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I found three key areas that rugby has helped me to learn to ride a longboard.

1) Starting to move. The great temptation is to look down at your forward foot. While foot placement on the board is important, when we coach the line out lift we teach that looking straight up doesn’t help you keep your balance. By the same point, looking down at your feet doesn’t help you balance either. So, keep your eyes six feet in front of you in order to help you balance to start off.

2) When you start moving it’s easy to have your pushing and static feet get a little out of control. As counterintuitive as it sounds, get on the board. While all sorts of things may be happening you will have your feet fixed shoulder width apart and this gives you a nice solid base. The solid base is key to line out lifting and rucking. You can then focus on balancing on the longboard.

3) If you start getting some speed wobbles, relaxing is key. If you relax, your body falls into a naturally strong position. Bending the knees and dropping the hips lowers the centre of gravity and adds stability to the position. You get some steadiness and security. Relaxing stops the over-compensation and the lower centre of gravity helps stop the wobbles.

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