How to Ride A Longboard | A Beginners Guide for Longboarding

Longboard is almost similar to a skateboard. But a longboard is much longer, wider and heavier than a normal skateboard. Nowadays longboarding is a hobby, passion as well as a sport to the younger generation. Anyone can do longboarding. Yes, it is possible if you have three ‘P’- passion, patience, and practice. If you are a beginner and want to learn longboarding basics, you are at the right place. Follow the guidelines below here to start off your longboarding journey.

how to ride a longboard

Know Yourself

First of all ask yourself whether you have any passion for riding a longboard or not. I think affirmative. So, you have one ‘P’-passion, but to fulfill your dream you need to achieve two ‘P’-Practice and patience. Now if any of your friends have a longboard, please give it a try on it. It will give you inspiration, awake your desire to ride.

Choose the Right Gear

Before starting you should take care of yourself. Choose the right gear, as longboarding comes with tears, wounds, fractures etc. So for a beginner, you need to put on the gloves, flat shoes, knee and elbow cap, and helmet. Be ready for the right moment with the perfect gears.

Choose the Right Board

For a beginner, it is a little bit confusing to select the best longboard for yourself. Longer boards are more stable than shorter ones. Similarly, drop-through boards are more stable than others. Actually cruising longboards are more perfect for a beginner to learn to ride.

Let’s Start Off

Now you are well ready to start your longboarding journey. Place the longboard on a plain surface. Keep your one foot on it along the board anteriorly and push forward with the other foot. After gaining a bit speed, keep both feet on the deck of the board at about 45-degree angle. Do this process repeatedly. Keep in mind that you do your practice on the plain or flat surface for the first time.

Learn to Stop

For landing safely from your longboard you should know how to stop it. If you can’t stop, you will get hurt. To stop or break you can use your rear leg. Keep your heel portion of that rear leg on the road and give increasing pressure to stop the board. For the beginners, it is the best way to stop the board. Practice it a lot of times to master it.


Carving is an amazing trick to practice. This simple trick will amaze you during riding. It is a needed trick to riding. During riding keep both feet perpendicular to each other. Keep your stance low by bending your knees, it will give you more stability. Now tilt your deck to one side and it will carve or turn the board. You need to practice a lot to master carving.

Final Thoughts

Now you know the basics of longboarding. To master it you should practice a lot. To ride safely, always put on your right gears. If you want to learn the more advanced technique you can follow freely available resources on youtube. Longboarding is a passionate hobby for youngsters. It will keep you fit and healthy. You can ride your longboard anywhere you like. If you care about your skills, longboarding will be one of your best friends. Best wishes for you. Happy longboarding.

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