What’s a longboard? A longboard is larger in size in both length and width than its smaller counterpart the skateboard, and has more stability, traction and durability due to its larger wheel size. Longboards are primarily meant for downhill riding versus doing tricks. Unlike the skateboard, a skilled longboarder can exceed speeds up to 35 miles per hour or more! It’s a tough sport that requires a lot of practice and most importantly, constant attention to safety while on the road.
You can experience this fun and challenging sport by keeping these tips in mind:
- NEVER ride without a helmet! Your head is a lot softer than a paved road!
- ALWAYS wear padded slide gloves, elbow and knee pads. Padded slide gloves are necessary to allow the rider to drag their hands on the road to unweight the board and throw it sideways, thus creating friction and slowing it down.
- Obey the laws of the road and be respectful of drivers and pedestrians.
- Sounds crazy, but learn how to fall! No matter what your skill level is, falls happens. Understanding how to fall properly can help minimize injuries.
- New riders should start on a calm road with little traffic.
- Buy a quality longboard & safety equipment, especially if you are new to the sport.
- When you are ready to tackle hills, start with a low-grade hill and master that before moving to the next level.
- NEVER run through intersections or stop signs.
Finally, keep in mind that not all drivers and pedestrians like sharing the road with longboarders and skateboarders. There is a common misconception that skaters are disrespectful, inconsiderate, and uneducated people. You might be surprised to learn that most in the skateboard community are law-abiding and respectful citizens. They take precautions to stay clear of cars on the road and they care about their safety as much as you do!