Longboard is a type of sport that is similar to skateboarding. Typically, it uses bigger wheels and longer boards. The sport has a lot of fun and easier for beginners, compared to skateboarding. If you own a longboard and you have some time, you can start practicing and enjoy the free ride. Before you start this is a must-read article on how to stop on a longboard for your safety & precautions.
Longboard referrers to a type of sporting equipment, which is similar like a skateboard, though much longer. Longboards are just a category of the skateboard; this means all longboards are skateboards. The difference between a skateboard and a longboard is that a skateboard is a shortboard. In the 1940s to 1950s, skateboarding was introduced. It has gained popularity all over the world.
You could have seen people in the streets flying on longboards. You might have attempted at some given time but failed. Generally, pumping adrenaline, gathering speed and trying to stop it can be a challenge. Below are some of the steps, which might help you to stop while riding your longboard.
One of the important things is to know when you need to foot brake. You can only use the foot brake while at low speed. You should avoid using the foot brake when carving into a turn. Make sure you are using proper footwear when applying foot brake.
When using the footbrake, avoid using thin-soled shoes. Footbrake means sliding the shoe on the ground to stop. Do not use it to ruin your shoes and have friction burns. Shift your weight towards front foot, so that you can use the footbrake. This does not matter, which foot you will place or on the ground.
Use minimal weight to drag your foot on the ground. Make sure that the shoes you are wearing have large soles to drag on the ground. Typically, this technique will result in spoiled footwear or some friction burn. While on the dragging your footwear, add some pressure until you finally stop.
While dragging, shift your weight from front to backward. Always keep in mind that the higher the pressure, the faster you will stop. While braking, you should be guided by your speed and the angle you are traveling. Additionally, be cautious on the ground you are skating. Friction is determined by the nature of the ground you are using to travel.
You will begin power sliding by carving or turning to one side of the road. Turn is a very effective part of power sliding. It involves turning your board until it is perpendicular to the road. It causes a slide or skid to come to a stop. The direction you carve towards to depends on how you station yourself on the longboard.
It is important to carve on the side, which your toe side is pointing. This is a basic technique for anyone learning how to power slide. You should be very careful and observe the traffic from both ahead and behind of you. This will help to reduce the chance of accidents from cars approaching you. The power slide trick should be fully mastered before using it on the roads.
Nevertheless, you should shift your weight towards the heel and front of your board. This should only happen after you have carved out and set your power slide. Typically, this means you are leaning on your back than forward, letting your body weight determine the slide of the board.
Turn your shoulders and hips in the direction, which you are sliding. It is very important to keep on leaning on your back while sliding. Leaning forward can stop your board while on the high speed. This can be risky and might cause some injuries.
You can perform a toe side pendulum. This technique involves sliding your gloved hand on the ground while performing a power slide. Typically, this means going lower to the ground. Wear your grove on the hand that you are sliding away from then perform the power slide. Use the back foot to kick off the slide to reduce the speed.
Avoid keeping your gloved hand too close or far away from your body. You might run to the risk of not falling off or not able to perform the pendulum. This maneuver requires much practice. You should not be worried about grasping it the first time. Another technique for you to learn is performing heel slide pendulum. The weight must be evenly distributed from the back to the front. Carve outwards on the side of the road.
Place your gloved hand on the ground as you add more pressure to come to a complete stop. Additionally, you can perform 360 slides. This means using two slides at the same time. You do not need to use your hands during the maneuver, you will be using you both hands hand to balance. Practice until you master before using it on the road.
Make sure to buy a good functional longboard. The above steps in stopping your longboard are very important to practice. Master all the steps before going to the road. Additionally, it is important to put a helmet in case of falling down.