How to Foot Brake on a Longboard

Longboards are the longer sibling of skateboards.

Longboards are the longer sibling of skateboards.

Longboarding is a high-adrenaline activity that is a cross between skateboarding and downhill racing. Longboarders often hit high speeds going down long twisting stretches of highways and roads, but there's one key problem -- no brakes. You'll want to know how to come to a complete stop before you decide to jump on your new board and hit a downhill slope to impress your friends.

Assume the basic longboarding position. Depending on your preferences, position one or both feet sideways on the board. Slightly bend your arms behind you and lean forward with your head facing to the front.

Stand up gradually, using your arms to keep balanced. Do not move your feet yet.

Turn your front foot slowly so it's facing forward. This will naturally cause your body to turn forward, as well. The front foot is your steering foot and will help you maintain your direction.

Lift your back foot off the board and place it lightly on the ground next to the board. Keep your foot flat.

Put your arms out to keep balanced as you gently apply more pressure to your foot on the ground. To keep the board from flying right out from under you, keep most of your weight on your front foot.

Focus on your foot on the ground. The instant it feels solidly connected to the ground, put most of your weight on the foot. Be careful here -- move too quickly and you'll fly backward off the board.

Shift your body weight slightly backward onto your grounded foot as you balance with your arms. Keep your weight directly over the foot that is touching the ground. You'll quickly lose speed and come to a slower speed.

Items you will need

  • Longboard
  • Skate helmet
  • Skate elbow, knee and wrist pads

Tip

  • Naturally your classic types of skate shoes work well for footbraking due to their durable and thick soles. Indoor cleatless soccer shoes work well due to their durability and comfort. You'll want a comfortable but snug-fitting shoe so it doesn't fly off your feet when you are braking.

Warnings

  • Never footbrake at full speed. Always allow the board to slow down a bit first.
  • Always wear a helmet and protective clothing when longboarding. High speeds and hard asphalt don't mix well with unprotected heads and bare skin.
 

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