When I was growing up, my mother would occasionally buy a skateboard at Wal-Mart and bring it home for her 4 boys to play with. Unable to do any tricks, my younger brothers and I would quickly tire of trying to stay upright on the small, fiddly board. We’d take turns sitting on it and riding down hills as if tobogganing, before giving up altogether.
In April of 2008 a friend who makes his own longboards pushed one on me. It sat in my basement all winter and come spring I decided I may as well put trucks and wheels on it and give it a go. After a trip to his local board store for parts, my friend took me to an empty parking lot. I threw the board down, jumped on, and instantly fell in love with the sport.
Being wider and longer than traditional skateboards, longboards are considerably more stable and consequently much easier to ride. Where skateboarding tricks center around flipping the board with your feet and then landing on it, longboarding is about balletic grace and fluidity of motion. It’s just like dancing, except your dance floor is 8 or 9 inches wide, anywhere from 40 to 60 inches long, and has wheels strapped to the bottom.
What impressed me even more was longboarding culture. It’s groovy. Exceptionally groovy. The sometimes competitive nature of skateboarding is entirely absent; longboarders ride for the sake of having a good ride and to ‘spread the stoke’ and inspire others to join in. Where skateboarding has unfortunately drawn the negative stigma of the uninitiated public eye (albeit less and less in recent years), longboarders are, to a man, relaxed and easy-going individuals. Longboarding is even a viable transportation alternative, making it environmentally friendly to boot.
Although it’s existed since the 70s, longboarding is a relatively young sport as it remained mainly underground as a subset of skateboarding. It is currently enjoying a massive revival, especially amongst youth and for this reason, next to his board, the web is a longboarder’s best friend. Our community lives online. New longboarding videos appear on Youtube daily and new online forums and groups spring up constantly.
And so I offer the following resources for both the uninitiated and the well-informed, the beginner and the professional longboarder.
I quickly tired of constantly searching for trick tip videos on Youtube and decided to start a list of longboard tricks; a definitive, alphabetized list of longboard tricks. I give you The Trick-tionary.
The Loaded Challenge
Loadedboards.com run a wonderful promotion that will both save money and make you a better rider. Even if you don’t care about the discount, the Loaded Challenge Series is a wonderful way to push yourself to learn fun new tricks. There have been 4 challenge series so far, each comprised of 10 individual challenges. Each challenge is issued in a Youtube video and can be a single trick or combination of tricks. If you submit a video of yourself completing each of the 10 challenges in a series (while wearing your helmet) to Loaded, you can earn $100 to $150 off the purchase of a Loaded board, or even a free complete longboard!