Which color should I pick?
too many choices and several cool ones.
What is carving?
How does it help a beginner boarder?
Well, carving is as well fun as well essential for speed control!
Carving is shifting your body weight to the heel edge or toe edge of your foot in order to make an “S” pattern as you longboard. Instead of a straight linear path, you make an “S” or wavy shape.
This slows you down and it also give you more of a sense of control over your board.
It is very easy to lose control of your speed on a longboard if you do not know how to carve properly.
You need to learn how to carve properly, first start out in a wide street with a slight hill.
You do not want to tackle anything too steep in the beginning. Be sure to wear a safely gear like a helmet!
First, push off to get some speed with your back foot, heading straight down the hill. Next, bend your knees slightly. Now shift all your weight to the back, or heel of your foot, before gaining too much speed. It should be as if your toes are pointing towards the sky and your heels are pointing to the ground. If you are regular stance, you will notice your board will start heading to the left side of the street or parking lot. (This would be in reverse for those who have a goofy stance.) Now stop when you have reached the far left side of the street or parking lot.
Now it is time to try toe carving. This type of carving tends to be a bit more difficult than heel carving and can make you feel unbalanced. With a little bit of practice, you will feel comfortable in no time! Standing on the left side of the street, push off with your back foot, heading straight down the heel. Before getting too much speed, bend your knees slightly and push your toes down and lift your heels up. Try not to physically lift your heels off the board, but let the longboard itself tilt under your feet. Now you should be heading to the right side of the street.
Cruisers (aka cruiser longboards) are great for everyday riders looking to cruise down the streets, around the lake or for city rippers who want a quick stop over at to the liquor store down town.
These boards are in general a little shorter than the full length board, they are still easy to ride but much easier to maneuver and lug around town than their longer brethren.
Just 25″-34” long – still stable thanks to the wider body
For a longboard ride in a short board body, these are the obvious choice.
These are not too expensive either.
Many will have a small kick tail like a traditional board and you can ride them in the pool and do lots of tricks.
Great for dogging pedestrians and making it across campus to beget to class on time. Swoosh around in style and comfort. The smaller size will help you to store it a locker or under your desk at work.
Couple of different cruisers that stand out from Stella Longboards
Hope you found this useful.
There are many shapes you can find longboards in like:
or some more exactic names like runt, blimp, coffin, tank, ….
One shape that keep coming back is the Pintail shape.
A pintail longboard is just a great and elegant shape great for cruising around, ideal for a diva:-)
40 inch is a great length and for many people seen as optimal and desirable for the pintails (so most pintails are in 40-42 inch).
Everybody seems to have their own favorite and the good thing is that all are great for having a blast on a board.
Before you forget that the tear dropped shape of the pin tail longboard helps to prevent wheel bite, here it is
“no wheel bite on pintails”.
this shape of boards are great for beginners or people who just want to carve around town, the boardwalk or the campus.
It all start with your stance. Are you goofy or regular?
Goofy is standing on the longboard with your right foot forward.
Regular is standing on the board with your left foot forward in your riding direction
There are several ways to figure out if you are goofy or regular.
This works for most people, but not for everybody. So try both stances and see which one feels the best for you. The one that’s most comfortable is the one for you.
Goofy or regular both stances work great.
How to Stand on a Longboard
Now that we know your stance, lets talk a bit about how to stand on your board.
For starters, this information will be useful, however when you get more experienced there are several ways to stand on your board.
When riding, especially down hills, try tucking yourself in a bit and leaning forward. You will really notice that this helps your balance.
This is just a starting point.
Over time you will see that there are many different ways to stand on a longboard.
Some long board rider can stand just on the nose of the board or on the tail. Some can stand with both feet together pointing toward the nose of the board.
Longboards are really made to give different standing positions to allow tricks such as dancing as well as precisely controlled riding.
You will also see some longboarders crouching on their boards. This is a great way to bottom out your center of gravity. When bombing hills, it can make you feel more stable and help you to make tighter turns. Crouching will help in performing slides as well.
Just keep practicing, and before you know it you will not even be thinking about stance!
Longboarding, what is it?
Longboarding is the activity (sport/hobby) of riding on a long skateboard.
It has evolved of the years and grew out of a combination of surfboarding (on a long board) and skateboarding (on a short board).
Popular in the 1970’s as skateboarding. With up and downs it grained more traction as longboarding around 2000. With new wheels, setup and materials its now an ever evolving activity.
Nowadays there are a couple of major riding styles.
here an image I found on longboardsusa which seems a good starting point.
I’m going in more details on each of these and will touch on the equipment in the coming posts.
If you are a beginner, just like me, who is just looking at getting deeper into longboarding, you will like our upcoming longboarding tips.