What to Look for When Buying a Longboard Skateboard

What to Look for When Buying a Longboard Skateboard

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What to Look for When Buying a Longboard Skateboard Since the 1950s, the sport of longboard skateboarding has been loved by a unique group of skateboarding enthusiasts that live for the speed and freewheeling nature of the longboard.

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What to Look for When Buying a Longboard Skateboard Since the 1950s, the sport of longboard skateboarding has been loved by a unique group of skateboarding enthusiasts that live for the speed and freewheeling nature of the longboard. And although longboard technology has changed significantly since the first homemade boards hit the streets more than 40 years ago, the sport itself has remained relatively unchanged. What the originators of longboarding were doing back in the day is still being done today.
Whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned veteran, it is an exciting day when you decide it's time to start shopping for a new board. Here at GoldCoast, we are honored to be part of the skateboarding culture and industry, providing our riders with boards that are designed to deliver the best experience possible. Below are the things you should be looking at when shopping for a longboard skateboard: 1. Deck Length The deck of the skateboard is the piece you actually stand on. In this regard, length is everything. We measure the length from nose to tail, not from wheel truck to wheel truck. Your choice of length really depends on what you want to do with your board. Shorter cruising boards are designed for younger kids who cannot handle a lot of length. For adults and experienced riders, shorter boards offer faster speeds and a more intense experience that requires significantly more control. A short board is certainly not for beginners. As for mid-size and longer boards, these are great options for those looking for a more controlled and relaxed ride. 2. Deck Flexibility The flexibility of your deck determines how well your board does on certain kinds of roads. Think of the shock absorbers on a car. The more flex in your deck, the smoother your board will feel under rough road conditions. Stiffer boards are harder to control on surfaces that are less than pristine. A flexible deck also allows the rider to get closer to the ground. This may be important to you if you want to learn some of the tricks that require a low center of gravity. If you are just looking to cruise and nothing more, flexibility may not be something that is terribly important to you.
3. Deck Style Longboards are designed and manufactured with different deck styles based on your priorities as a skateboarder. There are two primary styles, beginning with the freeride set up. The freeride deck is the shorter of the two and the more flexible. It is intended to be used in parking lots, on sidewalks, and in skate parks. People who choose a freeride deck usually do so because they are looking to learn some of the best tricks. The other deck style is known as downhill. These boards are longer, a bit wider, and less flexible. They are designed for one thing, and one thing only: speed. An experienced rider on a quality downhill deck can do upwards of 50 mph or faster! 4. Tail Style There are two different styles of tail offered on longboard skateboards. The first is the flat tail; it trails off similar to a traditional surfboard. The second is the kick tail. Someone preferring a kick tail wants that extra bit of material on the back end in order to do certain tricks. As a side note, kick tales are very popular with standard skateboards as well. They are very handy for doing tricks. Now you know what to look for when buying a longboard skateboard. We invite you to check out our inventoryhere at GoldCoastbefore you buy.