What is a longboard?
A long board is a kind of surfboard. It is longer compared to a skateboard. A long board is used in the skating sports. It is faster too compared to the skating board because of its wheel size. A long board is used in different kinds of activities; long distance racing, transport, dancing, sliding, cruising and downhill racing. Physically the longboards resemble the skateboard. It has some parts that look like the skateboards. It differs with the skateboard because the parts have different measurements. The softness of the wheels makes one feel the long boards are quite different compared to the skateboards.
The long boards have decks made from plywood and have a thickness of 0.079 millimeters. The thickness is composed of bamboo, birch, maple, koa or oak wood. People choose different longboards due to their difference in advantages and disadvantages. One will go for a stiff and light long board if they want to surf downhill. These downhill longboards have the wheelbase of 30’’-28”. The downhill surfing long boards are in three different types. The three designs are; drop decks, top mounts, and the drop through. Each design goes with the part of the hill the person is perfect in surfing.
Drop deck longboard
The drop deck is stable hence not flexible. Its stiffness is majorly contributed by the foot platform which sits below the height of the trucks. This lowers the center of gravity hence making it stable. Because the part is too low, its turn is not that easy hence, it not flexible. The flexible drop deck longboard is the one made of carbon fiber. The carbon fiber is flexible because it is curved by the drops instead of foot pockets. The wooden drop deck boards are the opposite of the carbon fiber ones. They concave and have foot pockets by the drops.
The drop through longboard
This type of longboard has a protruding truck at the base-plate allowed by the cut-outs. This makes the drop through more stable. This kind of longboard still has a problem with turning due to its lower truck. The deck being closer to the axle and the moment arm of the wheel, it decreases grip.
The top mount longboard
It has a concave foot, making it look simple of the three longboard. The top mount is the only long skateboard used down the hill which can turn easily and has increased grip. The top mount is also simple to construct and simple to use too. Most of the people prefer the top mount down the hill to escape the danger of any accident when using it down the hill. The comparison between the three downhill longboards only comes in, in their physical appearance: how they are made and what type of materials are used to make them. Different people will choose the ones they feel convenient with, so as to promote comfortability while using the longboard. For there are guys who would enjoy surfing without turning, they would use either the drop through or the drop deck. Those who do a lot of skills before reaching the bottom of the mountain, use the top mount.
The longboard comes in different types. There is a double drop board. It is a combination of the drop through and the drop down. It is easy to slide with for they are low to the ground. It is this nature of it that enables it to that makes it stable. They are as well stiff to prevent the board from turning while surfing and minimize the amount of energy in the deck.
Flexible boards are preferable for quick surfing. The flexible boards are either made of fiberglass or carbon fiber. There are different parts of longboards. The different parts are suitable for their purpose. These long boards parts are: pintails, drop through, hybrid, cruiser, trucks, bushings, riser pads, bearings, wheels, center set wheels, side set wheels and offset wheels. These are the common parts all the longboard types have, which make them convenient to use.
The long boards are used with other equipment for safety purposes. The additional equipment is the slide glove. The slide glove helps in the rider touch the ground while surfing and even protects them from danger. The gloves can be bought alongside with the long boards or separate from the longboard. Another side equipment is the helmet; the helmet prevents the head from damage once the rider falls. The helmet used in the long board resembles the one in the skateboard. The longboards wear the helmet and the gloves as the basic protection method. There is quite some protection wear for safety during the surfing. The protection wear includes; leathers, wrist guards, knee pad, elbow pads, spine protectors and padded shorts. These are the complete protection garments.
The long board surfing can be used for games as well as for fun. In games, the competitors use different surfing boards according to their familiarity. They use the boards in a different manner too according to the place they go for competition. As well it is used for fun by students or even people. The students, use them in colleges during their free time or when the go for classes, when traveling from home, which is a small distance from their places of residence. It is usually fun surfing during leisure time for it refreshes one’s mind and keeps them fit too.
In conclusion, the long board is a good equipment for keeping the riders fit and strong. It challenges the thinking of the rider. It makes the rider always alert on what next step to make. This will make the rider grow in that way and be able to predict situations in future. The protective materials are usually used by the beginners and the ones in competition. The ones not in competition and are used to the boards, becomes an optional thing in wearing the protective gears. Long boards are thus suitable for sports and fun too.