An Introduction to Longboarding
At the age of 30, when I tell people that I skateboard, I am
usually met with expressions of disbelief or telling looks of
"and who's the kid?". But take it from me, it is a
sport that definitely shouldn't just be left to kids......once
you've tried it you'll be hooked.
But when I say skateboarding what I actually mean
is longboarding, a subtle but fundamental difference in many
ways. The ethos and style of longboarding is much more relaxed
where cruising and carving are king and it
should not be confused with the "Slipknot kids" trying
to ride the rails outside the shopping centre....... although
theoretically you can do this on some shorter longboards.
What's the Difference?
The most obvious differences are the boards themselves.
As the name suggests, longboards are a longer, sleeker design,
often taking vintage surfboards or old 70’s skateboards
as their design cues. They start at around about 34 inches,
which is slightly longer than your average Slipknot skateboard,
and go up to (and in some cases over) 54 inches.......that’s
getting towards 5 feet long.