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How to Push on a Longboard? – Best Beginner’s Guide!

how to push on a longboard
Written by Kevin Gerard

Even experienced longboarders sometimes struggle with steering and pushing. To learn how to push on a longboard, it is necessary to select the best longboard for your tastes and convenience prior to learning.

Once you’ve done that, you can start to learn how to push on a longboard.

Here we’ll show you the correct way to do this!

how to push on a longboard

How to Push on a Longboard

Step 1: Finding balance

how to push on a longboard

Extend one leg midair and bend the other. It should be parallel to your front, side, and back.

If you’re feeling extra brave, you can try a yoga pose known as the “Tree Pose.”

To perform this pose, stand on one leg and place the other foot against the leg you’re balancing on.

Your ankle muscles will benefit from this exercise!

Step 2: Proper stance and position

how to push on a longboard

Are you regular or goofy? Learning and understanding this is crucial before pushing a longboard for the first time.

Your left foot must point forward when you ride a longboard. The “goofy method” requires the right foot to be in the front.

In order to differentiate between the two, try engaging in an activity where someone pushes you from the back without warning.

The foot used to catch your balance is the foot you will propel forward with when longboarding.

Step 3: Pushing on the board

how to push on a longboard

Let’s start by bending our front leg. Make sure that your rear leg, the one that pushes you forward, reaches the ground without shifting your weight.

When you put your foot on the ground, it should stay flat.

From here, push forward. It is fine to use your pushing leg for power during the initial push, but after, you need to use your pushing leg the way you would be rowing a boat.

Use your pushing foot to move but ensure your weight is above the board.

Step 4: Stopping

Carve and slide

how to push on a longboard

As you enter a turn, you’re keeping your speed low and taking a sharp turn. The first thing you need to do is “de-weight”; i.e., rise off the board, standing straight up, pushing your back foot backward and forwards.

The more you lean back, the more you should feel like the asphalt is digging into the board. The heel slide is one of the simplest standup slides to learn.

Foot braking: say goodbye to your shoes

how to push on a longboard

It’s similar to pushing. You will bend the front knee while remaining on the board, the lower your other foot towards the ground.

If you’re pushing, your shoe’s front will wear down, so you may consider lowering the heel a bit or trying to keep the foot as level as you can.

Maintain a slight bend in your pushing knee, bringing it into contact with the road. Your foot will slide across the road as you make contact.

If you want to stop it quicker, you can put more weight on it, or use less weight to slow it down. 

Pushing Mongo Style: A Good or a Bad Idea?

Advantages

Rolling Over cracks and debris

Your front truck will roll over cracks/pebbles easier if you have less weight on the front.

Although I can see this perspective, it doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense since if you ran into a rock, your board might change direction.

Long Distance Pushing

Long-distance pushing was also mentioned as an advantage. If you can switch back and forth between regular and mongo, you won’t fatigue as much.

You go for 10 miles at a regular pace, you’ll inevitably get tired. This means knowing how to push mongo is going to benefit you.

Is more momentum needed?

If you are riding downhill you can gain more momentum by pushing mongo style.

Disadvantages

Getting ready for tricks

Setting up a trick is more challenging. Due to the front foot pushing, flip tricks require more time to set up.

You already have the front foot on the deck when your back foot is pushing, ready for a flick.

Controlling is difficult

It is harder to turn/control your board when your weight is centered over the back truck, it is harder to turn/control your board.

How to Push Faster?

With your opposing foot, push the longboard forward. As you begin to roll down the hill, lift your back foot onto the board.

Maintain a balanced longboarding stance by spreading your feet about shoulder-length apart.

Lower your center of gravity by bending your knees. Maintain a forward stance as the longboard gains momentum.

You can reduce wind resistance by keeping your arms behind you. If you have reached the end of the hill, raise your legs.

If you want to increase the speed of your longboard, give it a few extra pushes during takeoff.

How to Steer When Pushing a Longboard?

how to push on a longboard

Make sure you always use your safeguards. To make a perfect turn, you need to pay attention to your weight distribution.

Put most of your body weight onto the longboard’s center. Your flexibility will determine how much weight you should distribute on your front foot.

The weight of your body will be shifted to your front foot as you take a turn. Turning in the right direction requires you to move your body just slightly to the right, and your body will naturally make the front foot turn the board in the right direction.

Turning left is the same. The more weight you put on your front foot will cause you to fall off the board.

What Leg Do You Push With on a Longboard?

You can push off the ground by taking your back foot off the board. It’s okay to push hard once or go for more small pushes.

Maintain a loose posture as you push; the stiffer you are, the more difficult it will be to stay balanced.

Try pushing off with your front foot – you might like it!

It’s called mongo and a rare practice among skaters. You should aim to ride comfortably rather than following the crowd. 

How do experienced skaters and beginners approach pushing longboards differently?

  • In spite of this motion’s simplicity, pushing a skateboard will be very different for someone just starting and someone who is an expert. In addition, a professional will be less likely to oscillate due to their pushing motions
  • Pro skates are more efficient
  • Pros can handle situations much more easily
  • Bumpy or wet roads will make it more difficult for beginners

About the author

Kevin Gerard

Kevin started off his career as a mechanical engineer at a scooter manufacturing company back in 2012. He’s been into kick scooters and swimming from the early years of his life. Over time, he quit the latter for the love of the former and soon started to be recognized as a kick scooter expert. He wanted to take kick scooter design professionally but his family forced him to study engineering. Luckily, he decided to study mechanical engineering. That made way for him to work in the field of kick scooter designing as a core researcher and developer. Kevin is also one of the founding members of Scooterlay and contributes to the website as the head of the kick scooter research team. He is currently working on his first book on the basics of kick scooter riding. This is a guide for beginner riders and will soon be published by Warner House Press, Arizona.

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