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About Beast Coast Longboarding

Hello and welcome to Beast Coast Longboarding.  My name is Sam, I’m a Charlotte, NC native and have been a longboard rider of about 10 years. I am by no-means an expert and, in fact, in these here parts of the foothills of North Carolina, I’m what they call a Youngin’

In case the name isn’t entirely clear, this website dedicated to all riders from Appalachia to the coast, from the gnarly, hardcore riders and veteran’s, to those just looking to get started, and everyone in-between.

Thanks for coming by and if you get a chance, send us a note and let us know what you think!

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Downhill Longboarding

Got a thing for speed and do you live for the adrenaline rush? Did you know that you can experience experience riding at high speeds with your skateboard and a little help from gravity?

There’s a variety of ways on how you can enjoy your skateboard and one of them is downhill longboarding.

Speeding Downhill On A Longboard

Downhill longboarding is a sport that involves a downhill road, a skater and his longboard skateboard. There are different variations. Some involve a skater standing up on the board, others crunch down while some lay down. Nevertheless, its a sport that packs up speed, which is why it could be dangerous.

Some consider the adrenaline rush as a fair trade to bruised or scraped skin and other injured body parts. Skaters are well informed about the risk of serious injury even when they are wearing protective gear. Nonetheless, many still choose the sport for the love of speed and for the love of the game.

North Carolina Downhill Longboarding

Here in the North Carolina, the roads aren’t as steep as those in the Rocky Mountains but that doesn’t mean that it’s easier to do the sport. The roads here tend to be more winding and the condition of roads vary.

Potholes, gravel deposits and unpaved portions are only some of the road issues the skaters face. Local skaters scout roads firsthand to test their skills and to assess whether the roads are suitable for any local event they’d want to organize.

Gearing Up For The Ride

Before you scout for downhill roads in your vicinity and get serious about downhill longboarding, it is best to equip yourself with the right gear. Here are the things you should ready:

1. Longboard

A high quality longboard is the best option. You wouldn’t want to entrust your life with just any board. You may already have a board you use for skating but you should still make sure that it is suitable for supporting you during your downhill descent.

One thing to remember is to get a board that’s a bit concave so that your feet won’t easily slip off the back or the front. You need this especially when the speed is up Longboards come in a variety of sizes, shapes and materials. For more details about how you should choose a longboard, read our post on Choosing The Right Longboard.

2. Helmet

Helmets are a staple to any extreme sport and you shouldn’t skip on wearing them. It can save your life no matter how goofy you think they look. In selecting a helmet, make sure that it fits your head perfectly so it doesn’t get in the way of your vision.

Select either a hard foam half shell helmet or go for a more badass look by getting a full faced helmet. It doesn’t only look cool, it adds to your safety too.

3. Gloves

Whether you get them as a set with your helmet, separately or create your own, make sure you wear gloves to save your fingers and hands from being twisted. Putting your hands on the pavement while riding helps provide better stability while cornering slides. It’s definitely a must-have for any downhill skater.

When choosing gloves for longboarding, make sure you consider the position and material of the puck attached to the gloves. There are some with just a puck on the palm while others have additional pucks on the fingers and thumb area.

4. Elbow Pads And Knee Pads

Further protection against concrete is offered by elbowpads and kneepads. Invest in these and you can be less fearful about taking on speed. You will definitely skid out but with these will help protect your joints.

When choosing elbow pads and knee pads, you need to find the right balance between durability and flexibility. You’d want something that wouldn’t easily tear apart upon impact and you’d also want something that you can move in.

Before you begin…

If you think that getting your gear is the only preparation you need to start with downhill longboarding, then your wrong. Before you head out for the downhill ride, you first need to know the basic techniques.

Sure you know how to ride your longboard but do you know what to do when it takes up so much speed on the way down? If you want to avoid unnecessary pain while learning the ropes, you first need to learn the techniques. And that my friend is our topic on our next post.

After an epic 2018 (which resulted in November of a not-so-epic broken clavical), I’m really excited to be getting back into the game. With plenty of gnarl to choose from this year I wanted to highlight the biggest East Coast events that ya’ll need to get.

Events can be a great test of your skills as a skateboarder, pitting you up against other skateboarders in a friendly competition, or get free beer and pickup chicks.  

The Grind for Life Series, Florida 

Founded in 2003, by life-long skateboarder and cancer survivor Mike Rogers, Grind For Life is on of our top destinations in February and March when the weather here in NorCar sucks waaay bad.

Longboarding Down The Mountain

This article is written for the “Me” from about 15 years ago when I was first thinking about getting into the sport after see my older brother and his friends screaming down the hills of Blowing Rock, North Carolina on home-made long skateboards.

The Me of 15 years ago was a timid kid that thought that Longboarding was dangerous and “too tough”.

So, for you prospective longboarding newbies out there.  Is longboarding TOUGH?

Going for a pro scooter without any research can be a bit dangerous. Therefore it is important that you should do your proper homework before directly jumping into the matter. As a parent, if you are buying a pro scooter for your child for the first time there are some key factors to keep in mind. It is obvious that you will not go for a pretty expensive scooter right away as you want to see if even your child has a thing for a pro scooter or not. Once you have an idea that your child is really interested in pro scooting than it is time to work on his abilities.

There is quite some negativity that flows around when speaking of the skateparks, and to an extent, it also has some weight. Going to the skate park near your place in a sunny afternoon can be really intimidating, with lots of people around, on razor scooters you will find kids, the teenagers will be on their skateboards, parents will be on lattes. All of these are present at a patch of concrete that is no bigger than a size of two tennis courts. But this intimidation of yours can soon fade away when you see a kid falling down on that concrete patch upon collision with a skateboarder and making it in the headlines next day.

Skateboarding isn’t just another park activity, as it’s now considered as the hottest sport worldwide. Riding a skateboard is no joke as it takes a lot of practice just to grip the basic handling.

Since the start of this exciting yet dangerous sport, many women skateboarders have shocked the fanatics as they have raised the roof of competition.

Today we’ll list down the best women skateboarders in the world that are living the hype and making everyone go nuts.

Facts about Skateboarding

Skateboarding needs no introduction. It is one of the most popular extreme sports, professionally played by thousands and casually practiced by the millions out there. Skateboarding is an excellent physical activity, which results in increase in attention span, boosts hand-eye coordination and lets you perform various tricks. Skateboards are seen all around the world but it is really famous in the United States. Apart from being a great sport, skateboarding also is a great cardio workout and tones the body.

It is important to keep in mind that no beginner mountaineer would try to climb K2 nor the first year medical student will be asked to perform a major heart surgery. For people looking to start skateboarding it is important to keep it slow and steady. Rather than going for the tricks, you should first master the basics. Part of becoming famous include learning the basics and always keeping that in mind. If you don’t have your basics right, no matter how hard you try, you can never be a champion skateboarder.

Some adrenaline junkies find skateboarding easier to learn and master. But some skateboarding fans might take this offensively. You think our ride is easy to learn? Yeah? Try this! Some skateboarding fanatics find longboarding funny and don’t regard it all. This is just a never-ending debate, which involves personal opinion than anything.

The fact is both skateboarding and longboarding are quiet different from each other but equally fun.

Since longboarding is relatively new than skateboarding, let’s find out what it actually is…

Worst Day Ever

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Some days are better than others.  There’s there was yesterday.

Let me set the scene for you:  Charlotte, North Carolina.  Slight misty rain, bored as shite, but needed to get my longboard fix on, so me and a friend head up this weekend near Parsons.  They’ve got nice and a long drive with hardly any cars.  There was only one problem.

A deer hit my freaking car!

AND I smashed my front tooth against the steering wheel so it feels numb now.  GAWD-DERMIT!

Worst part was we didn’t even get a run in.  Called for a tow, and – based on the cool name – went with Top Dogz Towing Service, who towed my geo prism from the scene of the crime (Nice guy, who happens to be a big vert skateboarder back in the day!)

Things are looking up however.  My new downhill trucks came in from Seismic Skate, so once they do, I’ll post a review.

Stake The Cape - Delaware

Hey Ya’ll. Super stoked about this years 6th annual Skate the Cape in November 4th-5th.  You may be thinking that Delaware doesn’t have any good runs.  Dude, you’re wrong.  Check out the deets from our friends at Face-Plant Longboard Riders:

This event takes place in a picturesque and historic state park in Southern Delaware that has miles of paved bike paths. Riders come from all over the East Coast to have a skate getaway where they meet other riders, have a great time camping out around the bonfires, and having some fun competition among each other for 2 days full of events.  Day one features Downhill Racing, Small Wheelbase Racing, Slalom Racing and an Enduro Push Race.  Day two starts with the Boardercross Race, Hippy Jump Contest and ends with the Slide Jam.

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Imagine you’re a downhill longboarder. Cool wind in your face as you start your descent down some remote peakway in Hawaii. Beautiful day, as usual. You start to lean in for your first slide, then…you’re board starts to shake like crazy… and…BAM! You do a superman onto the pavement and get your visor all scratched up on the asphalt.
What the HELL happened?!? I’ll tell you what happened: your front truck kingpin was loose as FECK!

Sound a TOO real? Well, in full disclosure: It happened to me just like that a couple years back. I skipped my standard protocol for a downhill run and forgot to check my trucks. Which brings me to the point of the article: Proper truck maintenance.

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One of the most commonly asked questions by long-boarder is “which type of long board best suits your style?”. If you wish to look for an accurate answer, you can’t have the exact answer because each comes with their own particular choices and this makes you confused or stressed out. You can as well consider this question, do you want to purchase a long board that is completely made or do you want to customize your own? It is important that you know the effectiveness of every long board. This means, having to weigh your options is important in your decision making.

For you to be able to step-up your game in the long board community, choosing the right board that will tailor fit your style and needs is essential. Here are the following guidelines that can help weigh your decision making.

safety-gear

Need a good stress reliever?  Want to be COOL?  Need an outlet for your artistic EXPRESSION?  Did I mention the chicks?! (sorry ladies)  For the writers at Beast Coast, longboarding is our drug of choice, however like all good things in life, there are certain risks and dangers associated with the sport.  If you’ve been on a longboard for any length of time, you realize very quickly that you’re going to crash, a LOT.  The good news is:  they make stuff you can buy so you don’t hurt yourself TOO bad.

Yes, these things cost some money, and yes, you typically get what you pay for, but nobody wants to walk away from a downhill crash with brain damage, a broken leg or gnarly road rash – so in our opinion, it’s money well spent.

So with safety in mind, here are six safety items that you just can’t compromise on.

Tasty Longboard Wood

As you get into longboarding, you’ll probably notice that longboards come in all different kinds of woods and combos of woods. Every board company is trying to outdo each other nowdays, so you may even see some exotics like KOA, Oak or Indian Rosewood that look rad, but may or may not support the rigors of your style of writing.

How Important Is It?

Now before I get into specifics, I wanted to address the question we get quite a bit: “Is the type of wood on your board important” The answer IMHO is yes it is.

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