Basic Carving Tips and Tricks 

 September 25, 2020

By James Mason


Longboard carving is one of the most popular parts of longboarding. It will not come automatically to a beginner. It gives a unique style on longboarding. Carving has many techniques such as toes carving, heelside carving, and fluid carving.

Here we have discussed basic longboard carving. Who did not know what is carving, which is basic carving, which thing should keep on mind when he wants to go doing carve, if you know little more about carving than you can skip this and read this article, in this section, we have talked about carving tips and tricks.

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Longboard carving is like surfing on the ocean. Surfing and longboarding both are very technical, somewhat like artistic. It brings great feelings of pleasure. And also it brings freedom and motion.

A carver can maintain longboarding speed naturally without touching or pushing on the ground. Like carving's speed down a longboard, surf rider can gain momentum in the same way.

As a beginner, you are thinking on your mind that what is carving, right! How it works! How you will do this!

Relax! Carving on a longboard is a natural process, but you should try a couple of times, after many times of trying it will come automatically on your longboarding.

Carving a longboard is continuously moving on your body left, and right like 'S' path. You can lose your control if you don't do carve in a proper way.

Toe carving is a little bit more difficult than other carvings. Toe carving can make you unbalanced on riding. When you did it sometimes, then you will be comfortable on it, but first sometimes, some days it will make you very uncomfortable and unbalanced.

I have just described a bit of carving. The first time many riders become much forward or much backward into turns. Even they did hard push on the rails. You will lose your balance if you lean harder that your board can turn. It depends on your longboard that how much it can be responsive on turning.

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Here Are the Carving Tips

When you press on your toes, you should try not to let your heels come off the deck. When you press on your heel, try to keep your toes slightly close with the deck. It will help you find the right amount of pressure that you should put on your rail for turning.

Once you start the basics of carving on your longboard, you will get a couple of amazing feelings of the following and natural movement. Your body motion will get perfect shape on your board. You will be able to gain better control over your shoulder, hip, lower body movement.

After that, you will be able to make your carving more powerful by lowering your center of gravity, diving low as you do each turn, standing tall and make lighting up as you exit the turn.

Using the more advanced technique like these, you will be able to add impulse into the turn. And will be able to generate more strong momentum and speed.

This is a fantastic and effective way of longboard riding. You will be able to make a perfect carve.

So what you are thinking about it? It's not amazing! Don't be bothered, just start to do it, and you will get many tricks by yourself. If you only read and did paste it, then you will not be able to do the carve. When you start doing it at that time you will be able to do carving and catch the hidden tricks on it.  We have discussed the basic rules of carving. It's your turn now.

If you have liked this article, then you may also like our article on longboard cruising tips.

Have any questions about longboard carving? Let us know via comments.

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About the author

James Mason here. Surfing, skateboarding, and longboarding enthusiast currently living in Rio, Brazil. Started boarding since I was old enough to wear a helmet, except I often didn't. Think that explains a lot :)