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dannydibbert
2021-11-23 03:02:33

Long-distance longboarding which is mainly known as long-distance pumping (LDP) or long-distance pushing is the next level of longboarding where riders usually travel across states, cities, countries, and even continents.

The typical distance that these longboarders travel is hundreds of miles and even breaks the world record. Here, many beginners think that long-distance longboarding is just the extreme type of cruising or commuting; however, it is a whole different style that has its own discipline.

Besides the demand for great physical strength to travel over a great distance, this style has some requirements for the ideal deck, trucks, bearings, and wheels. As this style is not as popular as other skating styles, there is not much help for beginners.

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In this post, we will show you some basic knowledge about the reasons for taking up LDP, necessary gear, and the involved techniques. Though it is quite hard to get detailed instruction on the internet, beginners can always check out the help from pro skaters at famous sites like SkateAdvisors.

REASONS TO TAKE-UP

Not as popular as downhill riding or freeriding in longboarding, but more and more skaters have drawn their attention to this skating style recently. People who take up this style are often familiar with commuting on their longboard to work, school every day or who are into adventure traveling.

However, transportation is actually the main reason since most long-distance skateboarders are fond of the challenge, camaraderie, and extreme endurance needed for this style. As long as you have good stamina, long-distance skating won’t be too harsh to grasp.

Additionally, many people come to this style as a cardio workout to train their strength as they have to push on their longboard for miles. The longer you stick to LDP, the greater your strength will be and this makes it perfect for skaters who are looking for the thrill of athletic performance.

If you are overwhelmed by the difficulty of different tricks in other skating styles, you may be more comfortable with this style as you don’t have to perform such hard tricks. However, to conquer different terrains, you must have excellent skills to control the board.

From my experience, beginners encounter fewer problems when learning curve for the first time or push racing as compared to techniques that are required in traditional skating. All the things you need for this style are passion, energy, and good resources.

If you are looking for a reliable source of information to search for help whenever you come across difficulties, don’t forget to pay SkateAdvisors a visit. Additionally, you can also read some inspirational stories of famous long-distance longboarders such as Dave Cornthwaite or Adam Colton.

DIFFICULTIES AND PREPARATION

The more you push, the faster you feel exhausted; however, a typical long-distance skater needs to travel about 50 miles in a day or even in 12 to 14 hours for some extreme cases. Therefore, newbies need to make careful preparation as well as do hard training to adapt to this kind of abuse.

It often takes time to build your muscles as well as practice to get to a high level of stamina. Starting by pushing on flat land before moving on with longer commutes or trips is a great idea to let your body gradually adapt to new physical demands.

Remember that your muscles need time to develop symmetrically across your body; therefore, never push yourself too hard but keeping a stable training frequency is recommended. Sometimes, you may feel it hurts after each training session but that indicates your muscles are growing.

Soon, the pain will go away when your muscles can finally meet the physical demand. A good way to minimize this painful feeling is to move your feet around the deck as much as possible as well as pick a less concave deck for more comfort.

Some newbies to long-distance skating prepare very carefully even with the best skate shoes for this style; however, they still wear out in no time. Typically, you must be familiar with blisters and learn how to deal with them.

Covering these things with tape, a special foam bandage, and plasters are just temporary solutions. Skaters in this field had better wear two pairs of socks and replace their shoes when they can not serve their purposes anymore. To know how to pick a good pair of skate shoes or the signs of worn-out ones, you can check out the instructions at SkateAdvisors for more information.

To prepare the best commute road, take full use of the street view mode on Google to see the surface’s condition and the sidewalks as well. In this step of preparing your itinerary, you should make sure there is no danger as you skate on the streets.

Finally, skaters should always wear proper helmets and other protective apparatus to ensure their safety as well as minimize injuries in case accidents happen.

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