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April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 141

Popular since the 1950s, longboards were originally designed to mimic surfing on concrete and asphalt surfaces. Longboards are skateboards that are longer and wider than your typical skateboard. Lengths of longboards vary quite a bit, and there are no measurement standards that distinguish longboards from conventional skateboards. Generally, a longboard is a board that is 100 centimeters or longer. Longboards are larger than typical skateboards, so are typically more stable at higher speeds and more comfortable to ride. Because of the added weight and size, longboards are not practical for typical skateboard tricks. However, many techniques can be performed with longboards, nonetheless. Standard longboard techniques are as follows:

Drifting: Drifting occurs when longboards lose traction mid-turn. This technique is most commonly used in downhill racing to reduce speed around a turn that is otherwise too tight to make.

Foot braking: Foot braking occurs when one foot is placed on the road or on the sidewalk while balancing on the longboard with the opposite foot. Longboarders use this technique to slow down or come to a full stop.

Air braking: Air braking occurs when riders stand upright on their longboards, outstretching their arms. This technique allows the boarder to catch wind resistance, allowing them to slow down gradually. It's an effective method to use to reduce speed, but it is not an effective braking method. This also only works at high speeds.

Carving: Carving is mostly used in downhill longboarding when traveling at high speeds. To slow down, the rider maneuvers his board in a series of winding S- shaped curves, leaning left and then right, gradually reducing speed as he heads downhill. This is an effective means of controlling speed or slowing down.

Boardwalking: When a rider is boardwalking, he or she is moving his or her feet up and down the length of the longboard deck. Generally, longboarders use this technique on longer longboards than shorter longboards. Some boarders incorporate elaborate moves, such as twists, turns, or jumps into this technique for added pizzazz.

Slide braking: Slide braking is typically used by downhill longboarders. The longboarder will quickly turn the board sideways into a controlled slide, eventually allowing the board to come to a complete stop. A slide brake can be performed from either the front or the back, and with practice, can be used to come to a complete stop very quickly. In some cases, a rider will put his hands on the ground for added stability and traction when performing this move. In such cases, it's suggested that the rider wear gloves.

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