You may have already seen the best longboard stars in the modern world, as well as their jaw-dropping performances in each competition they have played to prove their worth and power in the world of longboard riding. However, these decadence and great skills have started with the easiest and most convenient movements that a new longboard rider can do.
Have a break from your board first and discover the 9 easiest Longboard tricks that beginners can try!
The 9 Basic Tricks
Walking the Plank
The basic trick of longboarding is when you step on it and you have managed to balance yourself as you slowly push the board away and begin to move down the street. Walking the Plank requires you to balance yourself on bended knees together with your arms and feet.
You also have to train yourself on pushing the board with your left and right foot alternatingly to gain better board control and to regulate your speed in a gradual basis. Another footwork to remember is the changing of your feet orientation from one side to another. This part is called cross-stepping. Mastering this basic trick means that you can do tricks to another level.
Before going far from everything, you should know first the art of stopping and regulating your speed to get away from accidents!
Your four-wheeled vehicle is relatively unique than the conventional cars, in fact, it does not have any steering wheels nor shifting gears! The only thing you have is the board and yourself. The longboards are known as land surfboards, this is why you are only one who can dictate its speed and intensity of brake. Try pressing one of your feet on the ground while the board is moving to create momentarily brakes which decreases the speed of your longboard.
It is greatly advised that before you make your exhibitions on the board, a rider must master how to discipline the board itself, especially when it runs faster than what it is expected.
One of the most basic tricks that you can do is to shift your board up and down to regulate its speed, making you move like dancing together with your board while riding down the road.
Your board should sway as you move. This movement increases the regulation on the wheels to avoid the Overspeed, contrary to the straight movement and may immediately hit you directly if the board’s speed is left uncontrolled.
To master this movement, a beginner must spend some hours to achieve this trick completely. It must gain the confidence to control the board and drive it sideways to distribute the brake on 4 wheels for effective speed regulation.
If you have already heard about skiing then this movement is exactly replicate for. Slalom is a trick where you will take steep curving turns to dodge the obstacles and regulate your speed when moving in a downhill surface.
To perform this trick, a rider must be of good balancing position with its feet placed with slight angles on the middle of the board and its knees bent sideways. Together with your arm, your feet should maneuver flawlessly on a steep road. To regulate your speed better, it is advised to have your front feet step harder on the board to create an effective brake.
Once that you have already mastered controlling the speed of your longboard even on a downhill road, why don’t you try to rotate your board on half of a circle and continue moving after? This is how a Pivot is done.
To make this possible, step your front foot on the nose of the board and the hindfoot at its center. Pressing your foot on the nose will lift the tail of your board, allowing you to shift your hindfoot on a 180-degree movement, reversing their places now with your board’s tail running in front and its tail on the back. Remember not to put too much pressure on the nose of your board as this will make your move hardly and may result in your fall.
If you can perform the Pivot flawlessly, you can make your 180-degree turn easily while moving in the air! Shove it is a bit more difficult than the pivot. However, they have the same fundamental movement of turning your board with a 180-degree spin. The only difference is that in Shove It, a rider must jump with his board while turning on a semi-circle movement.
Despite its harder move, it is still considered as a basic movement because it does not require a rider to jump too high, rather, the height of your jump should only suffice to the allowance you need to make you turn with your board in the air.
Now that you have learned the flat movements of a longboard, why don’t you try going deep in a skate park? We have this first-time jitters and doubts on whether we can fall smoothly on the ground without any parts of our body touching the base of every skatepark. However, the key to making this trick successful is to believe and concentrate on what you should do.
To make this possible, stand on the edge of a skate ramp with its tail completely slammed on the surface and your feet standing on it. Gradually step one of your foot on your board’s nose, while bending your knee frontward and create a leaning posture. Slowly put the weight of your body on the board’s nose and move confidently with your board. Also, you should be aware of where you are going to avoid any accidents while practicing in a skatepark with other random longboard riders.
You should believe more with yourself to make this trick possible.
Before advancing to any other advance tricks for longboards on a skate ramp, one must be able to turn on the ramp’s sides without any hassle and stumble despite its elevated and steep ramp.
To do a clean kickturn, you must first maintain your desired speed before going to the ramp and focus your attention on the spot where you want to make a turn. As soon as you go near on the spot, make the weight of your body on the board’s tail and gradually tilt your board as you start ascending. When reaching the ramp’s coping, create a pivot turn and focus your attention on the spot where you want to land.
The balance in this technique will heavily rely on your body coordination, as well as your body posture when ascending on top and descending back on your original spot. Remember that confidence, relaxation, presence of mind and good body balancing are the key points to make this easy trick possible.
This trick is the next part of the Backside Kickturn. To complete a single revolution in a complete skate ramp, one must reach both ends of the ramp and rotate flawlessly while defying the gravity as it pushes the riders back to the center of the ramp, limiting their movements as they arrive on both ends of the ramp.
However, to move frontwards and lean on the opposite side is a bit difficult situation here, considering that you have to lean at your back like someone who is about to fall on its board. The same procedures apply with this trick and the backside kickturn. Remember that one must be able to face its fears with heights, keep the focus on its goal and not to give up on the challenge of rotating over the coping of a skate ramp.
Practicing this trick will give a beginner rider to do other more challenging tricks and movements on a skate ramp.
Practice makes perfect! Before the most promising longboard riders have assumed to their thrones as one of the best riders in the world, they too, have experienced many struggles in balancing with their boards during their younger years. Those struggles include fear from falling off the board, sustaining injuries (even breaking their bones in some extreme cases), searching for a perfect spot to craft their skills, finding friends that will support and believe in their potential talents, and for people who can accept them including their best and worst when it comes to longboard practices.
The good thing in these hardships is that these longboard riders have learned from their mistakes, got back up to the path where they should go and continued loving the art of longboard riding until the longboards loved them in return. They did not choose to quit!
You cannot learn all things overnight and it takes tremendous volumes of patience and courage to make the best tricks possible before the spectators. So, get your longboards now, start moving and keep on practicing! Who knows, it could be you who will be named as tomorrow’s biggest longboard rider of the world!