The first of 4 Longboarding classes I will be teaching this year starts April 9th. Each class meets for 6 sessions once a week on Wednesdays from 6-8pm. This will be my 5th year teaching and I am super stoked to continue teaching all skill levels, meeting new students, and continuing to improve the progression of returning students. You can sign up for the first class located at Mt.Tabor from this link through Portland Community College - http://www.pcc.edu/schedule/default.cfm?fa=dspCRN&crn=24563&topicCode=REC&subtopicCode=. Learn the basics of longboard skateboarding if you are new to the sport and would like to be introduced properly in a controlled environment on a car free traffic road. Longboarding can be intimidating to the first-timer and one may wonder where to begin. Acquiring a board and helmet is a must to be safe and get rolling. The next key piece of equipment are Slide Gloves. These are protective gloves with plastic puck on the palms. They allow you to fall correctly and not get hurt as bad. And also to learn how to slide by putting your hands on the ground to control your speed, slow down, and stop. Knee and Elbow pads are highly recommended as well in order to save skin and prevent damage to your body. Even the best of riders including myself where pads the majority of the time. Having all this equipment instills some confidence to learn and try new things knowing you are safer wearing them. Most people first taking the class would like to learn how to slow down and stop. This is number one in longboarding, how to control speed that you automatically pick up when you stand on your board and go downhill. I have a step by step program for various techniques, the first one being how to push your board and footbrake correctly. After that is mastered, we will slowly apply these skills and others to the hills of the park, working our way from the bottom up. This is where a lot of beginners get in trouble, not learning how to slow down at a manageable speed and then going down a hill from the top. You can imagine how that usually goes, running off their board at a speed faster than they can run. Lots of roadrash or an hurt ankle are considered minor injuries, much worse can happen. This is motivation enough to take the class learn the skill I teach in order to avoid that kind of situation. Also to become efficient and comfortable enough to use their longboard to get around. Many new students see skateboarders committing through town and it looks like a lot of fun, especially in a city like Portland where it has been legalized to skate with traffic like bikes do. I will teach you the necessary skills to be a confident rider in order use your board for transportation as well. That includes learning the rules of the road and also in parks with multi-use pathways like Mt.Tabor. I am a friendly and accomplished local longboarder here and native to Portland with over 25 years of skateboarding experience. And very willing and patient with each student either just starting out all the way to pro level learning advanced techniques. I've taught over 300 students in my time as an instructor and always eager to lend a helping hand to whoever I can. Taking the class guarantees one on one time with me progressing at a much faster rate versus trying to learn on your own. Plus you will be more safe and more likely to avoid early accidents and falls that typically detour new riders from continuing to skate and learn more. The added bonus of taking the class is skating with other students who are just learning as well. Many students learn a lot from each other and progress quicker by watching and doing what others are doing around them. I also offer private lessons which can be very beneficial to learn specific techniques like sliding moves, however the social aspect of the class is very enjoyable and making riding friends is a key part in the fun of longboarding.
Post Created: March 20, 2014
Longboarding 101 at Portland Community College located at Mt.Tabor. First Class for Spring Term Starts April 9th - Class SignUp Link - http://www.pcc.edu/schedule/default.cfm?fa=dspCRN&crn=24563&topicCode=REC&subtopicCode=
Explaining to a class about where to place your feet and weight. Photo by Kroll Images.
Students practicing their footbraking skills. Photo by Kroll Images.
Young student learning to throw down the toeside shutdown. Photo by Kroll Images.
Students learning to link turns by getting setup and aim for the coned gates down the soapbox run. Photo by Kroll Images.
Getting comfortable with the tuck, all based on the foundation of the proper foot/weight placement. Photo by Kroll Images.
Part of the benefit of taking the class is skating down the hills together and getting used to being close to one another. Photo by Kroll Images.
Teenage girl really getting down low and grabbing the sweet spot and reaching out on her heelside turn. Photo by Kroll Images.
This is the main section of road students learn 90 degree left and right turns. Photo by Vincent Ouano.
This is above the last shot, students work their way up the hill as they learn. Photo by Vincent Ouano.
Veteran student following me close with speed. Photo by Vincent Ouano.
This girl got her form in just one day! Photo by Vincent Ouano.