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Although the longboard looks similar to the classic skateboard, the driving experience and, above all, the possible uses, also known as styles, are completely different. In principle, the longboard feels stronger than a surfboard, which is because it was originally intended as an alternative for surfers who wanted to train in winter. Although it was more or less forgotten for a few decades, it has recently become a real trend again. That's why we take the opportunity to help beginners to find their way around slang and technical terms and to find the right longboard at the end.

History and main features of longboards

Even if many do not believe it, the longboard is older than the skateboard. As early as the early 1970s, when nobody thought of skateboards, Australian surfers screwed rollers under their boards and cruised over the asphalt if the waves weren't high enough. They quickly realized that the long shape was made for easy and relatively fast journeys, but it disturbed the maneuverability. That is why the first real longboards were a little shorter than the "prototypes". It was not until much later that the classic longboard developed into the skateboard, which was shortened even further and equipped with angles (kicks) so that it is better suited for tricks.

Today, the classic longboard, similar to the surfboard, is called “pintail” and, like all types of longboard, consists of three basic elements: The “body”, which is sometimes also called “deck” from skateboarding and which largely determines the basic shape of the board and its intended use, the axles, which are particularly important for the driving characteristics, and the "Wheels", which are simply referred to in German as rollers or wheels. As a beginner, you should always look for a board where these elements are already coordinated, which is the case with most longboards that are sold already assembled. If you know exactly what you want, you can also assemble your longboard yourself or buy several components to replace it. In my longboard shop you will find finished complete boards that are already assembled and designed for cruising and carving. So just unpack and have fun.

The different types of longboards

Pintail longboard

As already mentioned, today's comes Pintail Longboard (here are my recommendations) closest to the original surfboard with wheels and is characterized by a wide deck, a long and wide wheelbase and a central pressure point. Pintails are very stable on asphalt and still reach sufficient speed for leisurely cruising, which is why they are often considered ideal for beginners. But this is not always the case, because if you want to use your longboard for tricks, for example, you will be left out with a pintail. The high stability makes performing tricks almost impossible.

Carver longboard

At first glance, the “Carver” resembles the pintail, but tapers on both sides, which gives it an iris-like appearance. With this type of longboard, it is not the deck that is important, but the axes, which are often set to be soft to very soft and are therefore ideal for quick changes of direction. Carving is a special style and it is difficult to describe such boards as suitable for everyday use, as the slope to cornering makes easy cruising impossible. Carvers definitely belong in the "Special Interest" category.

Longboard cruiser

The name already suggests: The "Longboard Cruiser" is particularly suitable for long journeys, shallow slopes and generally undemanding terrain, but it is especially fun to ride. Cruisers are real all-rounders, they also allow carving, dancing or freeriding to a certain extent. Depending on the model, they even have a kick-tail that allows jumping. Cruisers are a little more nervous than pintails and don't offer quite as much stability. But if you are unsure about what purpose you want to use your board for, a longboard cruiser as a beginner board is pretty good. Despite the somewhat steeper learning curve. At the moment you can only find cruiser longboards in my longboard shop.

Dancing longboard

In longboard dancing, longboarding looks more like an artistic exercise than real driving. The longboard suitable for this is simply called "Dancer" and is a glorified form of the carver. Dancers are incredibly nervous on the track and you need a lot of sensitivity to be able to drive straight ahead at all. But you will be rewarded for this, because dancers are hard to beat when it comes to maneuverability and whoever masters dancing can become the star of any city park. But of course only if longboarding is allowed there. By the way, dancers are not recommended for longboard beginners.

Although “kicktail” and “freestyle” are by no means the same, these types of longboards combine similar properties. On the one hand, they are relatively short, but at the same time wide and lack the typical iris shape. On the other hand, they are equipped with so-called "kicks" - obligatory for kicktail, in most cases for freestyle - which make it much easier to make jumps. If you want to go into the half-pipe with a longboard, you can't avoid such a board and due to the high riding stability, both variants (the freestyler a little better) are quite suitable for beginners.

From speeds of around 60 km / h, safety on the boards can only be guaranteed if it is a "downhill" longboard. This special version has a low center of gravity, a narrow deck, but at the same time a relatively wide and long wheelbase. What is particularly important here is the composition of the components: wheels and axles are designed for high speeds, can withstand more frictional heat and can be subjected to higher loads. Although it sounds tempting: Downhill longboards should only be hidden with a lot of experience and with adequate safety equipment.