Land paddling is a newbie in the world of board sports, but its popularity is fast-growing, and it is gaining attention, especially to extreme sports players. Land paddling was created to mimic paddle boarding, which was the hottest water sport in 2010.
What is Land Paddling?
As mentioned, the idea of land paddling with the longboard was derived from paddle surfboarding, which is a water sport that is paddling on the water using a surfing board while in land paddling a longboard and a land paddle stick is primarily used. The stick or the longboard land paddle is used to move the longboard, setting it in motion, without the use of any footing or the use of legs. The paddle is also used to direct the longboard to a direction or use it to turn or as a break.
Getting started with Land Paddling with Longboard
If you are a beginner and would like to start with land paddling, you may need to consider these helpful tips and tricks to get you started.
- Select the right paddle. The size of the paddle should not be taller than you; instead, it should be eye level when it is rested on the ground. There are several sizes of land paddles, but for beginners, it is best to use paddles that are eye level in height.
- Get the right paddling stance on your board. Being new to land paddling does not always mean that you are new to longboarding too. Here is the standard paddling stance. Regular: left foot front. Goofy: right foot front
- Positioning hands and arms on the paddle. The front hand must be on top of the stick or its handle. The backhand must hold the shaft of the paddle stick, and it should be waist level. Extend the front arm when pushing the handle while the lower arm pushes the paddle stick as it makes contact with the ground.
- Learning the front side stroke. This stroke involves pushing the bottom of the paddle stick against the road, pulling it towards the back on the toe side of the longboard. For a regular stance, it should be the right side, and for a goofy, it should be the left side.
- Learning the backside stroke. This stroke involves paddling on the back part of the board. It is like sweeping the floor from behind and also similar to the front side strike only that the front arm is reaching and dragging behind the board.
- Brakes. Learning how to stop is very important, especially for safety reasons. To stop, try to lean the upper body slightly towards the back or backward and then bend your knee low to the deck. This will shift your weight towards the back of the longboard. You can use your land stick to control your speed. While you lean towards the back and lower your knee, you can hold the land stick behind you. This will create friction and will slow you down to stop.
Once you have mastered the basics of land paddling with your longboard, it is now easy to try and learn advanced tricks that will make it more fun and enjoyable. Practice is the key to mastering this exciting sport, you may fall several times, but if you are dedicated and passionate about it, then that is not a problem, just remember though, stay safe.