Longboard Brands will feature boards that are made for downhill, freeriding, city riding and cruising. Longboarding has been identified with street surfing and is similar to skateboarding. If you are a beginner to longboarding there are a few differences that will help in the overall selection process.
Most apparent is the length of the board. You will find that most longboard decks will measure between 32″ and 60″ in length. The longer length helps you to get to the higher speeds with a lot less effort, ideal for downhill or just cruising. You will also find that longboards will have larger softer wheels for a lot smoother ride.
If you are the type who is willing to undertake the challenge it is entirely possible to build your first longboard by purchasing the individual parts. For the beginner though it would be best to start with a complete board. You will get what you pay for so be mindful of your budget before making your selection. A quality longboard that will last will cost over $100.
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We recommend that you do not go for a traditional or regular skateboard (30-31″ long 7-8″ wide). Why? The trucks will have the nuts below and inside so that you will only experience a roll left or right. Traditional skateboards have small, 50mm, hard wheels and a deck that has no flex and is very narrow. For your first board go for a longboard (32″ and longer 9-11″ wide) that have higher profile trucks with the nuts on the outside. This will enable you to experience not only a sense of rolling left and right but also will give you a sensation of turning left to right, or right to left as if you were surfboarding on land. Longboards have flex in the deck, better trucks, bigger and softer wheels. Make sure the board has some kind of a tail, doesn’t necessarily have to curve up, kick tails, but as long as there is space from the back trucks to the tail end to step up on. Otherwise it will be impossible to get up over curbs or obstacles.
OK, now that we have covered the budget and a simple overview of what to look for let’s summarize what you should look for based on your riding style:
Cruising – a relaxed style of longboarding for getting from point A to B or just cruising down your favorite stretch of pavement.
Look for a pintail longboard deck made with a good measure of flex, soft duro wheels (65a-75a) and with quality trucks such as Randal, Bear, Gullwing or Paris.
Downhill - when you are aiming for the thrill of reaching high speeds going downhill.
Look for a drop down and or drop through deck with little to no flex, harder wheel duro (80a-86a) and with quality trucks such as Randal, Bear, Gullwing or Paris.
Tricks - a more technical style of longboarding requiring skills obtained from practice doing various maneuvers ranging from hand grabs, kick flips and slides.
Look for a drop through deck with a medium flex made from bamboo, hard duro wheels (83a-87a) and with quality trucks such as Randal, Bear, Gullwing or Paris.
Freeriding - a combination of all the longboard riding elements.
Look for a top mount deck with a medium flex, a medium wheel duro 80a and with quality trucks such as Randal, Bear, Gullwing or Paris.
If you have decided to buy a longboard and want to check out a great range of complete longboards click here to view Longboard Brands page on best brands. You will find longboards for skaters of all experience levels and backgrounds. We encourage you to always ride safely on whichever board you finally decide to purchase. Always be aware of the road conditions and traffic. Finally and most important always check your equipment before you ride. Pursue your own personal skating goals and have fun!