Learning to Foot Brake on a Longboard
Stopping on a long board for beginners.
Longboards are great for going fast since once you push, they roll forever! (Assuming you have a good Long board with good wheels, such as a Magneto Longboard.
However, one of the biggest things people are most concerned about when starting longboard is the simple act of stopping. Think about it. A bike has brakes, a scooter has a stomp bar, snowboards, you just go sideways, but how do you stop a longboard?
Now, there is the obvious sliding. Coleman slide, pushups, the usual. But this isn’t exactly practical for a beginner longboarder. So, in this article, I will give you a good way to stop that is embraced my longboarders beginner or advanced, all over the world:
THE FOOT BRAKE
Footbraking seems simple; you put your foot down on the ground and drag, right? But it isn’t as simple as you might think. It takes practice.
First, start by practicing riding your board with your front foot on your board and nothing else. The foot should be facing forwards. Just balance on your board, up to a decent rolling speed. Think about how fast you’ll probably be going when you’re cruising.
Second, bend the knee of the leg that is on the board. Remember to keep your foot facing forward and your other foot next to this foot, hanging in the air. Bend it so that your upper body is moving straight up and down, and not forwards or backwards. Think that you are doing squats.
Third, place the heel of the foot that is off of the board on the ground, and let it drag. Don’t apply any pressure, but make sure to keep your foot up and parallel to the ground.
Fouth, start applying a bit of pressure to stop better.
Congratulations! This is how to footbrake. When you get good, you will be able to bust these out in the tightest spaces.
Tip: When you get good and start to footbrake at higher speeds, brace your ankle onto the rail of your board to keep it in place while you slow down.