Often the differences on board shapes and styles can be cause for argument, and we continually find that a lot of people have misunderstandings on the core differences.
Heres our 2 bits worth, which covers some fundamental differences and we'll expand on these as we go. Any questions and input are welcomed.
If you're not interested in doing tricks and want a skateboard to push around on for transportation or pure pleasure, longboard skateboards or longboard cruisers are a great option. Some longboards are specifically designed for downhill racing though. See below for differentiation:
'Downhill longboards' tend to have a symmetrical shape, sit lower to the ground, and have wheel cutouts, which allow larger wheels to be used.
'Longboards/Cruising longboards' can be any of various shapes (which is mostly for aesthetics compared to performance) and sizes usually range from around 38 inch to 46 inch or even up to around 60 inches. They can have the same trucks as downhill boards, or sometimes a purpose built carving truck-see Dr Tongue trucks, and larger, wider and softer wheels for pumping and comfort. When these are set up properly, they offer a far superior creamy carve than anything else.
'Shortboard' (also street or trick decks):
Shortboards are the shortest style board and are designed and shaped for getting air and performing tricks. Length is generally 28inch-32inch.
If you're leaning towards street or park skating, a shortboard style deck will be a perfect match for you. They generally have kicktails at both ends, small light wheels and small light trucks.
Quality woods and construction definitely count on these (like all decks in all honesty), but you can go past Payne Skateboards for high end Australian know-how and build.
Cruiser boards often have kicktails, and are more designed for simply cruising around. The decks are typically mid-length (32inch to 38inch). Cruisers are versatile and maneuverable, making them good for cruising the streets. they commonly have a nice concave, good cruising trucks and larger softer wheels for added smoothness of ride.
Old school boards typically have a kicktails and a flat nose. They are usually slightly tapered or bottle shaped with a wider nose. Generally around the 30inch to 32inch length. Old school boards are an awesome choice for skating pools, ramps, or carving the streets. These were big in the 80's.
For any info on getting set up with a longboard skateboard/cruiser, contact us now at Anchor Plank Skateboards Australia.
Happy cruising! Leigh & the team.
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