Get The Right Board
First and foremost, you should choose the right longboard for yourself. An appropriate board varies from person to person depending on age, size, skillset, and riding purposes. Even, it can help you avoid unexpected accidents and occurrences.
Also, when selecting a longboard for your interest, keep in mind that the best board is not the one that costs a lot of money, values cheapest, or is made out of the nicest materials, but the one that makes you feel most comfortable and confident on it.
Moreover, make sure that you conduct good research and read reviews to get knowledge about the parts comprising a longboard. What parts are there? Well, the five most important components of a longboard include trucks, deck, wheels, bushing, and bearings. Having an understanding of those features will help you to buy a good quality longboard.
Another factor to be considered is the purpose of your activity. Whether you want to ride longboard to school, go to work, practice your boarding skills, or try to get in shape, it is highly recommended that you pick the board which suits your needs, interests, skills, and riding goals.
Find Your Stance
Before you start longboarding, you need to make sure that you know your right stance. There are two common types of stances: regular and goofy.
If you stand with your left foot on the front side and right foot on the backside of the board, your stance is regular. On the flip side, you put your right foot forward and left foot backward, then your stance is called goofy.
Once you have decided your right stance, stick with it throughout your practice, and get ready for all the fun ride!
Find Your Balance In Static Mode
Have you chosen what your stance is? So, the next step is to learn how to balance yourself on a longboard in a static condition.
By riding the longboard on the grass or on a thick carpet, you can practice balancing safely. With the support of friction of the surface, it can help prevent the movement and rolling of the board and assist your balancing on the board.
After being comfortable on the board in your natural stance, the next step is standing in the center of your board. Your front foot should be angled around 45 degrees with the deck while your back foot should be at the angle of 90 degrees. Slightly bend your knees and lower your center of gravity for better balance.
This important step helps you feel stable and comfortable standing on the board during the ride.
Practice Your Turning Stance
Turning your board isn’t very difficult if you know how to do it right. Let me show you how.
Besides keeping yourself stabilized on the board, the important key is that you should have a good sense of your foot in order to do a turn.
While riding your board, you can turn it to the direction you want by pressing your toes and heel forward and backward. If you are in a regular stance, you can turn right by pressing your toes and turn left by pressing your heel. The opposite goes with the goofy.
Practice Your Push & Brake Stance
Learning how to push and brake are the fundamental parts of riding a longboard to make it move or stop as you want.
To push the board, lift your back leg off the deck while stabilizing your front leg, bend your front knee and put your weight onto the front leg.
Next, touch the ground with your back foot to create the movement while keeping yourself balanced on the front foot. Then, start dragging your back foot back on the deck as its initial position.
Ceasing the board is not a very tough job. You can stop it by dropping with your back foot off the board for a safe brake. Be sure not to stop it with your toes but the bottom of your shoes.