Carrying a longboard can be quite manageable with the right technique. Here’s how to do it effectively:
- Position the Longboard: Stand your longboard upright on its tail (the rear end of the board) with the grip tape facing outward. This makes it easier to pick up and carry.
- Stand Facing the Grip Tape: 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 with one hand and grip the longboard near the middle of the deck. Your hand should be on top of the grip tape, and your fingers should wrap around the edge of the board.
- Use Your Other Hand for Balance: While holding the board with one hand, use your other hand for balance. You can either place it on the bottom of the board or hold it on the deck near the front wheels.
- Lift the Board: Lift the longboard off the ground while keeping your knees slightly bent. Keep the grip tape facing away from your body to avoid contact with the abrasive surface.
- Balance the Longboard: Use your core muscles to help maintain balance and keep the board level while you carry it.
- Walk Carefully: With the longboard securely in your grip, start walking. Be mindful of your surroundings, and take care not to bump the board into objects or people.
- Balance the Weight: Adjust your grip and the angle of the board as needed to distribute the weight comfortably while walking.
- Setting Down the Longboard: To set the longboard down, carefully lower it to the ground by bending your knees. Place it on its tail or wheels, depending on your preference and the terrain.
- Enjoy Your Ride: When you’re ready to ride, simply step onto your longboard and start cruising.
By following these steps, you can carry your longboard comfortably and safely, whether you’re walking to your skate spot, navigating through a crowd, or heading to a downhill run. Remember to stay aware of your surroundings and use proper lifting techniques to avoid straining your back or dropping the board.