How to Ride and Slow Down on a Longboard
The first thing that you have to remember when you decide that you want to longboard is to make sure that you will know how to ride and brake when you use your longboard for the first time. When you learn how to slow down, you will be avoiding possible collisions with things that you will see in different streets.
When you are a beginner, you may already be highly interested in trying to ride at the soonest possible time but you know that this is not something that you can do immediately. You would need to take time to practice. Only after you practice will you be able to start riding your longboard with ease.
Riding Your Longboard
If you have already done skateboarding in the past, longboarding will not be too hard for you to do because they are somewhat similar. What just sets longboarding apart from skateboarding is the fact that riding should be done more smoothly. At the same time, you need to keep your speed constant so that you will be able to do riding with ease.
The first step that you have to remember is to make sure that you will find the right place to longboard. Any place will not be immediately proper for you. You have to make sure that you will find a surface or road that is smooth and well paved. It will be best if the road is not constantly being driven on by cars so you can practice riding with ease.
Here are the steps that you have to follow:
- Place your riding foot forward (You may be a goofy or a regular) on the middle part of your longboard so that you can determine if you can balance.
- You would need to use your other foot so that you can push forward. This might seem easy but a lot of people find this one of the hardest steps that they have to take as they find themselves constantly getting out of the board as they are unable to push forward.
- Once you feel the longboard slowly going forward, place your pushing foot on the board a bit far from your riding foot. To make sure that you will remain stable, you would have to crouch your knees a bit.
- Whenever you feel that the board is starting to slow down, you would need to use your pushing foot again to push you forward. You would continue doing this until such time when you know that you are getting better at riding your longboard.
- You can already start experimenting on how you can make your longboard go towards a certain direction. Remember that longboards are highly receptive especially if you would choose boards that are well made.
Slowing Down on Your Longboard
There are different ways on how you can slow down on your longboard but since you are still a beginner, it will best to know the most basic way to slow down which is to do the foot brake. Based on its name alone, you can already guess that this will involve the use of your foot in order to make the movement of your longboard slower.
- While you are riding your longboard and you need to slow down, you would need to bend the knee that you have placed in front.
- The toe of your push foot should dangle on the road so that the contact will help slow down your movement.
- You would need to do this until you are already comfortable with the type of speed that your longboard is travelling in. Most people do this because their longboards are going faster than usual.
- Continue on with what you plan to do with your longboard.
Based on the things that are mentioned above, it is obvious that using this method can be easy. It can be a pain to your shoes however especially the one that will get in contact with the road every time you need to slow down. You will get to know other ways by which you can slow down as you become more adept in doing longboarding.