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.