How many basic styles to ride a longboard?

longboardingLong boarding is a very different sports activity both interesting and adventurous. Long boarding is a combination of tactics and imagination as all the skills or tactics you use on your longboard while riding are the result of your imagination only. And also some physics too.

As there are lots of variations in longboard styles, and types of longboard, so it all basically depends on what style you want to choose, what type of ride do you desire and what you decide to utilise your board for, so according to all these factors you can choose your longboard style according to your preferences.

In some exceptional cases you might require more than one board for a longboard ride justifying your style of riding but before that we need to take a look on your main style. So firstly let’s figure out what actually your main style is.

Every style has its own qualities and characteristics differentiating them from each other but the versatility of these styles is that they can be merged altogether with each other for your own comfort and preference too.

Most of the long boarding enthusiasts enjoy mixing together two or more styles and then riding the longboard.

It gets very confusing as we start with these styles as all of them are given mixed names which vary from region to region so now we are going to mention them with the most common names that are famous all over the world.

So let’s begin with the most common styles that everyone should know while beginning long boarding:-
longboard styles
So these are the five most commonly preferred long boarding styles of all.

  1. Freestyle
  2. Downhill
  3. Cruising
  4. Dancing
  5. Braking


Freestyle riding is basically the style in which you need to apply your imagination and creativity. It all depends on you and you can do anything you want to do with your ride. But also it includes various technical skills also like goofy riding, dancing, Board tricks and few regular tricks.

These were only few to mention, you can use any tricking your choice in freestyle riding.

This style of learning is the best suited for learners as they can decide their choice of skill and also learn all the beginner tricks like balancing the board or controlling skills. This style can be enjoyed by both novice and experienced riders.

Downhill riding

One of the most extreme and dangerous style of long boarding is Downhill riding. It runs at a speed of more than 60 mph. Riders merge racing speed and skills to get the maximum speed in the run.
Downhill riding
The downhill riders prefer wearing slide gloves with pucksso that it gets easy to slide off with their hands on the surface of the road to facilitate technical drifts and tight cornering. This is very dangerous to be done on public roads and should be done only by an experienced rider only.

There are various downhill riding competitions in the world that stop the public transportation on the roads and lets the enthusiasts enjoy a free ride of downhill riding under limited conditions.

Downhill riding is the most dangerous longboard riding and any enthusiast who performs these styles of riding should be wearing all the protective gears and including full face helmets and full body leather suits. Downhill Longboards basically use very large wheels which help in maximising speed and grip.

Downhill boards are basically 35”-45” long. These boards are more rigid than casual boards which again provide them stability and control to the rider.


Cruising is one of the basic styles of long boarding suitable for beginners. This style basically includes riding around the park or the town wherever you can find a flat hard surface.

Any type of board could be utilised for cruising, so board selection doesn’t matter that much in this style. Just the only preference is rides prefer longer boards for cruising.


Dancing is the style which includes changing stances while on the deck of your board. Kick flips, shuvits, and tiger claw and cross steps are some of the skills done while dancing on the deck of the board.


Slide brakeA longboard ride could only be enjoyed if we know how to stop the board according to our convenience. So we have noted down some braking techniques to help you understand stopping of your longboard to keep you safe and in control of your board all the time.

Foot brake – This is the most important braking technique which a rider should know whenever he begins with long boarding. Thus technique involves using your backing foot and dragging the sole of the shoes on the surface of the track to stop the board. This easily decreases your speed and eventually the longboard stops. This technique might damage the shoes but is the best way to stop the board.

Carving – carving is the basic technique used while long boarding and skateboarding. This style involves smooth continuous turns from one side to another. Carving is often done to achieve the bonus points and enjoy the ride with more leisure.

Air brake – air braking utilises resistance by wind to slow down while riding at higher speeds. While standing upright, the rider stretches his/her arms out to the other side and this helps in slowing down the board at high speed.

Slide brake – this technique is also known as power brake. This type of braking is usually used by riders performing downhill riding or free ride long boarding. Thus helps in stoping the board at the end of the ride, maintains a constant speed and to slow down the board before it reaches any corner. In this technique the rider takes a rapid and controlled turn which breaks the traction between the wheels and also helps in pitching the board sideways.

The rider wears slide gloves to use his hand to stop the board on the surface of the track and slide gloves help in keeping the hands safe. The other type of slide brake that could be used by riders is pendulum or shut down slides.

Sit brake – in this techniques the rider sits down on the deck of the board and uses his outstretched feet to slow down the board and eventually stop it. This technique might slow down your board very quickly but is difficult to manoeuvre as getting in and out of the siting position is a bit tricky.

Run outs – Run outs are techniques you should use lastly if any of the other braking techniques don’t work properly.

In this technique the rider basically runs out of the board if the speed could not be controlled and runs along the board and slowdowns the board. This technique could end up being very painful and injurious at times if the jump is not down properly. And it is only safe if you run in the same speed as you jumped off the board with. Same speed would avoid injuries and falling down.

So these were the few styles and techniques used during long boarding on any track of your choice. We hope you liked the article. For any query or comment, feel free to contact us through the comment section below. Stay safe, ride safe.

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