Downhill Longboarding Tips and Tricks for Beginners

downhilling tips and tricks for beginners

When it comes to downhill longboarding, it can prove to be the most thrilling game for you if you are addicted to that adrenaline discharge. But this sport can also be challenging for you if you have no prior experience. Making substantive progress is not likely even after repeated sessions of practice if you don’t know the right techniques.

So I will be providing some tips and tricks to break the cycle of stagnation and do effective downhill longboarding. These pieces of advice will be simple to implement yet so incredibly progressive for your downhill skating training.

So let’s dive in!

Working on speed control

While learning something, always start from the cinch. So for some time try riding on easier hills. Avoid testing the risky strategy of going directly down the steepest hill in your neighbourhood. You can experience a lot of obstructions and wobbles on your way that may prove too risky for a beginner going at high speed.

downhilling tip speed control

Applying brakes

When you feel confident moving quickly up straight slopes, it’s time to go into more uneven and twisted paths. However, taking turns at high speed is a surefire way to crash. So the secret is to reduce your speed just before reaching the apex of the corner. It’s better to reduce your speed more than you believe is necessary. For this, you have to learn foot braking asap.

Foot braking: Whenever the speed needs to be reduced, just step out your rear foot while standing on the board and slightly hit it against the ground. To apply a swiss footbrake, squat down and reach out to hold the board using your front hand. Now, lift your back foot and position it on the ground. This enables you to reduce your speed significantly. It is best to be performed at high speeds.

controlling brakes tip for longboard downhilling

After this, gradually increase your turning speed. Go a little bit faster each time during your training to recognize whether you are traveling at the right speed for a curve.

Maintain emotional control and confidence

Anxiety is a downhill long-boarder’s weakness. Your fear and hesitance may lead you to fluctuate your speed and eventually fall. The practice may help you in overcoming your fear and putting your competence ahead of it while accelerating. 

Kit out yourself

In practicing such a completely new talent and attempting new stuff, you are gonna lose your balance; that much is certain. It will likely make you nervous and underconfident and thus you will stumble. The smart move is to arm yourself with padding so you can learn without suffering many injuries. You just have to find low-key gear that is not much heavy and uncomfortable. 

Guide to downhill longboarding
  • Downhill skating helmets are made keeping aerodynamic physics in mind for improved protection. 
  • Leather gloves are recommended for padding in case you fall. Sliding gloves, with urethane pucks, keep your hands safe while taking turns. 
  • Kneepads save you from bad falls.
protective gears for longboarding

Practice with others

Every journey becomes much better and easier when you have a mentor. Especially someone who has an experience in the field and is learning too. You can exchange advice on how to learn more quickly. Both learning and enjoyment are equally possible in this way. It is also a safety measure as downhilling is full of risks due to the incoming traffic and hazardous environmental elements. One can rescue the other if something serious happens.

Learning to slide

While going down at a very high pace, it seems very difficult to slow down when you come across some turn. For this purpose, I suggest you to learn sliding which reduces your speed considerably and keeps you stable while taking turns

Just kick the board out sideways and slide. The friction created by the sliding wheels slows you down without applying foot drags. I suggest you to first practice these slides on mellow hills that are not so steep and once you are well-trained, go for the steeper ones.

Before attempting to slide, make sure you know how to start rolling the sliding wheels again. You can also go for hand sliding. It is much simpler.

Don’t buy cheap gear

Skimping on wheels, trucks, and decks will only result in the subpar performance of a board. Cheap trucks take turns poorly, cheap wheels slide terribly, and cheap decks are uncomfortable to stand stably and they shatter easily.

So I’d recommend purchasing high-quality equipment. It will significantly enhance your skating experience, speed up your learning process, and keep you safe.

Practice makes a skateboarder perfect

The only key to success is continuous practice. Your improvement rate will be increased when you spend more time with your skateboard. Also, don’t forget to warm up before the start of every session. This makes you more consistent in your work.

practice on downhilling guide

Don’t tighten your trucks too much

If you ride your trucks too tight, you won’t be able to use their entire range of motion. This will restrict your riding a lot. If you want additional stability, just buy sturdier bushings but don’t go for tightening your trucks. However, novice riders should not loosen their trucks either as it makes you a little imbalanced.

Consider getting a drop down board

Drop down longboards are suggested for newbies. Their decks are lowered which adds to the stability and comfortability and makes them easy to slide.

Conclusion

Many of these suggestions won’t be simple to implement. Downhill longboarding requires developing more refined skills. You just have to make a gradual approach after getting the right gear. And very soon you will be flying into flawless heights of perfection with so much joy and fun.