Learning To Longboard - Chapter One

Hello ya’ll! April here to share new and a new blog post! (whoo!)

I uploaded the first episode in my Learning to Longboard adventure over on Patreon today. But if you’re not supporting us over there or just don’t want to see ma face (cries) It’s okay! I wrote this blog post that goes hand in hand with the video!

I filmed Learning to Longboard back in the summer as well as this blog post.. So bare that in mind while you’re reading it.. Grab a cup of joe and enjoy! And let me know what you think of this series!

Peace x

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So I've wanted to write this series for a while! As many of you may or may not know this is actually a fitness blog as well as a coffee and travel blog.. (I know! We just have too many things to talk about!) However because it's been a horrid, cold, and wet winter getting out and about on boards has been pretty difficult but now summer is on the way the days are getting more and more skateable! Now I know I pretend to be a badass skater chick but the truth is.. I'm not very good. Yep.. I said it. I've always wanted to be as good as the people who post those crazy stunt videos on Instagram, but for now just being able to cruise along the streets would do.

So I decided to take you on my longboard journey through video and blog! Which leaves the question; where do we begin?

In the Beginning

I've been skating for almost a year now, I own two longboards (and a penny board) and I can just about cruise on them. My issue is I'm not very balanced, sometimes I struggle to keep balanced when I'm walking, let alone skating!

The other bigger issue is my confidence, for some reason I've got it in my head that even the smallest of slopes will send me flying off my board!

So how do I combat this irrational fear?..

First I think we need to understand what fear is,

Fear is a feeling induced by perceived danger or threat that occurs in certain types of organisms, which causes a change in metabolic and organ functions and ultimately a change in behaviour, such as fleeing, hiding, or freezing from perceived traumatic events

So basically my brain anticipates danger while skating and my body reacts by freezing up.

I'm sure everyone can relate to that feeling wether you've experienced it while up somewhere high and braved a looked down or stumbled across a giant spider on your kitchen floor. We all know what feat feels like but how can we get over that freezing up feeling?

I spent a a few hours (that's a lie, I'm lazy it was more like 5 minutes) researching how to combat fear.. Everything said the same thing.

Step one:

Accept you're scared.

Step two:

Let the fear wash over you.

Step three:

Breath.

Step four:

Face it.

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You see, fear has this way of making us dig deep inside ourselves to that basic primal instinct; fight or flight.

So yes I'm scared but not a chance I'm going to turn my back on the board.

I'm going keep striding, keep carving, keep accepting my fear until I get to a point where I'm riding the fear that's been riding me since I stepped on a board.

Because after taking that first step... The next ones become so much easier.

My name is April Granelli and this is my longboard journey.

I hope you'll all join me in learning to Longboard.

Peace x

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