Longboarding 101

So you Want to start Longboarding?

Want to start longboarding but you're not quite sure how it's done. You’ve found the right place.

Don't worry, we were all beginners once. I remember when I was starting out. I had no clue what board I should get, what equipment I needed or how to even stand on the board.That's why I'm bringing you the basics of longboarding to prepare you for surfing the streets.

Now, if you're a skateboarder, you already have a head start. But, take notice that these two are only similar, not the same. 

Yes, they both require a board and activate more or less the same parts of the body. But, longboarding is smooth and rhythmical with a more flow to it, while skateboarding tends to be more explosive. Besides, skateboarding is mostly used to perform jumps and tricks, while longboarding is surfing - optimized for cruising and carving.

Equipment 

First and foremost, you'll need a longboard. And, if you still don't have one yet, head over to our store and choose your ideal first plank.

Beginners are usually unsure about whether they should get a longboard or a shorter Cruiser Board. We suggest you start with a longboard due to the extra stability they afford, which makes them much easier to learn on. 

 Aside from the board, you'll need a protective helmet, elbow and knee pads. It’s not a must, but we do recommend them for beginners, and you can get all of them in our store.  

Riding

Now you’re ready to get on the board.  First, put the board on the grass or some place where it can’t roll around.  Get on the board and get used to the stance.  There are two possibilities: Regular (left foot forward), and Goofy (right foot forward).  

Don’t stand rigidly or you might easily lose your balance. Relax your body and bend your knees, and you will feel much more stable on the board.  Weight should be about 60/40 (front/rear).   When you feel more comfortable standing on the board, it’s time to take it to the street.  Start very slowly.  Put your front foot on the board and slowly push off with your other foot.  

It will take a while for you to feel comfortable pushing your board, but keep practicing.  Eventually, it will feel like 2nd nature to you.  
 

Turning

Turning on the longboard is easier than you think. Just lean your body to the side you want to turn to and the pressure on the board will move it to where you want to go. You will feel the board drop a little to the side before it starts turning. Longboards are much more flexible than skateboards which make turning easier and smoother. 

This is easier than you think. Just lean your body to the side you want to turn to and the pressure on the board will move it to where you want to go. You will feel the board drop a little to the side before it starts turning. Longboards are much more flexible than skateboards which makes turning easier and smoother.


As you gain more experience, sharp turns - also known as carving - will become one of your favorite parts of Surfing the Endless Wave.

Braking

One of the scariest parts of longboarding beginners is putting the brakes on. But, don't worry, We'll give you the secret to safe braking.

Stand in the same position as if you wanted to push yourself - balance on the standing foot and lift the other foot off the back. Then gently brush your foot against the ground, with the heel first, and then slowly applying more pressure as you level your foot. Aim to do this as gently as possible and the brake will go smoothly. If you apply too much pressure, you might brake too aggressively, lose the board or even fall off.

In the beginning, we suggest you practice on a flat - even surface.  

Eventually you’ll feel comfortable enough to go faster on your board, and before you know it, you’ll be cruising down the street.  

One thing that’s important to remember is that you don't panic when the board starts to speed up. If you do, your body will stiffen up and you may hurt yourself. Instead, remember to bend your knees and relax your body. That way, you'll be much more stable, and able to perform all the movements mentioned above much easier.

 

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