How to Longboard
Learning how to Long board, the beginners guide.
Know The Basics Of Learning how to perfect the art of riding Long boards
Goofy Stance: In goofy stance you will be standing in front of the Longboard with your right foot placed forward.
There are two methods through which you can find out your stance.
First of all you can use this method; trying moving or kicking something with your foot and see which one you use. Whichever that foot is, it’s the one you will be using to place on the back of your Longboard. When I wanted to know my stance, I tried this method, I asked my friend to give me a push and the foot I used to catch myself was my back foot. These two methods work but they are not always reliable. But they can help you guide in the right direction. When longboarding try both the stances and see how they feel. One of these stances will make you feel comfortable, confident and relaxed the other will be more shakey and less natural.
Learn How To Stand On A Long board
Now that you know what your stance is, let’s discuss how you will stand on a longboard. For starters, this information will be very helpful, but as you get better at longboarding there are many ways of standing on it.
First, you need to have a solid base and low-centre gravity. First stand in the center of your board and make sure that both your feet are right beneath your shoulders. Now slightly bend your knees to solidify your base and lower your center of gravity. If you are not comfortable then you can slightly widen your feet than your shoulder length to feel easy. Always observe which direction you are leaning towards.
Please remember this point that the above information is not the only way to stand on a Long board; this is just a guide to help beginners feel comfortable when they start. As you get more acquainted with longboarding you will find out that there are several other ways to stand. Some longboarders can simply stand on the tail or the nose of the board. Some of the longboarders can stand with both their feet together while pointing towards the nose of the board. Longboards are made to give different positions to allow various tricks like dancing while controlling carving. Choosing a longboard is an important choice depending on your preferred riding style.
You will also come across many a longboarder who crouch on their board, that’s an awesome way to bottom out your centre of gravity. When bombing the hills, it can make you feel steady and also help you in making turns.
With some thorough practice you can learn Longboard in no time and you will forget about stance, your muscle memory will kick in and it will become 100% natural.
Many beginner longboarders want to have expert skills, but to get expert skills you need to be practice, practice, practice.
Longboard carving may not come naturally to a beginner longboarder. You can easily carve on a skateboard or snowboard, but Longboard carving is pretty different.
Many longboarders don’t know what is carving, or how it helps a longboarder? Honestly, carving in not only a fun activity but it necessary for speed controlling. Carving is basically shifting your body weight to the toe edge of your foot so that you make an “S” pattern while you are longboarding. You make a “S”
pattern rather than longboarding in a straight path. This helps you in maintaining your control it slows you down and you get a sense of control on the Longboard. When you are longboarding it’s very easy to lose control if you are not aware how to carve in the right way.
To learn how to carve properly, you need to start out practicing in a street/road with a slight hill AKA incline/decline or a parking lot.Initially you don’t want to deal with anything that is too abrupt, make sure that you wear a helmet while you Longboard.
- Initially, push a little to get some speed with your back foot heading down the straight hill.
- Next you need to bend your knees slightly. Now shift all your weight towards your back foot or heel for gaining more speed.
- Your position should be like this that your toes are pointing towards the sky while your heels are pointing towards the ground. If you have normal position.
- You will observe that your Longboard will start moving towards the left of the parking lot or street. Stop when you feel that you have reached the far left side of the street or parking lot.
Once you are done with this, it’s time for you to toe carve. This category of carving is a more little difficult than heel carving and will make you feel that you are unbalanced. With some practice, you will start feeling comfortable. Now you are already on the left side of the street, push with your back foot and heading straight down the heel. Before you start picking up too much speed, slightly bend your knees
There are four main general Longboarding style's of riding, which are as following:
- Downhill Longboarding
- Freestyle Longboarding
Dancing on a Long board
Some cool tricks on a Long board
Everything You Need To Know About Downhill Longboarding
Longboarding emerged as a sport in the mid 1950s; it’s the same time when surfing exploded in Southern California. When the surfers just didn’t get enough from the waves, so they took their surfing moves to the streets with homemade longboards (basically wooden planks with roller skate wheels).
Soon the sidewalk surfing became a sports of its own, blazing the paths led to the emergence of skateboards in the 60s and 70s. Currently, longboarding is a sport that is evolving with every passing minute, with different disciplines and styles. Over the past years, companies are becoming more devoted in creating new designs and well-developed longboards for every kind of longboarder.
Downhill Longboarding – What Is It?
Downhill longboarding has come a far way and it has developed from skateboarding in a different sport, in its unique way. Just like a skateboard, there are a lot of things which can be done with a longboard as well; you can use it like transportation and wander around the streets of a busy city or use your longboard for doing freestyle stunts in the park. Ride your longboard anywhere and in any way you like and in whatever way your imagination inspires you. There are diverse types of longboard for every type of style, terrain or purpose and the structures of longboard are constantly evolving and become accustomed to the skaters new ideas and needs.
Here let’s discuss about one particular way of using the longboard – Downhill Longboarding.
You must be thinking why only downhill longboarding? Well, that’s because it’s one of the most popular style of longboarding, its fastest, thrilling and perhaps the most risky out of all the longboard genres.
Downhill longboarding is all about speed. There are different sub-variations of downhill longboarding, but the fundamental thought of riding it is still there- set on your board and ride down an open street.
Mostly in downhill longboarding the rider stands up on their board, however with the downhill longboard variations, a skater may lay down on the board with his feet forward this helps the rider attain more speed because of a improved aerodynamic outline, however, this makes control over the longboard a lot simple and the entire experience of riding it becomes boring and limited with this varation.
As I said earlier, downhill longboarding is a famous style of longboarding and the standup downhill boarding is becoming more famous over the past years. Longboarding was not that popular as compared to its elder brother (skateboarding) but with time it has gained massive popularity and people have started exploring it as an extreme sport. Longboarding sports have started to have competitions as
well, where boarders from all over the world start to skate together from the peak of a hill and race down and the first person who crosses the end line, that person wins.
So What About Extreme Downhill Longboarding?
If you are a starter at a longboarding, initially you will feel very excited to get started with longboarding without any experience with skateboards. The most exciting fact will be that you made the first attempt of riding it without falling. Then after some learning skills you will begin to attempt getting pace on gentle hills. The uncontrolled and continuous acceleration of the longboard is the first thing that will panic you as you have no idea how to discontinue it.
The fact that you haven’t learned how to stop or give a brake to your longboard will dawn on you.
The best way of doing it’s by descending, it’s the most demanding and fun way, plus there are various styles of sliding. You can go from “nice” to “bad” relying on the pace you execute it. The subsequent step is that you need to go quicker and quicker since downhill longboarding is all about alacrity. The highest alacrity is not so fast, you attain 60mph 104km/h and 85mph 128km/h in downhill longboarding. So you must be thinking why speed is so important in this sport? This pace may seem slow to those who are driving a car or a motorbike, however the same alacrity looks fast to those who are riding a wooden plank without any engine or grip, so this speed feels very fast with nothing. If we compare the normal pace of downhill longboarding it is comparatively faster to other boarding sports like skateboarding, wave surfing and snowboarding.
How Dangerous Is Downhill Longboarding?
Downhill Longboarding isn't dangerous if correct safety precautions are taken but that is to be taken into correct context.
In terms of safety it all depends on how well you are protected, you must wear a good quality leather suit, helmet and extra stuff. If you are dressed up in proper suit for longboarding then you must crash quite badly to get hurt or into a stationary object to get hurt.
However if you are wearing t-shirt and short pants while downhill longboarding then if you crash the likelihood of you getting hurt is very high. So to reduce the chance of any injury or accident you must dress up in proper safety gear. If you dress properly you will enjoy longboarding and also find it a relatively safe extreme sport.
The most unsafe risk is the approaching cars exiting their lanes, but if you are in pro-racing then definitely the road will be closed for the traffic.
We'll leave you with a nice little video.
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