Techniques The Braking

In broad outline, we might say that a Longboard Skate, Long Skate or whatever, we call it is nothing more.

In broad outline, we might say that a Longboard Skate, Long Skate or whatever, we call it is nothing more than a longer skateboard compared to the conventional Skates. However, it is not only that which differentiates them; in fact, also the axes (trucks) vary in geometry and often in width with its brother, the short Skate. Has narrower and specific axes to grinder all type of obstacles, unlike the axes for Longboard that designed to be more stable or with more radius of rotation according to our preferences. Finally, the wheels larger and softer than those mounted on short skateboards. These two differential characteristics make them, firstly faster and secondly more stable at high speeds and more versatile regarding the possibility of Skating on very different surfaces, always enjoying a more pleasant and safe ride for the rider than with small, hard wheels.

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Obviously, the most important are those of braking, dominating these, we will be able to face any situation.

One of the most useful is the technique of breaking with foot on the ground (primitive), consists of breaking with the backmost foot placing this directly on the asphalt, gently at first and gradually applying more or less force, according to we need to decelerate. One thing to keep in mind in order not to hurt us is that when removing the back foot from the table, we must balance with the entire weight of our body in the foot ahead and therefore the one that will remain on the table. That you start with this important technique is that you practice much in lowering with a single foot in the table and little by little, you go breaking with the other foot on the ground. Failure to do this, the consequences can be fatal at high speed because the upright position of our body will cause us to fire to Superman.

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The next braking in importance known as Coleman, named after the American Skater Cliff Coleman.  Consists of placing the Long perpendicular to the slope, for this we will lower the body and depend on whether we want to skid on a front side (facing the Pavement) or backside (back to the pavement). We will grab the edge of the table more to the outside and with the other, will look for the ground as a point of support to balance us more quickly; it is almost obliged to use gloves suitable for this practice, otherwise. We will not be able to lean on the ground, and the maneuver will become more complicated. This braking is in itself a modality, according to our level we can also try to make this braking with a more or less erect position, without resting the hand on the ground or in any position that we can imagine.

This article was written by I Lowe

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