Longboarding Basics – Sliding To A Stop

The most important longboarding skill.

Once you’ve got to grips with your longboard, you may find that you want to experiment a little and put your skills to the test. How can you do this? Well there’s tricks, there’s speed and then there’s sliding. At this point you may have slid on your longboard intentionally or by accident. Either way you might want to check that your technique and positioning on your board is correct. Sliding to a stop on your board is a crucial skill that you will need to progress. With that in mind we want to provide you with a guide on how to slide on a longboard.

First off for you beginners out there, you may be wondering what is sliding on a longboard? Why do we need to slide on a longboard? The answer is if you need to stop very quickly. You may find yourself in situations where obstacles are in your way and this stop will allow you to reduce your speed without being thrown off the board. In layman’s terms, this is a way to quickly come to a stop on your board while looking pretty damn cool.

Let’s have a recap on equipment. Before you hit the slopes, you’re going to need the correct equipment otherwise you can seriously injure yourself. It goes without saying that you need your board, helmet and knee pads. The only piece of equipment you may not have used before are long boarding gloves. Sliding to a stop requires you to place your hands on the ground while you have momentum. Gloves will protect your hands from scraps and grazes on the ground.

It’s also essential that you practice sliding in the correct conditions. At first we would advise that you try sliding to a stop when the conditions are a little bit slippery i.e wet. This will make it easier for you start sliding on your board. You will require an area where you have a lot of space with no obstacles in your way. An area with a slight slope may be advantageous when trying to generate momentum also! Ok now we have the boring stuff out of the way, lets get onto how to slide.

Step 1: Gain momentum on your board. Take enough pushes to gain a nice amount of speed.

Step 2: Prepare to slide by bending your knees keeping your feet shoulder-width apart as you normally would when riding your longboard. Your front foot needs to be at a slight angle facing forward around 45 degrees. Ensure that your back foot is placed normal. Make sure that you have a good centre of balance on your board.

Step 3: You now need to crouch down. Move your body weight towards the front of your board – leaning slightly forward. When going into the crouch, try not to rush. Do this slow and controlled to ensure you keep a firm base on your board. Ensure you have a little bit of weight on your back foot. Finally, place your chest on your front thigh.

Before moving onto the next step, we would advise you practice getting into the crouch position without momentum. Get really comfortable with your stance by placing your board on either grass or carpet before hitting the streets!

Step 4: While you are crouched down, place one hand on the ground behind you – place it the other way to which your toes are facing. With your other hand, place this on the side of your board.

Step 5: Stretch out your body and lean backwards placing your weight on your back hand and you will notice your board will begin to carve. Friction will be created with your gloves on the ground, which will slow you down.

Step 6: As your wheels slide, they will come to a stop at a 90 degree angle. Follow the motion in which your board is going by twisting your hips. Congratulations, you have now effectively slid to a stop on your longboard.

Reckon you can give that a go? Follow those steps and you’ll be sliding in no time.

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