How to Footbrake
If you own a longboard, you need to know how to footbrake!!!!
This really is an essential skill, right after pushing your board along.
Without being able to footbrake, you can’t slow down and stop.
One of the questions we get asked the most* is “how do I stop on my board?”
So we thought we’d put together a real quick how-to on footbraking, which is used by everyone who skates, from total beginners to the fastest skateboarder in the world.
Learning to slide is a good skill to have when it comes to stopping in a hurry, and being able to carve is also great for more refined speed control – but nothing beats a footbrake for the emergency stop.
Both carving and sliding have their place, but they both take up a lot more width n the road than a footbrake. If you find yourself hemmed in by other skaters at a freeride, or stuck in a narrow bus lane without slide gloves on the way to work, a footbrake is what you need.
*Right up there with “which wheel is best for sliding” – but we’ve answered that, too!