How To Choose The Best Type Of Longboard Of Perfect Shape And Style
God, choosing a longboard is quite a confusing task. You have a variety of styles, shapes and sizes to choose from. Being a beginner, you may feel awe-inspiring to pick a board from a pool of boards but actually it is not. With this article, I would like to enlighten you guys about the riding styles and most common shapes of boards. Once you get hold of these elements, it would be easy for you to choose the type of board you need.
Obviously, the better you get an idea about the shapes and styles, the easiest it will be to choose the board. Take a sneak-peak on the factors to be considered:
Longboard Riding Style
This one is the most common question which you need to ask yourself in order to choose the perfect board.
Cruising and Carving for Tyros
An all-purpose way of riding is cruising and carving. The board used for this purpose is designed to make you take wider turns while riding whilst you are hitting concrete surfaces.
Free Ride for Intermediate Riders
Quick sliding with technical tricks is all about free riding. In this, the rider manoeuvres the board while downhill riding. Various tricks are used one after another to control the longboard effectually.
Freestyle for All Levels
It is the regular type of riding. You can do anything like dancing, sliding, goofy riding and anything you think of doing. This style is inherited from skateboarding and slots in various technical tricks. Anyone whether a neophyte or an expert can try this style. Enjoy it, it’s a fun guys!!
Downhill for Advanced Riders
Guys, it’s all about speed, speed and speed. That’s all…
Just ride down the hills at as greater speeds as you can. Maintain full balance over the board while bombing the hills and terrains. You being a beginner should pick up slow speed at first and then move onto higher unless you don’t have tried your hands on boarding tricks.
Now, when you are aware of longboarding styles, let’s get our hands rolling with various longboard shapes.
Depending upon the style you choose, it’s the time to focus on shapes now. All the styles get covered up in two shapes of boards i.e. Directional and Symmetrical. Both these shapes go perfect for every rider whether beginner, intermediate or expert.
Directional: Clear from its name, this board goes into one direction only and the most used directional board is pintail.
Symmetrical: Such boards are perfect for free riding and freestyle riding. These are also called bidirectional boards wherein the front and back of the board looks the same. You can stand in any direction while riding to hit the roads smartly.
Lastly, I would like to say that the choice is yours. Choose from any style which suits you well and the shape you feel is perfect for your body. So grab a nice board to have a wonderful riding experience. Happy riding!!