Skateboards: Your guide to knowing your longboard from your cruiser. Find “The One” for you.
Get Your Skateboard On
If you thought skateboarding was for doped up 15-year-old boys squeezed into jeans 10x tighter than your average Hinge date you can think again. Gone are the days when you had to cover half your face with hair and pierce your own abdomen to qualify to ride, 21st-century skating is open to all. London hosts some great flat terrain and some awesome skate parks (if you’re feeling brave). In addition, skating burns the cals and is a great alternative way to keep fit. Plus, it could be a great date. So what’s to lose? Treat yo’ self to a board and get skating.
With some many different types, styles, prices and variations, it’s tricky getting your head around what’s what. Below are some explanations and top tips for picking your getup plus some places to grab your new kit. We’ve opted for completes, which means the boards are all sold with decks, wheels, trucks, ETC.
Let us begin. Now, there are a few different shapes and each shape is designed for a different purpose. Sounds familiar … Skateboard prices vary depending on the type of board, but you can get yourself a beginner setup for around £80- £100.
This is the classic type of skateboard, black grip tape and interesting graphics, you know, the type you would pick on Tony Hawk pro-skater. These boards cost anything from £50 and are generally between 28-33 inches long, or 7 to 10.5 inches wide.
The wider the board, the better the stability, but the narrower the board the easier it is to perform tricks; Sometimes a wider deck can get caught when flipping. The shortboard is designed for doing tricks in the park rather than cruising downhill. The wheels are hard and generally don’t enjoy going over rough surfaces, poor wheels.
Shortboards are often made from woods such as maple, offering flexibility and strong material, allowing the rider to go hard and not home.
The cruiser board is designed for just that, cruising. These boards are built for skating over flat ground and enjoying the ride, without any tricks and shit.
The wheels are softer than other types which allow for little bumps, dips and small stones on the pathway. Cruiser boards are all lengths, short, mid and long, but anything over 36′ is generally considered a longboard.
Not to be confused with a long cruiser, these boards are the longest skateboards around. Generally over 36inches in length is considered a longboard.
The longboard is more so designed for downhill racing, which means they can get some speed. Often boards are lower to the ground with wheel cutouts to allow for bigger wheels (usually around 70mm). However, you can simply ride the longboard around the park.
The length of the longboard depends on weight and height, if your longboard is too long you’ll waste valuable energy pushing the board along, but if it’s too short you won’t fully maximise the boards capacity. To sum it up, the bigger you are, the longer board you will need.
The Old School board have flatter noses and kick-tails unlike their shortboard cousins, these boards can be used pretty much anywhere but are perfect for ramps and rails. The nose of the board is usually the widest part of the board, but the style is very symmetrical and balanced. Generally, these boards are a similar length to shortboards.
Prices really vary but are generally around £80 up.
Penny’s were founded in 2010 by Ben Mackay in Oz for skaters to cruise around on, without doing any tricks. These are considered short cruiser boards.
If you fancy a Penny, they’re around £110- £130 but it may take you a while to chose, the colour combinations are endless. Brightly coloured, the original Penny is around the size of a large foot at 22 inches, offering little stability but a lot of awesomeness. Penny boards are also available in 27 inches and 36 inches (which can be considered a longboard).
The Penny is small enough to carry onto public transport without clonking a commuter plus once you get used to the whole balance thing, you’ll be away.
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Where to shop?
These online shops have loads of different skateboards, including longboards, short or long cruisers and old school boards along with lots of tips, guidance and advice when selecting.