Are you a new skater? After buying your first longboard and wheels, it’s time to learn some skateboarding basics. One of the most important skills is learning how to stop a longboard. This not only will help you skate on different terrain but also boost the control and safety of your skating. Ever seen a longborder out of control? It’s not pretty, so read on!
One option is foot-breaking. The problem with this option is it can cause you to go through Vans, Airwalks, or Chuck Taylors ultra-fast. This is especially true if you do a lot of skating on hills.
Make sure you have all the proper gear to master this method. You’ll need a skateboard helmet, slide, gloves, and most importantly—some patience. There are various methods to make sure to learn, practice, and perfect as many as possible so you can shred better:
HOW TO STOP A LONGBOARD STEP BY STEP GUIDE
As you might guess this is one of the easiest and most effective ways to stop. In fact, after some practice, you can use a foot brake to stop at any speed whether you’re doing downhill racing or cruising in your city/town. If you’re a newbie, this should also be the first stopping method you learn. Here are the steps:
Balance over the front leg.
Gently put your back foot on the ground. Do this while putting nearly all weight on the leg on the skateboard.
Skim the surface of the ground lightly.
Gradually put more pressure to stop the board.
Avoid “stomping” on the ground since this will grip the pavement and cause you to fall off the board.
Don’t overdo foot-braking since it will wear out your shoe soles over time.
TOESIDE HAND DOWN SLIDE
The Toeside Hand Downslide has the same function of the Coleman slide (discussed next) but is easier for some new skaters to learn than Colemans. These slides are a good transition between foot breaking and stand-up slides.
Place your toes on the toeside rail. In the pre-carve take a big heelside into the toe side.
When you start the toe side place backhand down on the ground while using the back leg to kick the board out. A variation is to put both hands on the ground. Placing your backhand on the ground should rotate the shoulder and start the slide.
Keep your eyes on the hill as the board pendy packs around. This will reduce the slide’s speed. This will result in a longer slide and cause your body to rotate slower.
Here’s another newbie-friendly method for stopping a longboard. You can use it for speed control, stopping, and cornering. This is a good option before you start doing more downhill skating.
Crouch on the skateboard and carve to the board’s toeside edge.
If you ride a narrow deck keep the heels at the board’s heelside edge. Meanwhile, if you ride a wide deck hang a large portion of your foot off the board.
Angle back knee towards the front leg and put all your weight on front leg and truck.
As you start the slide slap the front hand around/down to heelside. Turn your shoulders in the slide’s direction. A slower rotation will shed more speed.
HEELSIDE STANDUP SLIDE
There’s some debate (as usual), but this is likely the easiest stand-up shutdown slide you can learn. This is the one to learn after you’ve mastered your hands-down slides. Also, skaters generally agree that heel side standups are safer and easier than toeside standups..
Hang both heels off the heelside edge. You can keep the front heel along the rail and hang the rear foot’s whole heel off. This helps to rotate easier at low speeds due to more leverage, and you can easily kick out slides at high speeds.
Pre-carve into slides whether you’re doing hand-down or stand-up slides.
While coming out of the toeside, pre-carved, get low and shift weight. Shift your body weight and lean over the front leg while tiff-legging the back leg out. This holds the skateboard sideways. It’s a good idea to bend your knees a lot like a sitting position.
Extend your legs as you start the slide to push the skateboard out more. Always keep your knees bent a little. That’s because straight-legged slides are more likely to cause high-siding.
TOESIDE STANDUP SLIDE
Place toes/heels on toeside rail. Then pre-carve to heelside.
While transitioning to toeside slide get low and gradually extend into the slide. Learn towards the hill and keep the knees bent so there’s room to tweak for balance.
Lean toward the hill. If the standup slide isn’t successful when practising how to stop a longboard, then you can turn it into a hand-down toeside slide.
Not matter your skill level on a longboard, we all need to master how to stop a longboard in style! Practice practice my friends..