Longboarding learning by yourself: surfing the streets

Learning to Longboard: How to surf the streets! Photo: Pixabay
Learning to Longboard: How to surf the streets! Photo: Pixabay

Who is learning to longboard faster - a three-year-old or me? Time to find out and reason enough to buy me a road surfboard to skate on the extra-long, stylish wooden boards and make Hamburg unsafe. Because longboards are very much in vogue.

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Children learn fast. And so it took our sprout Lenny only an hour until he was halfway safe with my old skateboard on the way. The three-year-old has sat on it, put on it, dragged the sports equipment around, flung it around, and after an hour of wild action, he is safe and saddle-drifted through the apartment. I can do that too! I think - I need one Longboard for beginners!


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So I write directly to a longboard specialist: - "Which board is right for me?" - "Where can I order?" "How much do you weigh?" I will be asked expertly, "So about the 90 kilo," I say. "Then you need the Makaha Kaha," the specialist recommends. This is reinforced with an extra layer of wood - better for my weight class. I only understand Hakuna Matata and Chicken Makhan, but I'm convinced that he chose the right one for my measurements. A stylish board, freshly painted with a potentially Hawaiian painting. I am happy as a little child on my surfboard with rollers, Ordered Monday, shipped Tuesday and already on Wednesday I hold the gem in his hands. I'm already looking at a whole series of Youtube video tutorials. "For beginners", "Getting on the board", "Cruise and control" are the promising videos to bring the inexperienced to boarding closer. But no video replaces the most important thing in every new sport you learn: practice, practice, practice. Just put it on and get started. Try out. Falling down. Get up. Keep going, And again from the beginning.

Sascha Tegtmeyer taught herself longboarding: It's not as easy as it looks! Photo: Luisa Praetorius
Sascha Tegtmeyer taught herself longboarding: It's not as easy as it looks! Photo: Luisa Praetorius

Longboarding: exercises that help with learning

Therefore, my first attempts go very well. First, I'll do one dry run in the living room: The right fore and rear foot to explore, in which one makes a lunge on a step. I get on the board and try to move back and forth. To stand on one leg. Turn around once. Kneel down. Keep the balance - because that's the most important thing. In the second attempt, I go to the front door, put my left foot on the board and get the right swing. Tap once - little momentum. Tap twice - lots of momentum. Works great right away. "That's like surfing on the street!" I note. Much softer and smoother compared to the skateboard. I cruise straight through a nearby park in the direction of Hamburg's outer Alster. The safer I feel, the more I try to shift my weight and start carving on my own. Until a downhill stretch of road comes. It's going downhill and I'm trying to get into the bend as the board gets faster and faster. It works just fine, until the cobblestones come at the lower end of the steep slope. I start skidding and land Luck soft on the grass of an adjacent meadow, "Over time, you learn to stay confident even on uneven roads," says a longboarder from Berlin in her instructional video. I'm not that far yet. Children, wear a helmet for safety!

Who loves his longboard, he wears it: Every beginning is difficult! Photo: Luisa Praetorius
Who loves his longboard, he wears it: Every beginning is difficult! Photo: Luisa Praetorius

Learning longboarding: conclusion after a few days of exercise

In the end, I'm on the road for three hours to the Aussenalster, along the Jungfernstieg to the Landungsbrücken, At the beginning there is a problem with pedestrians and traffic, but the better you can keep the balance, the more you are cruising around everything and everyone. While I looked at tutorials, dry drills and started slowly, Lenny is ready for it and is safe on the board like a little Tony Hawk. Only missing is that he begins to slide. I, however, first stay with the "essentials": carving, cruising, downhill and fakie (reverse drive). "If you have advanced a bit and want to learn to slide, you just call me again! "recommends the expert on the phone. I will come back to it, but at the latest then I urgently need a hard hat and protectors.


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About Sascha Tobias Tegtmeyer 95 Article
As a journalist, passionate diver and ambitious stand up paddler, I've become more and more specialized in water sports topics. For several years as an online editor, content and SEO manager for the year Top Special Verlag in Hamburg, I edited the leading diving portal TAUCHEN.de editorially and am at home in the water sports industry. My passion is the sea and all the activities that can be practiced on, in, on and under water. To give this child a name, I created www.just-wanderlust.com - for all people who love the sea - love to travel and water sports like diving, surfing, stand up paddling.