An essential part of every longboard is the bearings. Without bearings, a smooth and fast ride would not be possible. What are bearings? Bearings are the balls that allow your wheels to spin on the axle. Bearings can be made of either metal or ceramic. Steel longboard bearings are the most popular, but ceramic bearings are said to be better quality, therefore making them more expensive.
Some bearings have an ABEC rating. ABEC is the American standard for rating bearings. This rating is not only applied to skateboard and longboard bearings, but to bearings in many different industries. Bearings come in five different classes 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. The higher the number, the greater the precision and speed.
You can take the ABEC rating however seriously you want in longboarding. Many skateboarders and longboarders alike swear by bearings like Bones Reds. These bearings are super affordable and have awesome quality. Bones does not provide an ABEC rating for any of their bearings because they say that this standard does not hold up to the abuse taken in skateboarding and longboarding. Yet, Bones are some of the best bearings you can buy.
December 20, 2016
5 Reasons you should Longboard!
1. Crappy days Just Arent That Crappy
If you’re stuck riding a surfboard made for “good” waves, chances are good that there are going to be a lot of days where you leave the water frustrated. “Good” waves aren’t all that common, for the most part. But on those days where the forecast reads 1-2 foot, you’re still stoked.
2. It’ll make you a better surfer.
Longboarding is a good way to figure out wave mechanics. Since everything is a little more drawn out, you need to predict what the wave is going to do sooner than you’d have to if you were riding a shortboard. Understanding what a wave is going to do down the line will inevitably help out when the waves get good enough to ride a shortboard again.
3. You’ll have more friends.
In a lot of places, shortboarders and longboarders tend to stick together. It’s not all that often you’ll see a group that includes both. But if you surf in the same place often enough, you’re going to start making friends with people out there. Riding a longboard makes it a little easier to talk to the older guys on them, and they’re the ones with the stories worth listening to.
4. You’ll get way more waves.
Everyone wants more waves. On a longboard, you get more waves. It’s that simple. Waves that you wouldn’t even consider paddling for on a shortboard become waves that you’re ridiculously excited about. Waves that you would have considered shitty are no longer shitty. Your wave count skyrockets, and you end up being a happier person.
5. Variety is the spice of life.
If you ate chicken every single day for the rest of your life, you’d get bored of chicken. Sure, you might get really good at eating chicken, but every now and then, a pork chop tastes pretty damn good. Longboarding and shortboarding are very different things, and learning something new will give you something else to get excited about.
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December 1, 2016
Longboard Tips to remember when attempting tricks
Performing tricks on a longboard is not a difficult task at all and can be easily performed by every rider. Some of the most commonly tricks performed on this amazing sports equipment are Melon, Slides, Kickflip, etc.
A rider can easily learn these tricks and perform perfectly within little time but there are certain things which a rider needs to keep in mind before practicing such cool tricks. Let’s have a look at the useful longboard trick tips which will help the rider to perform tricks on a longboard without any harm.
- A rider must wear the safety kit before stepping on the board in order to protect himself from major injuries in case of any accident. Every time a rider tries to learn a new trick he might fall from the board and injure himself. This is where safety kit comes into use as it ensures that a rider is not seriously injured.
Helmets, gloves, pads are some of the important safety gears which ensure the safety of various body parts. So, never forget to wear these safety gears before taking a ride on a board as without these gears there is always risk of serious trouble for the rider.
- Correct your stance
Riders who are new to longboarding must correct their stance before performing tricks on a longboard. It might take weeks or even months to have a proper stance but once you adopt a proper stance longboarding becomes easy. There are two types of stances i.e. regular and goofy.
In regular stance, the left foot is forward in the direction where the rider is going and in goofy stance, the right foot is forward. Choose any stance but make sure you are comfortable in it as without proper stance you cannot ride comfortably which means performing tricks on a board becomes an impossible task.
- Collect Knowledge On The Trick
Before practicing any trick make sure you are well aware with it. Try to collect as much information from the internet related to the trick as it will help you to perform it with ease. You Tube is the best source from where you can learn any trick.
Several riders, who are expert in performing tricks, upload their videos on this social site to help other riders to become expert in the tricks. So, don’t forget to search for the videos on You Tube as it will not only help you to perform the tricks with ease but will also help you to perform it safely.
These were some of the useful tips that will help the rider to perform difficult tricks with ease and full safety. Even if the rider fails to perform a trick on a longboard, these tips will make sure he doesn’t hurt himself and can give a one more try. So, do consider these tips if you want to become an expert in performing tricks on a longboard.
***SUP RIDING*** STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING ***FOR FUN AND FITNESS***
Sup riding or land paddling is a fun way to workout! The idea is to feel like you are paddleboarding on water. This works out your entire core area as well as your arms, back, and shoulders. Many professional athletes have chosen this as a proven crosstraining workout. The best part is that its fun to do and easy to learn. Your friends and everyone who sees you will want to give it a shot. Pick up one of our SUP(Stand Up Paddleboards) and a Land Paddle Today.
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