How to Carve on a Longboard:[Your Ultimate Guide]

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What is ‘Carving’ Really Means When You Riding Your Longboard

If you are a beginner longboard rider you might not learn carving tactic at once. It will definitely take allowable time to learn how to carve on your loving longboard for the first time indeed. I can tell you it takes a lot of practice and deep concentration to learn this. Then regular practice makes you super-efficient in this regard.  Carving is what really makes your longboarding experience really amusing and unique.  Let’s have watch a nice video to grasp the visual experience of longboard carving!

How Much Helpful is the Carving Tactic for the Longboarders?

So, now, you might ask what is carving in longboarding perspective?  How much it is helpful for a longboarder when he goes for a ride?  Yap! It’s an enthusiastic question from a newbie rider (of course I was a newbie couples of years ago, so don’t feel shy as a beginner). For the newbies, there are a lot of best fit longboard that’s are best fit for learning carving tactics, such as Loaded Boards Icarus Bamboo Longboard.

You must already guess carving is not only a fun making skill for a longboarder; at the same time, it is equally important when you want to control your speed of your board. “Carving is shifting your body weight to the heel edge or toe edge of your foot in order to make an “S” pattern as you longboard”.

What is it really means, instead of riding in a straight linear path, you make an “S” pattern riding trail or a wavy shape of your riding moves?  It helps you to slow you down or expedite your speed and give you more of a sense of control over your board at the same time.  You obviously lose your control over your riding board if you do not know how to carve properly and efficiently.

Knowing carving of longboarding is an art of riding longboard. It provides you the recognition of a pro rider as an expert longboarder! People will know you and appreciate you for this skill of riding.

The First Action Step to Learn How to Carve-Wear Your Safety Guards:

If you want to learn how to carve with your longboard, at the very beginning, go and seek for a wide parking lot or street with a sloppy hilly side.  Very important point here I want to share with you don’t choose very steeper road at the time of beginning of your practice. 

Never forget to wear adequate protective equipment like- hand, head and knee safety guards. No matter, what type of longboard rider you want to be- never forget or avoid to wear sufficient safety guards when to ride longboard. Longboarding is full of fun and at the same time it might be dangerous for you if you disregard some prerequisites before start riding.

Give Your Full Concentration on Your Riding Practices

Now, push ahead to get some speed with your back foot, heading straight to the sloppy hill.  Then, try to bend slightly your knees as you move and accelerate your speed.  OK fine, try to shift all your body weight to the back, or heel of your foot, before gaining too much speed as you riding downward. 

It will give you the feeling that as if your toes are pointing towards the sky and your heels are pointing to the hard ground.  If you are regular stance of riding, you must notice that your board starts heading to the left side of the road or parking lot wherever you are practicing. 

How to Do Toe Carving

Ok! Now let’s try to learn how to do toe carving.  At first, I need to inform you that it takes rigorous practice and a bit courageous intent to learn toe carving. This type of carving seems to be a bit more difficult than that of heel carving and can make you feel unbalanced sometimes.  But don’t be nervous. Just keep going.

For sure I tell you here with a little bit of practice with patience, you will feel comfortable and confident in no time!  Standing on the left side of the street, push off with your back foot, heading straight down the heel.  Before getting too much speed, bend your knees slightly and push your toes down and lift your heels up. 

You Need More Concentration on Your Body Move

You should try not to physically lift your heels off the board, but let the longboard itself tilt under your feet (cool!).  Now you start heading to the right side of the street.  Pause your move once you have reached the far right of the street or your parking lot wherever you are practicing.

Practice with Regular Interval

Now, keep repeating with consistence, the toe and heel carving methods again and again, starting and stopping once you have reached the far end of each side of the street.  This will help you to get habituated to the feeling of toe and heel carving without gaining too much speed! OK, up to this you are in right track.

Let the Time Pass Away to Become a Pro Rider

After some regular deep concentrated practice, try connecting your toe and heel carve (feel like so difficult; it will be ok later on).  Now what you will do -instead of stopping at the side of the street, switch to the opposite edge and keep going down the hill without hesitation.  You can carve wide to descend the hill slower (got it!), or you can perform small carves to descend faster as well.

So, in this way, with a little bit of practice, day by day you will be carving on your longboard in no time! Hah!

Why You Choose to Learn Carving

If you’re a snowboarder or a surfer, your love for carving is probably the reason you’re looking at longboards in the first place!

I am very sure carving it up on a longboard skateboard is a very accustomed feeling to carving the snow or a wave, and you’ll be immediately familiar with it if you’re from a board sports background. Am I right?

Why Longboard Curving is So Fun

For me carving a longboard is really a good way to keep your speed in check and well balanced. Just like on the snow, once you get carving dialed you can tackle surprisingly steep paved slopes with a little width. You can also carve at very high speeds to slow down a little bit before foot braking or sliding into a corner – it can go hand in hand with air braking to thicket a bit of speed off.

Actually, the key to carving is sliding your wheels slightly in each turn, which slows you down a little and keeps things under control-right? With consistent practice, one day you’ll find that you are able to vary you carves to control how much speed you lose with each turn quite significantly.

In fact, learning to carve will eventually open the door to the world of intense sliding, so if that’s something you want to get into, start off by carving first. All you need to carve is a bit of a hill with some width, and a longer, lower board that turns a lot.

Wrapping Up

So, for longboard carving obviously you need special types of longboards that’s the best fit for this purpose as well. That is why you need to seek for those longboards that are best for cruising as well. Longboard carving is an aesthetic type of longboarding riding skill. It needs feel of passion to learn it. It is also amusing and charming to watch longboard carving tactics. It is an artistic skill no doubt.

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