Photo Cred: Carl Warren
Maryhill is one of the gnarliest & well known longboard courses, I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting this longboarding mecca. In a recent interview with one of my favorite longboarders, Dizzy Jane, she dropped some pretty freaking useful tips for skating Marhill that I felt deserved it’s own stand alone Blog post. Maryhill is no joke, and deserves your full respect. One wrong move could seriously injur either you or another fellow rider, so follow the tips Dizzy lays out.
Any advice for longboarders that are about to skate Maryhill for their first time?
Well.. I might be the WRONG person to be asking considering I went down topless my second run EVER down maryhill HAHAHAHA but that’s just cause I’m crazy 🙂
Ooooooo, WELL! To everyone that says maryhill is easy, don`t listen to them. Everyone is different, body type, skills, experience. Listen to your instincts. She is a very special road, and I recommend anybody that gets the chance to go there, jump on it! Depending on how confident you feel, take baby steps if you need too! As long as you know how to transition from heelside to toeside at a decent speed and hold your position you`re golden.
BUT HERE ARE SOME RULES OF ANY SHARED ROAD:
1) DO NOT CARVE AND TAKE UP THE WHOLE ROAD! Yes carving sheds off speed but when other people are mobbing behind you, you`re not only putting them in danger, but yourself too.
2) KNOW WHO AND WHAT IS AROUND YOU AT ALL TIMES
3) SHOULDER CHECK SHOULDER CHECK SHOULDER CHECK!!!!!
If you find yourself, uncomfortable in a mob of people, with everything in life, staying calm is best. Most of the time they are professionals, and know what they are doing. Hold your line, hold your line, hold your line and enjoy the show 🙂
Get comfortable with touching. Maryhill is a place where everyone is constantly drafting, passing and bumming! Its a wonderful opportunity to gain some confidence skating close with other people! Some times you just need a little shoulder tap or butt touch to let someone know you are there.
But most important, accidents do happen. Out of your control or not. So please, bring the necessary gear, nobody is going to look after you but yourself.
Special Thanks go to Dizzy Jane for giving us tips for How To Longboard Down Maryhill
I would also like to thank Carl Warren for the badass Photo!