Riding in the rain: Six tips from a pro
Don’t let a little foul weather and wet pavement spoil your fun, says Moonshine MFG team rider Brandon Desjarlais. Based in the Pacific Northwest, a region infamously wet this time of year, Desjarlais is a seasoned veteran of making the best out of a rainy day. Whether cruising the sidewalk for a run across town, heading to school for the day, getting a leg-burning workout or laying massive slides down slick wet steeps, longboarding is a fun and healthy all-weather sport no longer reserved for sunny days and dry sidewalks.
Here are six tips from Desjarlais and Moonshine MFG to make your rainy day ride little better.
- Keep your weight centered over the board. A common mistake a people make is that they lean too far out over curves or when turning and they slip out. You can’t lean as far as you would on dry pavement. Focus on steering from your ankles and keeping your knees bent.
- Ride a top mount or at least a board that will cover some of your wheels. If you don’t, you’re going to end up with water and dirt all up and down your legs.
- Tighten your trucks. All the water and gunk getting on your bushings make them a bit more slippery and feel quite a bit looser. I usually tighten my tucks half to three-quarters of a turn every time I skate in the rain to give a similar feel to how they would dry.
- It’s a good idea after each session to wipe your board down with a rag and clean your bearings every couple weeks or as needed. Fortunately, Moonshine makes it easy on you; they offer boards that are 100 percent waterproof through urethane truck mounts, urethane rails and a fiberglass wrap.
- Buy yourself a set of rain wheels if you can afford them. Rain wheels add a bunch of extra grooves that give you a lot more grip and hold in the rain that you normally wouldn’t have. If you have a lathe and some patience you can make you own set. They won’t be the prettiest but they’ll get the job done.
- Make sure you wear Ziploc bags on your feet. This is 100-percent imperative to making your rain session fun and enjoyable. Without them your feet are going to be wet.
Remember to always wear your helmet. Skate safe and enjoy the rain.