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How to stop on a longboard?

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If you’re new to Longboard or an electric skateboard, the first thing on your mind is likely to be selecting the best longboard, to begin with. What should be the next step? When riding at any speed, how to stop on your longboard without crashing or injuring yourself.

On a longboard, you can employ a variety of techniques to slow down or stop. These range from basic to advanced, easy to difficult, and can be completed at different speeds. If you are a beginner then you must know the basic techniques to stop a longboard.

Besides, another best option available for you as a beginner is an electric skateboard. It is easy to control, and perfect for safe skating practice. An electric skateboard allows you to control the movement and stop the skateboard with a remote. At the same time, it is safe to use no matter if you are a beginner or a professional.

Method 1: Foot Braking:

Know when to apply the brakes:

When utilizing the foot brake, no matter if you are using a longboard or an electric skateboard, make sure you’re wearing appropriate footwear. While employing the foot brake with thin-soled shoes and flip-flops is technically conceivable, it is not recommended. Slide your shoe along the ground using the foot brake to stop. Don’t take advantage of the opportunity to damage your shoes and get friction burns!

Shift your weight from your back foot to your front foot:

It isn’t recommended to lean back on your back foot as it can destabilize the balance. Also, if you’re using a longboard to go down the hills and using your back foot for leaning, it may not stabilize the balance at the angle you’re traveling at. Thus, it’s supportive to shift your 60% to 70% weight on the front foot.

Method 2: Power-sliding:

Prepare the slide: 

For both a longboard or an electric skateboard, it is important to keep an eye out for traffic coming from both behind and in front of you. Because the power slide is a tough skill to master, you should not attempt to slide and stop with cars approaching from either direction.

Shift your weight to the front of the board and your heels: 

It will be difficult to slide if you put more weight on your rear foot. While it’s natural to want to put some weight on the back of your board for stability, doing so will impede you from properly finishing a slide.

In the direction you’re sliding, turn your hips and shoulders: 

Before doing this step, be cautious of anything that might be on the ground. Even a speck of gravel, stone, wood, or glass might ruin your slide and result in significant road rash.

Method 3: Using Advanced Methodologies/techniques:

Perform a pendulum slide on your toes: If you put your gloved hand too far away from your body or too near to your body, you risk not being able to do the pendulum or going off your board altogether if you are bucked forward.

Perform a pendulum slide on your heels: To keep your balance, use your free hand to hold your board. However, do not grab the board between your legs. To prevent interfering with the motion, grab the board near your back foot.

Make a 360-degree slide: 

By doing two slides at once, you can substantially slow down your speed. This entails completing two power slides in a row. Whether you are riding on a longboard or an electric skateboard, cut off a section of the road on one side, when it’s time to apply the brake. Before moving your hips and shoulders, lean back while simultaneously putting your weight on your front foot as a pivot. 

Before bending forward to shift your weight back, kick out your rear foot to conduct a power slide. Switch your weight back to the front and rotate your hips in the same manner as previously to repeat the maneuver. You won’t need your hands for this maneuver on the ground because you’ll be utilizing them for balance in the air