What and Where
Longboarding is not that much different than riding shorter wheeled platforms like skateboards.
These longer “surfboards” are built with longer decks on larger suspensions which mount pairs of wider-diameter wheels. Riding a longboard is just as much fun as riding a skateboard in its own way. Like skateboard, it typically involves similar speed and freeriding moves at times combined with slides and slaloms.
So here are a few things you need to know to get rolling in this sport.
First figure out what you want in your board. Maybe you just want ride along urban sidewalks and tracks to get from A to B. Or it could be you’re looking to do some tricks with like-minded friends at a skating park. Or perhaps, you’re just testing what’s available, hoping to figure out which combos of decks and parts can get you rolling fastest and smoothest down some long stretch of straight road or track. Check out the best longboard brands at Recreation Space to help you find your best longboard.
It’s your call and your pick, but you need to know what’s what to choose well.
- Various sizes and designs have similarly varied pros and cons for their features.
- The shorter-length models tend to have greater agility in turns but also lesser stability on straight and long runs.
- Conversely, the stretched platforms or decks of longer models trade stability for agility in their performance characteristics.
- Those new to any kind of wheeled surfboard would do best to start with longer models which feature general-purpose trucks and wheels.
Protect yourself in the event of falls. When you’re just starting out you’ll likely take more falls than you might expect. So you should have at least have a helmet on at all times while training. It won’t hurt (more) to wear pads on your knees and elbows as well, especially if you’re planning to try the more extreme moves you see veterans doing. (more…)