Sliding on a longboard is the best way to add style and control to your downhill longboarding attack and the following 5 longboard sliding tips will help get the novice longboarder up and sliding.
- Get hard wheels. If your wheels are too soft or too grippy you will have a difficult time getting the board to slide out. For longboard sliding, your wheels should be at least 85 durometers.
- Get good gloves. Hand plants are an essential part of longboard sliding, especially for extended downhill slides. It is difficult to control your slide without planting at least one hand and it is dangerous to plant your hands without gloves. Specially designed sliding gloves will protect your skin from getting shredded by asphalt while simultaneously increasing sliding speed and control.
- Commit. Commitment is a crucial aspect of longboard sliding. Most of your body will need to be parallel to the pavement and most of your weight will need to be on your sliding hand. Failure to commit can lead to crashes.
- Use both hands for toeside slides. When longboard sliding on your toeside rail you will need to commit yourself by leaning forward, face first, into the hill. Don’t be afraid to use both hands here to slide. It is possible to support yourself with one hand on a backside slide, but both hands are probably necessary for frontside (toeside) slides.
- Watch your fingers. It may be tempting to grab your frontside rail during backside slides. A grab while longboard sliding can be both functional and stylish. Still, it is important not to hold this grab too long, as any bouncing will cause the board to flex, which will then trap your fingers between the rail and the road
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