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Learning to ride the Core freeboard

Freeboarding is not as easy as it looks. If you know how to ride a snowboard, you have a huge advantage and learning to Core freeboard is a lot faster! If you do not have experience with snowboarding (or other board sports), learning to Core freeboard will be harder, but then again you have a huge advantage when you start to learn snowboarding. It is very important to realize that skateboarding is not freeboarding and that Core freeboard rides really like a snowboard. Learning to ride perfectly on a Core freeboard can take a few minutes, but also days even weeks. In the begining, the most important is your mind. The faster you get in your head that you are on a snowboard, the faster you will understand Core freeboard.

Don‘t forget to wear protective equipment such as elbow, knee, wrist, spine guards and of course the helmet. It is very likely that you will fall while learning to Core freeboard. Always get to know your hill before you ride it. Pay special attention to dangerous circumstances such as holes, cracks, oil stains and of course be aware of cars and traffic. Also always check the condition of your Core freeboard before riding. Always keep your weight on the edge toward the hill, you will avoid catching an edge and falling. It is better to slip and fall backwards, than catching an edge and falling over.

It is very important to choose and find a right place for the start, you will learn to ride so much faster! It is important that the road is wide enough, without trafic, not too steep and no holes, stones. You need the surface as smooth as possible. You can ride on ruf surface, but for learning is better to have everything perfect. You can learn to ride much faster on a wider street, than a road where you have limited space, treffic and other disturbing elements.

Lesson No. 1 - long carving turns

The first thing to learn is riding the on edges and making the long carving turns. Simply carry your weight from one edge to another, move the weight from the toe to the heel and just make long turns on the edge. Make sure to have bent knees and learn to just move your ankles from toe to heel. Do not put weight on the middle wheel, because then you will slide, but now it's just getting used to riding on the edge for turning.

Tips: To some people might help to lower the center wheel and put it closer to the board. Long carving turns will be easyer. At the same time it helps to loosen the front truck and leave the back truck tighter. Once you larn to ride, it is better to have both trucks the same.

Lesson No. 2 - Sliding

Before you start learning how to slide, check the position of your center wheel and put it on the highest level, that is the furthest from the deck. If you think Core freeboard is too unstable and wobbly, the central wheel can be lowerd by one or two levels. It is nesessary to have some speed to be able to slide. It is very dificult to slide with low speed, as well as on a snowboard.

Once you have enough speed, start to put weight off the edges of the board and you will feel it start slipping to the side. Remeber to keep your knees bent and have your weight on your front foot. Tha will make it easyer for the back leg to move sideways. If you want to stop sliding, put weight back on the edge (toe or heal) and you will feel the board starting to turn instead of slide. Repeat it, untill you learn it. Have patience, the first turns are always not good, but it rewards you with a great feeling!

Remember, the more you put weigh in the middle of the board, the more it will slide. Hold shoulders straight with the board and keep your knees bent. This way you will avoid undesirable malrotation, as well as on a snowboard. With sliding, you can regulate the speed. Each slide slows you down. It just depends on the amount of waight pressed on the edge.

Tips: while in the slide, always keep your weight on the edge that is just towards the hill! If you put weight on the other bottom edge away from the hill, then in a slide, you will catch an edge and fall over. There is also a risk of catching an edge if you ride just on the central wheel. It is good in the start to just get little speed and then slide to a stop. Train on one side then the other. Once you're confident with the slide and stops on each side, learn how to transition from one slide or turn to another.

Lesson No. 3 - Stopping and speed control

What is amazing about Core freeboard is, that you can slow down or compleatly stop, just like on a snowboard. If you want to stop, take the weight off the edges and put it in the middle of the board with the help of sholder direction and the preasure of your back leg. Let the board rotate 90 degrees. Then you control how hard you want to stop or slow down - the more you lean and give weight to the edges, the faster you stop. When you lean too much, you will slip and fall down. It is always good to have your knees bent, because then you will have better sensitivity and stability.

From the beginning you will always be better at sliding and cornering on one side than the other. It is good to practice as long as you feel safe when cornering on both sides and then go to a larger hill. If you're going downhill and you want to slow down, just do it with the sliding curve. With this curve you can simply slow down at any time. Put weight to the center of the board, the board will start to slide and then lean on the edge and slow down. Then to keep going again, move weight back on both feet on the edge, and stop sliding and continue to ride.