How To Stop On A Longboard Without Foot Braking

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If you are a longboard lover, then you know how much fun it can be to ride one. They are the perfect transportation option for those summer days when all you want to do is enjoy the breeze. However, one of the most challenging things about longboarding is stopping without using the foot brake. This can be especially tricky if you are going downhill at high speeds. Fortunately, there are several techniques that you can use to stop on a longboard without foot braking. In this article, we will discuss six of these techniques in detail.

 

What is Foot Braking?

Before we dive into the techniques, let’s first discuss what foot braking is and why you might want to avoid it. Foot braking is the most popular way to stop on a longboard. It involves dragging your back foot on the ground to slow down and eventually come to a complete stop. Foot braking can be useful in many situations, but it has some drawbacks. Firstly, it can wear out your shoes quickly and can be quite dangerous, especially if you’re going downhill at high speeds. Secondly, it can also make you lose your balance, which can result in falls or accidents. Knowing how to stop on a longboard without using the foot brake can be useful in situations where foot braking is not an option, such as on steep hills or when your shoes are slippery.

 

Powerslide

The powerslide is one of the most popular methods of stopping on a longboard without foot braking. It is a technique where you slide the back wheels of your board to create friction, which slows you down and stops you. Follow these steps to execute a powerslide:

Step 1:

Start by leaning back slightly to shift your weight onto your back foot.

Step 2:

Turn your front foot inwards, and shift your weight onto your toes.

Step 3:

With your back foot still on the board, swing your front foot around and place it near your back foot, perpendicular to the board.

Step 4:

Now, turn your shoulders and hips into the slide, and start sliding your back wheels.

Step 5:

As soon as you feel the board coming to a stop, place your front foot back on the board and continue riding.

 

Coleman Slide

The Coleman slide is a trick that is often used in freestyle skateboarding, but it can also be useful for stopping on a longboard. The technique involves sliding your back wheels parallel to the board, creating friction and slowing you down. Follow these steps to execute a Coleman slide:

Step 1:

Start by standing at the back of your board with your back foot on the tail and your front foot near the middle of the board.

Step 2:

Bend your knees and lean back slightly to shift your weight onto your back foot.

Step 3:

Now, turn your shoulders and hips towards your back foot and start sliding your back wheels parallel to the board.

Step 4:

As soon as you feel the board coming to a stop, place your front foot back on the board and continue riding.

 

Carving

Carving is a technique that involves making smooth, S-shaped turns to slow down or stop your board. It requires using your body weight to create momentum and friction, which slows down your speed. This technique is great for beginners who are just starting to learn how to control their longboard. Follow these steps to execute a carving stop:

Step 1:

Start by leaning slightly forward and gradually increase your speed.

Step 2:

Now, turn your body to your heelside and shift your weight onto your back foot.

Step 3:

As you approach your desired stopping point, gradually move back to a straight position.

Step 4:

If you are still moving too fast, start carving in the opposite direction.

Step 5:

Repeat the process until you come to a complete stop.

 

Sliding

Sliding is a technique that is commonly used in downhill skating to slow down and control your speed. The sliding technique involves using the sides of your board to create friction, which slows you down and brings you to a stop. Follow these steps to execute a slide stop:

Step 1:

Start by leaning forward slightly and gradually increase your speed.

Step 2:

Now, turn your shoulders and hips towards your back foot and slowly start turning your front foot towards your back foot.

Step 3:

As soon as your board starts to slide, shift your weight onto the opposite side of the board.

Step 4:

Allow the board to slide until you come to a stop, then place your front foot back on the board and continue riding.

 

Foot Jam

The foot jam is a technique that involves jamming your foot between the board and the ground to create friction, which slows you down and stops you. This technique is similar to foot braking, but it puts less pressure on your shoes and can be executed at higher speeds. Follow these steps to execute a foot jam stop:

Step 1:

Start by leaning back slightly and gradually increase your speed.

Step 2:

As you approach your desired stopping point, place your back foot on the ground and quickly jam it between the board and the ground.

Step 3:

Start transferring your weight onto your back foot and twist your heel to create friction.

Step 4:

As soon as you feel the board coming to a stop, place your foot back on the board and continue riding.

 

Conclusion

Stopping on a longboard without using the foot brake can be a daunting task, but with the right techniques, you can master it. Powersliding, carving, sliding, Coleman sliding, and foot jamming are all effective techniques to stop your longboard without using the foot brake. These techniques require practice and patience, but mastering them will make you a more confident and versatile longboarder. Remember to always wear protective gear, such as a helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads, and ride safely. Happy riding!

Josh Mitchell

Josh Mitchell

"I live and breath boardriding"

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