08 July, 2011
How to Go Faster on a Longboard
The sport of downhill longboarding is still in its infancy. As opposed to street skateboarding, which has been around since the 1970s, organized longboarding events didn't take shape until the early 2000s. Downhill racers often hit speeds in excess of 60 mph. Professional downhill longboarders don elongated safety helmets to help decrease wind resistance. Top riders push the speed capabilities of the longboard by navigating a downward sloping terrain.
Align the aerodynamic longboard helmet over the crown of your head. Fasten the safety straps under your chin. Transport your longboard to the summit of a hill that features a steep incline.
Avoid high traffic areas with an abundance of pedestrians. Lower the longboard onto the pavement with the nose pointing towards the bottom of the hill. Place your lead foot over the four bolts located at the front of the board.
Propel the longboard forward by pushing off the ground with your opposing foot. Lift your back foot onto the board as you begin to roll down the hill. Spread your feet about shoulder-length apart to maintain a balanced longboarding stance.
Bend your knees to lower your center of gravity. Lean forward as the momentum of the longboard continues to increase. Place your arms behind your back to decrease wind resistance.
Extend your legs as you reach the bottom of the hill. Carry the longboard back to the top of the hill to perform another run. Add a few extra pushes to your takeoff to increase the speed of the longboard.
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