Longboarding - get that carving sensation this summer

Posted on Tuesday 10th May, 2011 Times Viewed: 4264
For us in the UK snowboarding is kind of hard work. Other than those living very close to the Scottish resorts it is a bit of a mission for us to get our fix. The fridge scene is not for everyone and the dryslope scene even less so. Unless your into park riding, the UK does not have a whole lot to offer. Now spring has arrived the chances of getting that rush from carving down a slope are pretty slim for many however there is a solution.
Longboarding is such an easy sport to get into. I personally do not drive anywhere without a longboard in my car. Almost anywhere can be great fun. Skateboarding has put many people off longboarding in a way - it is arguably the most difficult sport to master. Much like snowboarding, longboarding itself is as mellow or aggressive as you make it.

Almost anywhere can be fun. All you need is a mellow slope and a fun time can be had carving down the hill. A flat car park can be fun - just learning step overs and similar tricks. The promenades in the UK are often flat and smooth and lend themselves well to cruising around on a longboard.

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You can work longboarding into your daily routine quite easily - a simple trip to the shops to get milk can be a fun little longboard session depending on where you live. Collecting your kids from school, getting to work or nipping out for lunch can all be great longboarding opportunities. You can soon build up a sweat if you go for it so this can definitely count as exercise too.

The first thing you need to learn when starting to longboard is how to stop. The main technique is known as footbraking This involves transferring your weight onto your front foot and then moving your back heel onto the ground. You then gently transfer more pressure onto your rear foot which in turn makes you slow down. This needs practicing regularly in order to perform it at higher speeds. Once you know you can stop at all times your confidence will skyrocket and you can start to go faster and faster and deal with other pedestrians and traffic.

If you find that you get into longboarding then you might choose to learn how to slide. The powerslide is the best way of stopping when traveling at speed. It does however require a bit of space. At this stage it is best to be wearing slide gloves to protect your hands and allow you to get closer to the tarmac. You want to reach back and put your front hand on the ground then shift your weight onto your front food and use your rear foot to push the back of the board out turning it 90 degrees. This will soon slow you down. Without wanting to get too technical, board designs and wheel and truck choices are going to impact how easy this is to perform.

My main piece of advice is to just get a board and get going. You can pick boards up from as little as £70 and spend up to about £500 for full race set ups. I can assure you that you will love it and get no end of chances to ride it over the summer. Even if your going away on a surf holiday or a family break somewhere, throw the longboard in the car and it will give you something to do when there is no surf or you have some excess energy to burn off.
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