Braking

The faster you ride with your board, the more useful it is to have mastered a proper braking technique. For beginners, it is recommended to press the back foot onto the asphalt, parallel (> Fig. 01) to the board, in order to reduce speed.

You can also push down the tail and use your heel (> Fig. 02) to reduce speed, but this will wear down the wood on that part of the board, which why it’s rarely done that way.

Fig. 01 Braking | Regular | Parallel
Fig. 01 Braking | Regular | Parallel
Fig. 02 Braking | Regular | Using the heel
Fig. 02 Braking | Regular | Using the heel

If you want to keep both feet on the board Fig. 04 while braking, you can practice the frontside (> Fig. 03) or the backside powerslide (> Fig. 04). During a powerslide, your wheels slide sideways across the asphalt. The friction reduces your speed. You need a certain speed in order to do powerslides, but once you have mastered it, it looks pretty damn cool!

Fig. 03 Braking | Goofy | Frontside Powerslide
Fig. 03 Braking | Goofy | Frontside Powerslide
Fig. 04 Braking | Goofy | Backside Powerslide
Fig. 04 Braking | Goofy | Backside Powerslide