How to Longboard Through Tight Turns
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Longboards, the lengthy relative of skateboards, are built to provide a comfortable ride while cruising longer distances. Because of their length, longboards don't make the same quick and nimble maneuvers for which skateboards are famous. Longboarding through tight turns, for example, is a skill that all riders must perfect if they want to ride safely on streets, paths and downhill slalom tracks.
Use a longboard that measures about 39 to 50 inches. These longboards are the easiest to perform tight turns on, and the best to use when learning how to do so. After perfecting tight turns on this board, move up to a longer board.
Look for boards that are bent up slightly in the middle, called a "camber," because they have a higher center of gravity and allow for hard, sharp turns.
Fit the longboard with wheels that are graded at 75A to 85A, which means they are extra soft. Soft wheels get better traction on the road which helps to make tight turns.
Approach the tight turn with moderate speed, and envision the angle of the turn you will have to make around the bend.
Take a wide stance, with your front foot near the nose of the board and back foot close to the rear trucks. Keep your knees bent and make sure your upper body is bent squarely over your thighs.
Go into the turn by sinking your hips deep into your stance, as if you are about to sit on the board. Place your dominant hand on the front of the board. You can steady yourself in the turn by putting your opposite hand out and close to the ground.
Turn your head and eyes in the direction you want to go, and your body will follow.
Dip your toes forward toward the ground, which will take the board into a sharp turn in the direction your toes are pointing. Dip you heels back and you will be taken into a turn in the direction your heels are pointing.
Steady yourself by staying in a squatting stance and raising your arms out to the side for balance.
Do not learn to longboard through tight turns on downhill roads. Instead, start with a tight turn that is located on a flat road or off-road track.
- Steady yourself by staying in a squatting stance and raising your arms out to the side for balance.
- Do not learn to longboard through tight turns on downhill roads. Instead, start with a tight turn that is located on a flat road or off-road track.
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