How to Longboard
Longboarding is the term used for skateboards with larger in size short board trick oriented skateboards.
That are used in skateboarding competitions such as the X-Games. Longboarding was firstly known as Sidewalk Surfing (for the complete history on longboarding check out the history section of our site). The number one reason that people get longboards is for getting to places, since longboards have more stability and heavyness to them than skateboards (so you get more distance out of your push). Longboarding is perfect for people who want a comfortable, chill, more soulful ride than skateboards can provide you with, although people who want speed cruising down a huge hill are attracted to these types of boards as well!
All of the above, and plenty more, is longboarding. Just as in short board skateboarding, there is not a right or wrong way to approach the riding aspect of this sport. However, in the next following few pages I will walk you through some of my personal suggestions to get you going on your discovery of your own personal longboarding style. Also, the awesomeness of the combinations and relaxations that you can experiment with.
Longboarding 101 – What You’ll Need
Basic longboarding gear is simple. First you’ll want to make sure and use flat bottomed shoes. Skateboarder shoes would be an excellent choice like Circa, Dc, IPath, Etnies, Es, Adio, Globe, etc., but in all truths, any pair of shoes that contain flat bottom soles work well. What the flat bottom soled shoes help you do that a pair of running shoes won’t is that they simply give you more of a grip on the deck of your longboard. While it’s definately possible that you can get away with longboarding in a pair of flip flops, I would not recommend this at all until you atleast know what you’re doing on the board!
Of course I have to say that you are going to need a helmet. You can ditch it later, but while your still just a beginner, keep the helmet on your head whenever you ride.
Now to the part where you will pick out your very own longboard (hence page two!).
There are so many different types of longboards out there, almost as many as there are longboarders to ride them. Being precise on your board choice is important.
Since longboarding is much, much harder to wreck your board as trick skateboarding is, your board does not need to be as tough as a skateboard. Which leads to tons and tons of longboarders resulting in making there own boards (for a tutorial on how to do this check out our board making tutorial section)! Making your own longboard is an excellent option, but these posts are aimed souly for beginners. Besides, there are so many different, cool longboards on the market that you can pick out.
When you are on your longboard can you see yourself riding around your school campus? Long Boarding from your house to your work? Can you see yourself trying to board down some big hills? How about extremely massively steep, fast hills? Are you going to want to try to ride in bowls? Or are you the kind of person that is going to just have a longboard for smooth, easy going cruises. you want a smooth, soulful ride? I want you to take a moment to think about what you want out of your board because this is a very important step in your longboarding adventure.
In summary, the longer that a longboard is, the more stable it is going to be. However, longer boards have a tougher time turning faster and getting more of a sharp angle to your turn. Shorter longboards are more agile, but have less stabillity to them. So, with keeping all of this information in mind, take another minute and think about where you see yourself being on the longboarding spectrum. If you plan to ride bowls, then you will need a much shorter board, if you are thinking of just hills or cruising you are going to want a longer board.
I am going to recommend to you that you borrow one of your friend’s board and see how it feels, or atleast try and stand on the board and push it around the store a little bit to get a little taste of what riding that board is like. Now to section 3 of our “How To Longboard” tutorial section: Stance on Your Board
Stance on Your Board
We have come to the part of this tutorial where we will go over your stance on the longboard longboarding (which foot is placed at the nose of your board while riding).
There are two stance categories that you could fall under – Regular (left foot at the nose of the board) or Goofy (right foot at the nose of the board). If you already either snowboard, surf, wakeboard or skateboard, then use the stance for riding that you already use. If you don’t do any of this, its okay, heres a few other things that you could try:
1. Go grab a ball, or something of that nature, and place it on the ground directly in front of you. Now kick it.. Whichever foot you kicked with is mostly likely the foot that you will have at the rear of your board. You want your balancing foot to be at the nose and the kicking foot at the back.
2. Go to a staircase, and run up it. What foot did you step with? That’s is most likely your back foor. Again kicker in the back balance in the front.
3. Okay, this one is gunna take a little bit of participation on your part. When I tell you to stop reading you should do it!! Trust me, this is the most efficient way of finding out what foot goes where. Go and get a friend, have him go behind you, close your eyes, count to 3, and have him push you forward. STOP READING NOW!!!!!!!!
Whichever foot that you stepped with is your leading foot, so put that one in the back of the board.
Just as most people are right handed, most people are regular footed when boarding. That’s why we call it regular.. Get it? Just remember, there is not a right or wrong way to do this. If everything points to you riding regular but you like goofy better, by all means go for it.. In fact I would say that I want you to try riding both ways. Experimentation is the best way to go.
Now to section 4 of our tutorials, Standing and Foot Placement.
Standing & Foot Placement
Thursday, July 31st, 2008 at 8:56 am
Finally, you are ready to hit the streets. Go to an empty parking lot that has a ton of room to practice the following things about standing on your longboard & the foot placements you will use.
Longboarding Basics – Standing
Next, try just standing up on the longboard. Get used to the movements and curves of the longboard. Bend your knees and bounce up and down a few times, get used to the springiness of your longboard. Try shuffling your feet all around the board, change your positioning on the longboard a few times, with always staying on the board.
Longboarding Basics – Foot Placement
The foot placement you choose to use in your boarding experience depends on what you plan on doing in your session. Although most of the time I like to keep my front foot on the screws towards the nose of the board and my back foot to where it is just a little bit more than shoulder width apart from my front foot, with my front foot pointed diagonally out at about a 45 degree angle, and my back foot pointed out slightly (not pointed directly forward, but out a few degrees). After you ride for awhile you will become more comfortable and start to make your own positions on the board to whatever feels right fory you.
For bombing hills (boarding down hills at an extremely fast speed), I personally like to have my feet spread out wider than I would for just cruising around.
If I am trying to gain more speed what I will do is point my feet towards the bottom of the hill as far as they will turn without me falling off. When you are going insanely fast make sure that most of your weight is going towards the front foot to gain the best amount of control thats possible.
Pushing & Simple Riding
Now it is going to get a bit interesting.. Give the board a little push. The next part is very important so pay really close attention…
The correct way to push is to take your back foot off of the board place it on the ground in front of your front foot on the ground. Next, simply push off of this foot to move in a forward motion to get your longboard rolling. If you want to try and get some more speed faster than give it a few more pushes, or just one big push. Either way you go at this the main goal is to get the board to move.. Now put your foot back on the board.
Another way to move is to push with your front foot. Mongo pushing is what this is called. For short board skateboarding it would get in the way of your tricks, but for longboarding, if it works for you, use it. Although most people who longboard don’t use this type of riding.
Push around some more and discover where your center of gravity is. When in forward motion, notice that the lower you set your center of gravity, the more comfortable it is to ride. This is an important aspect to longboard riding.
Longboard Basics – Find a Slope
Next, find a gentle slope to ride down, make sure it isn’t too steep – and I mean it when I say gentle.. You’ll be riding down steeper hills in the very near future – but for right now, find a slight slope. This could either be a sloped parking lot, a road without traffic on it, or possibly maybe even a path across a campus… Don’t get yourself into trouble though.
Alright so now your a pro. Get on your board and go for the steeper hills. The first time you attempt it, don’t even push the board. Just let the momentum of the hill carry you to the bottom of the hill.
The next time you go down the hill push once and then after that push until it feels comfortable. Your personal preference is key here.
There are several different ways to bring your board to a standing position. The easiest at first will be footbraking (dragging your foot on the ground).
This could be a very complicated subject but for now just take the foot that you push with, and try to drag it along the pavement. Try to keep the sole of the bottom of your shoe flat on the pavement for maximum resistance. This should stop you if you aren’t going too fast (which you shouldn’t be travelling at that high of a spee at this point in your learning curve). Of course, this would be easier if you were wearing shoes…For a much more advanced and way cooler looking way that you can stop try to learn the coleman slide. But, for right now i would recommend to you that you just stick with the riding and cruising around, before tackling things such as the Coleman slide.
If it does happen that you get going to fast and you loose control, jump off of your board.. This sounds absolutely crazy but it works. Try to get your board to get to something that won’t totally destroy it.. However you are the main priority so try and jump to some grass or something. More on crashing in our How to Fall, First Aid section.
To practice this feat of “bailing” go to a large flat area, then push a lot to get some speed. Then, jump off and land on your feet. You will of course want to and then keep running. This might sound like its a bit crazy for you but honestly it will show you your thershold speed that you can reach to where you can jump off. It is a pretty good idea to not exceed your threshold speed to where you can’t jump off and keep running, until you get a little more skill under your belt.
Let’s get to part 7 of our 8 piece tutorial: Cruising & Carving.
Carving & Cruising
Thursday, July 31st, 2008 at 9:49 am
Leaning to one side will cause the board to travel in that direction, this is called carving.. Carving can either be done on your toe edge (when you lean forward) or your heal edge (leaning backwards).
The deeper of a carve that you make will result in a more aggressive carve.
Try carving slowly and gently down the slope that you have been practicing on in the previous lessons to get comfortable with it. Carving will slow you down, so you if you want to have speed while carving push harder to start out with. Try to moderate your speed with your carving, now get used to it! Now for the skill, make a very deep hard turn to go straight to your side.
This is another of the many ways to stop, and how to turn corners while your longboarding. Another thing that you should try is sliding, although it is a more advanced move. For now, just do the easy gentle patterns of carving we taught you. When you are ready for more advanced lessons check out our Advanced Moves section that features the Coleman Slide, Advanced Foot Braking, etc.
While you are practicing your carving, you should also think about how the more you crouch, the faster that you are going to go. When you stand straight up, you are going to slow down because of the resistance that your body creates. Understanding the little things like this will help your riding be smoother, and help you be just an all around better longboarder.
As you gradually get better at boarding, try to keep your eyes off of your feet. Instead, keep them facing up the road or down the hill, this will help your body naturally adjust to the situations that you are in. What this is going to help you with is it will keep you from hurting yourself further down your journey.
There is now only one more part to our tutorial: Hill Carving.
Thursday, July 31st, 2008 at 9:55 pm
Practice makes perfect, so keep on keepin on.. If you are compelled to try a hill with more of a slope to it, that is awesome. Don’t go crazy with the hill you choose to practice this on.
Unless your a born pro and have aced everything else we’ve been talking about. Street roads would be good for the people who aren’t that coordinated, just make sure that there won’t be any cars coming to run you over. A good idea would be to have one of your buddies look out for any on coming traffic.
Again, please, please, please wear your helmet for right now, even if right now you think that you are better than a helmet. A friend of mine bombed this hill and at the very bottom there was a dirt patch that you had to skate over, he hit the patch and went flying into the air, he landed on his face; he suffered a concusion a messed up face, and a broken arm – if only he was wearing a helmet that would have just been one thing that we could have prevented. Instead, he couldn’t board for weeks, you can board with a broken arm, but not a broken head. If nothing else, you definately wouldn’t want to lose valuable riding time over something so stupid – keep on your helmet. It also wouldn’t hurt to use all the pads that there are out there too, of course thats a bit much I know, so just wear all the padding if you plan on travelling at extremely high speeds.
Longboard Skateboarding is the same as riding down the slope that you have been practicing on, its just a little bit more fast. Another thing is stopping is pretty tricky. Don’t get discouraged if you crash and get banged up a little bit, it happens to everybody, just get back up and try it again.
This concludes our lessons on “How To Longboard”, this sport takes lots of skill and practice just like anything else, and the more you ride the more you will develop your personal longboarding style.
Now for all you beginners on a budget let’s see how you can find cheap but reliabile longboards to get you started
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Sector Nine Longboard
Sector Nine Longboard inc. was started in 1993 by a couple of guys who are named Dave Klimkiewicz, Steve Lake and Dennis Telfer.
Klimkiewicz was 27 at the time, Telfer was 29 and Lake was 30. These three entrepreneurs decided that this was an incredibly booming market and wanted in on some of the action that longboard skateboarding had to offer. Dennis Telfer was once quoted saying that the best advice is to, “Look for something missing in a given market.” Their first crucible in the starting of this business was the $30,000 they needed for the start up cost and went out on a limb saying that they would have $4 million by 1998. They decided to start this company because it was something that was incredibly different and they were all totally for some diversity. To this day they can be accredited to making some of the finest longboards. As a matter of fact, I will only ride Sector Nine boards.
Klimkiewicz, Telfer and Lake were all actually skateboarders when this new wave of different type of boarding came into play. During this time in the 90’s skateboards had a more “curvey” type of look to them allowing for the desired “pop” you get with the deck allowing you to fling you and the board into the air and complete a vast variety of crazy tricks. So what these guys did instead is manufactured their boards in more of a fashion like that of the skateboards in the 1970’s. This look led to having a flatter board meant more for the feeling of being on a wave.
Many of the skateboard manufacturers back then would laugh at them for their crazy ideas, but who’s laughing now? Today this company tromps out essentially every other one with its annual product income. Their style of riding opened up a totally brand new niche in the industry and many different manufactures started to jump on the longboard type riding train. Their company was based in the heart of San-Diego and commenced as an incredibly humble beginning, by this meaning the first of the skateboards was created in Telfer’s own backyard. These three guys’ hopes was that there was actually a market in the lesser trick oriented type riding longboards. It obviously paid off and even today their business is rolling right along.
Standard Sector Nine longboards have more of a curve, round type of look. When some boards have some of a boxy kind of feel, this brand gives an incredibly comfortable bubbly type of feel. With the right type of wheels, bearings and trucks, you could have yourself the most unbelievably amazing ride out there today. These boards are generated in the close relation to feeling like you are out on a surfboard cruising on some waves. (And they do a great job at that).
These boards are so good because not only are they built for a quality ride, but they are built by a quality company. As stated above the guys that started this company began in their back yard. They put an incredible amount of effort into the production of the boards. The grip tape on these is thick, not too thick to do any damage to your shoes however. It allows for a solid grip on the board and a security unmatched by any other type of company.
Once again, I highly recommend you further look into a Sector Nine Longboard, they are a lot of fun and are incredibly quality. It’s a smooth ride and a comfy board. What more could you want?