Carrying a longboard can be easy and convenient with the right technique. Here’s how to carry a longboard safely and comfortably:
- Skateboard backpack or carrying strap (optional)
- Stand the Longboard Upright: Start by standing your longboard on its tail (the rear end of the board) with the grip tape facing you. This position makes it easier to pick up and carry.
- Position Yourself: Stand facing the grip tape of the longboard, with your feet slightly apart for balance.
- Bend at the Knees: To pick up the longboard, bend your knees slightly to lower your center of gravity. This will help you maintain balance as you lift the board.
- Grip the Board: Reach down and grip the longboard near the middle of the deck with one hand on top of the grip tape and the other underneath the board. Your hands should be positioned slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
- Lift the Board: While maintaining your bent-knee position, lift the longboard off the ground. Keep the grip tape facing away from your body to avoid contact with the abrasive surface.
- Balance: Once the longboard is off the ground, use your core muscles to maintain balance and keep the board level.
- Carry the Longboard: Hold the board in front of you as you walk. The deck should be parallel to the ground, and the wheels should not touch the ground.
- Use a Carrying Strap (Optional): If you have a skateboard backpack or a carrying strap specifically designed for longboards, you can use it to make carrying the board even more comfortable. Attach the strap to the board, sling it over your shoulder, and adjust it to your desired length.
- Practice Balance: As you walk, practice maintaining balance by making slight adjustments with your hands and body to keep the board level. Avoid swinging the board from side to side.
- Be Mindful of Others: When carrying your longboard in crowded areas or around other people, be mindful of their personal space and avoid accidentally bumping into them with your board.
- Set Down Carefully: To set the longboard down, bend your knees, and lower it gently to the ground. Place it on its tail or wheels, depending on your preference and the terrain.
- Enjoy Your Ride: Once you’re ready to ride your longboard, simply step onto it and start cruising.
By following these steps, you can carry your longboard comfortably and safely, whether you’re walking to your favorite skate spot or navigating through crowded areas.