Longboards VS Skateboards

To the untrained eye, a person riding a board sideways with four wheels would be considered a skateboarder. And a board with four wheels would be called a skateboard. Looking a bit more closely at how the skateboarder is riding and the shape of the skateboard will determine whether the activity should be called skateboarding or longboarding. Confused? Don’t be. Read on!

What is a Longboard?

Generally speaking, a longboard is, well, longer in length than a skateboard. The cutoff between a longboard and a skateboard is usually 91 cm, or approximately 3 feet in length. Longboards are commonly as long as 130 cm, or 51 inches. The extra length of a longboard gives it more stability and makes it easier to find a comfortable stance. Adding to the fun factor, longboards are designed with transportation in mind. Think cruising to class, rolling to grab a coffee or perhaps bar hopping. Longboarders can cruise for miles and enjoy smooth uninterrupted journeys through cities, paved paths and even the countryside. Longboards can gain momentum by shifting weight back and forth from toe to heel when riding. Unlike a skateboard, this creates a thrusting force without the feet leaving the board. Longboarders can often cruise indefinitely on flat or downhill surfaces with both feet planted solidly on the board.

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 What is a Skateboard?

Skateboards have evolved over the years for specific niche activities like skating in skateboard specific parks, riding vertical ramps, pool skating and urban skating. A skateboard is going to be easier to maneuver for tricks like a kick flip or sliding rails. It is propelled by pushing the board with one while the other remains on the board. Skateboarding requires better balancing skills than a longboard.

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Varying types of terrain defines one of the major differences between longboarding and skateboarding. Unlike a skateboard, a longboard rides quite well on rough asphalt terrain. The softer wheels and extra length add comfort, shock absorption and stability to the ride. Extreme variations of longboarding involve riding downhill at breakneck speeds on courses that are lined with bales of hay. Such longboarders even wear special gloves to lay their hands on the pavement while carving hard. Skateboarders utilize specialized facilities that feature ramps and rails. Many skateboarders perform tricks on urban obstacles such as handrails and stair sets.


Both longboard and skateboard wheels are made of urethane, but the diameter is different. Street skateboarders prefer a wheel with a 49- to 54-mm diameter, while ransition riders opt for a slightly larger wheel that has a diameter of 55 to 60 mm. The diameter of a longboard wheel often ranges from 60 to 90 mm. The larger dimensions of the longboard wheel provides increased traction at high speeds.


With just a few pushes, the bearings used in longboarding and skateboarding allow riders to increase the speed of the board. Skateboard bearings are often constructed with stainless steel, which is extremely durable making them suitable for high-impact tricks and hitting rails. High-end longboard bearings are made from ceramic materials. Get this – the lightweight ceramic bearings allow you to hit top speeds of over 35 mph! The Annular Bearing Engineers Committee rates skateboard and longboard bearings based on speed capabilities. Skate bearings have a speed rating of 5 or 7 mph, while longboard bearings can go up to ABEC 9. There you have it. There’s a whole lot more going on than the difference in length between longboards and skateboards.

2013 Burton S Rocker Technology

S Rocker is the next best thing since sliced bread. Well, maybe since Rocker… It’s the real deal. For float through powder while maintaining speed, stability and powder, S Rocker is the way to go. As turns were made and word spread, it’s popularity has gone through the roof in the past year. Why? Because it’s a totally fun. Plain and simple.

Here’s a quick scenario on why you need S Rocker. You get off the gondi at the top of the mountain. You slip into the trees to catch some freshies. You’re riding and riding and riding for about a half hour having the time of your life. You haven’t gotten stuck in snow and you’re snowboard seems to be surfing the snow. And then it’s time to dip back onto a groomer to get down to the lift. Hmm…now you’re board isn’t so fun. It’s just not digging into turns as deep as you’d like. That old dude on skis just passed you. With camber beneath the bindings and a kicked up nose, you can float through powder in the trees and really drive into turns when you’re on groomers. The added camber also drastically helps you maintain speed and stability in deep snow and variable conditions. Make sense? It’s really the best of both worlds and we’re pretty certain that you’ll dig the Freebird, Spliff, Barracuda, Fish and Fishuit as much as we do.

S Rocker offers a spring loaded blend of camber and rocker that’s freeride focused for maximum speed and float. Entry rocker extends from the nose to under your front foot, then transitions to camber between your feet. Compressing the camber causes the entry rocker to naturally lift the nose, thus improving float while maintaining momentum and stability through deep driving pow turns and variable conditions.

This has been a part of the Burton Technology articles.

2013 Etnies Marana Shoes


After going through some major road blocks with the accidental leak release of  a Etnies Marana Ryan Sheckler Shoes video we finally can present the newest Etnies skate shoes – the Marana.  Etnies did it again, made an comfortable bombproof shoe that has an unbeleiveable amount of feel.  There as been a long awaited release for the Etnies Marana and we’re glad November 26th has passed.

Get all three!

The Etnies Marana skate shoes come in three simple colorways; black, grey, and red.  The red colorway is considered to be Ryan Sheckler’s 7th promodel from Etnies, and well, it is and isn’t.  It could be caught in the middle of a promodel and a normal skate shoe and be called the Etnies Marana Ryan Sheckler Shoes.  The features are the same and the only difference we’ve found in the black and grey Etnies Maran Shoes and the red colorway (Ryan Sheckler) is the RS branding logo on the insole.  That’s itTake some time to take the Etnies Marana Shoes in.  They might be the newest legendary shoes that everyone will talk about in 20 years. Now go flick that skateboard.

Etnies Marana Shoe Key Features

Injected rubber toe cap – Skate longer & harder.
Injection EVA midsole – Like a pillow.
400 NBS rubber with deep Flex grooves – Feel the grip.

Etnies Marana Shoe Colors

2013 Etnies Marana Ryan Sheckler Shoes

Sheckler's Favorite - Etnies Marana

Etnies Marana Skate Shoes

Here it is kiddos, the long awaited Etnies Ryan Sheckler 7 Shoes – actually they’re not called that at all.  The shoe’s real name is the Etnies Marana.  The Etnies Marana comes in 3 colorways, the Ryan Sheckler shoes just happens to have one specific color – red.  We actually caught some heat from a Marana Ryan Sheckler  Shoes video we posted before the November, 26th release date.  It’s all about pushing the limits…

Ryan Sheckler has had 6 different major pro model shoes produced by Etnies; actually there is more because series like the 5 & 6 come in options like the 5 LX and 6 Fusion.  Yes, one could argue Shecks has had more than 6 pro model shoes.  Every Ryan Sheckler pro model has performance improvements but sometimes designs has been used from previous models, for example, the Sheckle 5 has the mid-top and one-piece toe designs of the Shecker 4 and side panel vertical lines from the Sheckler 2.  Its almost has if Etnies is retrofitting Ryan Sheckler pro model shoes for each release, except for this one.

3 Colorways

Here’s the interesting thing, the shoe is actually called the Marana and not the Sheckler 7.  The Etnies Marana Shoes come in black/white, grey/white, or red/white.  Within the Marana shoe styles Shecks has a select colorway – red/white.  The only major difference between the red/white colorway and the others, from what we’ve seen, is the removable  insole with the Ryan Sheckler RS iconic logo and Ryan Sheckler’s name screen printed near the heel cup.  People may get confused as to what insole they’ll receive if they purchase a red/white pair of Etnies Marana Shoes…The samples we shot (gallery below) have the same insole that the other colorways have, yet all of the advertising images show that the Etnies Marana Ryan Sheckler Shoes have Ryan Sheckler branding on the red/white insole.  Does it really matter?  Nope.

Etnies Marana Shoe Key Features

Injected rubber toe cap – Skate longer & harder.
Injection EVA midsole – Like a pillow.
400 NBS rubber with deep Flex grooves – Feel the grip.

2013 Emerica Skate Shoes Sneak Peak

Emerica Skate Shoes

Depending on your age, Emerica Skate Shoes have probably been around for longer than you have skated.  With a  superhero team of riders, Emerica has been at the forefront of innovative technology and rider driven ideas.

The probability that you’ve skated in a pair of Emerica’s is high.  And why wouldn’t you?  Their whole line is built upon a foundation of tough shoes that take a beating.  If you’ve never skated Emericas, well, get on it.


Andrew Reynolds Shoes

1987 was a great year for skateboarding, it was the year Andrew Reynolds started skateboarding at age 9.  From his humble upbringings in Florida Drew has built up a cult following of his pro model skate shoes and the company he started, Baker Skateboards.  From tech tricks to massive drops Drew does it all in Emerica Skate Shoes.  The 2013 Emerica Andrew Reynolds Skate Shoes are mad!

Bryan Herman Shoes

Bagging up a list of nicknames longer than Snoop Lion’s record Bryan Herman continually reaches the outer limits of awesomeness.  Born on April 10th, 1986 in Victorville, CA (where is currently resides) Bryan has opened the door of opportunity and accepted his fate as a dominating powerhouse for Emerica.  With multiple color options the 2013 Emerica Bryan Herman Skate Shoes are a show stopper.


Longboards for Beginners and Advanced Riders

Many would consider Loaded Longboard to be the best in the industry. With  fiberglass additive, vertically laminated bamboo and a drop through design, these are the perfect board for those who are looking to take their longboarding skills to the next level.

Check out our inventory of moderately priced longboards from GoldCoastSanta Cruz, Arbor and Sector 9.

Click here to see our full selection of Longboards.

If you are looking for your first longboard or something to cruz around campus with, check out the GoldCoast Rebirth Moon. It has a eco-friendly bamboo construction and the durability of a Mac Truck. The  GoldCoast Rebirth Moon is a reasonably priced longboard that is perfect for anyone looking to get in to the sport.

Key Features of the Gold Coast Rebirth Moon Longboard :

  • 40″ x 9.5″
  • 24″ Wheel Base
  • Kicktail
  •  Bamboo Consturtion
  • Century 7″ Reverse Pivot Trucks
  • 68mm 80a Wheels
  • ABEC 7 Bearings With Teflon
  • GoldCoast Printed Grip Tape

What Are Longboard Bushings?

Longboard Rider

Smooth, long carves are made comfortable thanks to the bushings on your longboard. But what the heck are bushings? Bushings are those brightly colored rubbery rings located in the heart of your longboard trucks. They’re typically made of urethane. Longboard and skateboard trucks usually have two bushings per truck. One bushing is in the heart of the truck, and provides the flex and springiness of the truck, for turning and steering. Set right beneath the head of the kingpin, the other bushing is smaller and allows the trucks to easily be tightened or loosened and set to a more specific degree. Tight trucks are ideal for tricks, while loose trucks are better for cursing. There’s no right or wrong way to set you trucks in terms of how loose or tight. It’s all about what is most comfortable for the rider.

Now, back to bushings. Over time, bushings break down and will become less responsive and loose their springiness. They need to be replaced periodically. Bushings are the least expensive part of your board and make a world of difference when it comes to comfort, preferred riding style and the fun factor. Worn out bushings will make your board more difficult to ride, will feel “off” and will likely leave you frustrated with longboarding in general. So go ahead and replace those babies. It’s almost like buying a whole new set up.

What Are the Best Longboard Bushings?

  • Size – A bigger bushing presents more body to squish against and dig into the turn. the bigger the bushing, the more body you have to squish against and dig into your turn. Bigger bushings may affect the geometry of the truck. Putting bigger bushings than the stock bushings that came with your trucks into them tends to result in a more turny truck and a higher turning angle. Smaller bushings will then do the opposite and decrease turning angle and limit the truck from carving as deeply.
  • Shape – When talking about longboard bushing shape, you’ll hear the words ‘cone’ and ‘barrel’ frequently. Referring to the shape, the main difference between the two is how easily the truck turns over and how the bushing returns to center. Cones are typically easier to turn and have a snappier return to center. They have the greatest turning ability by having less support in the center. This is ideal for a super carvy ride that rarely follows a straight line. However, cones don’t last as long as barrels. Barrel busings provide a good bit of of resistance in the turn and have a solid center of gravity while having a solid amount of rebound. Lastly, stepped bushings have the strongest center of gravity with the least turning ability. They, too, have great turning ability. Stepped bushings are popular for  downhill setups due to their stability.
  • Durometer – Durometer is the measurement of the softness and density of an object, or a longboard wheel in this case. A lower number indicates a softer material while the letters A through D are then assigned to indicate density. For example, an object with a rating of 72a will be softer and less dense than an object rating 83b. The majority of longboard wheels have a density of A.
  • Setup – A very popular busing setup is to have a harder bushing on the bottom and a softer bushing on top (closest to the ground). This will yield excellent stability and killer turning depth when leaning into a turn. Such a set up will provide a very carvey and lively ride…AKA extremely fun!

If you’re new to long boarding, riding a stock board (complete setup at purchase) is a perfect place to start. It will take some time to learn your riding style, terrain preference and to really get a feel for your board. Once you’re more familiar with your board and your ability, experiment with different bushings!  For further reading check out our article Longboards for Beginners and Advanced Riders.


Gravis Fulton Shoes – Product of the Week


Gravis Fulton



Every once and a while you’ll find a hidden gem like the Gravis Fulton on The House Boardshop’s website.  It’s a 50% skate 50% casual winter stomper with a cushioned lycra sock cuff and great tread.  The Gravis Fulton’s price point is unbeatable and there are multiple colorways to choose from.

The Gravis Fulton ties together a great outfit by giving you an edgy skate look without looking like a kid.  From the cubicle to the park the Gravis Fulton’s premium quality leather, lycra sock lining, cushioned footbed, phylon midsole, and textured outsole will keep you well styled like the man you want to be.

Gravis Fulton Colorway Options:

Black Coffee

Bracken Jellybean

Black Leather

Black Liberty

Bracken Cream