A longboard is just like a skateboard, only longer. It is mostly used for transportation and for downhill racing among others because its form allows the user to easily maneuver through sharp street turns. Its longer and wider base offers more stability so riding it is relatively safer and, in most cases, more comfortable as compared to a shortboard Summit Board.
Because longboards tend to be on the heavier side, they are unsuitable for performing tricks that are typical of skateboards. Many beginners also find it difficult to ride them at high speeds when going downhill. But on the upside, because of their weight, they also have allow for a more fluid motion through increased momentum.
There are many different kinds of longboards available these days. Your choice is mostly dependent on your intended use. If you’re new at longboarding, it’s only normal to feel overwhelmed by the variety of decks that you can choose from.
Transportation – Those that are used for commuting or for transportation are the most common among the different kinds of longboards. These boards are 100-130 cm long and they don’t have a short nose as is typical with other skateboards. They are more flexible and are known to offer a more comfortable ride. This type of longboard is also usually shaped like surfboards with trucks that are designed to allow the user to navigate through narrow turns.
Slalom – these longboards are mostly used for racing and navigating through small cones. They are 63-89 cm in length and are made of carbon fiber and other high tech materials. Shorter varieties are used for tighter courses while the longer ones are for faster and steeper courses.
Downhill – among the different types of longboards, this one is the most suitable for riding downhill at high speeds. This type is 95-110 cm long and has trucks that are attached to its ends. It can also come with a lowered platform.