Longboard Skateboard Safety
Skaters who wanted to ride on pavement with the same feeling a surfer gets when riding a wave or a snowboarder gets from cruising through powder developed Longboard skateboards. Longboards are designed for carving on the pavement but can still be used for riding in a bowl or doing aggressive street tricks. Longboarding is an extreme sport, that requires extreme precaution, forethought and safety.
Although Longboards are a more stable and safer ride that the shorter skateboards you still must take care. It is natural to think that we are invincible and it won’t happen to us but a small amount of attention to safety can change your life. Because Longboards are designed for speed, you can really get moving.
As most often the ride is on public streets it is important to be aware of your surroundings. You need to watch for cars, rocks, bumps, and other obstacles. As your speed increases it becomes increasingly hard to stop. One thing that a lot of people like to do while skateboarding is listen to music with their iPods or other portable music devices. Skateboarding requires your 100 percent concentration; and listening for oncoming traffic or other skaters is part of that concentration
Special skateboard helmets are an absolute must and the bare minimum protection for a Longboard rider. You must choose one that is especially designed to protect your noggin and save your brain cells.
You need to find the the best fitting, most comfortable, and safest helmet. Skateboarding helmets are specially made to absorb the impact of your head slamming on the ground, a climbing helmet or a bike helmet or the likes of that will not do because they do not have the polystyrene inner shell. This inner shell will compress slightly on impact allowing your head to decelerate slower than it would say, if it hit cold concrete. This may not sound like much, but it makes the difference between a mild concussion and a fractured skull. Due to the nature of the way these helmets hurt, after one serious bang it is wise to replace your helmet with a new one.
And after all, there is nothing to say that helmets can’t be cool, they make you look hard-core, and you can personalize them by sticking your favorite pictures on them!
Next to helmets and alongside knee pads having the proper gloves for Longboarding is vital not only for your safety and longevity but for the fun factor, too. In this sport, an improper glove can leave road rash to the bone.
The most desirable Longboard Gloves are made from durable materials and provide "slides" or “pucks" along the palm and fingers as well as additional padding on the backside of the hand. These gloves will keep your hands on the board, steady and true and will keep you sliding and properly protected.
Slide gloves are important because they allow you to slide to a stop (important if cars are on the road) as well as opening up any hill and allowing you to freestyle slide.
Designed for more serious speeds, Longboarding slide gloves have "pucks" that allow riders to maintain their balance in turns while protecting their palms and fingers from getting torn up.
Longboard Protective Pads
Protect yourself with top quality Longboard pads, including Longboard kneepads and elbow pads. When you fall off sliding (as you often do) with a bit of practice and some decent knee pads, its handy just to slide off on your knees until you've stopped completely.
Best to wear elbow pads if your carving down a big hill, they'll give a bit more confidence and that extra protection when you do fall off.
The use of protective equipment minimizes injury and should not be ignored while Longboarding.