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Once you learn to balance, your longboard can be a fast way to get around.
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Originally called "sidewalk surfing," the practice of riding a longboard over pavement or other smooth terrain started when surfers were waiting around for bigger waves. Moving to land with long skateboards, they imitated moves on the surfboard such as carving or skimming their hand just above the ground. Longboarding today can be recreational and sometimes stands in as a form of transportation. If you are a beginner, following some simple tips will help you gain and maintain your balance for a smooth ride.1.
Set your longboard on a smooth piece of pavement, away from traffic or other obstacles. The more rounded end of the board should be facing forward.2.
Choose which foot you would like to be your stable foot, and place it on the board. This foot will maintain constant contact with the board, while you will use the other to occasionally push off the pavement for momentum and speed. You can choose to have your stable foot at either the front or the back of the board, whichever feels more comfortable to you.3.
Start rolling by keeping one foot steady on the board while facing forwards and pushing off with the other foot. As you gain speed, balance should become easier. When you reach a speed you are comfortable with, swivel your steady foot 90 degrees so that it faces the side of the board. Then bring your other foot up on the board, also facing the side.4.
Maintain your speed to stay balanced. Do this by lowering one foot to the ground to push off and increase your speed. You may need to give several pushes before returning your foot to the board. Whenever your speed decreases or you feel wobbly, lower the foot for another push.5.
Lower your center of gravity by bending your knees if you feel unsteady at first. You can spread your arms to also help you balance as you maintain your speed with a few pushes.
- Knee pads
- Elbow pads
- Wear protective equipment and pads when starting out on your longboard.