Longboarding is a sport that is growing in popularity. The board used to longboard is a stylistic and functional melding of the surf and skate board. Developed on the West Coast more than 50 years ago, longboarding has been around for some time. However, it is only recently that it is seemingly exploding in certain regions of the United States. It has become especially popular on college campuses. Many students are opting to travel to class via a longboard rather then the traditional, campus favorite, the bike.
Individuals that ride the longboard report feeling a sensation that is similar to surfing, even though they are riding on a hard surface. This is at least true when a person is riding the board just right. Successful riders are those that have a good sense of balance and control.
There are a myriad of longboarding styles. They include cruising, carving, downhill, slalom, freeriding, sliding, vert and dancing. It is important to wear the right protective gear when longboarding because it can potentially be quite dangerous, especially for those that like to ride downhill.
A longboard typically measures between 36 and 60 inches. It is generally longer than the traditional skateboard and also comes with bigger, softer wheels. The latter allows for a much smoother ride.
There are some people that use longboards for fun and sport. Others utilize them for transportation. This has recently been especially noted on some college campuses, where individuals are longboarding to and from class in large numbers. Young adults who are college aged but not in college, sometimes use them to get around as well. This type of board is faster and easier to navigate than a skateboard, which is smaller and often more difficult to maneuver and stay balanced on.
People longboard for different reasons. For some, as stated above, it is form of transportation. For others it’s simply a good time. These individuals often like to perform tricks, ride with their friends or down steep hills. Another reason people enjoy longboarding is that it is relatively easy to learn. Longboards are bigger and the wheels and trucks better.
As more and more people begin to recognize the benefits of longboarding and discover how much easier it is to ride then its close “cousin” the skateboard, there will likely be an even further increase in both interest and participation.
Individuals interested in longboarding will find that the equipment, particularly the board, is pretty affordable. A used longboard will be really inexpensive. Those individuals that would like a brand new longboard, will find that they can be purchased for less than $100. The brand a person purchases, along with the “bells and whistles” are included, will determine the price of the longboard.