Let’s face it: no matter how much people hate seeing skaters roaming about, the skateboarding culture is here to stay. Skating is one of the best ways to relieve stress, provided that you are good at it. Otherwise, you’d just end up stressed out and injured. Anyway, if you are thinking of trying a different type of skateboard, you might be interested in longboards.
If you used to skate or are still skating using today’s skateboards, it won’t take long for you to get accustomed to a longboard, regardless of the type. Since we are on the subject, there are different types of longboards that will compliment your style and overall enjoyment. If you are the type of person who loves speed, you will definitely enjoy downhill longboards or even cruisers. As for the other types of longboards, don’t worry. We’ll get to that.
Types of Longboards
Beginner boards are one of the most recommended entry-level decks you can get for this sport, as these boards will help improve your basic longboarding skills. If you have an idea of what you want to do when longboarding, beginner boards come in different specialized styles from carving to downhill to everything in between. Depending on the type of beginner board you will get, these boards start at 32 inches long and run up to 44 or even 50 inches depending on your needs.
Recommended Beginner Boards
Sector 9 Mini Shaka Complete Skateboard
Arbor Genesis Skateboard Completes
Cruisers (Cruising Boards)
Cruiser skateboards are designed for versatility and speed in places of high foot traffic. There are two types of cruisers: short cruising decks and long cruising decks. Short cruising decks are usually between 27 inches and 32 inches long while long cruising decks can go long up to 46 inches. Depending on your height and skill, a cruiser skateboard is your perfect companion for city skating due to its size, weight and versatility.
Quest Fishtail Cruiser Board Skateboard
Sector 9 The 76 Complete Skateboard
Sector 9 Puerto Rico Complete Skateboard
If you consider yourself a speed freak, bombing hills and pumping like there’s no tomorrow are probably among the activities you want to do. If this is the case, a flexible drop-through longboard is the one you’re looking for. What makes these boards different is how the trucks are set up. Unlike traditional longboards, downhill longboards have flexible drop-through decks with their trucks attached on top. The purpose of this is to maximize the speed and stability of the board. These long boards are usually between 32 inches and 48 inches long depending on your height and ability.
Recommended Downhill Boards
Krown Rasta Freestyle Elite Complete Longboard
Blueglass Tiki Downhill Dropdown Drop Through Longboard Complete
Just as the name suggests, these boards are all about carving. While most longboard skaters know by now that you can always change your trucks, these specialized boards offer the most benefit when it comes to street carving. If you are a surfer looking to improve your carving skills even when you’re away from the ocean, a carving longboard is definitely your fix. A carving board is usually 28 to 44 inches long.
Recommended Carving Boards
Globe Pinner Longboard Skateboard
Arbor Zeppelin Skateboard Completes
A Freeriding board and a dancing board are extra-long longboards designed for street exhibitions. If you are thinking about doing slide tricks with style, these long boards are perfect for you. For most people, freeriding boards can be drop-through decks or traditional decks depending on your style. Depending on your height and skating abilities, these boards usually range from 28 to 50 inches long. If you are looking for a deck that you can easily control on the open road, these freeriding/dancing boards are perfect for you.
Recommended Freeriding and Dancing Boards
Sector 9 Seeker Complete Skateboard
Loaded Bhangra Flex 2 Complete Longboard Skateboard