The first step you must take is to practice moving forward. Step your right foot toward the front of the board to push yourself to move properly. While you are pushing, make sure your body stays loose because it will help to maintain your balance when you ride a longboard for cruising.
If you can’t do the hard push using the back foot, then you can try using the front foot. Using the front legs to push is called ‘mongo’ and most riders do not choose to do it. However, it doesn’t matter if there are several people doing that. You can push according to your own convenience.
Well, if you have mastered longboarding during practice in the past few days, try to push harder. A harder push will help you get more speed which will make the board run for a longer period of time.
After you feel comfortable moving forward, the next step is to make a turn.
Turning is not a difficult task at all because you only need to put pressure on one side of the board and lean in the same direction. You can use your heels or toes to turn. So, keep practicing to take sharp turns. Learning how to turn is a simple thing and you will be able to master it quickly.
After you manage to speed up, your longboard may also have to stop. Then how do you stop or slow down the movement? There must be certain times when you have to stop or slow down a little.
The easiest way to “brake” is to drag your back foot to the ground. Dragging your feet will create a lot of friction, which will certainly slow down the speed of your longboard. There are also other methods to stop or slow down your longboard that you can learn from other longboarders. So, choose the braking method that suits you and keep practicing until you can ride your longboard safely.