Longboarding is one of the greatest trends of 2011. You see more and more people transporting themselves on a longboard through big cities like Roma and Los Angeles. The longboard is not only appropriate for performing tricks or slalom, but is also quite suitable as method of transportation. However the sport has a quite steep learning curve. Longboarding is harder to learn than skateboarding, for example. The purpose of this article therefore is to give some practical steps to speed up the process of learning.
Step 1: Choose your discipline
One of the most important things you must do as longboarder is choosing the discipline you want to do. This greatly influences the material and board you will need. For example someone who wants to do slalom will need another board than someone who just wants to cruise the city. Especially for downhill longboarding, you will need a specialized board, also known as a speedboard. This board is firmer built and is designed to attain high speeds. You can use one longboard to perform all disciplines, but this is not recommended and performance will not be optimal.
Step 2: Goofy or Regular?
Check if you’re goofy or regular. This is respectively right foot in front and left foot in front. This is just a matter of feeling. Try out both and see what feels best for you.
Step 3: Practice on a flat surface
Many longboarders rush the process and immediately begin to ride steep hills. However this is not recommended. If you are a beginning longboarder it is better to practice a week solely on a flat surface. In this way you will gain more feeling for the longboard than when you immediately do difficult slopes.
Step 4: Easy slopes
If you completely mastered the longboard on a flat surface, it is time to try out your first hill. See how it goes and pay attention to how neat you ride the hill. Before you go to a more difficult slope, be sure you master the previous one.
Step 5: Sliding
In the beginning, you can just jump off your board in order to stop. However, later on, when you are gaining higher speeds this is not possible anymore. Jumping off your board with speeds at 30 km/hour is dangerous and can lead to severe injury. Therefore it is recommended to learn to slide before you hit the big slopes.
Step 6: Challenging yourself
It is important to practice patience in the process of longboarding. However try to challenge yourself every time you go out longboarding. If you do not do this, you will become stuck on a plateau and stop developing yourself as a longboarder.
If you follow these six steps, it is inevitable to become a decent longboarder. The most important steps are choosing the right material and always challenging yourself for the next level.