Longboards are designed to corner stably and cruise quickly over longer distances than the typical shorter skateboard. If you as a rider intend to skate on long runs on smooth pavement, straight down and around gentle inclines and curves and mostly away from curbsides or tricks over obstacles, a longboard will be a better choice than a shorter skateboard in most cases. You can take a look to some of the best longboard brands from the good longboard companies on the market today.
Another advantage is that longboards are generally thought of as being easier to learn as well as ride. If you’re just starting out and feeling your way on how to surf concrete on these types of wheeled boards, you’ll likely have an easier time learning how to find your footing, balance your body, and develop a more comfortable stance on a longboard.
Here are some tips on how to choose and customize a design to best suit your style of riding. We also look at how to modify and tune your board’s platform and suspension parts, in terms of a balance between smoothness at speed and maneuverability in turns.
Riding Guidelines and Safety
Longboarding has its pitfalls, and all guides on the sport mention safety guidelines and best practices which all riders should follow or keep in mind to avoid getting hurt often. You’re basically skating down mostly hard concrete lanes at a fast pace, and there will always be a risk of you falling any time you forget to focus and lose your balance or go over some bad patch of ground.
Like with all things worth doing, to become good at longboarding, you need to learn the basics and practice them well.
- You goal is to master your skills to the point where you can relax in your stance and ride comfortably in most situations.
- For safety, it really helps to be wearing a protective helmet when you’re on a difficult road or course, especially those with lots of foot or car traffic.
- To make things easier, aside from flat rubber-soled shoes you might want to wear knee and elbow pads as well for added protection. When (and not if) you fall, you’re less likely to suffer worse types of injury with these on.
- As a bonus, with proper safety gear on you will also gain some added peace of mind should let you relax and enjoy each ride even more.