I just had my first longboarding lesson today and within 2h was carving down gentle hills (including somewhat broken pavement and cobblestone), managing speed. Seems like a really cool way to carve in the summer and it's a nice alternative to kiteboarding when there's no wind. Has anyone else learned the joys of longboarding?
Yes, I think it's actually great ski crosstraining in addition to a great workout. http://skogging.com/pedidexterity/ is a fun site with one take on one approach that emphasizes aerobic benefit, and I think Landyachtz is actually there in your neck of the woods in terms of a company with a full range.
In terms of opportunity for "muscle memory" confusion, if you get into pumping on a longboard the pump can also screw up your skiing and riding in terms of an active upper body, but as long as you are mindful of the difference, switching back and forth between the two activities is not a big deal.
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I love long boarding. Just started last summer. Here is the video that got me to order a board: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMLFZcONQAs
I love skating pools on short board as well.
What I love about the video is it lets you see up close what is going on and can give you a comparison to skiing or snowboarding. They carved and skidded, one leg and two, shuffle, lift the inside leg, lift the outside leg, weight forward, weight aft. They even did a dolphin turn! It was great watching and looking at what was happening to the board with regards to where their weight was and how much pressure they applied.
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like long boarding, have always found it a good rush but pick your routes and set spotters well - lately there have been a series of serious injuries/deaths locally . As a result the sport is starting to get a lot of bad press and even some calls for clamp downs so don't ruin it for others.
It's funny, I skated yest and today, but the skateparks around here had zero stuff going on around 6/21 being a special day -- no contests, cookouts, nada. One of the cool parts about skating is the lack of structure, but a bit more recognition of what some social programming and organization can bring in terms of more parks and even more skate-friendly architecture outside of parks, and acceptance of skating on other types of structures, might be helpful. Of course, it's not like I was putting up posters or sponsoring cookouts for the day myself, either. Maybe that can be one New Year's resolution for 2014.
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Let's see if the embed works. Always liked his style; this type of ditch skating also has obvious carryover to snow.
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Skateboarding natural terrain is sort of an extension of hitting ditches and of street skating. This vid is not longboarding per se, though some longboard setups can handle this kind of rough terrain really well, actually better than shortboards. People have also skated granite slabs and quartz conglomerate among others. The Nordic crowd should be doing this on roller skis, too, though I haven't heard of a good park/jib XC skier taking a freeride approach to similar terrain (probably has been done, though).
^^^Mountainboard could get definite use, no doubt.
This one has some longboarding and some shortboarding. I like it because it is mellow, just average skaters having really good times with available terrain. Good reminder to keep a setup in the car for "when."