Dancing On Longboards

January 12, 2017

I've been through many dancing boards and none compare to my 1/2 dance, not only is it a great board, they are a great company too.

The Loaded Bhangra is a popular one, so is the AmWood 1/2Dance.

LBL has a few decks that are good for dancing, too. I'm not sure exactly what they're riding, but I'm pretty sure it's a Bustin because of their shirts. What you want is something around 48" (or longer for less freestyle and more straight up dancing) with some flex and carvy trucks. I built mine, it's 50" long and made from 4 plies of 1/8" Baltic birch.

I prefer the more dance oriented decks because of the wide efp (effective foot platform, where you can stand).

Good boards:

  • Amwood 1/2 dance
  • BC Boards Plakton
  • Simple Platypus
  • Loaded Dancer
  • Longboard Larry Old Skool Dancer
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Skateboard vs Longboard

December 3, 2016

So you're looking to getting a longboard or a skateboard, but because your budget is tight I can only get one and don't have the luxury of trying both. You may be thinking that you should get a longboard first so you can get good at just riding and then later on buying a skateboard to learn tricks whenyou're more comfortable.

Does the idea sound good?

Well, skateboards will be cheaper in general and I was all trial by fire when I got started, but I ended up on a longboard semi-perminately.

Longboards are generally better for cruising if you just want to ride (especially if you've never done it before)

That being said, personally, I would just get a skateboard because of the lower budget and because you're ultimate goal is a skateboard and doing tricks.

I would do this because you could always get a cheaper complete skateboard that could be used to learn how to ride and balance. Then, once you have confidence you can go straight into learning tricks.

This would mean that you wouldn't have to go and buy another board and then take the time to relearn how it works because with the skateboard being smaller and more maneuverable it will feel different. (It shouldn't be really different but it would be different)

You can get the best of both world (sort of). Get a skateboard and buy softer wheels.

The softer wheels are more like long boards where the softer they are, the less bouncing you will encounter while learning to ride.

Once you felt comfortable and wanted to learn tricks, you can then just buy harder wheels and put those on. This would be again cheaper than buying a whole new board and would skip the whole "Getting used to a smaller board and how it feels to ride" stage of transitioning.

That's my personal opinion.

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Tricky

November 13, 2016

If you want to learn some tricks, go for a regular shape skateboard.

Nothing matches the feeling of working at a trick and landing it, it's a really rewarding feeling and it's addicting. Also, you can skate bowls and stuff too.

If you just need transportation, a longboard of a shorter variant with a kick-tail like in the about video would be a good choice.

You could also get a cruiser, which is kind of a mix between skateboard and street board. It's more designed for cruising but still has a kick-tail and you can learn tricks on them, carve at the park, etc.

It all comes down to your personal preference and needs. What do you want to do?

Think of it like this - once comfortable riding, do you want to try moving onto skating transition, and learning to ollie over stuff like gaps, or do you want to surf the street and hill bomb?

I switched over to a cruiser (landyachtz ripple ridge) and I love it.

You can ollie on most cruisers if you want, but put some nice wheels on it and you're off to surf the concrete jungle. Also, longboard wheels are so much quieter than skateboard wheels which makes for a more comfortable cruising experience as not as many people will look at you. The bigger softer wheels are easy on most cracks in the pavement, and the wider wheel base gives more stability, too.

I started skating in my late teens with a trick deck, and after discovering how smooth and easier longboards are to ride, never looked back.

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City Riding/Transportation

November 4, 2016

So what are some good decks for city riding/transportation? Really it comes down to more, you can use any board, and if you are comfortable with it then it is the right one.

If you have a skateboard you can always put soft small wheels on it. NoSkools, etc. or you could check out churchillmfg.com . They've got blank completes for ~130. There's also the Earthwing supermodel which everyone suggests for someone who's unsure of what they want. I think a double drop complete is ~180?

Bustin Maestro is realy easy to push and low weight. Also there is a mini version that should weight even less.

You can check that out at muirskate.com.

Say you want a longboard, I'd probably suggest decks like:

  • Earthwing Miniglider (~$75)
  • Landyachtz Pocketknife (~$75)

For trucks, any 150mm RKP - like Paris 150 or Randall's; or 160mm TKP - like Indy's 169.

And for wheels something soft and around 65mm I guess, maybe more if you don't mind using risers.

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Love Cruising on a Longboard

August 5, 2016

I don't do tricks on this board. I just commute. You might call it cruising. I really don't take part in the skate scene, since they consider (some at least) longboarders to be a bit of posers. I guess I can see where that comes from, since a lot of people can ride a longboard. Myself included.

Longboard stores have a better variety of cruisers, and stores like muirskate let you build it custom. It's also way cheaper if you order it online. Try muirskate.com

Depending on your size and comfort level, perhaps a Zip Zinger board might suit you. I have a Zip Zanger and I find that they are great cruisers.

Also, I find that most of the times I become unstable on my 32" are because of bad foot placement, I could get better if I only road the 32", but I don't.

What happens is my back foot ends up on tail unexpectedly, or one of my feet ends up with toes or heels too far over the side. In my experience, a smaller board isn't easier for avoiding that kind of mistake - since you have to be more careful where you put your feet or run the risk of throwing yourself offbalance. For this reason I find a Penny sized board to be less fun strangely - I have to concentrate more as I have less space for my feet.

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Penny Boards

July 20, 2016

They may not be a technical longboard, but they ride and are used the same way a lot of longboarders ride longboards.

Cruising, hopping around and having a blast. Over time, longboards have evolved, and not all longboards are long. I mean, sure, it may be technically more correct to call them short boards, but hell, I'm happy to include anyone chill in one of my favorite things to do.

Longboarding is more than bombing hills and doing DH races and having a board that is longer than a skateboard. It's a culture and one I'm proud to be a part of, even if I don't have an expensive board with super bearings, my 49" piece of 7-ply Maple on no-name trucks barely handles 30, but I love it and I love longboarding.

My points are:

  • You generalized everybody who gets a Penny...not everybody (myself, for example) gets one as a fashion statement. Personally, I feel like that's ridiculous anyway, seeing as I feel like the biggest idiot riding that tiny thing.
  • Even if someone were to get one as a fashion statement, they'd only continue to ride it if they actually liked it. What started as a fashion statement became something fun for them to do. And who are you to kick people who are taking an interest in the longboarding community, out of the community?

Anyways, I'm not too bothered about the whole Penny board thing, I still say it's different than a skateboard and has a usage profile closer to that of a longboard.

I'm trying to get a bunch of chill boarders together this summer.

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