Longboarding Tricks for Beginners

There are endless longboard tricks which you can learn and perform but not all of them will come as easy for a beginner. Tricks include stuff like how to push longboard, how to stop on a longboard and even how to turn longboard. The good news is that there are some tricks and moves which beginners can do quite easily with some practice and once you become familiar with them the more complex and intricate moves become easier to accomplish. This article is gonna cover some easy and very exciting longboarding tricks for beginners.

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Today we are going to guide you through some basic tricks which beginners will find easy and more fun to work through. Now, this is in no-way covering all the tricks. There are other awesome tricks like how to carve on a longboard (very popular), how to stop on a longboard (common among newbies) and so on. However, these will give you a great base to proceed.To get you started we have covered the essential moves which are rather simple and ideal if you are just starting out with the sport. After you can pull these tricks off you will be more prepared to try on the difficult ones.

One Foot Balance

Longboarding is all about balance. You will need balance to get on the board, ride it and even while stopping. Balancing on both foot may not require much but when learning how to brake, you will need to attempt the One Foot Balance.

How to do it:

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  1. Position your front foot (less dominant foot) in front of the screws and maintain a slight forward pushing force. Remember you will be using this foot alone to balance yourself on the board and also push it forward.
  2. Your back foot, the one you would normally push with should hang in the air, off the board and a little parallel to your front foot. Do not place it too far from the leading leg.
  3. Now try to ride your board by covering a longer distance with each attempt.
  4. You may be tempted to bring back your dominant foot on the board for balance but keep in mind that this exercise, it meant to help you achieve greater balance riding on one leg only.
  5. You can try switching between both feet so that you can balance on either of them when required.
  6. Remember to slant slightly to the front with your torso to prevent the board from slipping from under you.

One Leg Squat

This is another move that will teach you how to brake safely and easily. Practicing this makes switching to braking much simpler.

How to do it:

One Leg Squat
  1. Place your front foot correctly on the board and slightly push while being in a one-leg squatting position.
  2. Bend your other leg at the knee, it should be in the air and slightly brought back.
  3. Try to position your arms in front and keep them extended.
  4. Now do as many squats on your leading leg as possible, increasing both the number of squats and the distance covered.
  5. Once youhave learnt to do this properly, extend your back leg to the front and repeatthe action.
  6. Practicewith both legs by switching sides.

Braking With Your Foot

There are several ways in which you can brake but braking with your foot is one of the safest ways for a novice rider. It is also easy to learn once you have practiced the one foot balance and one leg squat.

How to do it:

Braking With Your Foot
  1. Follow the steps to a One Foot Balance and balance yourself completely on your leading foot while pushing forward.
  2. Next squat slightly on your front foot while also bending both of your knees to place your back foot nearer to the ground.
  3. Gradually touch the ground with your back foot, bent knee and in a corresponding position with your front squatted leg. You can either place your back leg parallel or slightly forward to your front leg.
  4. Slowly move your weight from your leading leg to your brake foot.
  5. Do not place your brake foot behind your leading foot because the board may slide off in front and cause you to lose balance and split your legs.
  6. Lift your toes slightly and place more pressure on the heel of your braking foot to avoid tripping over as you come to a halt.

Pivot

This is a very basic trick that will teach you how to do a 180 turn with your board.

How to do it:

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  1. Bend your knees slightly before you wind your body to a 180 in the opposite direction.
  2. As soon as you have bent your knees place all your pressure on your front foot and do a180 turn, taking your board along with you.
  3. When you turn the board you will notice that the board will slightly rise at the back as you lift off pressure from your pushing foot and shift the weight to your front foot.
  4. Bend your knees slightly as you land to complete the move safely.

Ghost Ride

The Ghost Ride is a short trick but very fun to do.

How to do it:

  1. Just be in a normal riding position and then balance yourself on your front foot
  2. In a very quick movement you must move your back foot across the front of your front foot and place it on the ground
  3. As soon as your back foot hits the ground, move your front leg off the board and bring itaround your back foot and step back on the board.
  4. You can dothis multiple times during your ride.

180 No Comply

This is one of the most popular tricks and learning to do it while you are still new to longboarding will help you gain confidence and achieve better control on your board.

How to do it:

180 No Comply
  1. Stand with balancing on your front foot in a heelside rail and lean a bit to the front.
  2. To avoid your board from popping up suddenly, slide your front foot gradually to keep it slightly placed on the board until you are ready to make the turn
  3. Slide your front foot off the board at the same time as you rotate your body, placing your front foot on the ground
  4. Push-kick your tail but keep your back foot on the board while using it to guide the rotation of the board.
  5. As soon as the board rotates in the air, take off your foot from the ground and slightly jump back on the board.
  6. The trick basically allows you to switch positions between your front and back foot but with the board making a complete 180 turn in between.

Wrap Up

There are countless other tricks you can perform such as learning how to push longboard, how to carve on a longboard and even how to stop on a longboard (known as stoppie). These are the common longboarding tricks for beginners. Once you are more comfortable doing these basic steps on your longboard. Remember to take precautions by wearing helmets, gloves and knee pads while you practice your tricks. Have fun!

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