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Skateboarding, a sport invented by the popular videogame series Skate or Die, is gaining popularity among people of all ages and demographics. Unfortunately, fewer people are aware of longboarding, a mode of transportation similar to skateboarding except it incorporates wider, longer boards for a smoother ride. To prep for today’s Groupon, here’s a longboarding primer:
- Longboard length varies dramatically, from 35.4 to 60 inches.
- Larger longboards comfortably seat seven.
- The fastest technique involves riding a skateboard on top of a longboard while wearing rollerblades inside of rollerskates.
- Maximum speeds are 103 mph on land and 178 knots at sea.
- Each board is built using four square miles of virgin rainforest.
With today’s Groupon, $35 gets you a one-hour longboarding lesson in Central Park with Uptown Skate School. With your Groupon, you can get private one-on-one instruction, or if you prefer, you can set up a Groupon lesson. Buy a few and have a fun bonding experience with the kids or form a skate posse with friends.
Skating on a longboard provides a smoother and slightly faster ride than using a shortboard, so it’s more a means of transportation than a way to do tricks. Most people think longboarding looks easy, but it actually requires excellent balance and a solid understanding of the basics in order to cruise the city like a pro. In your beginner’s lesson, you’ll learn:
- How to ride safely and clear obstacles.
- Where cool NYC longboarding spots are.
- How to slow down, stop, and turn.
- How to overcome speed wobbles.
- What it means to carve and pop off and how to do it.
Walking takes too much time and energy. Driving is too expensive. Public transit is too stuffy. And biking, well you occasionally get oil on your leg from the chain. Longboarding is the way to go. It’s a cheap, quick, and exhilarating way to get around the city. You can push the pace for a good aerobic workout, or simply coast, relax, and enjoy the view Marty McFly experienced on his hoverboard.
Get your Groupon and get outside!
Online reviews of Uptown Skate are scarce—like one-person scarce. But that person really loved it:
“As someone who just started skating, I m [sic] very happy to have found the Uptown Skate School. The instructors are experienced skaters and they are very good at helping you progress at a comfortable pace. I love the variety of lessons they offer. Mixing both private and group lessons helps save your wallet while you advance your skills. Now I’m a big kid, but I’ve seen them do a great job with younger kids. They arrange for all the equipment like helmets and knee pads for those who don’t have their own, which I’m sure this eases the minds of the worried parents. In just a few lessons I am very happy with the progress I’ve made so far. I am confident in my abilities and want to progress and enjoy skating for years to come. Thanks USS!” – Dan D.
Obstacles You Can Clear on a Longboard
- Red turtle shells
- Unattended babies
- Corpses surrounded by banana peels