the more balanced your body is and vice versa.
Ride comfortably, it’s more important. Try your front foot to push off the board but not every rider uses this technique called “mongo”. Get the hang of any technique you like and then go for harder kicks to pick speed to keep going.
Practice Turning and Carving: To get the most out of long boarding, ride around in every direction. Turn the board by putting pressure down on one side and lean in that meticulous direction.
For inside: Turn inside by moving your heels downwards.
For outside: Turn outside by moving your toes downwards.
Practice stopping the board: Dragging your one foot on the ground and stopping the board is what we call foot braking. One of the most safe and reliable ways is foot braking which slows down the thrust of your board.
Air Braking: Stand on the board and hold your arms out to slow down your speed significantly at higher speeds.
Practice Sliding: Learn the concept of sliding by cut backing yourself from road rash. Get slide gloves and slide down the roads. Let’s see how:
- Bend your knees and locate your front foot forward. Move your body weight to the front.
- Now take your back foot off the board and use your knee to get in touch with the ground.
- Use plodding pressure to stop the board and avoid using toes or heel touching the ground.
Boarding is of course, a fun but needs a lot of practice. After all, learning things do takes time. Keep your minds prepared for injuries and dangerous situations and get going with boarding.