After learning about how to build a longboard, let’s learn now how to run it. We will teach you how to do it. Firstly, get to know how you will ride this crazy little contraction. Secondly, learn how to get on it. Lastly and most importantly, learn how to stop it. For all of you who are wondering as to why you would even bother to learn how to longboard, we will tell you the reason. Well, first of all, it’s a really an enjoyable experience, a great exercise and it also opens up more opportunities for you to try other exhilarating sports such as snowboarding, lake boarding and water skiing.
What Should I Know as a Beginner?
Riding a longboard is not an easy task. You will have to undergo a lot of training and in the process, you will suffer many injuries. But with proper practice and precautions, you will master the art of longboarding, so you don’t have to sweat about it.
Many people don’t have a clue about how to ride a longboard, so automatically they step onto the board and eventually fall off thus they unfortunately never learn how to ride this thing. Following are the series of steps which will help you in riding a longboard.
Step by Step Guide for Beginners: How to Longboard?
Figuring Out Your Stance:
First, you need to figure out whether or not you skate goofy. It means that you need to determine if you are skating with your right foot forward or your left foot forward. Skating with left foot forward means that you skate regular and skating with right foot forward means that you skate goofy. To decide whether or not you skate goofy, think about the foot you want to use in kicking a football with full energy. Once you have decided, that foot is the one you want to push you once you are on a longboard.
Articulating Your Feet:
The predominant factor in riding a longboard is to know how to articulate your feet. A lot of people don’t know about this. It leads to over 80% of all the failures because people can’t figure out what to do with their feet as soon as they start riding. The front foot whichever it is (goofy or regular) should be placed straight just behind the screws. As for the back foot, some people put it behind the rear screws, but it is not recommended because it will put your weight on the back and will lift your board up. It is recommended for beginners to put their back foot just in front of the rear screws.
When you push, keep your front foot generally straight. When putting your back foot on the board, place it in front of rear screws and straighten the front foot to 90 degrees. This is an essential step because if you don’t straighten your front foot to 90 degrees, you will start to wobble and lose all your stability in the process.
Get A Partner For Practice:
As the saying goes “practice makes a man perfect.” So the best way to get started is to have a partner that can push you on the board to practice your stability, balance, and strength. After completing this, you are now ready to go out on your own. This exercise will help you in getting any mistakes ironed out. Having somebody to help you gives you that much-needed boost.
How To Turn:
For turning left or right, you only need to know about two simple things. They are known as heel edge curving and toe edge curving. Consider that you are skating with a regular stance. The heel edge curving is dipping your heels backward so that you can turn the board to the left while on the other hand, toe edge curving is dipping your toes inward so that you can turn the board to the right.
Stopping Your Longboard:
When it comes to stopping, there is an issue because there is no braking system on the longboard. You should remember that there are no seatbelts, so you should always keep two things in mind about stopping while riding it. The first way to stop this thing is to carefully jump off your board and run off any momentum that you have. So, whenever you see an obstacle like grass, ditches or puddles, get off your board and try to run off your momentum. It’s the safest and easiest way. The other one is to shuffle your feet which you use for pushing to stop your longboard. This one is also better, but the former one mentioned earlier is recommended.
Safety Precautions for Beginners:
Following things should be kept in mind by the beginners as safety precautions.
- The helmet should be worn at all times.
- Elbow pads, knee pads, and hip pads need to be worn too.
- Wear closed shoes made of leather or suede.
- Use mouth guard for teeth protection.
- Ride where there are less traffic and no sign of obstacles.
- Warm up and do a little stretching of ankles, back and legs before starting.
- If you fall, try to roll to have minimal chances of injury.
- Never try to hitch a car, bicycle or a truck.
- Don’t ride on steeper hill. It is at times difficult to control your speed unless you fall.
- Don’t attempt tricks that are too advance for you. Be safe.
If you follow the above guidelines correctly, you will have no issue in starting the beautiful journey of longboarding. Longboarding has become a favorite outdoor sport these days. If you want to show off your skills with flair, this sport will go a long way in raising many eyebrows and turning some heads. Once you have mastered it completely, others will try to imitate you.