How to Jump on a Longboard

by Colby Stream
This longboard is like a skateboard, just a little longer.

This longboard is like a skateboard, just a little longer.

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A longboard is a type of skateboard, only much longer, as its name suggests, than a normal sized one. The extra length also adds extra weight, which can make it more difficult to perform a jump on a longboard. Still, you can do it. Use one of two techniques, depending upon if you're looking for a small jump or a large one that puts you higher in the air.

Step 1

Roll the longboard into a comfortable speed. Go fast enough so you don't need to pedal it along but slow enough where you'll still feel comfortable moving your center of gravity. Crouch down on the board while facing to one side or the other.

Step 2

Position your dominant leg forward, off to one edge of the board. Put the other foot on the back of the board, near the edge. Your body weight should remain just off center, closer to the back of the board.

Step 3

Grip the board with your hand on each side. Jump off your front leg. Pull the board up with your hands as you jump. Directly after jumping and pulling, push on the tail with your back leg. Continue to hold onto the bottom of the board for a small jump, until you come back down. Let go for a longer jump.

Step 4

Let go of the board and stand up, knees still bent. Bring your arms up to create a bigger jump. Roll your front foot onto its side so that it remains on the board while you stand on the edge of the shoe. The tail of the longboard will hit the pavement.

Step 5

Roll your front foot so that it rests flat on the board again. Push down so that you either land on the front tires or on all four tires at the same time. Bend your knees to keep your balance as you land.

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