While performing tricks on skateboards requires plenty of practice, one of the hardest parts of almost any board sport (from longboarding to surfboarding to snowboarding) is stopping. This is certainly true in all terrain skateboarding as well. In truth, it is often not difficult to stop riding, but the difficulty comes in stopping without the rider being hurt. Any street paddler can jump off a board, but doing so without falling and getting scraped up is the challenge. Below are three techniques that may help.
Slowing the Board
Jumping off a board seems rather simple. All there is to do is jump and land. However, a land paddler with even a few days’ experience knows there is more involved. Really the first step is to slow the board down. A few helpful “how-to” techniques for slowing a SlingBoard can be found in a later article. It is true that an all terrain skateboard will not start going as fast as Dale Earnhardt Jr. in his car, but it will pick up speed if not controlled. Jumping from even a slow-moving board means that the rider’s body is being propelled forward. That means in landing the body must be steadied before balance can be obtained. A good method to slow an all terrain skateboard before jumping off is to drag your SlingStick and lean back on it. This will create friction and slow the longboard quicker.
A Running Finish
When a board is going at its higher speeds, a simple steady landing stance will not be sufficient. The rider will need to run a few steps forward before stopping him or herself. This requires the rider to be alert. He or she must always be aware of the surroundings. Jumping and running forward to slow oneself would be a poor choice if a tree is right in the way. This alertness must be even more heightened when riding near any public streets. Even if a rider jumps from the all terrain board a few feet before the street, he or she will have to take a few steps before stopping. This must be taken into consideration so that the rider does not end up in the street.
Stopping the Board
Finally, jumping from a board may allow the rider to slow him or herself, but the board will simply continue to roll forward if action is not taken. So, a rider must not only be sure that he or she can stop before hitting anything but also be sure to stop with enough time to keep the board from hitting anything. Allowing the board to stop abruptly by running into something is warned against and should be avoided. This will undoubtedly damage the product and may cause damage to whatever the board hits. Stopping the board can either be done by using one foot to slow it after balance has been acquired, or it may be done by bending over and grabbing the board before it rolls away. Either method is perfectly acceptable.
Thankfully the folks at SlingBoard have engineered a fantastic optional new braking system that will be available for their boards next year! In the meantime we hope that this information helps.