As a beginner to longboarding, you must have been baffled at least ONCE by some form of longboard terminology – stuff like ‘wheel bite’, ‘carving’ and other words the likes of which you’ve never heard before. So, here at Longboard Reviews, I’ve decided to compile a list of longboard terminology that can hopefully help you better understand all the different longboard terminology that can get very confusing for a newbie! This will be a regularly updated list.
Cruising would simply mean to ride around your longboard – mainly this means using your longboard as transportation or for leisure.
This refers to making a turn while on your longboard – usually a turn is executed using your heel or your toe, and leaning in a specific direction to turn that way.
Flex is, quite simply, longboard terminology for a longboard’s flexibilty, and how it acts when pressure from the longboarder is exerted onto it. A longboard’s flexibility is important in determining what kind of longboarding activity is most suitable with that longboard. A stiffer board is more stable while a flexible board is more responsive.g
One of the most attractive things about longboarding, this is longboard terminology for riding down a hill at a fast speed – to be more precise, it means to ride down a hill as fast as possible. Hillbombing is one of the most enjoyable things about longboarding!
Image a snake slithering in its smooth movements. Now imagine if that snake moving ten times faster than normal snakes can. Now imagine that fast-moving snake were a longboard. That’s pretty much what the art of slalom is, in essence: sliding and slithering in and out and between obstacles on your longboard beautifully.
When making turns on your longboard, the wheels on the board may come in contact with the board itself. This causes friction and can be quite dangerous – this is what wheel bite means. Your board may stop moving – but you won’t! This means you might fly off your board and get hurt. To prevent wheel bite, use smaller wheels or ‘angled risers’ depending on the longboard you’re using.
This is some of the important longboard terminology that I’ve encountered more often. Any suggestions for the list? Leave a comment!
- wheel bite
- what are wheel bites
- wheel bites