Longboards - Surfing on wheels?
A longboard is a longer version of a typical skateboard, which is generally 90-120cm / 35-47 inches long. Longboards are perfect for cruising, racing, downhill, or just for transportation. A longboard delivers a smoother riding experience than a skateboard and carving integrates elements from surfing, and provides a surf-like feeling. That is why it is sometimes referred to as asphalt surfing.
Types of longboards
There are several longboard shapes on the market, each for a certain use. Characteristics are deck design, flex pattern and assembling of the trucks. In general, these are the following types of longboards:
Cruiser longboards - for cruises and transportation
Cruiser longboards are often designed in surfboard shapes like a pintail and they are great for surfy rides and smooth cruising.
Carving Longboards - Pump Action on Asphalt
The most powerful pumps are possible with a carving longboard. Carving feels like surfing or snowboarding on powder snow.
Dancer longboards - express your artistic side
The dancer is a very nice board if you want to explore the experience of dancing while riding and for training your balance. The boards are also suited for longer trips.
Freestyle longboards - add tricks to your cruise
A perfect combo of surfy rides and a bag full of tricks. SkatePro recommends a freestyle longboard if you are looking for the trickster within the longboard.
Freeride longboards - for slides and tricks
In freeride the aim is to make slides and tricks either downhill or on flat surfaces. Freeride can be very similar to downhill, but differs by being more trick-oriented.
Downhill longboards - for speed and slides
A downhill longboard is right for anybody who wants to bomb the hills and slide down steep roads or for anybody who wants a stiff board with a lot of stability.