A similar sport to skateboarding, longboarding or cruiser boarding is just as fun, and easier to pick up for the beginner. Discover all our tips for learning to ride, turn, brake... and cruise! Take a look at our guide.
LONGBOARD OR CRUISER: CHOOSE YOUR SIDE!
Faster and more dynamic, cruisers have the advantage of being lighter, highly manoeuvrable and dynamic due to their small size. They are ideal for getting around town and riding short distances.
For trips with smooth, cool curves, we'd recommend longboards, which have the advantage of being much more stable even at higher speeds. Their large size allows them to make big, wide turns. They are well suited to trips around town or riding longer distances.
Tip: Don't forget to wear skateboarding pads and a helmet. Besides protecting you effectively, it'll help you feel more at ease as you learn so you'll have way more confidence going into the trick.
FINDING THE MOST COMFORTABLE POSTURE ON THE BOARD
There's no such thing as the ideal posture for skateboarding. The most important thing is to find a position that's comfortable for you.
To find the best position, simply lay the board on the ground, preferable on a flat surface to minimise movement. This is best done on a carpet, grass, or on a sandy beach.
Tip: Your feet should be parallel to the board, and your shoulders should be perpendicular.
REGULAR, GOOFY, MONGO: WHICH FOOT SHOULD YOU USE TO PUSH?
You are REGULAR if your left foot is positioned in front of your right foot which will be pushing the skateboard.
You are GOOFY when your right foot is positioned in front of your left foot which will be pushing the skateboard.
You are MONGO if you use your front foot to push your board. This position isn't really comfortable, but if you feel more at ease with it, then go with it.
A SIMPLE MOVEMENT IS BEST FOR PUSHING
Before taking on any huge drop or humps, practice on a flat surface, preferably a tarmac road where you can control your speed much more effectively.
Stand on a board, with your front foot level with the parallel screws. Your other foot can then be used to push forwards.
Tip: your movement should be large and regular to ensure the best possible momentum.
GLIDING ALONG ON YOUR LONGBOARD
Remembering your comfortable static position for your longboard/scooter, reposition your feet perpendicular to the skateboard, keeping your shoulders parallel, and then put your pushing foot on the end of the board.
Tip: Keep your back straight and your knees bent in order to stay balanced. You can also take a point in the distance as a reference point to help your body stay balanced and in control.
SHIFTING WEIGHT ON THE EDGES OF THE BOARD TO TURN
There's nothing complicated about turning. All you need to do is shift your weight in front or behind your ankle depending on which direction you want to go.
If you are a "Regular" for example, here's the technique:
- To turn left, you turn using your heels: shift your heels toward the inside of the skateboard
- To turn right, you turn using your toes: push your toes to the outside of the skateboard
Tip: the way the trucks are attached hugely affects how much pressure you place on the board. The less tight the trucks, the easier it is to press on the board. If the trucks on your skateboard are tightened as much as possible, you will have to lift the nose of your longboard or cruiser to move the board to the left or right.
THE BEST WAY TO SLOW DOWN OR STOP
There are several ways of braking on a skateboard but most of them are a bit tricky for beginners (you'll get there soon though, don't worry ;-)). In the meantime, the best way of braking on your skateboard is by dragging your back foot (foot that pushes the board) along the floor and gradually slowing down.
Tip: If you're feeling confident, you can try and do a tail stop. This technique involves pressing down on the back of your board and dragging the tail along the ground.
Don't forget that longboards and cruisers are very different to skateboards. Whilst skateboards are aimed at people performing tricks in a skate park, boards dedicated to cruising are used for boarding in the town and country. Enjoy yourself, but stay alert.
LET'S GET RIDING!