LONG BOARDING FOR NEWBIES
A very popular subculture of skateboarding, long boarding is a very fun sport that has recently emerged in the world of skating. How is it different from skateboarding you ask? Well, to be fair a long board is a breed of skate board, only longer. If you are reading this, you are probably thinking of considering getting one. Continue to read, as we tell you all about the basics of long boards and you can start riding one.
What do you need?
This is probably the only easy part about long boarding i.e. getting everything to start doing it. You will need:
- A long board, obviously. Since there are a variety of different types of long boards, make sure you do your research and check out the best Longboard under $100. You should also make sure to get one that will be suited to your purposes and needs, meaning if you want to just get around or freestyle, etc.
- Shoes those are flat. Don’t try to look cool and wear your flip flops while skating. Trust us when we say it is not the best idea. You’re Converse or Vans should be fine.
- A helmet because safety first! Since you are only a beginner, there will be a lot of falling and bruising involved so you want to make sure that you are protected. You can even wear knee and elbow pads but this doesn’t mean that you overlook the helmet. Keep in mind that long boarding is usually done on roads and streets, unlike skate parks so you will be dealing with a lot of obstacles like trees, manholes etc.
Now that we have the basics down, it is time to work on your feet i.e. your stance and how you will be balancing yourself. First, you need to know which one of your feet you will be using for balancing, aka your balancing foot. This foot will be on the front of the boards, which you will be using to push your weight in order to turn. People usually tend to us their dominant foot, which they use to walk with first, as their balancing foot.
Time to ride
You probably think it is too soon to start riding, but this is the fastest way to learn. Firstly, you will need to learn how to push off. Keep your balancing foot on the board, and with your other foot just slightly push to the ground. Once you are confident with this, look for a smooth and straight road to cruise for a bit. Just start with a little push, and let gravity do its work.
Next thing to need to know is learning how to stop. This is very easy too; the most common way to stop is to drag your foot on the street till your board slows down and comes to a stop, also called foot breaking.
These are essentially the basics, and once you get the hang of them you can ride to your hearts content.