eHow - How to ride a longboard

Posted by Esteban Pumpernickel May 07, 2009


In Case you were wondering, this is how you ride a longboard: (according to eHow)

Learning to longboard is a great way to begin surfing. You can catch a greater variety of waves and hop up more easily than on a shortboard. As a beginner, you'll also feel more stable on a longboard--whether paddling, sitting or standing. Once you get it down, you might just get hooked! Surfing on a longboard is smooth and graceful, almost like dancing with the wave.

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
  1. Step 1

    Rent a longboard from a local surf shop; ask them to match a board to your body size and experience level. More than likely, you can rent by the hour, half-day or day. If you're serious about learning, consider negotiating for a full week--a series of back-to-back days in the water is the best way to learn to surf.

  2. Step 2

    Determine whether or not you're goofy! Left foot forward on the board is considered a regular stance; right foot forward is goofy--really: it's called goofy foot. Once you decide, and assuming you're already at the beach, strap the leash snugly onto your back ankle.

  3. Step 3

    Carry the board out to the calm water near shore--away from any breaking waves--lie down, and begin to practice paddling around. Adjust your weight forward and backward until you're well-balanced and able to glide through the water with the least amount of effort.

  4. Step 4

    Paddle your surfboard out to where the waves are rolling toward shore in rows of foamy white water--after they've already broken. Think: nice, easy, rolling foam; not barreling waves! Once you're out there--if there's a sandy bottom--you can stand next to your board to get turned around. Otherwise, paddle into position so that you're facing shore and perpendicular to those foamy rows of water.

  5. Step 5

    Paddle like mad when you see a foamy wave approaching. Make sure you're perpendicular to the wave, and with your weight centered--not too far forward or back. You'll get a hang for it with practice and a few tumbles!

  6. Step 6

    Keep paddling as the waves reach you, and do not stop until you're sure it's carrying you along with it to shore. Stay flat and enjoy the ride--you're surfing! OK, well, almost. Ride several in on your stomach until you have a good feel for when and how the wave grabs you.

  7. Step 7

    Stand up once you've learned to catch the wave lying down. Pop up as soon as the wave starts to carry your surfboard. Basically, begin a push-up and jump to your feet as smoothly and quickly as possible. It becomes harder the longer you wait--as your stability goes down with your speed.

That's where eHow ends and I begin.

Step 8. Run, don't walk to the nose. Actually get about 2 feet from the nose and stretch your front foot forward. Put your arms behind your back and lean back - you are now doing a sould arch and are rad.

Step 9. Go to beach and rake in hunnies.


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