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The right time – make sure!
Nothing is more annoying than to carry injuries in the sports area that would have been avoidable with a little caution and the appropriate safety equipment. In any case, make sure that you:
- common driving techniques
- braking even at comparatively high speed
- the controlled evasion even on uneven tracks
Surely, before you even begin to think about studying tricks on and off the halfpipe! Essentially, it is about finding the right time to challenge yourself by learning new techniques. If the “normal” driving on the walkway has become too boring, it is, therefore, sensible to go one step further.
Customize your equipment!
Before you learn the most popular longboard tricks, you should be thoroughly familiar with your safety equipment and the longboard in general. Many of today’s longboards can be used flexibly and allow, besides driving on the walkway, also performing challenging tricks and small “stunts.”
In addition to the appropriate longboard as a basis, however, your safety equipment also plays an important role. This should be checked, at least when you decide to learn longboard tricks, and revised if necessary. Professionals always advise on the purchase of the Halfpipe or when running tricks for the purchase of:
- a helmet that can protect you from serious injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury
- Knee and elbow shields, which also help to avoid light injuries
- a high-quality back protector, if you are planning gagging moves on the halfpipe.
Tip! If you are dealing with the purchase of the right equipment before practicing tricks, you do not have to worry about a possibly painful ending of your skateboarding career.
The continuous work on the perfect style – also professionals learn to do so
Especially for longboard beginners, as in almost every sport, the motto is: “It has not yet fallen a master from heaven!”. Even longtime professionals are continually working on improving their techniques and driving style. As a rule, it is possible to learn tricks within a comparatively short time with a perfect mix of talent, exercise, and endurance.
Do not give up if a move still does not work even after days and use your training units instead to optimize your motor skills and the respective movement sequences. With the desire to work continuously, you lay the foundation for many challenging and sporting hours on the longboard!
The most popular tricks at a glance – so coach you
In the longboard section, the “Manual,” the “Pivot” and the “G-Turn” are among the most popular moves.
|manual||For example, the “Manual” is one of the most popular and famous tricks on the longboard. It is about driving exclusively with the rear wheels as long as possible. The trick is easier if you drive faster. What is complicated in theory is complicated in practice with a little practice and endurance comparatively quickly.|
|Nose Manual||Especially professionals build the “Manual” occasionally to the “Nose Manual” and in this connection do not move on the rear but on the front wheels. This variation is, however, a clear increase in the degree of difficulty which can only be achieved by long practice.|
|pivot||With the “Pivot” you rotate with your board by 180 ° and move your body at the same time. It is important here that the trick is executed in the respective direction of travel. Move your center of gravity to the front axle, which is at the same time your pivot point. Their anterior foot is located on the “nose” of the longboard and is located about one to one and a half shoulders wide from the rear foot. Now, a twisting motion with the upper body and a little courage are enough to carry out the trick. In the ideal case, you will be able to rotate yourself and the longboard by 180 °.|
|G-Turn||If you are interested in practicing the “G-Turn,” you should first ensure that you are familiar with both the “Manual” and the “Pivot.” The basis for the G-Turn is the “Nose Manual,” as well as a nearly first-class balance feeling. To do so, place your front foot on the “nose” of the board and the rear foot in the middle. Now, with the “Nose Manual,” you can move your upper body slightly backward to steer the longboard into a curve. You end the trick by running a classic “pivot.”|
Advantages and disadvantages of longboard tricks
- Promotion of motor skills
- they need no additional tools
- some tricks require a lot of practice
The problems that can occur during the execution of tricks are usually with beginners with:
- the wrong speed
- the unsuitable inclination angle of the upper body
- a hesitant driving style
- too little balance
To justify. However, if you do not lose your courage and perseverance, you will soon notice that the learning of tricks, sometimes complicated, is easier than imagining.
Tip! Admittedly, this sounds more complicated than it really is. The difficulty at the beginning is, above all, to find the right angle of inclination of the upper body. To keep the balance during the technique, it can help you place the front foot slightly diagonally on the board. This makes the upper body more inclined in the direction of travel and the balance can be adjusted slightly more easily.
Another tip is to turn small circles first and gradually increase the radius as soon as you feel safer on the longboard. The G-Turn technique is a lot of fun and attracts a lot of attention. As with all other techniques, the motto is: Practice makes perfect.