It’s not the bearings that make the rider fast, it’s what’s in the rider’s heart that gives him speed
Surf and longboard: from the ocean to the road
The longboard was born in the 50s between Hawaii and the United States, to give the possibility to riders of the waves a way to face the days out of the water, when the weather conditions do not allow them to surf. But it was only in the 70s that the intuition of Tom Sims, a surfer from Santa Barbara, gave life to the phenomenon of downhill, the reckless descent along the mountain roads, one of the disciplines with which athletes - or rather, riders - interpret the practice of this board with unique characteristics.
Build your own table
Practitioners also wear the necessary protection to limit damage during riding: knee pads, elbow pads, speed suits, plus a Teflon helmet and gloves similar to those provided in motorcycle suits. The gloves are functional to the protection of hands but they also allow the rider to perform the "touches" to the concrete that accompany tricks and slides, in which the rider makes the board slide perpendicularly to the direction of travel to obtain a braking effect. The most useful aspect is the ability to control the speed during the descents at break neck speed.
A halfpipe is good. A 45 degree hill is better.
Whatever level or style you choose, the board remains a fundamentally free and democratic activity and every moment is good to practice. It doesn't matter if you don't have the Lakefront Trail in Chicago, 29 km of beautiful track, Prospect Park, a Brooklyn myth, or the passes of the volcanic mountains of Oahu, in Hawaii: part of the pleasure of longboarding also lies in discovering new tracks, finding hills from which to launch and christen new roads: "We don’t do half-pipes, we bomb hills".
The longboard culture
Tricks get applause, style gets respect.