Longboarding

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What is it?

This is what wikipedia says about Longboarding:
Longboarding is the act of riding on a longboard skateboard. A longboard is greater in size (both length and width) than its smaller counterpart, the skateboard, and has more stability, traction and durability due to larger wheel size and lower wheel durometers. Many, but not all longboards, use trucks (axles) that contain different geometric parameters than a skateboard as well. These factors and their variation have given way to a variety of disciplines, functions and purposes for a longboard. The angles at which some longboards can turn, as well as their ability to coast long distances make them more suitable for cruising on streets than regular skateboards.

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Here some urban dictionary definitions of Longboarding:

Longboarding: A coasting vehicle, relativly close to a skateboard, but twice the size. Maneuvered with your body movements according to the direction in which you want to go. Also,
extremely dangerous and extremely kickass. :) I was longboarding, and was ticked for doing double the speedlimit, in a residental area.
by Maaadie July 18, 2008

Longboarding: a sport very near to skate boarding, but involes you screaming down hills at any speed up to around 45mph longboarding ig great! everyone shud get a longboard by steve! April 18, 2005

Longboarding: finally feeling free. go longboarding when you want to forget the world for awhile. I could not wait to get home from work and go longboarding.
by smokeyp55 August 16, 2011

Longboarding The fastest expanding form of skateboarding. Contrary to popular belief, the sport is greatly expansive beyond bros in board shorts (sadly, these are the most vocal assholes who own longboards, but are not necessarily longboarders). Disciplines include downhilling (trying to go as fast as possible, serious practitioners will wear leathers and full face helmets), freeriding (essentially doing slides and tricks combined with anything downhill, mostly done for fun), and freestyle (emulating shortboard tricks on larger decks). As the downhill riding community is starting to go mainstream, a proper comparison to regular short boards would be that of downhill/freestyle mtb to bmx; while both may have the same forms and ideas supporting them, their applications are greatly different and require skills respective to each, and thusly the similarities in said forms are not necessarily applicable to the ways they are used. Basically, regarding all the hate those who enjoy riding street/ park on a shortboard: don't worry about how other people are having fun and just enjoy what you do (I will say, if you wear flip flops while "skating" or ride a pintail cruiser, please; just stop).
Longboarder: Today I had a great longboarding sesh: started off railing a toeside corner going 40, then got my freeride deck out and got a 30ft standie, and finished off the day cruising around learning some big spins and old school kickflips for poops and giggles.

Skater: You do any park or street shit?

Longboarder: No, taking a longboard into a skatepark is ridiculous and annoying, though I sometimes ride bowls with my shortboard.
by RumpusCat February 20, 2012

And so are there many more


Also the difference from a "longboarder" vs. a "skateboarders" point of view is interesting.
Skateboarding was there first and there are definitely skateboarder who don't like longboarders (and visa versa, ofcourse :-) )


So..
What to think about this all?

As you can see there are many different definitions, however think that one of "RumpusCat" gives it some meet.

There are distinct different riding style, which in general you can group into 4 categories:


Each has some distinct different aspects and uses a somewhat different board. More info on this see (tbd)


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Longboards Buyers Guide 2015

2015 longboards buyers guide or contact us so we can help.

Below some sample boards (we have several hundreds of them), for the different riding styles, do check out all the Complete longboards,
or select a riding style

Cruising:



Freestyle:



Freeride:



Downhill:

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