Nowadays, longboarding is getting attractive more and more younger people. However, some people still make a mistake when assuming longboarding is just skateboarding. The longboard is fairly similar to a skateboard but it is longer in the length than a skateboard. What is longboard? How to choose the best longboard brands for the new beginners? And some basic techniques of longboarding for new beginners.
What is longboard?
Longboarding, which was called “Sidewalk surfing” in 1950’s, was a combination of surfing and skateboarding. After that, it was developed by surfers and skateboarders because they want to experience the feeling of surfing on the hard surface, in other words, it was done as an alternative for surfing. Longboard looks like you use a long skateboard but it is easier and faster than skateboard because of the wheel’s size. There are many different shapes, lengths or widths of the longboard.
Longboarding has many categories such as cruising, downhill, dancing, free-ride, and carving. If you want to get around the campus, town or hang out with friends, longboarding will be the excellent modes of transportation.
How to choose the best longboard brands for the new beginners?
Choosing the best longboard brands is not the easy job to do. The following guide includes some useful information for the new longboarders need to know to make the best choice.
First of all, you should know the parts of the longboard and effect of these parts when you ride. The main parts of longboard include the deck, the wheels, the trucks, the bearings and the bushings. The deck is the flat board that you stand on and it can be made from bamboo, maple or fiber glass. The next important part is the trucks that are made from metal and has a T-shaped in order to connect the wheels to the deck. And the third crucial component of the longboard is the wheels that are specific to the riding styles.
Next, you should make the decision the type of longboard you need based on your riding style. However, the longboard is good for cruising and carving is the suitable choice for the new beginners.
Finally, you should pick the longboard that fits your longboarding style. Longboarding has the various shapes, techniques, and categories so that every longboarder need to define their own styles to pick the suitable longboard for them.
Techniques to ride longboard for newbie
If you are the new beginners who are getting into longboarding, we will guide you some basic techniques to longboard.
Air braking occurs when you stand upright on your board with arms out to increase wind resistance and lower your overall speed. This is one of the most important and effective techniques to reduce speed.
Foot braking occurs when one foot is placed on the road or on the sidewalk while the opposite foot keeps balance on the longboard to increase friction and decrease your speed. Longboarders use this technique to slow down or come to a termination.
Slide braking: is mostly used when longboarders go downhill. The longboarder will handle his speed by turning the board sideways into the controlled slide, but it needs a wider area to control the slide. In some cases, longboarder will wear gloves and put his hands on the ground to perform this action.
Carving is the popular way to slow down or control speed. It helps the longboarders to slow his speed by leaning left and right.
Now that I have shown you the definition about longboard, some way to pick suitable longboard and some basic techniques. You are ready to pick the suitable longboard for you and start riding it wherever you want or just to enjoy yourself with some friends. Let’s get a longboard!