Types of Longboards

Types of Longboards

Types of Longboards

In general, longboards are quite similar to skateboards but their sizes in length and width is different. Normally, a longboard is usually longer than a skateboard in length and width. Thanks to their advantage of having a wider base, longboards are more stable and, therefore, riders can easily cover longer distances with just one push.
There are many types of best longboard brands which are used for different styles of longboarding, from basic to difficult and technical ones, including transportation, slalom, downhill, freeride, cruising and so on. Now, it’s time to explore amazing types of longboards.
Basic longboards
A basic longboard is usually used for transportation. This kind of longboard is quite popular with the length of 39 – 50 inches and a shorter nose or tip. The shape and design of a basic longboard is similar to that of a skateboard. In order to cover a long distances, aerodynamics is very important. If riders want to make a sharp turn around corners and avoid obstacles, transportation longboards are usually designed more flexibly and their wheel base are installed more loosely than other kinds of longboards.
Slalom longboards
In order to perform slaloming – the act of moving in and out of a line of obstacles, slalom longboards are usually shorter than basic longboards with the size of between 24 and 34 inches in length. The wheels of slalom longboards are usually soft and grippy in the back with the aim at gripping through the turns and slightly harder in the front in order to decrease rolling resistance and get higher speeds. Particularly, on slalom longboards, the base of wheels is also wider than that of other longboards for better tractions and is necessary for the tight turns of slalom racing.

Downhill longboards
Normally, downhill races are usually taken place on roads on mountains and hills, therefore, speed and safety are the most important features of a downhill longboard. To ensure the safey for riders, the wheels of a down hill longboard are designed closed to either making a larger wheel base for the longboard. The length of normal downhill longboards usually from 38 to 43 inches. When you want to find the best downhill longboard, you should make sure that the downhill longboard has these following characteristics: stiff, rigid deck; locking concave for traction and control, extra grippy grip, tightly tuned trucks and bg hard wheels.
Cruising longboards
Cruising boards are considered a perfect combination of a longboard and a regular skateboard so that riders can do tricks and also use cruising longboards for transportation. With the length of approximately 60 to 80 inches, cruising longboards are the longest ones allowing riders do different styles when cruising such as drop-knee, hang ten and cross stepping. The trucks of these longboards are manufactured for turning ability which is much better than those of standard skateboards. Moreover, their wheels are usually larger and softer for a smooth ride.
Freeride longboards
Sliding and other tricks including ealy graps at medium to high speeds may be also involved in freeriding. Freeride boards and downhill ones are often used exchangeably because there is only one main different feature between them which is about their decks. While downhill desks are usually directional, freeride ones are symmetrical. The length of freeride desks is from 36-44 inches an their width is from 8.5 to 10.5 inches.
Dancing longboards
Dancing which including a variety of walking and spinning moves, originates from boardwalking in surfing. A dancing board is about over 45 inches in length and up to 12 inches in width. With smaller decks, riders can do almost the tricks and they can feel easier to move on larger decks.
Longboards for traveling
Riders can completely use longboards to travel long distances with any kinds of longboards. However, desks of longboards for traveling are designed quite typical. Specifically, their desks are lower to the ground than regular top mounted longboards. The aim of this design is that a lower deck increases stability and are easier for riders to push and brake by foot.

Freeriding – do you know?

Freeriding – do you know?

Freeriding – do you know?

Freeriding or freeride is a term used in several sports such as skiing, snowboarding and so on. In longboarding, freeriding refers to several things, including an organized downhill event on a closed road; or just going down the hill with friends on an open road where there are still lots of vehicles circulating, etc.

It’s difficult to say that you and other riders will not face any obstacles or accidents during freeriding. Therefore, in order to minimize the risks and protect yourself in case the worst situations occur, you should remember following basic rules.

Rules for safety on a closed road

In order to prepare for your first time of joining an organized downhill event on a closed road, it’s better to know several important things which can be understood as basic rules applied for a lot of freeridings.

Firstly, you are forced to wear full closed helmet, gloves, kneepads and a protector for your back. You will stand at the starting line and start pushing your longboard when hearing a blast of gun and follow a starting order as follow: street lugers, rollerbladers, fast boarders, slower boarders, drift bikes and finally free-riders. A very important thing is that you always have to follow the track marshalls orders and never cross an active track if you are not permitted.

Moreover, it is similar to normal traffic; you have to overtake on the left side. Because of having many longboarders during the downhill event, so in order to ensure safety for you and other riders, you must raise your hand to inform other people of what you will do, for example, if you want to do a slide. Another important thing you have to remember is that leaving the road right after you reach the destination to not obstruct other people behind you.

Rules for safety on an open road

Riding on an open road means that you are longboarding while lots of vehicles are also circulating on road at the same time. Therefore, if an accident happens, it will lead to very serious consequences. Therefore, riders must strictly pay attention to safety rules.

Like freeriding on a closed road, before joining an open road event, you must wear a protection suit, the best one is a leather suit. Besides that, all riders must also discuss and decide about signals to use for traffic so that all members in the event will know what to do if they would like to give a signal for other ones. For example, raising a hand means “Go” or raising hands with arms crossed for “Stop” or you can use simple flags to give signals, such as red color for “Stop”, yellow color for skater down and so on.

When riding on an open road, sometimes, you will be merged into flows of vehicles on street; therefore, an advice for you is to wear something with a bright color so that your friends can see you.

The things mentioned above are easily to be done by yourself and your friends. To ensure the freeriding safer, if it is possible, you should have a car with blinking alarm lights driving down in front of your group to notify vehicles and everyone on the street to keep their eyes open. Besides that, you can find out other ways to take safety a step further.


What you should know about downhill longboard racing

What you should know about downhill longboard racing

What you should know about downhill longboard racing

In every sport, there are lots of competitions as well as races for those who play that sport to show their capacity and bring valuable rewards. With longboarding, riders have opportunities to participate in trick contests and racing.

For almost longboarding courses, the average speed which riders can reach is 40 mph, but with advanced courses, they can ride longboards with a speed of 50-60 mph.

Competitions in longboarding are formed to meet different skill levels of various categories, including junior (under 18 years old); women, luge and master for the age of over 30 and luge and open classes for everybody who want to compete in the same class. Longboard races can be taken place at any locations having challenging roads which is suitable to this sport. Now, a plenty of longboard races is held across the world, stretching from Colorado to Brazil to South Africa. Of which, the Pikes Peak Downhill taken place in Pikes Peak is a very popular race and is one of the most advanced races in the United States with over 11,000 feet of a starting altitude and sloping drops and hairpin corners of 1.5 miles.

It can be said that longboarding is an extremely great sport but it is also very dangerous for riders. Therefore, in longboard races or even in their practice every day, riders need to comply with safety rules seriously. In particular, in downhill longboarding, the International Downhill Federation set out a lot of standardized safety rules for riders to follow if they want to join in the competition with the speed of 40 mph going down a hill with sharp curves and steep straightaways. Rides must wear a full closed helmet the most basic requirement in every downhill or luge race that they have to follow if they want to compete. The very simple reason for this rule is that full closed helmets will prevent them from concussions and serious brain injuries if accidents occur. For advanced events, a full leather body suit is required to protect the rider from serious road rash if they fall. However, if they are in accidents, their bones are still at risk of being broken because they are traveling at high speeds.

The race

When the race starts, the same basic actions will be implemented by each rider. Right after the blast of the gun, a line of 4 riders will start pushing their longboards quickly and trying to reach the highest speed as possible before starting downhill. A speed tuck will be quickly reached when they start going downhill with the aim at decreasing air resistance in a streamlined appearance.

And then, the riders will lean carefully close to the ground when going round each corner because they will retain as much of their speed as they can by staying close to the inside edge of the road. Sometimes, they must use their hands to control their motion when approaching tight corners. When the race finishes, the riders will get off the speed tuck and slow down thanks to air resistance.

Health Benefits Of Longboarding

Health Benefits Of Longboarding

Health Benefits Of Longboarding

Longboarding is a sport of riding a longboard, a kind of skateboard with different length and width. Like all board sports, longboarding originates from surfing. Skateboarding and longboarding are two branches of board skating with separate disciplines. While skateboarding mainly focuses on hills and grades, longboarding focuses on cruising or level travel. According to a study by Label Networks, longboarding has become the second ranked skateboard activity in North America. Why can longboarding be attractive to so many people like that? One of the best answers may be thanks to its health and fitness benefits.

Actually, longboarding is not only a cool, fun and fulfilling sport, it is also a challenging form of exercise. It provides an excellent supplement to a healthy diet and active lifestyle. It is very difficult to count all health and fitness benefits of longboarding. However, it can’t be denied that longboarding is very good for health. Several main benefits of longboarding includes cardio and endurance, balance and coordination, flexibility and strength and tricks.

Cardio and endurance

One of the most important benefits for the health of longboarding is cardiovascular conditioning. When riding a longboard, your cardiovascular health will be improved through strengthening the heart’s muscles and enhancing the lung capacities to operate in the best way possible. When go longboarding across flat terrain or up steep hills, or when turning, stopping, skaters force their bodies adapt to different conditions which are an excellent workout for their cardiovascular. Moreover, if you go longboarding regularly, you can build impressive levels of endurance.

Balance and coordination

In sport, balance is defined as the ability to stay upright or stay in control of body movement. There are two types of balance, including static balance – maintaining equilibrium when stationary and dynamic balance – maintaining equilibrium when moving. Whereas, coordination is defined as the ability to move two or more parts of the body smoothly and effectively under control.

In many sports, including longboarding, balance and coordination are considered one of the main fitness components. Balance in longboarding is a dynamic balance which requires all kinds of skills – visual, somatosensory and vestibular systems and coordination in longboarding requires many skills such as good balance, strength and agility. In longboarding sport, balance and coordination are factors for success and in parallel, balance and coordination can be improved through practice, training and riding regularly. Moreover, longboarding can help you balance your life, between healthy eating, exercise, school, friends and work.

Strength and flexibility

Flexibility in longboarding are skills of twist, turn, push and stop. Your flexibility can be improved significantly from longboarding. Especially, the ability of stretching and flexing of muscles dynamically will help you more powerfully and effectively. When you practice longboarding with intense exercise, together with more moderate exertion periods, longboarding will help you develop your flexibility and power. Stretching, combining with the full lower body workout you get with longboard, will make you become a more flexible person. In fact, longboarding is effective in strength training and helps you have flexibility in your muscles.


It is misunderstood that you can’t do tricks with a longboard. However, it is absolutely not true. You can pump, dance, spin and slide speed check, do tricks, jumps, stunts  and so on on a longboard. For almost stunts,  it requires lots of speed, therefore, skaters ought to work very hard in order to get and maintain that speed. For squats, jumps and stands; it requires muscle conditioning via a full range of motion. If you want to develop explosiveness, balance and coordination, stunts and jumps are very helpful.




In general, a longboard is quite similar to a skateboard in shape but different from length and width. Skateboards are designed in lots of styles for various purposes by manufacturers, such as for specific type of trick, for different riding experiences and so on. From the purposes, skateboards and longboards differ from several categories. Length, cruising, pumping, balance and tricks can be considered as basic differences between these two types of boards.

Right in its name, the length of longboard is commonly longer than that of a conventional skateboard. The length of a conventional skateboard is commonly about 51 inches, whereas longboards don’t have to meet a strict requirement in length. The variance between a longboard and a skateboard is about 3 feet in length. Originally, a skateboard was created as a way to surf on land and riders used it to enjoy pleasures over great distances, whereas, a longboard can be as long as the shortest surfboards.
Another difference between them is the way and place to perform. Parks and ramps are the most suitable place to ride a skateboard because its tight turn and light weight make it easy to leap and flip the board. However, their short length makes them less stable, uncomfortable and difficult to control the board for long cruising rides. In contrast with skateboarding, longboard riders can cruise for long journeys without any inconvenience.
For skateboarding, a rider usually takes his or her feet off of the skateboard and contact on the ground to propel the board via pushing off cement for thrust. Nonetheless, this is impossible if he or she is longboarding because higher speeds will cause lots of troubles when they want to do that. With different design, a rider doesn’t need to take his or her feet off of the longboard but just needs to shift his or her weight back and forth when riding. By this technique, thrusting force can be created and help them cruise smoothly. Especially, longboard riders can stand firmly on the board when cruising on flat or even downhill surfaces.
Thanks to its longer length and stability, it’s easier for riders to keep balance when cruising. On a longer board, a rider can position his or her feet in a wider stand which offers much greater balance and greater comfort for those who have large or long feet than a conventional skateboard. While, in order to balance a smaller skateboard, it requires better skills.

With a longboard, tall riders can perform agile tricks if they wish by learning longboard techniques. The length of a longboard may prevent them from performing an extremely fast trick compared to a conventional skateboard but it’s still possible for them to flip the board, barrel rolls and to ramp. Moreover, the length of the longboard is also visually striking when performing such agile tricks; therefore, it will be slower to execute such tricks compared to conventional tricks.

The fight over longboarding

The fight over longboarding

BRADLEY CHARLES, 21, was killing time one day last summer near the Saskatchewan River in downtown Saskatoon, riding his longboard up and down a gentle hill on a concrete path, when two police officers wrote him a $15 ticket for skateboarding in a prohibited zone. “But this isn’t a skateboard,” he protested. “It’s a longboard.” Unlike the similar-shaped skateboard that’s mainly used for airborne tricks, a longboard looks like a surfboard on wheels, stretching 90 to 150 cm, making it unable to ever leave the ground. They ticketed him anyway, citing a bylaw meant to keep skateboarders from scuffing up city property while doing tricks.

Now Charles, who says the longboard was his only mode of transportation at the time, is lobbying his local government to exclude the metre-long cousin of the skateboard from existing skateboard bylaws. He says he’d even support a law that requires helmets and speed limits, as long as he’s allowed to ride. But while the city asked for a staff report looking into legalizing longboards two years ago, no report has yet come forward, and in August, the council decided to extend the skateboard ban to an additional area of downtown.

Cities from Fredericton, N.B., to White Rock, B.C., are facing a growing number of petitions from longboarders like Charles, who argue that their boards are an eco-friendly mode of transportation and safer than regular skateboards: their length and bigger wheels make them more stable, and the greater distance between the front and back wheels means it’s impossible for the board to leave the ground.

All this also makes them appealing to people “in all walks of life,” according to Pat Allard, manager of Hogtown Extreme Sports in Toronto, where sales of longboards have roughly tripled in the past five years. “I’ve sold them to people from age six all the way to 50.”

But the boards’ growing popularity has been coupled with more attention from police. In White Rock, police recently issued a press release saying they will ticket longboarders for riding on streets and sidewalks following the death of Glenna Evans, 27, in nearby North Vancouver in July. The art student was struck and killed by a van while longboarding down a mountain street at a high speed. Evans, whose blog posts included pictures of wide gashes on her knees from falls, was a competitor in “downhill” races-like the one at Mount Washington near Campbell River, B.C., in late August, where racers hit speeds over 100 km per hour.


White Rock Mayor Catherine Ferguson says longboards are a safety issue not only for children who try downhill stunts, but also for drivers and pedestrians. “We have a large demographic of seniors,” Ferguson adds. Some have told her they’ve been frightened by skateboarders on sidewalks or had near-misses when backing out of driveways. When she met with two dozen teenagers protesting enforcement of the skateboard law in August, she told them they should use the skate park in nearby Surrey, instead of city streets.

Ferguson’s comments reflect the very misconceptions about longboarders that Mike Nemeth, a 25-year-old engineer, is trying to fight. Nemeth is collecting signatures for a petition asking the city of Saskatoon to allow longboarding as a green mode of transportation. One misconception is that longboards are all owned by children, he says. Another is that longboarders can simply make use of skateboard parks; they can’t, he says, because they can’t do the kinds of tricks skate parks are designed for. Most importantly, he says, he, like many longboarders, has no interest in the kind of downhill longboarding that killed Glenna Evans. “What I do is just a leisurely sport, like a slow bike ride along a path kind of thing,” says Nemeth, who estimates he never goes faster than 20 km/h. “To compare what I do to downhill [longboarding] is like calling a toboggan a luge.”

Similarly, Ian MacDonald, 38, began circulating a petition this summer asking the city of Peterborough, Ont., to legalize longboarding-galvanized by a $65 ticket he received while riding to work. Boarding of any kind is illegal in all areas of the city, except for the lone skateboard park. “[The law] sends a message that alternative forms of vehicles are not acceptable,” he recently told the Peterborough Examiner. He’s already gathered 250 signatures.

Bradley Charles, who is helping Mike Nemeth with his petition, is hopeful that Saskatoon’s city council will be accommodating, so he can board to friends’ houses without having to deal with police. At least two councillors have already said they’re prepared to support changes to allow longboards for transportation, so long as city staff make that recommendation. “If people are running into pedestrians or damaging property, fine, ticket them,” says Charles. “But to just throw down a blanket rule and say, ‘You guys can’t have any fun here, or go from point A to point B, doesn’t make any sense.”