Deck / Board – Longboarding Basics | A beginner’s guide

Deck / Board 

There are some parameters to consider when choosing your deck. There are many different forms of the deck s, which further exist in different sizes and with the second flex. Every shape and size has its advantage and disadvantage, depending on what the rider of long board wants.

What kind of longboarding

If you have difficulty finding out which deck you have to have, then it might be a good idea to start reading about what type of longboarding you will enable you, for example, about cruising. Once you have found out in which area you will find yourself with respect. Your longboard style, it will be easier for you to find to find the right board! It should of course be said that you can easily do in several disciplines, while having a board that suits both styles, but where one must compromise on longboardets properties.


Let’s start by looking at flex boards. Flex is a concept of stiffness in the deck one and it can eg mark by stepping down on a longboard and notice how much it gives in to one’s weight. At a board with very flexible, you can feel that it will sink much more down when you step on it, compared to a board with little flex or no, that the opposite is stiffer, which you will not sink as much into. Rigid deck s are often used for sliding, downhill and freestyle, as there is good response in them, and it provides good stability and control. You want good response in the deck one, when making quick movements. One does not give as much energy into a rigid board, before it will respond to the same motion, for example, begin to turn. If you want a soft deck are the properties vice versa. Here it will have a slower response and the board will be less stable when riding fast with it, but then it will be more pleasant to drive on. When one cruiser and carver would therefore like to have a deck with more flex as you mostly like to have a comfortable ride while driving down the road.Deck’s with very flex acts as the suspension when driving over uneven surfaces. Your weight will also determine how much flex you need to. As a rule, you must have less flex the more you weigh, to compensate for the extra weight that is laid down board.

Concave, flat or convex

When you look for deck s, you must also be aware of how the deck a arcs from one side to the other side when you see the board over. Here you need to look for three terms: concave, flat and convex. When you see the concave board over again you will see that the board bows as a “U”, ie the sides curving upwards, while the center is located further down. It is an advantage to have something concave in its board to unlock its feet more firmly when you stand on it, so they are not progressing as well. You will also get a better sense of where longboardets edges, and then you will be free to look down on the board all the time. The only drawback is that the feet becomes harder to move around. A flat deck is where the sides and the center is at the same level. A convex deck is the reverse of the concave deck. Here bows sides down the withheld to the middle. These can be used for downhill skiing.

Forms on deck

Let us now look at some of the different types of longboards are available. The most popular forms of longboards when you see them from above, the pintail boards that are teardrop-shaped and symmetrical boards. Pintail deck s is made such that the wheel one does not hit on the sides, called wheelbite. Symmetrical boards are good, for example if you are doing 180 degree turns, so your longboards can never go “wrong”.

When looking deck one side, there are some more forms to decide. By pintail deck’s can get: flat, camper and biker. Flat deck s is the normal standard deck s, which is quite flat. Camper deck’s arches up from nose to tail, and they are usually very flexible which is good for carving. Rocker deck’s curves downward and thereby the center point also lowered. You will be able to get better stability both just before, after and during fluctuations.

Symmetrical boards

For symmetrical boards are flat, dropped and wedged. Side is a symmetrical flat board just flat, like at a flat pintail. A dropped deck, as the name might suggest, adeck is lowered. A dropped deck is lowered because it is desired a lower center point, but since the base platen of the material handling equipment located at a height some distance above the ground than it is desired, one has then by a dropped deck two different height levels in order to compensate for the lower deck, which at the same time can be used with ordinary trucks. A wedge deck also has two height differences to get a lower center point. The difference from a droppeddeck is that the trucks are mounted diagonally so that the center also comes to lie at the bottom withheld for trucks.

For additional deck s with droptrough, which may also lower the overall center point, by truck passing through the deck in lieu under the deck a.

The thickness of the boards look at how many ply it. Ply is a concept for how many layers board is made of.

Longboard length guide:

70cm – 96cm (28 “- 38”) -> Slalom, Transport, Cruising, Freestyle.

96cm – 107cm (38 “- 42”) -> Carving, Transport, Cruising, Downhill.

107cm and up (42 “) -> Transport, Cruising, Downhill, Sliding.

You can see more: Types of Longboards