Interested in rolling a longboard? Well, good news is that it doesn’t require much from you! All you need is a good quality longboard, protective gears such as helmet and pads and well-fitted shoes. With these fundamental items, you are all ready to set a thrilling longboard journey. But before you hit the road, understand the basic difference between longboarding and short-boarding.
Both activities are done with the help of skateboard. In fact, it won’t be wrong to say that both are types of skateboarding. For both types, wooden decks with wheels and trucks attached on the bottom are used. The primary difference between a longboard and short-board is the size of the deck. Longboards are longer and used for cruising, carving and downhill styles. While on the other hand, short-boards are shorter in length and used for performing tricks, drills and jumps.
The standard size available in longboards is 42 inches. For kids, longboards as small as 34 inches can be found whereas for taller people, 50 inches long models are also available. As far width is concerned, the standard size is 8.5. Otherwise, it ranges from 7 to 10 inches depending on your feet and shoe size. On the other hand, short-boards are available in small sizes ranging from 30 to 33 inches and their typical width is 8 inches that might vary accordingly.
Types of Longboards
There are a number of riding styles among which the most common one is called cruising. For this particular riding style you will need a pintail skateboard or a cruiser. Cruisers typically come with pointed nose and rounded tail. Whereas pintail deck features quite a sharply rounded nose and tail with a definite point.
Other most commonly practiced riding styles are freestyle and freeride. If you are into any of these styles, go for a dropdown or drop-through longboard. Their narrow heads and rounded tails allow the riders to enjoy a smooth and well-balanced freestyle riding.
Those who want to enjoy the crazy downhill style should go for speed-board or a tough cruiser. They can also opt for a top-mount deck considering the fact that they would be needing to remain a little high from the ground in order to avoid uneven surface disturbances.
Aside from the deck style, wheels of longboards are also stronger and reliable to provide smoother cruising experiences. They are urethane made and come in bigger sizes to deal with surface roughness.
Goofy or Regular Stance
In regular stance, left foot is placed forward whereas in goofy stance, right foot comes forward. No matter, whichever stance you follow, it’s all up to your convenience. There is not strict rule to either adopt goofy stance or regular stance. If you still cannot decide that which one you are comfortable with then try a simple way to determine your forward and back foot. Stand at the base of the stair and take a step up. The foot you will lift to take the first step will be your back foot.
Finding Your Footing
Placement of feet depends on your riding style. Most of the time, you will want to place your feet between the trucks maintaining shoulder wide distance between both feet. Front foot at 45 degree angle and back foot pointed slightly away will help you get complete control over the deck. If you want to enjoy faster downhill style then try increasing the distance between both feet. Also put a great amount of weight on front foot to enjoy higher acceleration.
Once you have learnt the art of pushing your one foot against the surface without losing your balance, it’s time to get comfortable with more challenging styles. Find a sloppy surface that is not too steep but only slightly. Get on the longboard and don’t push during the first attempts as gravity will pull you eventually. Once you have learnt to handle the gravity pull, now you can try with minimum pushes on the slope.
Stopping on a Longboard
If you lose control and don’t find any technique helpful, the best way to stop rolling is to jump off. It might sound a little crazy but if you want to land on your feet instead of knees then step down from the rolling longboard in a running motion.
Practice these all ways of stopping the rolling longboard on some flat surface alongside grassy pathways. Grass sideways are like safety measures because while learningthese methods, you might fall a multiple times. Grass will not give you harsh injuries like concrete pavement and road. Roll and jump off the board while try remaining on your feet. Practice is as many times as required to master it!
Simple Carving and Cruising
Practice carving at somewhere sloppy to save your energy on pushing and invest it all on learning the art of turning the board without pausing. One thing you need to understand is that turning and carving slows down the speed. Thereby, always give a stronger push before the turn comes so you must not stop during one.
The key to maintain speed during carving is to crouch lower. Also make sure that your eyes are fixed on the slightly downhill instead of your feet. It will help you keep a right track of your board on the way.
Hill Carving On a Longboard
To learn this technique, don’t compromise on your safety at all. Wear all protective gears including the knee pads, elbow pads and helmet. No matter how expert you are in longboarding, always step up the board with proper preparation!
There is no doubt that longboarding is a refreshing activity but to enjoy its true taste, one must learn how to do it properly. From determining your riding style to choosing a right longboard deck, there are several things that play a significant role in learning this art of rolling. Where starting the longboard is crucial, stopping it is even more vital. So follow all steps and learn how to roll a longboard today!