Howdy longboard enthusiasts and welcome to all the first time longboards, thanks for visiting EarthCruzerz!
We wanted to help everyone, especially longboard beginners, by clarifying and defining some of the basic terms involved in longboarding and slang words or expressions you might here while out cruising, at the local shop, or just read on the internet.
I guess we should start with the basics.
Stance & Pushing Terms
Regular Stance: A rider who skates with their left foot as their lead foot (left foot on
the front of the board). Regular stance is also refereed to as 'natural
Goofy Stance: A rider who skates with their right foot in the front of the board. Goofy
enough the origins of why riding with your right foot in front is called
'goofy', came about because in the 1930's in a Disney movie the
character, Goofy, surfed with his right foot in front (as to help face the
audience - because the wave was breaking left), and thus the term
'goofy stance' was born.
Mongo: refers to someone who pushes with their front foot, yes you read correctly,
with their front foot. This is done by placing their back foot in its normal
location, towards the back of the board, pushing with their front foot,
and then swinging their push foot around to the front of the board. It actually
steals some of your own momentum and is naturally an awkward movement
for most riders. However, the riders who push 'mongo' (only around 12%
of all boarders), have a hard time pushing any other way!
Paddling/ Pushing: As you may have guessed, paddling literally is the act of using
your push leg to continually push off the ground in order to gain
speed and momentum. Oddly enough there are now 'land paddles'
or 'kuhuna sticks' for riders who would rather use their arms
to gain momentum. Land paddles are usually utilized with riders
who ride large cruiser boards on relatively flat terrain (like on
sidewalks in beach communities). You wouldn't want the extra
weight and hassle of carrying a land paddle while you were going
25+ mph down a hill!
Stopping/ Braking Terms
Air Braking: The act of letting your body catch wind to slow you down. Normally utilized in downhill riders who want to shed small amounts of speed without having to slide. Riders simply will relax from their 'tucked' position and stand up to create drag with their body as they are now less aerodynamic which causes them to slow down.
Foot Braking: When a rider uses their foot, usually their back foot, to drag on the ground. Must riders will slightly tilt up their foot, so the heel takes most of the friction - as to not catch any edge with their toes and roll an ankle or worse. A great way to stop as you are learning how to longboard or slide, and also the best way to ensure you will go through a lot of shoes!
Carving: the act of covering the entire road from left to right in a slow winding motion as to help keep speed down. Energy is being redirected laterally down the road versus straight ahead keeping the rider from going to fast, and it creates a more mellow surf approach to riding hills.
Sliding: Exactly what is sounds like, when a rider pushes their board out while maintaining control keeping the board perpendicular to the direction of the street. This causes the wheels to fight the road creating friction and allows the rider to slow down or stop all together, depending on how long and with how much force the slide is engaged.
General Riding & Freestlye/ Basic Tricks & Moves Terms
Dancing: A riding style that is usually executed on a longer board that usually has a loose setup in order to accentuate the flow of the dancing moves carried out by the rider. Moves can really entail anything that is free from fast paced motion that the rider thinks will work without them falling off the board. Some common moves are: cross stepping, pirouette, and the wood chop.
Manual: essentially what some refer to as a 'wheelie'. Executed when the rider lifts the front two wheels off the ground by applying pressure to the back of the board and rides for as long of a distance that they can balance on the back two wheels.
Nose Manual: The inverse of a traditional manual, where the rider balances on the front two wheels while the rear wheels are elevated in the air.
Pumping: the rapid movement of a 'side to side' action in order for the rider to try and time their rhythmic hip thrusting to generate/ maintain momentum. A good example is to watch slalom cone skaters 'weave' the cones in their downhill slalom races.
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