Falling = Success!

This is Week 2 of my Learning to Longboard project, and I’m already making progress. I feel far more confident in my longboarding skills, even if they are still basic. Something that really fueled my practice this week was Hans Wouter’s video on 10 Beginner Longboard Tips. In his video he talked about having the confidence to take some falls- it made me realize that if I really want to make some progress, I will need to be okay with getting hurt. Otherwise, I will be too hesitant to really give my full effort.

I am proud to announce I have fallen 8 times! Thank you, thank you very much.

My other accomplishments for the week include:

  • learning how to carve
  • learning how to pick up my board
  • learning how to jump onto my board
  • shifting my feet more smoothly when going from pushing to cruising
  • discovering I ride goofy (my right foot is forward and I push with my left). However, as I get better, I want to learn to ride switch (learning to ride both regular and goofy so that you can switch stances to give your other foot a break)
  • gaining more balance and speed

Check out my progress video for this week:

It has been a bit of a challenge to get outside and practice everyday. Since this is my hometown, it seems like every time I go for a walk I run into five people I know, so it can be intimidating to go out and be a beginner in public. I’m trying my best to not let that stop me, but I know that’s something I need to work on.

Some other things I hope to work on this week include:

  • not losing my balance whenever I ride over a pavement crack
  • gaining more momentum by getting better at pumping
  • building endurance and confidence

One resource that has been helping me stay organized and document my learning and progress is Wakelet. If you like, you can see my Wakelet here.

Tonight, the goal is to cruise down the paved trail that runs for 2km between my house and the skatepark. I will definitely let you know how that goes.

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  1. Hey Julia!
    I love the design on the longboard. Also, I understand the struggle with always seeing people you know, but you are doing great 🙂 Lots of accomplishments this week. Have fun, and stay safe!

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  2. Hey Julia! I love your choice to do long boarding for your learning project. Long boarding is something that I have always wanted to learn so your blog is really useful to help me find resources for if I ever actually do it! I totally understand the fear of being out in public and people seeing you thing as a beginner, but I think you look pretty darn cool!! So don’t let that bother you! Keep up the great progress. You’re definitely inspiring me to finally take up long boarding as well. Lastly, love the board! Any recommendations on where to get a board??

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    1. Thanks Caitlin! Yes totally, you should try this out sometime! I feel like it’s one of those things that’s really easy to get hooked on and fall in love with. About the board- it’s actually a board that my brother made himself. He used some trucks from an old longboard and just created a new wooden part. I’m thinking of buying a new one that’s smaller and lighter though, so maybe I’ll include some longboard buying tips in my next post!

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  3. Good Afternoon Julia,
    Great to see you embracing the idea of falling. This looks like a challenging activity but it seem like you are really getting the hang of it. I look forward to seeing your progress. Good luck.

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