August 31, 2012 by Colin Rickard
Welcome to Locomotion Culture! This blog is going to be dedicated to anything and everything Longboard related. Now you might be asking “What is a Longboard?”
A Longboard is effectively a variant on Skateboard, but is effectively the same thing but in a different light. The main difference is how the the board is ridden. A lot of what consists of Skateboarding is tricks that include jumping, performing “ollies“, vertical wooden ramps, grinding, etc… Whilst Longboarding focuses more on cruising, consisting of easier riding with softer wheels to absorb bumps. Also, Longboard tricks consist more of sliding the board on the ground instead of jumping into the air (Although of course there are variants of how you can implement skateboard tricks into a long board).
Now with that simplified explanation, Longboarding itself can be broken into 5 major categories, with some variances in-between.
These categories include:
1- Cruising (just pushing around and enjoying the ride, more of a relaxed way to ride and of a lower intensity)
2- Sliding (this involves pushing out the rear or front of the board and using the wheels to slow you down or perform board rotations)
3- Freeriding (One of the more intense forms of riding, includes fast speeds, sliding to reduce speed as well as changes in pavement)
4- Downhill (by far the most dangerous form of longboarding, professionals can get up to speeds of 45MPH+. This category has its own racing association where riders compete in timed courses where they try to be the first one down a large hill)
5- Slalom (the least popular of the 5, in slalom, riders traverse a series of increasingly close cones that riders will attempt to ride in and out of)
Hope the information helps and I will be seeing you all (in the form of type) next time!