Am I Too Old To Start Skateboarding?

Am I Too Old To Start Skateboarding

It’s not at all uncommon for many people to quit energetic, cutting edge activities such as skateboarding by the time they are hitting their thirties. Even more rare are 30-60 year-old beginners for outdoor activities like skateboarding.

So if you are wondering what is the best age to start skateboarding and if you are too old to start skateboarding? Just remember that when you look past the scary-looking kids at the park or the incredulous looks from people passing by, learning to skateboard is possible whether you’re in your thirties, forties, fifties, or sixties.

Unless you’re a professional athlete or aerobic enthusiast with regular workouts, naturally the human body is unlikely to handle all the bumps and bruises that come with skateboarding if you’re more than two decades old.

Does this mean that there is a particular age when one is considered too old to skate? Absolutely not!

Mastering a new skill takes time. Your first tries are sure to be awkward or frustrating, but once you get a grip on the basics, expect to have some fun even as you practice. Consistency is key. Two days is not exactly enough for a beginner, but it would suffice. As an aged beginner, you would need to create ample time to practice your new skill. You most certainly can’t learn tricks if you have not got the hang of the basics.

Do not take risks or put yourself under pressure. Your body is not the same thing as those young people you see on the street, grinding the sidewalk or killing it on the rails at the skate park. Ending up in the hospital in your first month of learning to skateboard is crushing. Always wear protective gear.

This article is for two categories of beginners – those without and with minimal knowledge of skateboarding. For me, the break I took from skateboarding lasted eight years. Taking it up again, I did not feel as skilled as I was then, but accomplishing any task is hugely rewarding.

Trust me, there were a couple of injuries and bruises before I realised I needed to take it easy, and you should too.

 

Skateboarding takes time

As encouraging as your coach or those online videos may be, skateboarding requires time. And a lot of it. This includes the basics and tricks. Generally, younger folks learn skateboarding faster. Someone in your age range will pick up faster with three days of dedicated practice.

 

Be in good physical shape

Physical fitness as an aged person taking up skateboarding cannot be overemphasized. In this case, the risks of permanent damage are higher. Your bone density at age 30 and above means recovery from a sprain or fracture will take longer.

Now is the time to pick up that workout routine or renew your gym membership. Invest heavily in protective gear, especially for parts of the body that are susceptible to injuries such as the head, elbow, ankles, and knees.

 

Skateboarding in your twenties

Your early, mid, or late twenties is not a bad time to take up skateboarding. This period is actually the prime of your youth, so hit the stores and board up!

Skateboarding in your thirties and forties

Be more careful if you fall in this age range. Take the necessary precautions and be less aggressive with your practice.

Skateboarding in your fifties

Longboards and electric boards are ideal recommendations if you’re in your fifties. The only skateboarder of this age started when he was younger, so gear up and stay safe as you practice.

 

10 Tips For The Older Beginner Skateboarder

The following tips will help you rock it as an aged beginner

  • Invest in wide boards with great trucks

Widths should be between 8.5 to 8.25 inches if you’re buying a wide board. This is to save you the initial hassle of finding balance.

Also, look up my recommendations for aged beginners and guide on how to assemble DIY style.

Atlantic Rift Complete Skateboard - Maple ABEC 7 31 inch Deck with...
  • ABEC 9 Ball Bearing; 9-layers maple wood deck; PU dampers and wheels
  • Deck-length: 80 cm (31 inch); Deck-wide: 21 cm (8 inch); Wheels Ø: 50 mm
  • Bottom in Atlantic-Rift Design
  • Invest in the right gear

This includes proper skating shoes and protection kit. On your priority list are helmets, knee and elbow pads, wrist guard, padded shorts, and butt pads.

 

  • Practice on grass or carpet

This is perfect for finding balance. The friction will prevent your board from rolling away while you’re not on it.

 

  • Take lessons and film yourself

When you do this, you can watch yourself for something you’re not doing right. Taking lessons also ingrain the basics into you.

 

  • Visit skateparks early in the morning

While you can as much at your home, skate parks allow for more freedom and diversity in brushing up your skill. Early hours mean you have the skatepark to yourself.

 

  • Always inspect your gear

This is important if you’re an aged beginner. Have tools to loosen or tighten your trucks and always carry a disposable phone for accidents if they occur.

 

  • Warm-up your muscle often

Honestly, you will start to feel the difference age causes after your thirties. It’s the same with any other aerobic activity. Warm-ups are vital to your practice, and you will feel less sore afterwards.

 

  • Get over your embarrassment

The remarks and odd looks from people should be expected. In a small amount of time, you would become pretty good.

 

  • Be supportive to fellow skateboarders

Everyone needs support at different points in the learning process. Respect the culture.

 

  • Try transition skateboarding

This should only be after you are comfortable on a skateboard. This means more of mini ramps and quarter pipes. Begin with quarter pipes, kick turns, and fakies.

 

Final Thoughts on being Too Old To Start Skateboarding

Don’t expect to start executing tricks immediately after you master the basics. This may take years, so enjoy the pleasure of just skateboarding. For older beginners, skateboarding with loved ones is great for bonding; you can do this with your son or siblings.

It’s all about the fun, so take up your passion now!

 

 

The Weight Limit for Skateboard Riding – How Much Weight can a Skateboard Hold

The Weight Limit for Skateboard Riding - How Much Weight can a Skateboard Hold

Weight Limit for Skateboards

One of the most common questions asked by adult beginners to skateboarding is what the weight limit for skateboard riding is? In all honesty, there is no real weight limit for skateboarding. A lot depends on the board you choose – high-quality skateboards can withstand being under your weight for long periods of time.

If you think about it, there are a number of professional skateboarders that may be considered heavyweights, and skateboarders like Stu Graham and the big Ben Schroeder (Big Ben’s skateboarding career ended in 2011 when he collided with a car and broke his tibia). While there are others, who weigh less than 195 lbs – Steve Caballero weighs about 134 lbs (height; 5’3”).

When the professional skateboarder, Danny Way, won the Guinness world record for the longest ramp jump of about seventy-nine feet; he weighed 180 lbs.

Good skateboarding brands often set their weight limit to 250lbs as they are highly durable options. You can also get a sturdy maple skateboard deck that is designed to hold a weight of 220lbs. The risk with this is that there’s a chance of it snapping if landed incorrectly.

Injury when a Skateboard Snaps

Landing incorrectly, especially for larger-bodied skateboarders, may not only cause the board to snap but also can cause severe injuries like ankle sprains, Achilles tendonitis, bone spurs, fractures, plantar fasciitis, and other foot injuries. A large person, rolling his/her ankle during a kickflip, is likely to fall and get badly injured.

Injuries rate can be reduced by wearing the right protective gear, but it cannot be completely avoided.

People with larger mass should be the ones asking what the weight limit to skateboarding is?

As a heavy skateboarder, the impact of your weight to skateboarding is both a blessing and a curse, the former being that you get an impressive momentum going downhill and the latter any slight mistake that energy could and will cause significant damage/injury.

This doesn’t mean lightweight skateboarders do not accelerate fast enough, they cannot generate the amount of momentum a heavyweight skateboarder would, when going down ramps.

 

 

If you are a heavyweight skateboarder, you will be taking too many risks doing technical tricks you are not accustomed to. Even if you may have seen videos of 300 – 330lbs skateboarders doing tricks, there is still a significant amount of risk.

The only way to avoid such injuries is correct foot placement and knee bending, and any slight mistake could make things turn ugly. A large-bodied skateboarder should avoid jumping high distances or onto rails.  If the board snaps, the trucks will give way and the resulting injury could be long term.

It does go without saying that even the lightweight skateboarders snap their skateboards now and again, but heavyweight skateboards should limit the number of tricks they attempt.

The fact remains that irrespective of whether light or heavyweight, as a skateboarder, you have to learn to distribute your weight correctly, especially when landing.

 

Knowing Your Skateboard Deck

How to apply your weight

Case study: The Derek Lam Skateboard (Click to See on Amazon)

Construction: 7-ply Canadian maple, a deck length of 31 inches and a deck width of 8 inches.

One of the most important things to consider as a novice or heavyweight skateboarder is the deck width; this is because it is the centre that provides stability and support.

The typical width usually ranges from seven to eight inches (this excludes micro boards). However, most heavyweight skateboarders tend to go for broader options – which also has its downsides – as tricks become a whole lot harder to do.

Skate note: Almost all skateboards are thirty-two inches long, but the length of boards is something tall skateboarders put into consideration.

Below is a weight chart showing the various deck options available in based on the size, weight, and age.

Micro size

Deck Width: 6.5”-6.75”

Age:5-7

Average Weight:45lbs

Height:3’4”

 

Mini size

Age: 8 years

Height: 3’5”-4”4”

Deck width: 7”

Average weight: 59-62lbs

 

Small size

Age: 9-12

Height: 4’5”-5’2”

Deck width: 7.3”

Average weight: 63-89lbs

 

Mid-size

Age: 13 and above

Height: 5’3”-5’6”

Deck width: 7.5”-7.6”

Average weight: 102-152lbs

 

Full size

Age: for adults

Height: from 5’7” upwards

Deck width: 7.7”-10”

Average weight: 195lbs

Skate Note: skateboards are more concave in shape than longboards and flat boards that tend to look longer in length because the latter is more suited for longer transportation and the former for technical tricks.

The Weight Limit for Skateboard Riding - How Much Weight can a Skateboard Hold

 

Deck Construction

This plays a major role in the strength of your board. Commonly used materials include bamboo, carbon fibre, laminated maple wood, and plastic, all the listed has both their good side as well as their shortcomings (bad sides).

This post will further elaborate on each material for better understanding as to which will better withstand

  • The laminated maple Wood is the most used, including the youth and beginner model. It is between 7-9ply, and a well-crafted one can withstand a weight of 220lbs. Some notable brands use this material, some of which include: Birdhouse, Element, Powell-Peralta (the flight deck is manufactured with a thin layer of carbon fibre, making it very sturdy), Plan B, and Zero. Also, some fairly good brands still make use of the laminated maple wood; examples are Playwheels, a 28-inches by 7.5-inches skateboard, and the Kryptonics recruit, a 31-inches by 7.5-inches skateboard with a limit of 110lbs. It is important to note that not all skateboard manufacturers place a weight limit on their board.
  • The carbon fibre is what the strongest skateboard decks are made from. They are featherweight and are known to splinter upon snapping. Most of all, the strongest deck in the market has carbon fibre in its make. Some which include the Revdeck by Revolution Enterprise, the Lithe Slate 2 Deck (made of both carbon fibre, light woods, and maple woods). The latter of these skateboards do not splinter because of the added materials.
  • Other brands can produce their boards from fibreglass, birch wood and even coated with the famous epoxy resin, an example is the Lib-Tech skateboards, having a coated core made of poppy wood.
  • The vinyl plastic, these are used for plastic boards that are majorly used for transportation and not tricks. They are used for both longboards/cruisers and skateboards; these boards are pretty strong. The penny skateboard is an excellent example of these categories.

 

How Trucks Affect Weight

Heavy skateboarders should also pay attention to the trucks on their skateboard. How durable your trucks are matters a lot because when you land, your weight is all on the trucks.

The sturdiest trucks are often made using 356.0 T6 aluminium and can bear a weight of about 250lbs.

Skate Note – For any skateboarders over 250lbs, it is a risk doing complex tricks. One sensible option is to pick out harder bushings; more on bushings can be found in our previous post, check it out!

 

Final Thoughts

If you read through this post, then by now you will know that there is no official weight limit for skateboard riding. However, there is a limit to the number of tricks you can perform while heavyweight.

Even tricks as basic as kickflips or ollies will be all the more difficult, if you are over 220lbs, you stand a risk of getting injured. s an alternative, you could simply opt to use longboards instead. They are often used for commuting but there are electric boards available that can withstand the weight of a 250 – 330 lbs rider.

Skateboard Bushings Guide For Buyers

Skateboard Bushings Guide

What are bushings? They are those rubber rings made of polyurethane, attached to a truck’s kingpin; they help navigate your board. These bushings come in pair and are usually adjustable for user convenience, but before picking your skateboard bushings, you must consider your weight, style, and most especially, your board type.

Most times your selection range narrows down to the style you perform, for instance;

  • For longboards, softer bushings are best for carving.
  • Racers and downhill skateboarders should get stiff bushings for stability
  • For technical tricks and street skating (daredevils), a cone/barrel shape bushing is preferred.

Keep in mind that bushings also come in different shapes, sizes and quality. And as this buying guide will show you, buying low-quality bushing for your skateboard will not enhance your riding experience but make it less responsive. It is also worth noting that the rebound effect decreases over time, which is also a good reason to get a high-quality bushing at the initial stage.

What Kind Of Skateboard Bushings Are Best For You?

Not all bushings can be applied to any skateboard, even interchanging your bushings is a tricky idea. Regular skateboard users can use bushings with 87A or 92A hardness, but longboarders might have little difficulties picking out the right bushings.

Bushings can be soft or hard. The former makes it easier to turn, but with the disadvantage of less stability and the latter, stability is guaranteed, but making turns and pivot will be trouble, and even with adjustment, both still retain their perks.

Top Bushing

Let’s talk about how bushings work

Bushings come in different thickness/hardness and shapes; they play a significant role in the navigation, i.e., steering, although the pivot cup also helps in turning your skateboard. The right bushings can contribute to a successful skateboard performance.

Bushings usually have a board side located atop, and a roadside at the bottom, which is were most of your weight is resting. The roadside portion accommodates most of the forces when that comes from your steering and compressing the bushing itself. While the board side receives less impact – it supports the bottom bushing while holding your truck together. And if the bottom bushing (roadside) is maxed compressed, the board side (top bushing) assumes duty.

Regular skateboard bushings: coming in different shapes and styles, the durometer varies upon skateboard type and your preference. Bushings come in three shapes: barrel, conical, and eliminator, but with improvement in modernisation, more bushing shapes have been invented, which brought an end to the relentless experimenting of bushings by skateboarders.Regular skateboard bushings

Now, where barrel-shape offers less turning and more stability, cone-shape offers better turning and less stability, so often you’ll see technical skateboarders who prefer to combine these two bushings. The most important thing to be aware of is that the durometer (hardness) depends on the tightness of your trucks and weight. Also, street skateboarders can use the barrel/cone-shaped bushing, but the recommended bushings used by skateboarders are the Bones bushing.

Although all skateboard trucks bushings are mass-manufactured as stock, this still has its shortcomings as not everyone weighs the same, and some skateboarders may want to personalise their tightness. And as stated earlier, hardness can be in the range of 87A, 90A, and 92A, but keep in mind that unless there is a break or tear in your bushing, you don’t need to replace them.

Longboard bushings: These bushings are based on your weight and style. Skateboarders that love carving might want to get soft and responsive bushings, though for downhill skating, a stiffer and less responsive bushing is needed for balance. There are numerous varieties of longboard bushings to pick from. You should know that washers have a great impact too in carving, stability, and responsiveness.

Bushings for better carving and cruising: If you are looking to use barrel bushings or cone-shaped bushings, then it is handy to know that they are considered to be softer bushings for more responsiveness and turning. In addition, flat washers and cup washers are the ones to get if you are after optimal turns and more stability, respectively.

Note – flat washers are less stable.

Below is a chart for Longboard bushings hardness compared to the weight required for carving and cruising

Weight (KG) Weight (Pounds) Stiff Medium Flexible
79 - 100 + 175 - 220 + 97a 93a 91a
56 - 79 125 - 175 91a 89a 87a
45 - 66 100 - 145 88a 87a 85a
34 - 56 75 - 125 85a 83a 80a
23 - 45 50 - 100 81a 78a 65a

Downhill bushings: Depending on your weight, you need a double barrel bushings or stepped bushings with cup washers for the utmost stability.

Below is a chart for going downhill with longboard bushings

Weight (KG) Weight (Pounds) Stiff Medium Flexible
79 - 100 + 175 - 220 + 100a 93a 91a
56 - 79 125 - 175 93a 90a 88a
45 - 66 100 - 145 88a 87a 85a
34 - 56 75 - 125 85a 83a 80a
23 - 45 50 - 100 81a 78a 65a

Bushings for Freeride: for free-riders, your bushings must be a bit harder compared to cruiser bushing- slightly hard on the durometer scale. This is because free-riders will need firm stability, especially when sliding or going fast and a bit of responsiveness when turning. A double-barrel setup is recommended for free-riders.

Below is a chart showing the hardness needed for freeride bushings VS rider weight

Weight (KG) Weight (Pounds) Stiff Medium Flexible
79 - 100 + 175 - 220 + 97a 93a 91a
56 - 79 125 - 175 91a 89a 87a
45 - 66 100 - 145 88a 87a 85a
34 - 56 75 - 125 85a 83a 80a
23 - 45 50 - 100 81a 78a 65a

Let’s talk about the different shapes of bushings

skateboard bushing shapes

Bushings come in various shapes but not all the shapes available are suitable for your style. Regular skateboards usually only require the classic combination of cone and barrel. For longboarders, on the other hand, there is more of a range to pick from. This basically boils down to what type of longboarder you are and the type of longboard you ride.

The good thing about normal skateboards is that they are very  similar in shape and components which makes choosing the right bushings for you – a lot easier. The bushing seats have the largest density, pressure surface and provide utmost stability even at a very high speeds.

Double barrel bushings

double barrel bushings This is recommended for downhill and speed junkies; even free-riders could use this as long as it is a longboard that is being used. To achieve more stability and rebound, a cup washer should be added.

The popular brands for regular skateboards include,

  • Bones
  • Independent
  • Khiro
  • Oust

Popular longboard brands include the following,

  • Venom
  • Ronin
  • Rad

Note – this bushing is not suitable for slalom and carving.

Cone barrel-shaped bushings

It is a typical combo used by technical skateboarders; most trucks come with this combination as their stock bushings. A combination of barrel and cone is known as the standard bushings or regular. The barrel provides stability while the cone provides easy pivoting and turning. cone barrel bushings Some skateboarders prefer a different degree of hardness for each bushing – the softer the conical bushing, the easier it is to steer and pivot while the harder the barrel bushing the more stability provided. It could also pass as an excellent combo for cruising and longboards.

Cone bushings

These are the best for cruising and longboards because of its high turning and caving ability. The conical bushing is manufacture with less medial support; thus it promotes more and easier caving, due to its conical shape it has lesser mass and resistance, i.e., less polyurethane which gives a great deck lean performance. Therefore a wild skateboarder ought to get a different shape or else with too much deck lean, you risk unstable turns. To eliminate this flaw, you can combine it with a harder barrel bushing. In fact, with more deck clearance, wheelbite is terminated; thus, if you weigh under or over 140lbs, use a softer durometer like an 87A or 93A durometer.

Double cone-shaped bushings

From research, many skateboarders have said and agreed that the bones hardcore cone-to-cone bushing, is the best. The top bushing can be harder than the lower if you are a stiff skateboarder or into skate transitions. double cone bushings Bone bushing come in three types;
  1. Soft bushings; 81A durometer for 61B
  2. Medium bushings; 91A durometer for 71B
  3. Hard bushings; 96A durometer for 76B
The above are the most common bushings, especially for street skateboarders, and they offer more stability than the standard (cone barrel combo). Here, your weight and durometer scale must be put into consideration.

Stepped bushings

The single stepped bushing is highly recommended for longboarders and downhill riders due to their high rebound power, stiffness, and their compressing coupled with releasing ability at the centre. They are less responsive and are crafted to fill the bushing seat; they come lacking a standard- with multiple shapes, and because of their shapes, they make a great combination with barrel and truck bushings.

The stepped bushing can be straight, curved, or angled.

Note – stepped bushing is not suitable for regular skateboards.

Double Stepped Bushings

These bushings are epic; they not only create a vast lean resistance but have high rebound power, which means they snap back to the centre in swift action. Their stiffness and tightness are 100 per cent efficient, especially if you need your truck to be very tight, thus suitable for fast, speedy longboarders.

double stepped bushings

They somehow have a long surface like the barrel and sometimes referred to as stepped barrels. Moreover, it is possible to combine barrel and stepped to give barrel/stepped bushing; placing the stepped at the bottom with the barrel atop gives your truck ultimate stability. The former is in charge of lean resistance and stiffness, while the latter is all about your rebound. With this combo downhill, longboarders will make sharp turns at ease.

Note – the barrel and stepped bushings is not also suitable for regular skateboarding.

Other bushings may include…

There are different kinds of bushings, one of which is cone-shaped but tagged hourglass bushing. Its top possesses small surface great carving and turning is allowed. Longboarders become more responsive, but downhill riders tend to wobble due to high velocity.

The larger surface at the top offers more resistance, and the bottom provides excellent rebound; for stability, it is advisable to add a cup washer. This combo is suitable for slalom more than it is for regular skateboards.

How Your Bushing Choice Is Based On Your Weight

Yes, the type of bushing you choose is weight bound because when you make turns, your weight compresses the bushings, therefore, a bushing that is too soft may cause an imbalance of which a harder bushing might correct.

Skaters with heavier weight ought to use harder bushings, which makes your ride less responsive, although this depends upon their style and preference unless your trucks are tight; it is no use going with a soft bushing.

So if you’re a heavy skateboarder, you need to get harder bushings.  

 

What Is A Bushing Durometer?

It measures bushing, just like wheels. Durometer has two common types A & B Like wheels, with the A-scale going from 1-100, so anything above a hundred doesn’t even exist, and you should know that the durometer A-scale is 20 points higher than durometer B-scale. The durometer comes in three forms: soft, medium, and hard.

  • Soft durometer: it is usually below 90A or 70B, suitable for lightweight skateboarders, and it also turns and compresses swiftly.
  • Medium durometer: it ranges from 90A, 96A, and 70B, 76B, respectively.
  • Hard bushings: 96A or 76B

Getting to know the right washers…

This goes back to longboarders and downhill riders. Cup washers hold bushings together, making your skateboard truck tighter but flat washers free bushings for swift turns. Flat washers offer less rebound, though the wider ones make the turn easier; they snap your bushings in place more quickly than the narrow types. The narrow washers will allow deeper carving but less stability, and they also take time to snap back to position.

In short, longboarders and cruisers should get flat washers while downhill riders and regular skateboarders should go for cup washers.

Note – The washers are of two shapes flat and cup-shape, as deduced from the previous text.

When To Replace Skateboard Bushings?

If you see a crack, crumble, tear, or you start hearing funny noise, although they can be long-lasting, their lifespan also depends on your skating style. Some of these sounds can be as a result of your bushings drying out, it is fixable though, all you have to do is to add candle wax or grate some soap in. Weather can be a factor in wearing out your bushings.

Some skateboarders complain of clicking sounds; this, on the other hand, is caused by your washers, which may be due to it moving around the kingpin, replacing them is the best solution.

Note – All longboard skateboard bushings are usually the same size, so they can be swapped anytime with different varieties, but not all are suitable for all skateboards.

Skateboard Truck Bushing Washers, Setups, Maintenance And Tips

  1. When getting a bushing, don’t forget to add washers as they can increase the performance of your skating as well as your stability.
  2. For loose setups, use a set of soft cone bushings and flat washers.
  3. To achieve tight setups, get barrel bushings coupled with cup washers for stability.
  4. Do not over tighten your nuts, as it could damage your bushings and pivot cups
  5. To avoid wheelbite, use a set of medium-soft bushings or just soft bushings with cup washers, but heavy skateboarders need to harder bushings to prevent wheelbite.

How do you break in bushings?

Tightening your trucks can help to speed up the process of breaking in your new bushings. You can untighten them later.

Usually it can take anything between  3 to 7 hours to fully break your bushings in.

How do I know if my skate bushings are bad?

Once your bushings begin to show cracks, begin to crumble, or begin to squeak or look squashed, then your skate bushings are bad and need to be replaced. Usually, how long bushings last for will depend on the frequency and aggressiveness you put into your skating. Other factors that are worth considering is the temperatures that you skate in and where you store your skateboard each day.

High temperatures will wear down the bushings on your skateboards a lot quicker, the same way that storing them in hot and moist environments will shorten their lifespan. 

How To Longboard Uphill

How To Longboard Uphill

Longboarding Uphill

All longboarders, enjoy carving down those steep or mild hills and cruising and pushing on flat, smooth ground. In time, whether you enjoy downhill or not, or you are thinking of skating downhill, you should know, as a skateboarder, you will encounter uphill races, and this post will prepare you for it.

Why do skaters longboard uphill? There is something frighteningly thrilling about climbing/riding on an inclined plane. The feeling of going up and down, with the breeze zooming pass and around you, are all so exciting. Still, there are also a few reasons why skaters take this exciting risk.

  1. For the fun of it. As a free-rider, you will enjoy the travelling down the long windy roads, the slides, and carves.
  2. For fitness longboarders, riding on an upward inclined plane will help build your muscles as well as your endurance.

Skate Note – another name for fitness longboarding is also called skogging (skating + jogging).

How do you longboard uphill? You have to push, walk, and pump. It takes great stamina for you to pump, and it also requires good skogging techniques; in fact, it is seen as a full-body workout. And most fitness skateboarders tend to this feature, they usually work and develop this skill which keeps them physically fit as a bonus. Others mentioned earlier like walking is not as yielding as the other. Still, it is also a sporty and yet effective action when longboarding uphill. All three techniques are used and required upon the style or manner and the area you wish to longboard, also keep in mind that your ride’s setup has a great impact on your performance.

Now, we would break down each technique needed for riding uphill and state when to use them. So, let us begin!

Using the Pushing technique uphill

This is a typical aspect of longboarding uphill. Going through downhill sections or a short uphill – it is normal for you to kick push your board as you would on flat surfaces. In the case of longer inclines, you need to build your endurance because you are going to be needing it – with good endurance, you can avoid getting off your longboard during your ride.

Using the Skogging technique uphill

An alternative to pushing is the skogging, i.e., pushing with both feet. The technique is;

  • The normal push- with your front foot on deck, you kick with your rear foot.
  • The mongo push- with your rear foot on deck, you kick with your front foot.

Both alternative footings allow you to distribute the burden on your legs and muscles. If you succeed in building this skill, it provides you with the strength and endurance to longboard on long incline routes.

Skate Note – the skogging technique can be applied to long-distance rides on flat surfaces or ground.

 

Using the witch pushing technique uphill

Besides the alternate footing, switch pushing is also applied by longboarders. It is far different from skogging because when skogging, you only change your footing while maintaining your natural stance, unlike switch pushing that has to do with switching your stance. To switch push (switching stance), you interchange the regular stance (left foot in front) to the goofy stance (right foot in front) and vice-versa.

This technique also engages your muscles, so thus it is another way to build muscles, it also helps improve your longboarding skills by teaching you how to balance and use your weakest leg. Still, you need to practice often to become good at it, and to this, you must first master skogging before venturing into the push stance.

Using the pumping technique uphill

The second central aspect of longboarding uphill is the pumping technique. This particular skill is a fluid yet powerful motion that maintains stability in your momentum when longboarding across the road; this is usually as a result of a stream of specific body movement in continuous motion.

Pumping on flat ground is rather easy as the event is much slower and relaxed, unlike riding uphill with the gravity against you, thus you have to do faster and shorter rotations with your weight on the front trucks.

Other pump actions include…

Tight quick pumps: with less activity from the superior (upper) part of your body, you can make short pumps and tight carves with your hips, but keep in mind that overly forceful pumps can lead to speed loss. Instead, try short quick pumps with your front foot in the bolt, this will yield a better riding performance.

Starting with a good initial velocity can grant you a significant momentum uphill, but with time that momentum begins to decline. What to do? With the influence of your shoulder’s rotation, you can create broader and stronger pumps with a lower frequency to minimize your speed loss.

Deep and powerful pumps: Some riders focus more on powerful pumps and craves. These riders forcefully bring the nose of their longboard in after every carve they make, simultaneously dragging in their front foot as they push their rear foot behind them, this synchronous action provokes the thrust and acceleration they require for such skating.

To give your rear foot enough power to push, you must rip your board vigorously in and out of carves through running a high turning rear truck, but to do this, you must practice often; in the end, it becomes an added advantage to your uphill riding skill and performance.

How to Setup For Longboarding Uphill

The uphill pushing setups

The commuter-oriented longboards (an example being the Loaded Dervish Sama) are the best longboard setups for the pushing technique uphill; they are usually low-riding that is the drop-through or drop deck with an ample wheelbase for stable pushing power, accompanied with little flex and mellow concave for kicking and easier movement respectively.

The Uphill Pumping Setups

As stated above, loosening your rear truck allows more fluid and powerful pumps. However, a softer bushing and a shorter wheelbase may also help you with pumping uphill without affecting the effectiveness on flat surface or ground.

A good brand is the Bennet 4.3″; it is a narrow front truck that aids easier longboarding uphill with long gradual climbs.

Skate Note – the 5″ truck is a better choice for mixed surfaces (a ground with both flat and uphill system), while a 6” truck would be best for riders that love speed.

Still on the Bennett, its small wheelbases and super turning capability assist in pumping even at low speed, which is what most longboarders require and go for. Suitable decks to follow this great addition are the Subsonic Illuminati 28″ and the GBomb Freewill 28″. These decks being higher above the ground helps with control over your uphill pumping, also the slalom setups are very high of the ground (comes with risers).

Skate Note small wheels are in fact the best for longboarding uphill, as no matter how skilled you are, sometimes it may be difficult for your board to have enough momentum to pass over stones -that may be on the road- as pumping requires low speed in order to prevent a mishap.

P.S- the Orangatang 75mm In-Heats is a brilliant wheel to consider.

 

The Right Arm Motion to Longboard Uphill

This is as important as your setup; it aids the efficiency of your pump action. This is often described as being a combination of ‘shadow boxing‘ and the ‘rocking a baby‘ kind of movement. It is a standard utilization for pumping up a slight incline route. Another is the circling motion of the rear arm, which also produces a great skating effect.

Skate Note – between uphill pumping and uphill pushing, the pumping technique takes more strength, and it is somehow slower than the uphill pushing. In fact, given the downside, the pumping technique remains an excellent skill and is found worthy of most skaters/riders and not to mention pumping requires full-body action; thus, a better body workout.

Most times, combing both techniques is a great skill achievement that will enhance your longboarding uphill and general skating ability.

 

Skate Bonus: what Surfskate truck is suitable for uphill pumping

Case study: the Carver C7 surfskate truck

The C7 is great for longboarders because it is easy to use when learning to pump as it guides you through the motions, plus its uphill pumping ability is impressive. These kinds of surf trucks are suitable for shorter distances, medium speed rides, cruising areas, riding up small uphill, and surf-like style pumping.

This surfskate can help prepare you for longer, tougher, and more skillful performance, but then you have to prepare the arrival of another surfskate like the G-Bomb bracks.

 

Last Note

From all that’s being said so far, there are various ways to longboarding uphill, all of which vary upon your speed, efficiency, the effort needed, and, most importantly, the setups.