Longboards are long enough as one needs to move around the board to trim and turn it. Longboards are far different than short boards as in where one could apply more weight to the front foot to move it faster and to the back to slow it down.
In longboards, the cross-step controls the speed of the board along with the wave. This also makes the rider look more graceful too. Cross stepping is also a great way to control the board. Moreover, it serves many purposes in the water.
Why Do We Want To Cross-Step?
The cross-stepping is also away and a part of noseriding that can be practiced out in any part of the wave. However, if you are thinking of cross-step in the wave you must know the right technique and the correct section of the wave in which you can perform the cross step. One can perform cross-step by slowing down the board gracefully, speeding up the board, or to hang out in the wave firmly.
Where Do We Start?
To start on a cross-step on the longboard, we suggest working on the stance first. Try to get loose as possible and feel free on the board so that you can get used to the feeling while being on the wave too. Also, make sure that your stance is loose so you can walk on the board with ease. If your feet are stuck on the same position on the tense, it is defiantly going to be a bit hard to pick up the roll.
Whenever you cross-step, just think it is a fun way or think like you are dancing. Dancing can work to make you get rid of uptightness, rigidness, and stress. For a successful cross-step practice, thin of dancing, be loose, and light to your feet as these little thoughts in your mind can do wonders. It will make your surfing style mo easy and smooth while doing a cross-step.
Practice On The Land
It can be very beneficial for you if you get used to the action of cross-stepping on the land. You can start the cross-stepping around your house, at your workplace, or anywhere you feel you have your privacy, and you can practice on. To get the right balance, with practice, you can also use the wobble board or a slackline too. It will help you to improve your balance and will help you to get into the water directly with more confidence to try out your first cross-step in the wave.
Tip: Remember to practice the cross-step on the longboard why going back and forward as it will significantly make you’re hard enough to get into the wave. Another helpful tip we would like to give you is that, don’t lean back much on the board as the board will run away from you and you can fall off.