Skateboards have long been a favorite American sport. Recreation for most young people between the ages of 12 to 18 can encompass a number of sports from football to skiing. Still a majority when facing time with only a few friends or while alone will find themselves playing a video game or watching television. Passive activities are not the best, but when there are a limited number of options it’s likely to happen. The answer many have found for the long afternoon, or for weekend boredom is skateboarding. Cruising on a cool loaded longboard is entertaining and offers a chance to practice both balance and coordination. The extra bonus for taking up this form of exercise is it can also be used for short-range trips such as visiting a friend, or going to a park.
Longboards and the Fun of Cruising
Those boards built long and low to the ground are best for cruising and sliding. Even the beginner boards are good for short trips for a few blocks, or just to practice close to home. For most new skaters it will take a little practice to maintain balance and speed at the same time. Beginners are recommended to go slowly at first, and to always wear protective gear in order to avoid injury. The longboard is a fun choice for those who want to commute short distance, but some training is necessary as is gear that will protect the knees, head, and hands. Some riders use these boards often throughout the day as they are comfortable to ride, and easy to carry around. Boards
The downhill cruise is an intermittent move made more entertaining with a cool loaded longboard. Downhill it’s possible to pick up speed and practice slides, or simply glide down feeling the power of the board under your feet. Anyone of any age can appreciate the feeling of freedom enjoyed with a board that will sustain weights up 185 or more depending on the board. With wheels that extend outward the board is easy to steer and guide for riders of any level of experience. Flexibility in the board increases the stability of the ride. Loaded longboards typically feature a symmetrical shape for a better center of gravity and for the ability to weight the deck to control and give it energy as the rider needs to push off to coast. Speeds up to 25 mph are possible, although beginners are recommended to stick to comfortable speeds at first.
For the young person with time on their hands such as those who have limited access to extracurricular activities or who are homeschooled this affords some time spent out of doors enjoying a fun sport or traveling to a friend’s home. Shortboards are good for time spent learning tricks and stunts, but the longer boards are great for long afternoon outings, and time spent with the great feeling of energy and speed offered by this stable form of transportation.