Originally Posted by West Baden Iron
Well I got my mini Shaka today. I took it to a parking garage that had no cars at the top and rode the ramps for an hour or so. Very fun but stopping is quite the experience. My foot braking sucks. It's a good thing I had 4 lanes to carve really wide.
My board seems super twitchy though. I cranked 2 full turns into both kingpins and it helped a little but not much. How much can I crank on the kingpins? Maybe I need different bushings since I weigh 185? Maybe I'm being a pussy?
It felt like I was on the very edge of sliding but never got it. I realize it takes more than an hour to learn, but I had a blast and now have another hobby. I kinda feel like a douche learning longboarding at 39, but feeling like a douche never stopped from other shit.
Any help would be appreciated,
WARNING: I do not know as much as some other people, so take this with a grain of salt until Boarderaholic chimes in.
Did you ever longboard/ skateboard before? If no, then you've probably realized that longboarding feels very different from snowboarding. It'll take you some time to get used to it. As a beginner, you'll be unfamiliar with the board and your stiff legs/lack of experience/no control will make the board feel twitchy. Just practice, practice, and practice some more. Practice in between practices as well.
You could possibly get harder bushings but I was under the impression that stock bushings on trucks are usually really hard. You should be fine. But it doesn't hurt to experiment so you could look into some barrel bushings in the 88-93a range for your weight. The higher number means the bushing is harder and more stable and less turny.
Always learn to footbrake first. It may slow you down slower than slides and chew through your shoes, but it is really important to learn how to footbrake. It'll get you out of sketchy situations like when you're going too fast on a narrow sidewalk and don't have space to slide. If it was your first day longboarding, then you probably will not have slides down. Sorry to be a debby-downer. Just keep going and learn to footbrake (google helps).
AND, don't worry about being 39. I don't care if your old, young, middle age, whatever, I'm glad as long as someone new is trying longboarding and discovering it. Many 15-year-olds don't have the balls to step on a longboard and use excuses like, "It's gay" to not do it. You have the guts to try longboarding and go down a parking garage with no way to brake on your very first day without getting any severe road rash. That's better than me. So keep going and don't give up.
EDIT: Get some slide gloves if you don't have any. Are you trying standup slides? Learning standup slides before hands-down slides is pretty hard. It's easier to slide if your hands are on the ground and you want slide gloves for obvious reasons.