How to choose a longboard?
Choosing a longboard means choosing one of the many longboard practices. Depending on the discipline, the material will vary completely, be it the size of the board, the size of the trucks (the bindings of the wheels on the board) or the wheels.
Longboard Carving &Cruising
The Carving is a practice that consists of taking curves with a longboard, slow down the board downhill, taking small turns with a little speed. The Carving is suitable for riders looking for gliding sensations like snowboarding or asphalt surfing.
Cruising is a walk practice, rather on the dish. To do Cruising, you can opt for a board not too long.
The length of Carving / Cruising boards is more than 90 cm with a maximum width of 25 cm. The trucks of 150 or 180 mm make it possible to turn easily thanks to bushings (the small urethane gums which compose the trucks) rather soft. As for the wheels, their large diameter between 70 and 75 mm will make it possible to better preserve the speed generated by the thrust.
For a Cruising Longboard
, count around 150 €and 250 €. Opt for Pantheon
models, although all brands offer Cruising-specific boards.
To make distance, there is the LDP (Long Distance Pushing). This walk practice is to "pump"and advance a board without pushing with the foot. To have the right movement, it will work all the body: arms, shoulders, torso, hips, thighs, knees, calves ... There is work!
The boards of Pushing measure between 80 and 100 cm of length. The width of the deck will be between 22 and 26 cm depending on the rider's foot size. Trucks with a narrow width between 120 and 130 mm will have soft bushings for more maneuverability or hard bushings to have more speed. The wheels with a large diameter of 75 mm or more and a duro between 78A or 80A will hang well on the ground.
For a Pushing board
, go for the Pantheon brands
, Arbor, whose price varies between 200 €and 400 €.
Longboard Downhill &Freeride
In DH (DownHill), we will try to have the fastest possible trajectory in the descent. Riders who practice this discipline can develop a speed up to 100km / h!
As for the Freeride, this practice is to make the descent by slider: we take a slope and make skids.
Downhill we will have relatively short boards, one meter or so, very rigid. Trucks will usually be forged rather than molded to have something quite precise with an angle often a little larger forward than aft for more stability and maneuverability.
On the boards of Descent, there will be many concaves to have feet well set, mails there will not necessarily be what is called "tail"(the back part of the longboard) or "nose"(the front part).
A Freeride board will generally have the same characteristics as a board of descent, except that the pieces will be less technically developed. We will need less precision because we will go slower.
The Dancing is a mix of tricks inspired by skateboarding and old-school skateboarding (No Comply etc.), and steps of the longboard surf that can get closer to the dance.
In Dancing we will have boards rather long of more than 1m10 generally, it can go up to 1m25, to see 1m30-1m50 in extreme cases. We will have trucks basically 180 mm wide and an angle of 50 °and wheels quite small, in any case smaller than downhill (65 mm).
In Dancing we will have "kick-tail"(the back part of a board when it is raised) of two sides, often symmetrical, which allow to make tricks. And where the board of descent is rigid, a board of dancing is rather flexible.
In summary, there is not one board that is better than the other. Choosing a longboard will always depend on what you would like to do with it! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Nomadeshop team through social networks or go directly to the store. See you soon !