How To Stop On A Longboard?

So you just got the longboard and having fun while doing it. You might have experienced the sound of the wheel blasting but are;t you curious about how to stop this?

In this post, you will learn how to control speed by adopting various methods, get more different terrain by doing it more safely, and offer more control over the board and hill instead of going on the mercy of gravity.

How To Stop On A Longboard

Sliding on a longboard brings a huge innovative dynamic to longboarding down hills. It makes the game more exciting and a source of fun and entertainment. Learning to stop on a longboard requires special gear like a helmet, slide gloves, and shoes.


Stop On The Longboard By Foot Braking

Stopping on the longboard by foot braking is one of the easiest ways, but it needs practice because it works at any speed. This skill is effortless to learn and a valuable technique to have, from cruising around streets to steep downhill racing. It proceeds by beating a small amount of speed or stopping at a new low speed. This is the first way you can adopt if you are new to longboarding.

To do the foot brake, keep your all body weight on the leg over the board, have a balance over your left leg gently apply the force on your back foot to the pavement. Your foot should do nothing but glide lightly above the ground’s surface and apply pressure and force to stop.

When you get more comfortable with this style, you can stop faster, and within a shorter distance, you can do it quickly. I have done it so many times. It can damage your shoe soles.

Heelside Standup Slide

Stopping on the longboard by heel slide standup is the easiest way for most people, as this is the easiest shut downslide to learn. It’s time to move on; stand up the slide once you learn your hands-down slide.

In the heelside standup slide, you must start by hanging your heels off to your heel-side edge. This style will help you rotate quickly at low speeds with increased leverage and higher speed. This will also let you kick out slides with a little effort. Whether the slides are hand down or stand up, always pre-carve into your slides because it helps a lot.

When you come out of your pre-carve at the toe side, lean your leg, get low and shift your weight, and make your left leg stiff to hold the board in sideways. It will help when you get low because you bend your knees as you sit.

When you initiate the slide, you can extend your legs by pushing the inward board direction. Straight-legged slides always lead to high sliding, so keeping in the bending position is better.

Toe Side Hand Down Slide

Toeside hand slide comes with the same aim as Cloman slides but is easy to learn for most people compared to Coleman. Hand-down slides are a great transition between standup slides and foot braking for progression.

You can learn to toe and slide by making your toes should be on your toeside rails. When you go to the toe side, place your back hand down on the ground like you kick the board with your rear leg, then take a nice big heel side pre-carve. The style of placing your back hand down will turn your shoulders and start the slide.

Keep in mind that in longboarding, all the tricks and styles are greatly influenced by the movements in your shoulders and hips. Beat the speed in the slide will make the body rotation slow and more extended.

Coleman Slide

Colman slide is a beginner-friendly slide that you can start quickly, as it can be used to control speed and cornering and complete stopping on the longboard. It is an excellent option to master the skill of foot braking, hand-down slides, and any other slide before learning downhill skating is tried.

Any other type of slide and foot braking is better to learn because they can beat faster speeds and be performed more efficiently by taking turns. After all, your feet don’t have to leave the longboard.

It will be a significant advantage that your shoes will not get damaged from getting into the pavement. It is a fact that hand-down slides are difficult to control the amount of fast speed, especially when you try to slow down to a quiet position compared to foot braking. This style will also damage the wheels of the longboard in addition to your shoes, and thus your wheels will become less gripped.

The good thing is that if you need to keep sliding, some riders like to opt for foot braking instead of sliding, which significantly impacts all longboarding properties.

To do a Coleman trick, stop on the longboard, stand on the longboard, and carve into your toeside. Your heels should be on the edge of your longboard if you want to ride on a narrow deck. If you want to ride in a broader deck, it would not be a bad idea if you hang your foot on a substantial amount. Now put your rare knee towards your front leg and put all your weight on your front leg.

While you throw onto the slide, put your front hand around and down towards your heelside and rotate your shoulders toward the slide. You will have more speed if you rotate at a slow speed.

Toe-side Standup Slide

Another effective way to kill off the speed and stop the longboard is by getting in and learning the toeside standup slide when you get bored with heel sides. This style is a bit dangerous compared to the heel-side standing-up slides because your head might smack into the ground when you move on the high side.

When you do it while standing on the up slide, your head can hit the ground from about 5 feet up compared to the 3 feet hand downside.

Therefore, you should wear a helmet that covers your head well. To do this trick, set your toes and heels on the side of a longboard, and your toes will be on the toeside rail. Set your preserve to your heelside, as deeper will be the carve you can do it in a better way. Slowly extend into your slide when you start the transition to the toeside. Trim towards the hill, and keep your knees bent to adjust the room to balance in both directions. 

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I was born and raised in the U.S. I started skating at the age of 10 when I got my first skateboard. I started doing longboarding a few years ago and I loved it so much that I started my own website.

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