Shine bright, Tread light, Take flight!
Longboarding is not just a style; it’s a love, a vocation, an obsession. Dedicated to the art of grace and rooted in tradition, it is an elegant form of wave riding and a pursuit of the pure and simple – clean lines, uid gestures. Glide and slide; skim
If you longboard it’s most likely not just because you like to catch lots of waves whilst riding a bigger, more stable and highly buoyant board (although that’s cool too, and quite sensible if you live somewhere like England), but because you love to feel the heavenly sensations of flow and flight.
To be perched at the nose of a 9-foot board is something I have dreamed of for many years. But just like all dreams, it’s not magic that makes it so, but hard work and determination.
I’ve dedicated this year to surfing a lot. I’ve honed in on what exactly it is that I love about surfing and decided it’s riding a heavy, colourful board, in long, peeling waves. And because being able to do certain things on my longboard helps me assess how far
I’ve come, which also brings me joy, I’ve added a little bit of spice to my inherently chilled approach to longboarding. I’ve chosen to focus on some precise skills, tricks and techniques, which should help me boost my level of longboarding and also encourage me to progress as a coach – in turn helping others to improve too.
Progressing in longboarding is not something that just happens. It requires logging many hours on your log and truly committing to accomplishing specific moves, step by step.
I’ve ridden longboards for 10 years now and am only just starting to feel the difference when it comes to shapes, dimensions and fin set up – but experimenting with different aspects and areas definitely helps open your mind to new options. Surfing itself has evolved, attitudes have changed, trends have come and gone, new ideas are emerging; however, it seems the integral thing about longboarding, the one thing that hasn’t changed, is that you can express yourself freely!
Thanks to Belinda Baggs, Kassia Meador,
Kelia Moniz, Leah Dawson and the Sea Babes of the longboarding world, the rest of the planet has embraced their graceful, feminine dance and begun to truly honour the poised, yet fierce approach female longboarders are renowned for. However,
I’m quite sure these ladies, and all the other female longboarders out there, are not looking for attention, for acceptance, or even for recognition – they, we, just want to be ourselves, to do what we love simply for the love of it. Its challenging, it’s serene, it’s intricate and it’s about freedom to create whatever we feel like in that moment, taking cues from Mother Nature and following our hearts.
Once you’re a longboarder the opportunities to shine are endless, you can find your own style and evolve however and whichever way your destiny AND your choices take you.