How to Slide your Longboard

How to slide longboard

Have you ever seen someone sliding or freeriding a longboard, and now you wonder if you could ever do the same? Or are you new to the game and trying to figure out what they are and how to do them? Then let me walk you through it.

A slide is simply losing traction on your wheels. You can also call this “sliding” as “slowing down” your longboard. It only takes a few simple body positions and maneuvers to master it. You can use your body weight and position to carve the board to the point where it oversteers and starts to lose traction. 

Whereas downhill riding at a low to moderate speed is free riding. Freeriding is concentrated on making different sliding techniques to stop the board. Unlike downhill racing, which is primarily concerned with obtaining maximum speeds, free-riders aim to perform spins, slides, and other technical maneuvers.

Let’s dig deep into the details and learn how to slide or freeride the longboard.

Types of Longboard Slides

There are four significant longboarding slides, though they come in various sizes and shapes.

1. The Pendulum a.k.a Back and Forth Slide

As the name indicates, a pendulum slide allows you to swing back and forth. It is a great way to slide (slow down) when moving quickly. However, It is usually the first slide most people learn. It involves using the shoulders to help direct the board in the desired direction. It is a great way to slide (slow down) when moving quickly. 

Pendulum style

2. Pre-Drift

A pre-drift slide is a type of slide that allows you to do it before a corner. Its main purpose is to allow you to slow down enough to take the corner safely. To pre-drift, you slide the board as normal, but there should be a 90-degree angle between your slide and the board. 

Pre drift slide gif

3. Stand-up

Stand-up slides are the most spectacular, but also the most dangerous to perform. You lose traction on the wheels in stand-up slides by carving and pushing out your board. Moreover, you can also shift your body weight to the other side to regain traction, allowing the board to grip up and roll away. 

Stand-up

4. Sit-Down

Sit-down slides are similar to stand-up slides, except you squat on your longboard as you slide or simply try to get as low as possible. This slide is for you if you have a good squat and can squat well on your board. 

Ways for Sliding a Longboard

Slides are freeride longboarding’s bread and butter. Freeriders not only use slides to regulate their speed as they go downhill, but also try to do so in style. 

Many beginners learn to slide by picking up the rail. Starting with this might feel easier, but this only makes the slide look more difficult to initiate and resurrect. If you are going way too fast, then grabbing the rail is fine, but if you are new to sliding, then I would suggest you to do it right away without grabbing the rail. 

Step 1

The first step in sliding is to reach a reasonable speed to get started with it. If you are going faster than you normally ride, you are probably on the right track. To start, maintain a relaxed posture, keep your weight in a central position, and bend your knees more like a squat.

Step 2

The next step is to carve to the other side of the road to warm up your body for the slide. You will be fine if you do the slide confidently. Things get messed up when you get scared and pull back from sliding. You can keep your weight forward on the front of your truck and don’t turn away from the slide by bending your knees and rolling your back foot. 

Step 3

Now place your front hand in front of the edge of your wheels on the road and continue to lean forward to get the speed. At this point, a common mistake many beginners make is to get scared and then lean back. This causes your back wheels to grip, breaking the momentum.

If you do it correctly, your upper body and shoulders will be twisted sideways and backward, and you will look down the road with your back shoulder. Hold the slide-out as long as you would like. You can also hold the board sideways to slow down faster, and go all the way around until you’re back to styling it!

Step 4

The next and final step is to simply bring your arm beside you to turn the board around and face the downhill again. This will undo the twist in your body that you created in the previous step and the twist in your legs and board.

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