Is longboarding as dangerous as it looks?

Many people say that longboarding is the most challenging and dangerous type of skateboarding. Though, many people yearn for the sport, not only because of how cool it looks but also owing to the high demand for skills and maneuvering.

Besides, you can still play the sport safely if you have proper safety gear and practice enough. Look at the tips below to find out how to protect yourself on the way of mastering the brilliant motions.

Tips and Guide for Safe Longboarding

the most challenging and dangerous type of skateboarding
the most challenging and dangerous type of skateboarding

Start gradually from dancing

Dancing on a longboard is nothing new. You need to equip yourself with a long and flexible board because you will need to perform various movement while rolling on flat terrain or gliding down a slope.

The safety gears required are a helmet (pay a decent amount on it, or you may end up with a counterfeit product), knee and ankle protection. If you want a bit risky, you can abandon the latter. In the worst cases, you might only twist your ankle or pull a muscle. Just start with basic moves on flat ground, then upgrade the game to slopes and more difficult dancing movements. Once you are confident enough, you won’t feel the risk anymore.

Put on full gear for slalom

Different from dancing, slalom requires more protection due to its high level of danger. Some people may not consider slaloming longboarding, but clearly, a lot of longboarders partake in it. To master the tricks, you will have to learn how to weave the board between cones (or other kinds of obstacles) on the ground without knocking any of them over.

This one demands much flexibility and quick reactions. You may think it is easy by looking at a video on Youtube, but the risks are tangible when you are near the cones. To get faster, some people try to create a boost by sliding down steep slopes with a ramp.

For slalom, you must have a helmet, kneepads, elbow pads and slide gloves. Don’t forget to put some protections on your ankles, too. The worst scenario will be some road rash, but you are willing to take it when considering the fruit of the endeavor.

Practice hard before going to the open road

you must know how to control your speed
you must know how to control your speed

How much is the rate of you beat a car? Less than 1%. You are just a human being on a piece of wood, and the opponent is hundreds of kilos of metal. Therefore, longboarding on the open road is neither a joke nor a dare to try. To do it, you at least have to take certain precautions.

First, you must know how to control your speed. Practice slowing down and stopping again and again until you are sure that nothing could make you confused when you need to do the maneuvering. Then, be careful like the first time you hit the road on a bicycle. Put on your helmet, kneepads, slide gloves, then start slowly. You must try small streets first, and skate along with bicycle riders. Then, after you master it, move to larger roads.

When you are commuting at night, remember to make yourself visible. If you are skating around corners, slowing down is a must. Last but not least, don’t suddenly switch the lane! You may give other people on the road a heart attack. And if they don’t react fast enough, no one could be sure of the outcome.

Learn how to fall

Even when we have practiced much, no one could be sure sudden things won’t happen. Therefore, even you are scared, you need to learn how to fall. Wear proper safety gear, start with a slow speed, and drop on your hand and knees, then slide on the kneepads and gloves until you stop. The first experience could be terrifying, but it will help much when the time comes.

After learning how to fall in flat ground, combine the practice in freeride to get more experience. Try to fall out when you are riding down a small hill, but you must remember to only use hands and knees to contact with the ground.

Use body leather gears for downhill racing

you must have a full body leather suit, a full face helmet
you must have a full body leather suit, a full face helmet

The most dangerous activity – downhill racing – requires much more protection. This time, you will have to do a lot of tricks when moving at a scary speed. Forget the small gears for other activities. This time, you must have a full body leather suit, a full face helmet, and last but not least, a back brace. If something happens, force you to come off the board, use the leathers to slide down the tarmac until you stop. Without the leathers, what you get will not just simply rash.

Besides, due to the high level of danger, you should never perform the moves when you are alone. It must be an organized event with closed trails and a medical staff ready. Some racers could even get up to 60+ mph, so no step of preparation is not essential.

Be a member of a community

The thing I like most about longboarding is that the players are extremely safety conscious, and they often protect each other. You should take part in a local community, to make sure there is someone to care for you when you get injured. Such communities have strict rules about safety. If you are caught without a proper helmet, other members will intervene until you wear one. Abandoning your own safety is posing threats to other people, you should be aware of that.

To find the lovely groups, just search on facebook or google. Or else, you may meet them at certain spots in town. I think they will be more than happy to help you learn some basics.

Final thought

How to Slide on a Longboard
How to Slide on a Longboard

In a nutshell, longboarding is dangerous. One mistake and you could get serious injuries. You, not any other, have to learn how to protect yourself when taking part in the kind of activity. To master the moves, you will have to bear pains and injuries, but stay safe is of top priority.

 

What are the best longboards for beginners?

For most beginners, it’s not easy finding the right longboard, especially when the market has already been saturated with countless products. Not to mention that there are many different factors to consider regarding your skating styles, skill level and so on.

Hence, as enthusiastic skateboarders, we’re prompted to deliver you the ultimate guide for selecting the best longboards for beginners. It’ll surely benefit you when choosing skateboards in the future.

Skating styles

types of longboard
types of longboard

Here you’ll know what types of longboard that are currently available and which one is suitable for you. And, we’ll get into details about the important factors when choosing them in the following articles.

Cruiser Skateboard

Like its name, a cruiser skateboard is designed to enhance its speed and maneuverability so you can quickly get to work, school, or your local grocery store instead of wasting time on red lights or traffic jams.

In additions, cruiser skateboards are quite flexible so you can also use it to perform tricks. This makes cruiser skateboard a popular choice among skaters.

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Which mistakes should a beginner avoid when skateboarding?

Let’s not make a complete fool out of ourselves by learning about the most commonly made mistakes that any skateboard beginners should avoid.

Skateboarding is a fun and rewarding sports activity, thus it’s always the number one choice for anyone who’re looking to do healthy sports while also learning a little bit about styles.

However, skateboarding can be relatively hard sometimes, especially when you have no clue of what you’re doing.

This typically happens due to the lack of the fundamentals of skateboarding. If you don’t do the fundamentals right, you’ll find yourself having a hard time learning the sport.

Hence, it’s our mission as veteran skaters to deliver you with the most comprehensive guides to help you in your skateboard journey. In this post, you’ll be learning about all the common mistakes that most beginners tend to run into when the first start skateboarding. Let’s ride.

Carrying your skateboard in shopping style

Carrying your skateboard in shopping style
Carrying your skateboard in shopping style

A weird carrying style that I see many beginners do with their board is to hold on the trucks. This gives me cringe every time. The reason you should do that is that it’s not efficient nor comfortable, and in some cases, you might even damage your trucks.

Instead, you should grab on the sides or the head of the board. This allows you to hold your board closer to the body, making it more comfortable to move around. Moreover, this way, your truck is untouched and you won’t accidentally damage it if you bump into something.

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