If you’re new to longboarding, learning how to stop on your longboard and avoid crashing and hurting yourself at any speed is essential. There are various techniques for slowing down or stopping on a longboard, ranging from basic to advanced, easy to hard, doable at low to high speeds. Clickt to learn these techniques! (photo credit: “Flower Power” by Christian Rosillo - Rider: Ethan Cochard - permission: Loaded Boards)
Getting started with longboarding doesn’t have to be a daunting prospect if you follow the right learning steps in the right order. Many riders take to the hills straight away without even knowing the basics. This list of longboarding tips for beginners will help you get started while hopefully reducing the pain and suffering many new riders go through! (photo credit: “Longboard Dancing with Dad” by paulhami - CC BY-SA 2.0 Flickr)
Why choose the Landyachtz Chief? It’s an amazing small pintail longboard designed for cruising and carving in the city and on the boardwalk. It is highly responsive and fast-turning, with a high-quality flexy deck – particularly the bamboo version. The slight rocker and concave make it very snappy and comfortable. Click to learn more about the Chief!
L.A. is often considered the epicenter of longboarding as the skateboarding culture was born there in the 60s. People who live in the city are used to seeing skateboarders and longboarders everywhere, and even the police are often quite lenient with regards to skateboarding laws. Read more... (photo: Christian Rosillo - Rider: Ethan Cochard - Loaded Boards)
Arbor Fish Koa Longboard Skateboard Complete - 2014 The Arbor Fish Koa is the classic pintail shape for cruising around town. It's a very popular board among beginners because not only is it a classic surfy look and feel, but it's also great to find what kind of riding style you want to get into. Its top mount design makes it extremely easy to learn the basics of longboarding.
Stance refers not only to the way you place your feet on your longboard, but also the way you position the rest of your body when riding. In other words, your posture on your board. Your stance will differ if you’re riding casually, if you’re foot pushing or breaking, if you’re turning or carving, speeding down a hill, sliding, or performing tricks. Click to learn more about longboard stance. (photo credit: “Cierzoland” - CC BY-ND 2.0 - by Ignacio Bernal Redondo)
Why get a longboard, you ask? There are countless good reasons! To get around town fast and easy; to join a new social group; to have a great new hobby to do with the family; to get or stay fit; to get an adrenaline fix; to learn a new artistic discipline... Learn more! (Photo credit: "Davy Wavin' Back" by Christian Rosillo - Loaded Boards)
Imagine a regular skateboard that you could actually cruise on comfortably for hours in the city or on campus while slashing and jumping like on a regular street board… If that sounds like what you need, the Arbor Pilsner may be what you’re looking for. Even smaller than a traditional skateboard, the Pilsner lets you do street tricks while enjoying a much more comfortable ride around town than you’d ever get on a street deck. (photo credit: Arbor Collective)
The Sector 9 Lookout is a big and wide, low-riding, stable board ideal for pushing, dancing, and some freeriding. It has a flexy and ample bamboo deck for comfortable riding over longer distances and at higher speeds. It can run very large wheels, making it a great commuter. It comes with very stable yet responsive trucks. Click to learn all about the Sector 9 Lookout.
The Arbor Dropcruiser is a smooth and comfortable symmetrical drop-through commuting board that lets you carve and push longer distances and even freeride some. It has ample foot space and is quite maneuverable and turny for its size. A quality affordable board with a choice of beautiful designs. Is it perfect? See the full review for more! (Photo credits: Arbor Collective)
If you’re considering buying a surf skateboard, you can’t go wrong with a Carver. Though Carver’s boards can be pricey, they are worth every penny! You'll need to decide which Carver trucks and which deck is right for you. Read this for more on how to pick your Carver gear and start surfing the streets.
If you’re new to surf skating and looking to pick your first surf skate, you should check out Slide skateboards! There are quite a few things that make Slide a great surf skate. They're affordable, quality-built, super fun, great for pumping and commuting, as well as for pool and park. They also also come in gorgeous designs. Photo credits: Slide Skateboards, Marta Guillem (www.martaguillen.com)
Getting started with longboarding doesn’t have to be a daunting prospect if you follow the right learning steps! Many riders take to the hills straight away without learning the basics. these longboarding tips for beginners will help you get started while reducing the pain and suffering many new riders go through! (photo credit: “Longboard Dancing with Dad” by paulhami - CC BY-SA 2.0 Flickr)
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of options and types of longboards available. The first question to ask yourself is, what's your riding style. Then, take a brief look at the things that make one longboard different from another. Next, put the pieces together and see how each feature is associated with a given riding style. Click to read more! (image credit: vecteezy.com)
It depends! Many factors get into play in whether longboarding will be hard or easy for you, such as your age, fitness level and physical abilities, what you want to do on your longboard, the type of longboard you’ll ride, and the environment you’ll ride in. Click to learn more.
What does it mean to cruise on a longboard? Riding in a relaxed and fluid way, down a road or through city streets, roaming around for pleasure, or for getting from point A to B. Cruising is a very popular longboard discipline, accessible to people all ages and fitness levels. Learn about the different types of cruising and which skills you'll need for each. (photo credit: “Longboard by the beach” - CC BY 2.0 - by bailout design - source flickr)
The Globe Blazer is one of those great little cruisers perfect for campus and short commutes while doing flip tricks and ollies along the way. The Blazer comes in 3 sizes and is a very smooth board with loose, responsive and carvy trucks as well as big wheels for fast and nimble riding in urban areas. Click for a deep dive!
Cruising means different things to different people, but generally, we might say it refers to riding around on your longboard for pleasure. Figuring out the best longboard for you to cruise on, however, depends on how and where you ride. Here’s my personal top 5 selection of cruising longboards: Landyatchz Chief Landyachtz Dinghy Globe Blazer Arbor Dropcruiser Loaded Icarus Read for more...
The Tugboat is small and lightweight enough to be easily carried under your arm or attached to a backpack. You can stash it under a desk or inside a locker. It is sized like a regular skateboard but feels like a longboard when ridden, yet it’s larger than other mini-cruisers such as the Dinghy. The Tugboat is also a cool technical board you can do a lot with! Click for an in-depth review.
There are various techniques you can use for slowing down or stopping on your longboard. These range from basic to advanced, easy to hard, suitable at lower vs higher speed, To make your longboard stop, you can: - Jump off your board and run it out - Roll onto a rough surface - Foot brake - Carve turns - slide Click to learn more! Photo credit: “2009-06-26 Veko09 Longboard Skjervet 054” (CC BY 2.0) by eskedal
The Landyachtz Dinghy is a very popular city mini-cruiser that you can carry under your arm, in a backpack, on the bus or plane. It's attractive, practical and fun. A very nimble and turny board, yet surprisingly stable for cruising, carving, and riding small hills. It’s also small enough for ollies and kickflips and has a great kicktail for sidewalk hopping and skatepark riding. Check-out this in-depth review for more.
Imagine a regular skateboard that you could actually cruise on comfortably for hours in the city or on campus while slashing and jumping like on a regular street board… If that sounds like what you need, the Arbor Pilsner may be what you’re looking for. (photo credit: Arbor Collective)