How To Slow Down On A Longboard

You have just purchased a longboard and and need to know how to slow down on a longboard? A Longboard is a longer and bigger version of a skateboard. A longboard has bigger and softer wheels that require less power to keep them moving. There are different techniques on a longboard to help you slow down and reduce speed depending on your skill level and the type of stop that you are trying to do. Make sure you practice your stops until you get them down completely and accurately without fumbling or injury. Here are some different ways to slow down on a skateboard.

  1. Footbraking. To footbrake turn your foot towards the nose of the footboard while balancing on your front foot. Slowly lower your back foot parallel towards the ground. Keep your balance steady. Do not lean forwards or backwards. Continue to apply pressure slowly with the sole of your shoe against the ground until you come to a stop. Be careful not to apply to much pressure to where your backfoot skips on the ground. To slow down on a longboard a little faster, just apply more pressure as your foot slides on the ground.
  2. Carving. To carve make wide turns on the longboard by leaning either to the right or to the left depending upon which direction you want to go in. Turning as sharp, as wide, and as hard as you can while carving will enable you to slow down faster. Carving is a great way to stop on a longboard when going down a hill to control your speed. As you continuously carve sharper and wider back and forth on your longboard you will slow down on your longboard.
  3. Sliding. The basic of sliding is having enough control of the board to twist your body to assist you while completing your turn so that the wheels of the longboard slide against the pavement. To slide, skate as fast as you can the position your front foot close to the front bolts and your back foot to the back bolts. Push the board with your back foot while placing your weight on your back foot. Slide the rear wheels around turning along the ground. Sliding is very advanced and requires lots of practice and skill. Be prepared to fall when you first start off practicing sliding because you will stop almost immediately.
  4. Bailing. When you bail you will run or jump off of your longboard. Bailing is usually done in emergency situations when you don't have time to slow down on your longboard. If you know you are about to crash, jump forward off of your skateboard, you skateboard will usually stop. At slower speeds you can run off of your skateboard if need be. Try to bail in grass if possible and try be careful of where and how you land to prevent as many injuries as possible
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