As beginner in the world of longboarding you must be aware with the proper ways on how you are to learn more about longboarding. There are already many professional longboarders and you can get inspiration or idea from them whether how you are to be excellent in snowboarding.
Longboarding: Guide for Beginners
Since you are into beginning in longboarding, consider the following steps and tips on how to experience longboarding through the use of many different types of longboards:
- As in the starting stage, you have to decide on what longboards you are to use because longboards can as well offer advantages and disadvantages. As suggestion, longer boards are known to be less agile but more stable while shorter longboards are less stable and more agile making the longer boards as perfect for beginners.
- Considering having protective gear must as well be included. It is important if you are to have good-fitting helmet, flat-bottomed shoes and optional gears such as elbow and knee pads.
- Longboarding needs great practice as well so trying it on flat surface for couple of times can be of great help. And as you are familiar with how longboarding goes about, you can now try doing some basic stances down. And more importantly, you must also learn to balance yourself first.
- Learning the basics of longboarding must be the first thing to considered such as standing on the longboard, controlling and moving a bit forward. But once you already master the basics you can already learn some techniques and tricks. There can be many tricks and techniques in longboarding and learning it can be worthy though considered to be difficult.
- As you already learn tricks and techniques continue to practice in order to be more excellent in longboarding. Continuous practice could lead to perfections.
- Finally, safety must definitely be considered. Once learning or practicing some tricks or techniques in longboarding always make sure that you are safe and avoid danger or risk. If you are beginner better to ask help from professional ones.
There is no easy and fast way in learning things such as learning to be proficient in longboarding. But if you dedicate some time and effort together with discipline there will be assurance that you are to perfect longboarding sooner. Following certain guides through success in longboarding can be of great help making the journey less difficult or hard.
Techniques on Longboarding
And in order to have success with the ride on longboards it is of great importance if you are to be familiar with some of the techniques on longboarding. And consider some of the following:
- Tucking – the action of crouching the body into a compact position in order to eliminate aerodynamic drag. Tucking in longboarding can be of wide varieties but there are five most commonly categories namely American, Hybrid, Brazilian, Euro and Classic tucks. Most riders are into doing some of tucks depending on these categories.
- Land Paddling – this technique is known as the use of the long stick or pole once longboarding. The said stick or pole is being used in order to propel the rider further without having to pump. The use of stick in land paddling also helps rider to maintain their balance and can also be utilised as brake.
- Footbraking – method wherein riders are to drag their feet on the ground while moving in order to slow down. The method can be dangerous also. In some cases, many uses slide barking or the method wherein riders are to push out longboards’ edge making travel sideways than moving forward and wheels will slide against the ground. The friction of the said method has the ability to make the board slows down. Another form of Footbraking is frog baking wherein riders are to grab rail on the board’s both sides then stomping of the foot down while crouching. And also sit brake can be considered wherein riders are to go into standing position into sitting position on the board and then putting feet down.
- Carving – this technique is effective in terms of controlling speed once travelling downhill. Riders are to make continuous S path through leaning right and left instead of having a complete stop. Through making many turns, speed can be maintained and controlled.
- Pumping – this is a technique used in longboarding particularly in slalom skateboarding. The use of this technique is to maintain the speed without having to take the feet off from the longboard. It is also known as bending of one’s knees into a direction of a certain turn in order to compensate the gravity intended to maintain the speed.
- Early Grabs – this is referred as technique wherein riders are to grab the board and then lift it while starting a jump motion. But commonly, the right hand is put on the backside of the longboard right between the legs resulting to giving the body least resistance once lifting or jumping.
- Air Brake – this method is the process of standing upright into the longboard as tall as the rider can do possibly together with having outstretched arms in order to catch wind resistance as many as possible. The purpose of doing this is to reduce the speed prior to tight turn. Air brake is not about stopping the rider rather slow down the rider for the purpose of maintaining stability and control.
- Train – this comprises group of riders that are riding into a straight line into downhill. This technique requires practice and skill for the reason that riders are in their close proximity.
- Drafting – downhill riders are perfect for this technique as this increase the speed and so pass it to other boarders. The technique involves directly riding from behind of the rider in order to take advantage. Once draft is successful there will be great increase in speed.