Longboard for beginners: surfing on the asphalt - track down the hill in the city center or at 100 kilometers per hour: both can be achieved with the longboard. Everything about cruising, tricks and stuff. A review.
A longboarder never forgets the moment when he puts his first foot on his board: as the wood bends slightly under his foot, he decides which foot he prefers to put forward, the second leg behind, and he maybe row with your arms to keep your balance. Longboarding is like gliding over the tarmac with a small surfboard. A breathtaking feeling! And Learning longboarding is not that difficult after all, We show you how to do it.
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Learn Longboard - Let's go!
The boards are one to one and a half meters in length Miniature surfboards or oversized skateboards, They are not only intended for extreme athletes, but absolutely suitable for everyday use, because the large area of the board, even beginners are stable on the board. Longboarding is hot, is a fast and flexible means of transportation and is a lot of fun. That's why you see them everywhere right now: in parks, on footpaths and in traffic-calmed secondary roads. The sport was invented by surfers in the 70 years to have employment on days when weather conditions did not allow surfing on the water. "I can understand that!" Says Sören Winko. The 21-year old passionate kitesurfer currently lives in Neustadt in Holstein on the Baltic coast: "The first time I was on the board five years ago. We sat at Beach and waited for wind when a friend came with his longboard.
A little later I drove over the smooth promenade for the first time and only a few days later I had my own board. "Just the opposite was the case with Mike Jucker, head of the eponymous longboard label" Jucker Hawaii ":" I was a thoroughbred skateboarder and snowboarder and dreamed of surfing. At some point, the longboard came along and for me it felt like surfing - street surfing! "The native Swiss already stood on the board for the first time almost 20 years ago. Sören has been very zealous for the past five years: "Longboarding is my absolute favorite sport on land - and will continue to do so!"
Longboard for Beginners: Downhill, Freeride, Carving, Cruising
As with many sports, longboarding has a number of subgenres. Some of them use special boards. The most popular forms of longboarding include downhill skating, freeriding, carving, cruising and slalom. Carving and cruising are the simplest forms to move forwardCruising means leisurely or fast driving around. When carving the boarder moves by shifting weight in light, tight corners - similar to skiing or snowboarding. Slalom turns around obstacles. The downhill is about speeding down.
The drivers crash down a hill or uphill on roads up to 100 kilometers per hour. But that takes a lot of practice, good body and sense of balance. Freeriders are also interested in fast descents, but slip and glide with so-called "slides" and "drifts". This is complicated and is therefore often regarded as the supreme discipline of longboarding.Of course, the right protective equipment must not be missing, For longboard enthusiastic city dwellers who lack a larger hill or mountain for downhill, disciplines with tricks and freestyle in the foreground are more suitable. In which the board is rotated, lifted and moved in the wildest way, where the creativity is virtually no limits. The same applies to the names of the tricks: wheelies (raising and holding the board forward while driving) and flips (the boarder jumps, the board whirls through the air, lands on the wheels and the rider stands on the board) Tiger Claws (the boarder jumps off the board, whirls up the board, flings it once and then swings back onto the board) less so. Also popular is the "dinging": It looks like someone is walking on the board or actually dancing. Generally, skaters and surfers are quite resourceful when it comes to designing new disciplines. Skater Sören knows that too: "At the surf school we once built a mast foot on the longboard and went over the parking lot with a board and sail."
Pushing, pushing, braking: doing a longboard course or learning by yourself?
Mike and Sören started spontaneously with street surfing. Just like many others who are so confident in cruising and carving with their longboards over the streets and footpaths as if they had never done anything else. Unlike the smaller, shakier skateboard, longboarding is relatively easy to learn. Beginners can take courses with certified skateboarding instructors, get tips in the surf shop, read manuals on the Internet or watch video tutorials, for example on Youtube. A two-hour beginner's course is available from 20 Euro in the local Longboard- or Skaterclub. Beginner should bring their longboard, knee and elbow pads and a helmet. If you do not have your own equipment, you can borrow it most of the time. 150 Euro should at least be invested in a long-board, otherwise the quality is usually poor and the driving fun suffers. Luxury variants cost up to 400 Euro. Knee pads and skate helmet are available from about 20 Euro. Anyone who masters a few tricks at some point should wear gloves to skilfully bend around the bend. autodidact can also get a so-called balance board for the longboard - a short board with a big role underneath to order 100 Euro. This is the ideal way to do your first equilibrium exercises in the living room and to get a feel for the movement. It is important to bend your knees and place the center of gravity between your feet so as not to lose your balance and fall over. If you want to get off to a flying start with the right board, go outside and practice, practice, practice! Mike says, "Above all, you have to learn how to control movement through proper balance and weight shifting. In general, you often stand sideways to the direction! "
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