Longboarding is a great alternative to walking. Longboards have a longer wheelbase (distance between trucks) and larger wheels than skateboards.
How fast can a longboard go? Longboarding speed ranges from 6 mph cruising to 50-65 mph downhill.
Your true speed is determined by your riding technique, ability to push and pump, weight, board, speed tuck, and stopping power!
Avg. longboarding speed
Normally, traveling speeds range from 5 to 14 mph. If you slice down a hill, your speed might climb from 30 to 50 mph depending on the grade.
Skilled downhill racers reach speeds of up to 65 mph. These speeds may appear moderate when driving a car, but they are horrifying when seen from a little wood deck on urethane wheels.
Avg. longboarding speed
Commuters typically cruise from 5 to 14 mph. If you slice down a hill, your speed may climb to 30-50 mph depending on the slope.
Downhill racers attain speeds of up to 65 mph. When these speeds may seem little while driving, they are terrifying when seen from a small wood deck on urethane wheels.
Extreme downhill riders may reach speeds of up to 90 mph.
Longboard weight and speed
Weight affects a longboarder’s speed.
While it may seem counterintuitive, a bigger rider (with experience) has an advantage in longboard racing. He/she can outrun lighter bikers by 10-15 mph.
Larger riders are faster on straight tracks than smaller riders tucking in the same position. As a result, the rider’s bulk keeps him moving faster and overcomes air resistance, more than compensating for his weight.
Larger riders with equal capabilities may lose speed to smaller riders with comparable skills in bends because it is more difficult to keep the line without sliding out (causing them to slow down).
The weight of the longboard has little effect on speed, however smaller riders occasionally choose heavier boards to make up for their disadvantage.
Speed boarding tuck
Fast riding relies on your tucking technique (aka the tuck). Tucking is a longboard position that reduces air resistance and makes you more aerodynamic. Your tuck determines how fast you can ride your longboard.
To reduce your frontal profile while riding fast, tuck your rear knee under your front knee while leaning towards your front leg and tucking your arms behind your back.
Other “American” tuck variations include:
Back knee behind front ankle – curled back, lower posture, harder to maintain
Not great for air profile, but comfortable for long rides.
Mastering your tuck will help you ride your longboard faster downhill. A longer helmet and a high-quality leather speed suit will also help reduce air friction and increase speed (in addition to saving your life).
How fast can you get on your longboard while not riding slopes? Your maximal speed is influenced by two factors: pushing and pumping.
To obtain a decent start speed, you must push hard. When your lower foot hits the floor to push off, keep your back straight and your shoulders and hips forward (no rotation).
After the first impulse, keep pumping to maintain and increase speed. It involves transferring your weight from one rail (edge) of your board to the other, while impulsing power and speed into your longboard with each turn.
Even on flat ground or very mild slopes, you can travel fast on your longboard if you learn to pump.
The speed of your longboard is strongly tied to your stopping ability. So braking is important while riding a longboard fast.
Foot braking is the simplest way of slowing down by dragging your foot over the ground. While this method works well at low speeds, it should not be used at speeds beyond 20 mph. Foot braking may also swiftly ruin even the toughest shoes.
Sliding is a great way to slow down or stop. The better you slide, the faster you’ll feel at ease on your longboard. Sliding, on the other hand, is a highly technical skill.
Sliding causes the wheels to lose traction and slip sideways (skidding instead of rolling). Faster board speed is lost due to greater ground friction.
Various slides are used for various purposes, such as adjusting descent speed (speed check), braking, and stopping (shutdown).
Sit braking demands the driver to sit on the deck with both feet on the ground. You’ll develop confidence faster by practicing more intricate braking techniques.
You need a fast longboard if you want to ride it swiftly. In terms of speed, a longboard’s stability and turning abilities are crucial.
Inability to turn slows down the longboard’s overall speed.
Stability and speed are mutually exclusive. If you’re a beginner, a drop platform or a drop through deck will be more stable (click here for explanations). Both models enable you to ride lower, with a more stable center of gravity.
They are often bigger and heavier than drop deck planks. Assists in faster foot alignment when moving. They also allow for bigger wheels (faster).
Large, heavy longboards are also more difficult to manage, especially while sliding.
accelerated Smaller boards with topmount decks (trucks beneath the deck) are more stable but also more sensitive to turns.
Larger (75-85mm) wheels accelerate faster, while sharper wheels retain superior grip at high speeds. The problem is that huge wheels cause wheel bite on many topmounts, making them unstable and only appropriate for competent riders.
Speed control wobbles
Wobbling is a common problem while riding fast on a longboard.
Overcorrecting for a slight turn caused by bumps or fractures causes wobbles. As a result, you overcorrect your deck’s lean, causing a larger turn in the other direction.
Topmounts wobble more than drop decks/drop throughs, which are bigger, lower, and more stable.
It’s tempting to tighten the trucks, making them harder to turn, and decrease the truck angles, making the board less turning for a given deck lean. They may just postpone the beginning of the disorder, which may repeat more often.
In reality, your constant overcorrections result from your failure to manage your front truck while riding fast.
Less experienced longboarders tend to lean too far back in their tuck, putting too much weight on the rear truck and losing control over the front truck.
Bringing your weight closer to the front truck and leaning forward reduces wobbling.
Finally, a longboard can move rapidly. You may either cruise or carve at 5-14 mph, or you can join the big boys on the slopes and hit 50 mph or more.
You will need the requisite skills (tucking, braking), a speed board, and, of course, protective clothing.