• Longboarding
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Recently I have got into a great hobby called Long boarding. No it's not surfing, and no it's not skateboarding. It's basically a skateboard with a bigger board and bigger wheels and meant for cruising and carving down hills. It's been a really relaxing and chill hobby for me, now that I have got good balance with it. I usually go around the city to hills close by and go down them with friends and it's just such a beautiful hobby to do with friends, as we all go in a line, anyways just wanted to see if anyone else on FP longboards. [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rXwBmGyMRo[/media] [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XyP_xtbeLA[/media] Wasn't sure how to embed videos? (could somebody tell me?) [img]http://milk.frih.org/host/image//779543.jpg[/img] My board. - - - - - - - - - What you will need: -Flat Bottomed Shoes: Skate shoes or any flat bottom shoe is good because it puts more grip onto the board. -Helmet: You can definitely ditch it later if you want, but starting out you will want to wear one. -Longboard: Obviously. [img]http://z.about.com/d/skateboard/1/5/l/K/DSC08192.JPG[/img] Longboards come in many different shapes, colors, sizes, and designs. Each different design has it's different attributes mattering on what kind of skating you want to do. When choosing a longboard, keep in mind that the longer the board is the more stable it will be to ride, however they don't turn as quickly so it is not as good if you want to carve (flank back and forth). While at a shop, find the boards that you feel you want (trust me, you will just get a feeling on which kind of board you want), ask to stand on it and just see if you can click with the board. If you are just starting out riding after getting a board, go to a big vacant parking lot and figure out a comfortable foot placement and stance. Keep one foot one and push with the other and cruise around and get a feel for longboarding. Once you get a feel for basic balance I would recommend starting off on some small hills - I mean SMALL and GENTLE, make sure there is no traffic, a hill that would take you to about 10-20 MPH, so it's not as bad as a fall and it's a good start. I would say to not even push and let gravity push you down until you get a good feel. After you ride those hills enough you will generally upgrade higher and higher until you can bomb giant hills. The longer you longboard, the better you will get at getting the most out of your pushes, so don't worry too much right now if it seems you have to push a lot! Falling off can hurt alot, but make sure to wear a helmet and clothing that won't bruise your skin up if you do fall going fast. There are multiple ways to stop such as a coleman slide, or footbraking. If you are going to fast, the best thing to do is just jump off. On most giant hills, I tend to carve left and right to slow down instead of going straight down the hill and gaining alot of speed. To carve, you just swing to the left and right on your board to create a wavy path. If you want to try steeper slopes and hills, that's great. Don't pick anything extreme, just something a little steeper than the slope you were trying on. Roads work well for this, just make sure there isn't going to be any traffic. Having a friend there to watch for cars is helpful! Longboarding is a art, a good one at that manner. [img]http://z.about.com/d/skateboard/1/5/Z/K/DSC09289.jpg[/img]
This shit looks awesome. I skate a lot, but I've never tried one of these. I might buy one. Reminds me of when I used to try and go fast on my normal skateboard, but my trucks were too loose and, well, it goes on from there. It was scary as hell by the way, I was going extremely fast (at least 30 mph), and I just started getting major speed wobbles until my board just powerslided and ripped out from underneath me. I fell flat on the ground and slid for ages. Hurt like hell but the adrenaline was so good.
It's worth the buy, around 150-200$ or higher for a better, but you don't need a really good one. I was never good with tricks on my skateboard, so this is the perfect thing for me. The speed is so nice.
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Longboards look nuts, I just can't figure out how making any sort of sharp turn on one is going to go over well. I can imagine using a board that size on a wide open hill for snowboarding, but how does this work on city streets and sidewalks? There things are rad
[QUOTE=Dragon;17907530] There things are rad[/QUOTE] Gotcha!
I used to skateboard alot but my best friends really got me into longboarding. My best friend finally convinced me to buy one and its a blast to ride. This is what mine looks like [URL=http://img38.imageshack.us/i/s972sf081c2.jpg/][IMG]http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/4261/s972sf081c2.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
Here in Colorado a ton of people use longboards. More than regular skateboards. I didn't think there was a whole lot to it until I saw this video... [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTzvd6VSYMU[/media] Pretty cool stuff.
[QUOTE=Dragon;17907530]Longboards look nuts, I just can't figure out how making any sort of sharp turn on one is going to go over well. I can imagine using a board that size on a wide open hill for snowboarding, but how does this work on city streets and sidewalks? There things are rad[/QUOTE] Same as a skateboard, kick and push, lot smoother and you carve (flank) around sharper. Sharp turns require you being confident and leaning to the side alot or getting down and using your hand (if it's gloved). Yesterday I was doing a hill with a sharp right turn and I hit the curb and flew off. (Going about 30mph)
=) I longboard too. I only fell once going down a huge hill. Still got scars on both my elbows. Mine is something like this, except I added bigger wheels, and the picture is different. [img]http://www.kingtide.de/img/products/LongboardSk8.jpg[/img]
Can you propel yourself by just going back and forth?
No, if anything it would be to control your speed when your going down a steep hill/is really fun.
I'm with you! I'm currently riding, and have been for over a year, a 37" Gravity Diamond Tail; in a month I'm buying a brand new Loaded Dervish. I can't wait. [img]http://filesmelt.com/downloader/mahboard.jpg[/img] [QUOTE=Leintharien;17907800]Can you propel yourself by just going back and forth?[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=Jesse_M;17907974]No, if anything it would be to control your speed when your going down a steep hill/is really fun.[/QUOTE] Yes, you can, it's called pumping; you're thinking of carving, Jesse. [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ4xBcpFpzI[/media]
Flat land cruising is sort of boring. I drive out to the little hills for fun. You can't really stop though, if you jump up, you trip because of speed different and if you put foot down you faceplant.
[QUOTE=Ultralast;17908112] Yes, you can, it's called pumping; you're thinking of carving, Jesse. [/QUOTE] Ah, true. I gave up longboarding the summer before last after I broke my thumb. I use to ride a Landyachtz Wedge Flex. Good times. [img]http://www.x-village.com/images/skateboard/longboard%20pics/wedgeflex_side.jpg[/img]
[QUOTE=Jesse_M;17908347]Ah, true. I gave up longboarding the summer before last after I broke my thumb. I use to ride a Landyachtz Wedge Flex. Good times. [img]http://www.x-village.com/images/skateboard/longboard%20pics/wedgeflex_side.jpg[/img][/QUOTE] You quit because you broke your thumb?
It's like surfing but not as fun.
[QUOTE=Jesse_M;17908347]Ah, true. I gave up longboarding the summer before last after I broke my thumb. I use to ride a Landyachtz Wedge Flex. Good times. [img]http://www.x-village.com/images/skateboard/longboard%20pics/wedgeflex_side.jpg[/img][/QUOTE] Oh man, give me your board if you don't ride anymore.
Two of my friends longboarded one time. One fell and ripped open his arm while the other tried catching the longboard as it fell into a sewer drain. I also noticed that people who longboard are usually assholes.
[QUOTE=Doneeh;17908845]Two of my friends longboarded one time. One fell and ripped open his arm while the other tried catching the longboard as it fell into a sewer drain. I also noticed that people who longboard are usually assholes.[/QUOTE] Must be the area. Everyone here who longboards is usually chilled out and peaceful.
In the video they weren't wearing helmets, they could get seriously hurt! [editline]06:49PM[/editline] Well most of them weren't [editline]06:51PM[/editline] See skip to 4:08!
I accidentally hit a longboarder once, or rather, the longboarder hit my car Drifting practice and longboarding on windy mountain roads at the same time do not go so well :ohdear: [editline]f[/editline] Hey it was a two lane road and he was swerving ok
I used to have one of these. Always fun to ride around on the beach boardwalk I lived close by.
People rating dumb are probably the ones staying inside all day.
[QUOTE=frums;17909271]People rating dumb are probably the ones staying inside all day.[/QUOTE] Exactly what I'm thinking. This isn't a hard hobby to maintain.
I never really got into skateboarding and tricks don't really appeal to me. I'd like to learn how to longboard one day.
[QUOTE=Performual;17909311]I never really got into skateboarding and tricks don't really appeal to me. I'd like to learn how to longboard one day.[/QUOTE] It's not that hard my friend, just gain basic balance.
people use these for transportation around campus they're fucking amazing
[QUOTE=BricknHead;17909441]people use these for transportation around campus they're fucking amazing[/QUOTE] Until they hit a bad sidewalk crack or run into a police officer
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