One of the most popular extreme sports of the last decade was longboarding. More and more people use the longboard for transport to their work, school or friends. Longboarding is especially popular with surfers, who like the board for its resemblance to surfing. However there is often much confusion among people new to this sport, what the exact difference is with skateboarding. Therefore the purpose of this article is to answer this question for once and for all.
Both skateboarding and longboarding initially began as substitute for surfing. They were established as new sport by surfers in the fifties of the previous century in California. However skateboarding developed itself as sport on its own, while longboarding remained a substitute for surfing.
The biggest difference between the longboard and the skateboard lies in the deck. Longboards are usually longer and heavier. Standard street skateboarding decks, usually 30 to 40 cm in length, have a width of 18 to 25 inches. Longboard decks can range from 70 to 170 cm long and can be up to 30 cm wide.
Another big difference between the two sports is that skateboard is solely focused on performing tricks, while the longboard has a wider variety of disciplines. With the longboard you can also participate in downhill races, the slalom or you can cruise the city. The longboard is also suitable for performing tricks, but this requires more skill and strength than the skateboard would.
Longboard wheels are usually a bit softer and bigger than skateboarding wheels. However you can also use regular skateboard wheels on a longboard. A skateboard’s wheels range from 48 to 55 mm in diameter. Decks used for street skating need smaller wheels to cut down on the board’s weight.
Ball bearings used for skateboarding are rated by the Annular Bearing Engineer’s Committee. The street skateboard bearings, rated on speed, have a 2, 4, 6 or 8 rating. The slowest bearings on the market receive a rating of 2 while the fastest bearings receive a rating of 8.