How to SlingBoard
As SlingBoard prepares for the official launch of its new products, skaters and paddlers should prepare for a whole new style of riding. The reasons for this can be observed in other articles describing the numerous benefits of a SlingBoard in comparison to regular longboards. Some of these include things like the expanded deck size and increased wheel diameter. Due to these differences, skateboarders can expect a growth in riding options which will include but not be limited to the rider’s stance. So, here is a short tutorial on the stance options that are made possible by the SlingBoard design.
While a debate on Nike versus Under Armour may be a significant trend battle, decisions on footwear are far less crucial in boarding sports. Still it is helpful to use the best equipment and clothing. Any athletic shoes with rubber soles, flat bottoms, and below-ankle cut-offs should be ideal for this activity. However, shoe selection is unimportant if SlingBoard riders forget to practice riding with the correct stance. This will contribute to perfecting such aspects as balance, power, and exercise results. Whether the rider is an experienced skater or a beginner land paddler, stepping onto a board is usually common knowledge for riders. It is started by placing one foot on the board. Usually the dominant foot is left on the ground to push off. Once the push has reached the climax, the ground foot is retracted and placed on the board. For beginners, this simple task may take some time to practice before feeling comfortable with the activity. While this description should seem simple, it contrasts with jumping on the board with both feet. Doing this regularly results in balance loss and a fallen rider. Once a rider is stepping onto the SlingBoard, there are two main stance types that can be taken.
The first is the common skateboarding, longboarding, and snowboarding stance. This is done by standing parallel with the board facing its side. Often times skateboarders ride with their left feet forward, but it is truly up to the rider’s preference. Riding with the right foot forward is called “riding goofy” only because it is the less predominant way to ride, but there is nothing wrong with either method. This will undoubtedly be the most familiar method of riding for longboarders and skateboarders that are beginning to land paddle. This stance is beneficial from the aspect that it provides more stability when a rider is pushing with a paddle. However, the negative is that it is more difficult to switch hands for the paddle strokes and thus, is more likely to result in an asymmetrical workout (which is less beneficial than a symmetrical one).
The second method should be familiar to paddleboarders since the entire body faces forward. Both feet should have their tows pointing forward, and the feet should be at about the same perpendicular line to the board. While this stance does prove useful in achieving a symmetrical workout, some may find that it is more difficult to balance when accelerating in a paddle stroke. However, the unique wheel design of the SlingBoard provides for less resistance on all terrains making it less likely to have sudden jumps in speeds which cause the imbalances. Still, some riders may prefer to start with their less dominant (usually left) foot at the front of the board, push off with their dominant (usually right foot), ride in the side-facing stance while accelerating, then switch to the front-facing stance for the rest of the workout. This allows a rider to maintain balance stability while initially picking up speed but also, obtain the symmetrical workout once the board speed has climaxed.