How to Choose the Right Longboard Skateboard

Longboarding is yet another totally awesome sport that has swept adrenaline seekers coast to coast. It’s easier than skateboarding, yet still gives you that feeling of cruising sideways. Snowboards, surfers and skiers are all attracted to long boarding in addition to those who are just attracted to the freedom and chill feeling of longboarding. What is a longboard? We’ll, it’s more than just a long skateboard. The wheels are softer and bigger than those of a skateboard, so it’s a much smoother ride and more “beginner friendly.” There are various longboard shapes, lengths, widths and flexes for different rides. Once you’re comfortable on a longboard, you can really get down with carving, board slides, speed and other tricks like the peeps in this inspiring video below. If you’re like anyone who works at The House, having an arsenal of styles from the best longboard brands is the way to go!

Cruiser Longboard

The name pretty much stakes it’s claim! A cruiser board is a means of transportation and a perfect longboard for beginners. Some are shorter, designed to easily weave in and out of foot traffic and get you to work, school, the store or for a bite to eat. If you think you’d like to bomb some hills, then opt for a longer board for more stability at higher speeds. Next, you’ll need to decide on the length, stiffness and tail shape which we’ve defined for you…

  • Deck Length – Naturally, this is the length of the board from nose to tail (in inches). A board raining from 28″ – 46″ is a great choice for a cruiser board. If you are new to longboarding, going any shorter than this will make it more difficult to learn. Unlike snowboards, length is more of a preference than a necessity. If a snowboard is way too short for your body size, it could easily break and won’t offer a true flex. Longboards are different in that the length is almost complete preference. Again, shorter boards enable one to make shorter, quicker turns and longer boards are great for carving at high speeds. If you’re totally lost on what size to get, go for one in the the mid 30s.
    • Shorter Cruising Boards – Lengths in the 28″ – 32″ range are perfect for young riders and shorter people. However, taller people can rider shorter cursing boards if they have their skills down since it will be slightly more difficult to navigate.
    • Mid-Sized Cruising Board – Longboards in the range of 32″ – 42″ are the most popular and recommended for newbies of all sizes. With a length between small and long, these boards are just right and can do almost anything!
    • Longer Cruising Board – Great for longer, relaxed rides, these boards are perfect for the sidewalk or cursing the boardwalk when the surf is flat. Be forewarned, these boards can be quite heavy to carry!
  • Deck Flex – Flex is a pretty important component of a cursing longboard. The flex of the board will absorb some of the rough terrain, bumpy roads or tiny rocks. A flexy board also enables the rider to ride close to the ground, which can be quite fun and perfect for hands down 360s! This type of shock absorption will also help to relieve some of the stress on your knees and ankles. Making it easier to balance and push, riding lower to the ground adjusts your center of gravity. If you would like some flex, be sure to check out the weight range on the board.  On the other hand, a stiffer board will provide more stability. Such boards are popular for downhill longboards and are sort of the ‘original’ style of longboards. Once thing to consider is that newbies could find a very flexy board to be quite challenging to master from the start, so a stiffer board is likely the way to go!
  • Kicktail or No Kicktail – A kicktail is when the tail of the board is…kicked up a bit (think traditional skateboard shape)! Having a kicktail longboard can be very convenient when you need to make quick turns, do tricks, and pop up and down curbs. Beginners can go either way since they won’t be using a kicktail from the start. Boards without kicktails are able to maximize the effective wheelbase (distance from one axle to the other),which allows them to be a bit more stable for beginners. If you don’t think you’ll ever be turning or doing tricks with the help of a kicktail, then opt for no kicktail.

 

Freeride Longboard

For intermediate to advanced longboarders, a freeriding involves riding down hills while doing technical maneuvers. Watch this unreal clip for some freeriding eye candy…

  • Deck Style – Are you ready for some boardslides on pavement while going down a concrete hill? Truthfully, any board can be set up for freeriding, but some decks are specifically designed for such a purpose. An ideal downhill deck will be longer than the average longboard brand and will be completely rigid for increased stability at higher speeds. Thin, flexible boards are designed for fun in the parking lot or streets, not bombing down hills! There are two choices from here – drop through and drop platform.
    • Drop Through – For the intermediate rider, drop through decks are lighter and have a slimmer construction. Be sure to choose one with little flex since it’s not a good idea for freeriding.
    • Drop Platform – Geared towards beginners, drop platforms have a lowered platform on the drop platform (and double drop) decks gives riders an enhanced sense of stability. It makes initiating slides much easier.
  • Deck Dimensions – Anything in the 38″ – 42″ range will be perfect for freeride. Shorter will be unstable and longer will be too cumbersome. Don’t worry about the width since it will be proportional to the length.

 

Downhill Longboard

For the advanced only, downhill longboarding involves riding at very high speeds and requires a lot of precision. Although it doesn’t look like they are going that fast, the dudes in the clip below clocked in at 50 MPH!

  • Deck Style – For speed, stability and precision, the majority of pro longboards (yes, there are pro long boarders!) prefer a top mount deck. Still, some are more comfortable with the lower, more stable feeling that drop-through decks offer. If you’ve been reading this entire article, you probably have noticed a theme – longboard styles vary and it’s easy to customize your ideal ride for various types of riding!
    • Drop Through – Have you ever had the wobbles when going fast down a hill? It’s pretty scary when your board seems to uncontrollably shake beneath your feet taking your legs with it. A drop through deck offers incredible stability since it sits lower to the ground offering the rider a more stable center of gravity. To mix things up a bit, a drop through deck can be mounted the “normal” way (underneath the deck as opposed on the sides of the deck) for a top mount ride. If you’re new to downhill racing, drop through is the way to go.
    • Top Mount – Like a traditional skateboard, top mount trucks attached to the bottom of the deck. This mounting style give the board more grip when speeding around turns. When sliding is necessary to slow down for tight corners,  a top-mount board will give better performance. Keep in mind, however, there are many skills to master before obtaining the benefits of a top mount board. Unless you’re a seasoned longboard who is comfortable riding at very high speeds, a drop though would be a wiser choice.
  • Deck Dimensions – For downhill, decks in the length range of 37-43″ will be ideal. A shorter deck will be unstable at high speeds while a longer deck will lack maneuverability. Oh the choices. Beginners should stick with longer setups until they are accustomed to bombing down hills. Still torn? Stick to something around 40-41” to be on the safe side. You can’t go wrong with that size range!

Now for the fun part. Shop the best longboard brands on The House’s extensive selection of longboards!

By | 2012-07-18T17:17:06+00:00 July 18th, 2012|Buying Guide|172 Comments

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  1. Heidi September 16, 2013 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Is there a certain brand you would recommend?

    • gufrocks October 3, 2013 at 8:47 am - Reply

      It depends on what type of riding you want to do. There’s a different board for flat land cruising, bombing hills, carving, and tricks. What do you see yourself doing the most?

  2. harperrr November 3, 2013 at 10:32 am - Reply

    what kind of songbird could i get for flat land cursing?

  3. harperrr November 3, 2013 at 10:33 am - Reply

    * longboard

  4. Jacob November 9, 2013 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Whats the best board for stand up sliding??

    • Dana November 29, 2013 at 10:18 am - Reply

      For sliding it really comes down to the hardness or durometer of the wheels. Your going to want to get wheels that have a durometer of 85a-90a.

  5. Beanie November 11, 2013 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Hi! I’m a newbie. I like the Landyachtz Switchblade but don’t know what size ( in length) to get. It’s either the 38″ or 36″. I’m 5′ 3″ tall and everyone tells me to get the 36″ but I like the graphic on the 38″ better. Idk what to get. :/ I know for a fact the 40″ is too big. I’ve stood on one. But haven’t on the others.

    • Dana November 29, 2013 at 10:15 am - Reply

      a 38″ would work great. If you looking to do more down hill you could ride a 40″.

  6. Kris November 19, 2013 at 9:47 am - Reply

    My seven year old wants a longboard for Christmas – he is a beginner – any recommendations on size?

    • Dana November 29, 2013 at 10:12 am - Reply

      I would suggest a shorter long board around. such as the Arbor Woody Cruiser or the Cliche Statue Of Liberty Longboard Complete. Feel free to give our sales staff a call they will help you find the perfect board. 1-800-409-7669.

  7. Ethan January 17, 2014 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    Hey I’m new to longboarding, and I’m thinking about getting a board. I really like Gold Coast Classic Red/Black pintail, it’s 44″ and I’m 12 and
    i’m 5′ 5″. Any suggestions?

    • gufrocks January 20, 2014 at 10:07 am - Reply

      The Gold Coast Classic Longboard Complete is well, a classic. The shape and wheel base are idea for cruising flat and bombing hills. The Gold Coast Classic is a very well rounded board that can handle basically anything!

  8. Mahmoud January 30, 2014 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    Hey I’m new to long boards like many, but have no clue what brand, flex, size, etc. I should be looking at. I am currently in University and would like something to get around campus (sometimes can get a little crowded so I might need something that can maneuver well) but also something to cruise with, to get from one spot to the next (usually kilometers apart). I am 6 feet tall if that helps haha. I would appreciate any advice considering I’m kind of lost.

  9. kayy February 27, 2014 at 12:58 am - Reply

    I’m new at longboardimg and want to get a board. I want a pressure tail board but not sure on what size and all. I’m 5’4 and want double suspension to for smoother riding! Help!(x

    • Dana March 11, 2014 at 10:27 am - Reply

      Now when you say “double suspension” are you talking about board with sidewinder trucks?

  10. Morgan Klostergaard February 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Im a beginner 5’9 and will be riding mostly on the side walks and bike paths what would you Recommend

    • Dana March 11, 2014 at 10:26 am - Reply

      I really like boards with sidewinder trucks for cursing the streets. Another good brand to check out is Loaded. If you want to get into sliding let me know and I can send you some other options.

  11. Bevin Chu March 2, 2014 at 1:35 am - Reply

    I just ordered a 34″ cruiser board with a kicktail. The board for me would be a means of short range transportation in lieu of a bicycle, a way to get in some aerobic exercise while getting from the MRT stop to my final destination, and a way to turn a long boring walk into a short fun ride.

    I actually wanted a very long longboard for the surfing feel, and for maximum efficiency in Long Distance Pumping. But I live in a major metropolis and need to dodge pedestrians and ollie up sidewalk curbs. I just didn’t think a 47″ pintail would cut the mustard in terms of practicality. So reluctantly I settled for a much shorter board.

    For the record, I’m a baby boomer who was part of the first skateboard craze of the mid 60s. I was never a fan of the swimming pool and half pipe craze of the 70s. By then I had graduated from college and was long out of skateboarding.

    I actually concocted a crude 36″ long cruiser board of my own design back then, using 5/8″ plywood, a jig saw, and a wood rasp. I even put the front truck close to the nose, but the rear truck pulled farther away from the tail, so that I could kick the nose up when I wanted ollie up curbs. I don’t believe the term “ollie” had been invented yet!

  12. Jared March 13, 2014 at 9:04 am - Reply

    I want to do sliding and be able to carve and stop-sliding. Do I want a drop-through or a drop-deck?

    • Dana April 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      You do not need a drop deck or drop through for sliding/stopping. Although it can help by lowering you center or gravity, which is great for high speeds. Personally, I ride a Sector 9 bamboo pin and have no problem sliding.

  13. em April 13, 2014 at 1:04 am - Reply

    I’m 5’0″ complete newbie board recommendations??

  14. Jeada April 22, 2014 at 3:16 am - Reply

    My long board was really thin and I just use it to go to school and ride around but it kind of just broke in half so is there any brands you would recommend with thicker boards?

  15. basketball 2 May 7, 2014 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    What kind of board would be best for going down hills on a tar/gravel road?

    • gufrocks May 20, 2014 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      Drop through longboards with BIG wheels. With a drop through’s lower center of gravity you’ll be more stable at high speeds.

  16. basketball 2 May 7, 2014 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Im 5 foot 4 inches and I have a hilly road, what board would be best to get. Like what style

    and size? I am a beginner.

  17. Long board can increased stability and shred-ability, which works best for cruising! Your given the ability to expand your horizons, that’s why I love it. Boards in the length range of 28”-46” will be a good choice for a cruising deck. The best way to find the right board for a beginner is to test a few out and see what you feel most comfortable on, since there are many brands, lengths, shapes, and wheel sizes to choose from.

  18. Jeffrey Schindler July 3, 2014 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    I have been skating for years. Never got good at tricks just cruised. Then last year I found longboarding got a sector 9 41 in bamboo drop thru board and absolutely loved it. Now as I’m getting better I want a more responsive better turning board. But as my board wobbles out at 30 or above I’m worried about jumping right to topmount. I ride a cruiser with 14 in wheelbase that I’ve gone probably 20 on and find I have not problem. Any way I’m stuck between arbor high ground and landyatchz switchblade 38. If it’s the flex in my board making it wobble I’ll go top mount for sure. And I’ve gotten use to the wobbles and just relax tuck and ride them out. Which board would you suggest? Find it extreme cumbersome for garages and tight fast paths. Also so much board I have a hard time sliding as I have a pretty small frame and

    • Dana July 15, 2014 at 11:56 am - Reply

      Have you check out the Arbor Axis? it might be a great fit for you… For Down hill I have been really digging the Db Urban Native. I have never got the chance to use a landyatchz Switchblade so I cant really speak about it. As for the the wobbles have you tried tightening up your tucks? Also picking up some wheels whit a higher durometer might help you slide a little easier.

  19. Junaid July 6, 2014 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    My 12 years Son owns a Mini Cruiser and he has become quite proficient in it. In my opinion small sized skateboards give that speed that you won’t get on a lengthy board.

  20. Junaid July 6, 2014 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    My 12 years Son owns a Mini Cruiser and he has become quite proficient in it. In my opinion small sized skateboards give that speed that you won’t get on a lengthy board.

  21. nery July 21, 2014 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    im 5’7 and looking for a beginner down hill board.any suggestions for a deck ?

  22. Matt July 21, 2014 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    I have been long boarding for a while on a Stella Kicktail, it is more for tricks. Now i am thinking i want a drop through that i can power slide on but also has some speed to it. i was looking at the Stella Double Dose, and the Stella Dictator. i was wondering if those would be right for what i want? i also snowboard so i know sizes, so that is not an issue.

  23. Erica September 16, 2014 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    I’m looking for a beginner board for cruising around campus, I wont be doing much of downhill cruising since my campus is pretty flat all around. I’m 5’5, and from what I read drop through is popular for stability, but that’s all i know. I just don’t know brands or stores to look for. Also if anyone knows any stores that aren’t really expensive that’d be great too.

  24. stephanie October 2, 2014 at 5:19 am - Reply

    I’m a beginer I’m 24 5 foot 7 and I want a long board just to get around town relaxed stuff. Any recommendations?

    • Dana October 6, 2014 at 11:40 am - Reply

      Yeah, for just getting around town I am a big fan of boards with Sidewinder Truck.
      Check out the Arbor Zeppelin

      If you are on a budget I would suggest something like the Duster Bogue.

  25. Wade Watts October 14, 2014 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    I have a pintail 37″ by Original and want something better for around 200-230$. I will mainly be using it for going to school, small hills and fun with friends. Note: Portable would be nice.

  26. Kassandra Benavidez November 2, 2014 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    What type of longboard would you recommend for tricks that involve popping the board and cruising?

  27. Hannah November 3, 2014 at 2:25 am - Reply

    Hi, I’m completely new to longboarding! I’m 175cm and have had a go on a couple of boards – I preferred the one more responsive turning. I’m just looking to get around town with it. Any advise esp with buying in /to Australia and on the lower end of the price range would be helpful. Thanks!

  28. Matthew November 6, 2014 at 7:29 am - Reply

    I’ve been riding for a year. I don’t do any downhill stuff I just ride around. I have a pintail but im looking into a drop deck or drop through. Any suggestions?

  29. Jose November 7, 2014 at 9:57 am - Reply

    I too am a newbie. I live in a metropolitan city as well and would need something to travel to and from public transportation. It will be mostly used on sidewalks, possibly streets, so would need to be able to weave in and out too. I am 6’1″. Any recommendations as to what to start with?

  30. Dawn November 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    I have a 17 year old son who is asking for a longboard for christmas. He is 6’2″, 210lbs and has a 15 shoe. Any suggestions on what type of board to get?

  31. Joan November 14, 2014 at 8:25 am - Reply

    Hello…I need some help please!! I was going to purchase a Riviera (sea snake 42″) for my 15 year old son. He just needs something for street riding – no tricks. Does anyone know anything about this brand and is this a good board to use for street/sidewalk boarding. I heard this is a good brand and its not much different from Sector 9 that is more money. Need opinions please!!

    • gufrocks January 22, 2015 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      Great choice!

  32. Jerusha Lane December 4, 2014 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    I know nothing about longboard skateboards. My grandson, 13, 5’9″, 185 lbs., and very athletic, wants one for Christmas. He loves riding skateboards. Can you suggest a good longboard that won’t break Grandma’s bank but will still give him a good time and some newbie experience with a longboard that will handle his ever-growing height and weight?

  33. Kelly Quaster December 5, 2014 at 11:24 am - Reply

    My daughter wants a drop through, she is fifteen, she has been riding a penny, and a cruiser, and now she wants this for the community. city vibe we live in. She wants something is girly, not so demon and wierd, suggestions? Possibly a top mount, as well? Mid or long size?

  34. Jose December 10, 2014 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    I’m a newbie, I’m 5’3 tall but I have no Idea of what brand or size I could get? Any recommendations?

  35. Ride As Fu*k December 11, 2014 at 6:55 am - Reply

    Tnx for usefull information, nice post

  36. Jose December 14, 2014 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    I’m new to longboarding and I have to go down deep hills and I would like to slide stop and do tricks. I’m 13 years old and I’m 5’3 tall.

  37. longboard enthusist December 21, 2014 at 6:21 am - Reply

    Nice guide, what brand or longboard model you recomend for beginner who want buy first longboard for freeride?

  38. benny benhart January 6, 2015 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    I am very new to the sport and was looking for some advice. Im 5’11” 220LBS. Looking for something to cruise around and basically help out with surfing. No hills just some cruising and parking lot stuff.

  39. anthony January 11, 2015 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    hey i been riding for a while now and i got a lot taller since and i dont know what size to get. im ”6,3” and i want one for speed so what size you think would be best for me. and what type.

  40. Anthony Cancel January 13, 2015 at 12:51 am - Reply

    If I get a tan tien longboard what size should I get. I’m 6,3.

    • Dana January 15, 2015 at 11:57 am - Reply

      Its going to come down to flex and it is going to depend on your weight and personal preference-
      FLEX
      Flex 1: Up to 270 lbs
      Flex 2: 130-210+ lbs
      Flex 3: 80-170+ lbs

  41. Pdavidson January 23, 2015 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    I am considering purchasing a longboard for myself, but I am not sure what type. I live in a pretty large city with not too many hills. I also have very little experience with skateboards of any kind, (although Im pretty good on a ripstik if that counts for anything.) Im a pretty big guy at around 6 foot or so, and I dont intend to do a whole lot of tricking or anything, although I might try out some sliding later on. I have looked at some pintails and drop through boards, and have absolutely no Idea what I want/need, except that I would prefer something pretty long, say 40-46 inch. Any suggestions/tips?

  42. ej swart February 23, 2015 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    I’m a bigginer. I want a longbord good for a bit of downhill ,cruising and landing a trick or 2. I was thinking the sector 9 peru. Anye adwise

  43. Sarah Christensen March 23, 2015 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    I am getting rid of my short board (it’s a pintail, 27 inches) and want to buy a longer one. The only thing I do is cruise, and I want a smooth ride and I like riding closer to the ground. Mine right now is high of the ground and good for tricks, but I want a cruising board. Which ones are best for that? I don’t like pintails either.

  44. joe March 23, 2015 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    im looking for a nice drop through cruiser but also good for sliding i want to go downhill but also dont want it to be to long looking for in between 39-41 any segestions

  45. nicole v. March 23, 2015 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Beginner here. 5’2 120 lb or so. might use it to commute to school about a mile or two away, but mainly to cruise around my town a little bit of hills nothing crazy. need some advice on where to start looking

  46. macstrac April 4, 2015 at 1:39 am - Reply

    I am looking at buying a longboard, but im not sure what type or size, im looking to ride to school and around my city and in trails, im 5 foot 2ish , and have little experience. Also im not looking to do trick and stuff. Any tips and recommendations?

    • gufrocks April 16, 2015 at 10:44 am - Reply

      Check out the Arbor Fish GT Longboard. It has a stable wheel base and deck platform. The board is maneuverable it tight spots and keeps it’s speed on long straight shots.

  47. Rikki Matthew April 18, 2015 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    I’m looking into getting a longboard for my birthday but don’t know where to start. I’m fairly new and have been riding my friends’ boards for now, but they’re all pretty different. I like lower riding boards with a fair amount of flex (I’ve ridden anywhere from super unstable to way too stiff)…I need something that is going to ride smooth and help me keep up with the guys. I’m a 5’4″ female and will just be using it for cruising. Any suggestions?

  48. thomas May 24, 2015 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    i am not a very good longboarder, i can longboard but i really am a beginner. i would like to make long distance trips on high speed. is a drop through the best choice for me?

    • Dana June 4, 2015 at 10:55 am - Reply

      A board with Drop-Through’s will be better at high speed. But for long distances I personally like a pintail.

  49. Taylor June 5, 2015 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    I am looking into getting a longboard but I would like some advice. I would just be using it for transportation such as riding it to class and I don’t know how to ride a skate board. What kind should I get?

    • Dana June 8, 2015 at 11:32 am - Reply

      For riding to class a cruiser aka a little shorter board is a good option. Because they are easier to carry around school.

      Check some out here.

  50. Kaiya June 6, 2015 at 4:34 am - Reply

    Hey I’m new to longboarding and I need to know what size to buy. I’m 5’9″ and I just need a longboard to get me to point b. Thanks(:

    • Dana June 8, 2015 at 11:30 am - Reply

      Basically any size will work depending on where you are riding. If you are in the city i would go a little shorter board with a kick tail so it is easier to turn. If you riding in wide open spaces like bike trails a longer board will work fine. Here are few boards i would suggest.
      Arbor Fish Gt Longboard
      Arbor Fish Bamboo

      If you are riding a lot of flat boards with Sidewinderswould be a great option.

  51. quinn June 20, 2015 at 7:11 am - Reply

    heyy I’m buying a new longboard bu i’m new with longboarding I’m 5’7” female and I want it for flat landscapes. do you have some advise?

  52. Lynae June 22, 2015 at 12:29 am - Reply

    Hi! Iim really interested in the “dancing” side of longboards(not so much flipping tricks), as well as just cruising around town, or down by the beach. I’m leaning towards a 48″ boardwalker as opposed to a pintail, but it seems like most sizes only go to 40-44. Any suggestions? I am 5’10 215lbs. Any info would be much appreciated!

  53. Hannah June 25, 2015 at 7:07 am - Reply

    Does it matter if you use a drop through deck for cruising and carving, ?

    • gufrocks September 24, 2015 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      THe only thing that really matters is that if your having fun!

  54. Mikaela Mouw June 29, 2015 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    Hi I have never owned a longboard before and I want to get one. I’ve been doing some research and I like the arbor timeless, and the arbor fish. But I am afraid they are too long. I am 13 year old, ( I want one for my 14 b-day) and am 5″1. Also I weigh about 100-105 lbs. thx!

  55. Mikaela Mouw June 29, 2015 at 11:49 pm - Reply

    I have also been looking at the penny nickel board, any suggestions? I really need help.

  56. LongboardsUSA June 30, 2015 at 9:33 pm - Reply

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  57. Dakota July 22, 2015 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    I have rough pavement and a few moderate hills that get too much speed for my cruiser but I also need a board that is good for flat land as this will be my means of transportation

  58. steven July 26, 2015 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Hi
    I am new to longboarding
    The roads around where I live are rough with nice hills
    What board/wheels/trucks are good for rough roads
    Thanks!

  59. Paige August 2, 2015 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    so im a female 5’5” and i weigh around 225 lbs and I’m looking for a board. I’m a beginner and am really just looking for a board that can hold up my weight but also still have hardly any flex. I need a board that will give me a good balance cause i don’t want to land flat on my face. I’ve looked at sector nine and arbor and i know that 7-9 ply maple would probably be the best but i don’t know what would be good for my weight. What board would you suggest for me?

  60. Paige August 2, 2015 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    The type of riding i would be doing is mainly cruising and freestyle. I have a few friends who longboard and i want to be able to go out long boarding with them. Please help

  61. Alex Meyer August 22, 2015 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    I’m 6’2″ and weigh about 140 lbs. I know absolutely nothing about longboarding. Overall I just want to use it to commute between classes on my campus and maybe use it more recreationally after I’ve gained some experience. I’ve done some research and don’t want to buy something on impulse since there are many different ways to assemble a longboard and I’m on a budget. What are some good models for beginners or how would people recommend I build one? Note: The campus is rather flat with some shallow hills here and there and I would mainly be commuting on sidewalks and brick pathways.

  62. Jake September 4, 2015 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Hi, I’m new to Longboarding (like never set foot on a board). I’m about 5′ 8″, and would like something that can weave me through pedestrians to school and friends houses, but I can still have some fun with on hills. I’m not that much into tricks, if that narrows it down. Any proportions/brands/etc. would be appreciated. Thanks!

  63. BestSkateboardDecks September 8, 2015 at 3:17 am - Reply

    Great article! I like it. Thank you.

  64. ellykj September 12, 2015 at 6:01 am - Reply

    I just got into longboarding recently and have no clue. But this article was a huge help. Thanks!

  65. Matt September 22, 2015 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Heidi look for a sector9 board or rayne board

  66. Eddie September 26, 2015 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    HI, I am new to longboarding and want something for cruising, I am 5 ft 7 and 150 pounds. I want a longer board, 42 to 46 inches. Any recomendations?

  67. Alex Toth October 7, 2015 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Hey, I’m not exactly new to skating, but long boarding I am. I am making my own board and I was wondering if you could help. I’m looking for something I could use to ride to and from places, like school, the store, ect. But I don’t know what shape, length, or size to make it, although I would like to have a kicktail. I also don’t know what trucks or wheels to use. Could you help?
    If it helps you to know, I’m about 5″5′

    • gufrocks November 19, 2015 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Yes we can help. Ask very specific questions and we’ll answer them.

  68. Connie Aleman October 9, 2015 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    I’m at intermediate. I’m having trouble deciding what kind of long board to ride. I usually cruise to and from school but I have a real crappy board (regular) that needs to retire. I just need the board since i have big three inch wheels. Its about 5 miles to school, I ride morning and evening. Its a hard terrain, the street is bad in some places, there are many steep hill’s. I need something thatd able to hand all that. Thank you

  69. Carol October 12, 2015 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Hi, my daughter is 11 and want a longboard for mostly play in the street and go to school half a mile from home. No hills here. Any suggestions will be appreciate. Thank you

  70. Jennifer November 9, 2015 at 9:57 am - Reply

    Trying to figure out what size to get my 7 year old son. He is about 43 inches tall and 50lbs. He is a beginner.

  71. Dante November 11, 2015 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Hi….I’m thinking about getting a drop down longboard …basically what I’ll be doing is cruising around, going to college.. But also beginner’s tricks like ‘ghost ride flip, shuvit’….so I’m not sure if I’m choosing the right longboard… But the thing is I’m completely new to longboard…. Haven’t even stepped on one……..that’s the one I’m thinking about buying…http://m.ebay.ca/itm/HYBRID-LONGBOARD-SKATEBOARD-DROP-DOWN-DOWNHILL-FREERIDE-SOLID-BOARD-DROPPED-BDD-/201012695139?nav=SEARCH

    Any suggestions?

  72. John November 17, 2015 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Choosing a longboard is not easy, as a beginner I need to consider a lot of important points, compare types of longboard… Do you know what is the best longboard for beginner?

    Thanks!

  73. Madison Copeland November 25, 2015 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    Hey, I’m 13 and im 5ft 8. I am a beginner at all this and I was wondering if you had any recommendations on what kind of board to get. I want one that is about 38-42 inches and has a drop platform.

  74. Daniel December 21, 2015 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    What would be good for a 11 yr old who wants to cruise, not do tricks he is a beginner

  75. Levi Versteeg December 26, 2015 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Hi, i’m twelve years old and like to ride through my town but also like to ride off small hills. Which type of longboard is best for me? Can u help me please?

  76. Levi Versteeg December 26, 2015 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Hi, I’m 12 years old and I’m a newbie (okay i have a penny board) what ever I want to buy a longboard and I like riding flat street but also small hills. Can you help me please? Thanks!

  77. Kai December 28, 2015 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Alright so I’m pretty new to this I’m trying to find a good beginner board I was thinking about the landyachtz battle axe bear 35.25 since I’m just looking for something to get me around town and !maybe go down a few hills nothing major but is that a good choice?

  78. Ethan January 6, 2016 at 1:20 am - Reply

    Im 6 foot and thinking about buying a long board, what size should I get?

    • gufrocks January 14, 2016 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      It really depends on what kind of riding you what to do. 34″-38″ is a great length.

    • gufrocks January 14, 2016 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      Anything around 34″-36″ would be great.

  79. Jonah January 7, 2016 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    I’m a heavier guy, 300 lbs and looking for a board for a beginner, what would be a good board?

  80. Anand Sanka January 8, 2016 at 4:27 am - Reply

    Nice article! I think the most important thing in picking out a longboard for beginners is to first determine what types of riding style the person is looking to pursue. Doing that alone can significantly reduce the number of longboard options!
    For example, if I am looking solely for a cruising longboard for city use, I’d probably limit my search to cruiser boards which are smaller and easier to maneuver in the city.

  81. Cheyenne January 15, 2016 at 10:38 am - Reply

    I’m 17 and 105 (at least) with a height of 5’6 (at the most) my uncle made me a 36″ longboard and a couple of my friends say it’a too big? It’s my first longboard so I’m not sure really but I don’t think so at all

    • gufrocks May 9, 2016 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      You’re good to go! Have fun on the board!

  82. Antonio Arrano January 24, 2016 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    Hello I am a noob at this but I know I want to free ride long boarding. No idea what board or wheels to get any suggestions? Thank you

  83. Marissa March 29, 2016 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Hello – I have been reading all your posts and that is a wealth of information! In my case, I have a 7 year old with Sotos http://sotossyndrome.org/sotos-syndrome (one of those rare genetic syndromes). He is an active little fellow and loves skateboarding. I got him what I would of consider beginner board, but with his balance issues we struggled. After doing some research looks like long boards with drop through and/or drop down will likely help him with stability. I’m googling like crazy and now trying to figure out the size and just simply putting the board together with all the right pieces :). Our local shop doesn’t sell longboards, so online is the way to go. For a 7 year old he is pretty tall – 4′ 6″… any guidance is so much appreciated.

  84. shelley April 8, 2016 at 6:49 am - Reply

    My 9 year old son 142cm tall wants a longboard but I have no idea where to begin with choosing one. He is a complete beginner and would like to cruise rather than do tricks. Any ideas with what to go for?

  85. David May 6, 2016 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Very informative! I think the most important thing for beginner riders to do first is to determine exactly what they want to do with their board and the price range they are willing to spend. I would say below $100 you will not find a high quality longboard. The optimal range for beginners is anywhere from $100 – $150 as this will allow you to get a quality board that will last for way longer than cheaper longboards.

  86. Kyle McDowell May 7, 2016 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    what would be an ideal board for getting to school and around town in a suburban area? i want to try and keep it under $100 and i am a complete beginner.

  87. David June 12, 2016 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    I’m new to longboarding and I was wondering if a drop through or a drop deck would be better for flatland cruising. I not interested in the actual cruiser boards, just those two kinds.

    • gufrocks March 2, 2017 at 6:52 pm - Reply

      It depends on personal preference. I like classic.

  88. Hunter June 13, 2016 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    I’m trying to buy a longboard to get around campus. I’m TOTALLY new to longboarding and I need some advice on the right board. btw is there a purpose for the hourglass shape? I’m looking for something around 38″, stable yet able to turn easily, able to handle cobblestone streets smoothly, and relatively cheap. Anything??? Please help.

  89. Longboardsale June 14, 2016 at 1:20 am - Reply

    Hello !! I have been reading all your posts and that is a wealth of information! This is very good post and it is very important for us…
    Thank you ….

  90. Lee June 28, 2016 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Hey love all the information. I am looking into getting a board for traveling on a very hilly college campus. I was having a hard time figuring out which boards you were recommending to people who are 6′. So I was wondering what you recommendation was for a 6′ newbie.

  91. Isaiah July 16, 2016 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    Hey I’m 5’3″ used to skate was pretty decent and now I’m getting a cruiser or longboard..which one should I get? What length? Any brand/store/website recommendation???

  92. Will July 31, 2016 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    I am 6′ 5″ and 220lbs.. best Longboards options for me. Oh.. I am 54 years old and have an old woody.. thinking of getting a composite drop drown.. thanks in advance.
    Will
    Gilbert, AZ

  93. Bennett September 3, 2016 at 12:55 am - Reply

    I’m looking to get my first longboard (I’ve ridden one a few times but I need to get my own); I’m a bit over 200 lbs. and was wondering if a bamboo board would work for me. I was looking at the Landyachtz Bamboo Battle Axe 40 Bear

    • gufrocks March 2, 2017 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      That’s a solid board choice!

  94. PraiseTheMatrix 1324 September 20, 2016 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Hello! I’ve been into skateboarding/longboarding for about a year now, I’ve been riding my brother’s cheap old skateboard for a year or so, and I’d like to get a longboard. I have my eye on the dblongboards.com’s coreflex longboard flex two for a couple of months. I’m 5’6″ and 120 pounds, I’d like to do some cruising over smooth and rough terrain now and when I go off to college, maybe learn some tricks too. This is the only board that I’ll be able to get until I graduate college (which is a good 6-7 years), so I want one that will last. Do you think that this is a good board, or do you have another one that you think is better??

  95. Agatha December 13, 2016 at 7:59 am - Reply

    Awesome info. Thank you. You really solved my dilemma on have to buy long boards for my kids appreciate the info

  96. Matt @ Best Skateboard Reviews January 26, 2017 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Hello, really great article. I’m new to the longboarding/skateboarding scene. I’m 5 ft 9 and require a board that will get me from A-Z easily. I am not the most confident skater so require something that will give me high levels of control and easy turning ability. What do you recommend? Keep up the good work!

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