What Is Longboard Dancing

March 8, 2017

I thought that I would exapnd on a part of longboard culture that I really enjoy. Dancing.

It might sound sort of crazy, but dancing on a longobard is doable and that is one of the reasons that I enjoy them.

Here are some examples of what I am talking about.

I love that guy's reaction. He's like, "shit, go right on through".

Commuting By Longboard

February 21, 2017

I usually use my longboard for commuting, not that I don't use it for other things, but it is my go-to mode of transportation.

I think it's actually more common to commute on a longboard - but I think skateboarders will tell you that it is more fun with kicktails.

If you can't ollie, you should at least learn to take curbs (going down, obviously).

A mile pushing on a longboard is no huge deal, and will be easier and easier the lower to the ground the board is (drop down, dropthrough, double drop) and harder (though not too noticeably) as it gets higher (with risers added).

Also, there are two things about board shape that majorly affect maneuverability, those being the length of the wheelbase and the height of the board. The maneuverability increases with the ride height of the board and decreases as the wheelbase gets longer. The wheelbase is the distance between the trucks on the board.

A regular skateboard will give you good mobility and pushing if you can kick-turn respectably, but just lean-turning on a skateboard deck with cruiser wheels could give you wheelbite, which could make you eat it pretty easily.

My recommendation is get a topmount longboard with double kicktails, and make sure it is less than 40 inches long for max mobility.

If you could ride comfortably and ollie curbs consistently, I would just recommend a skateboard with cruiser wheels.

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The Longboard Feud

December 8, 2016

I own a skateboard and longboard.

While I could say I love doing both. It really depends on my mood which is more toward cruising while listening to some music rather than getting technical at a skatepark with my skateboard. People that skateboard that pick on longboarders or vice-versa are just close minded.

I love cruising on a longboard but I feel like I have a connection to both.

The only problem with longboarding is the poser kids who ride around on expensive setups for the image.

I longboard and skateboard, and i hate those kinds of people just as much as the next guy, but they exist in almost every sport. You can find the same types of people who do the same thing with skateboarding, BMX, etc. but you can't group in everyone else who longboards with those kids, because just like skateboarding, theres people who go hard and shred.

Thats just my oppinion.

Why I Longboard

September 7, 2016

Why do you longboard?

I love the adventure. Also it's the only thing that can make me feel better when I'm feeling down and wondering why I do what I do and why I'm so shitty. It gave me the chance to make some really good friends for me.

The first time I touched a board was when I was around 7 and I was pretty into skating then but I stopped for some reason. Now I'm back into a new type of skating and I'm glad that I am. I'm no amazing rider but I love the feeling of swaying across the road, the wind, the joy, the look you get from passerby's. That's why I longboard.

It's been asked a thousand times but why do you longboard?

My interest in un-cool tricks like slides and old school freestyle eventually made me a total outcast even in the skateboarding scene. That's pretty much the same time I discovered the freedom and individually of longboarding.

Everything longboarding allows you to do is so expressive and personal, it borders on being art. Not that I'm even that skilled or graceful when I skate, but it still gives me a feeling that nothing else has managed to come close to...and I'm still thankful every day that I was lucky enough to be a part of it.

That's why I Longboard.

I just love it... there's no other reason for it, no explanation, just love :)

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It's A Defense Mechanism

June 17, 2016

In general, longboarding allows people who can't skate to sort of hop on the skateboarding culture.

The same reason skateboarders hate kids who claim on skating, but actually can't or more accurately, don't even really try. Longboarding is just so close to skateboarding that the public can't tell the difference.

To the point now where longboarders can get away with saying 'yeah i skate' and no one bats an eye.

Skaters don't want you riding the coattails of their culture or being associated with it in any way.

At the end of the day, it's a stupid, bitter hatred.

There's nothing wrong with other people biting your style or hopping onto your culture, it should be viewed as a compliment. But instead, we see our culture being taken away from us, so hatred is used to express the fact that you are not one of us.

I think that their goal is to make it more open and public, the more likely the public will realize 'hey, these kids are skateboarders, these kids are longboarders, there is a difference'.

Plus most skaters don't really hate longboarders.

It's just that the minority that does tends to stick out. I'd also like to add that oldschool skateboarding and longboarding share a lot of tricks. A longboard is a type of skateboard, just like a trickboard is a type of skateboard. The fact that one is harder to ollie than the other doesn't make a difference.

Growth or Decline

March 21, 2016

The skateboarding scene has seen a lot of groth and decline. Now with longboards being adopted it might seem like the current trend is in decline. So what does his mean?

Casual longboarding allowed more people to get to a stage where they're comfortable on a board.

This is a big step to start attempting more technical styles, I think it's strange to assume that one shape and setup is good enough for everyone for every style of skating, there are skateboarders who get offended by the idea of using soft wheels on their street deck for commuting because they're that elitest.

Ask 5 different longboarders how they would create an all around board and get 5 completely different answers.

Gear variation is great because it allows you to use the parts that compliment your style, it's bad because people try to pay-to-win. "I can't do toesides, maybe if I get hoots then I can" mentality is big with kids with too much money, so that's good for the industry.

Skateboard gear stagnated, you can get the highest quality decks for $15, kids that don't skate hard rarely have to replace their stuff. They rarely snap decks, grind through to the axles or wear down small hard wheels. They very rarely even buy bushings.

With longboarders it's "I can't do this, I need this new gear" which means people own way too much stuff and people are always trying to sell and trade it.

At least where I am, I'd say skateboarders outnumber longboarders 25:1, and removing campus-cruiser types, probably 100:1

Yet, I think the diversity within longboards help the community grow. Their is a shape/size for everyone with just the right graphic. You can find one that catches your eye and make you want it.

Plus the community itself is way more positive.

Skateboarding will always be around but I sure do think that it is on the decline as compared to longboarding is certainly on the rise.

In my oppinion at least.