The list of top longboard brands continues to grow as the sport is becoming more and more popular, and companies are joining the bandwagon. Though this is extremely cool, this also makes it harder to know what companies are making the best longboards. Not to worry, though. I’ve got you covered.
Today I’ve composed a list of our Top Ten Longboard Brands so that you can pick the right board for you and your lifestyle.
The history of this brand is pure, simple, and authentic: one backyard, a couple of friends that love to skate, and a united need for a change. Started in 1993 in La Jolla, CA, Sector 9’s inventors were living and breathing skating and playing right in the comfort of their home; the house was essentially an arcade with a halfpipe, ping-pong table, pool table, and many more “amenities.” One of their friends nicknamed them, “nineballs,” which is a Hawaiian way of saying “pals.” When the guys became known for never leaving their house (I mean, can you blame them?), this same friend started calling the house and the guys, “Sector 9,” and from that point on, the name stuck. After newly constructed equipment was stolen from Sector 9, the guys knew they had to act. Instead of becoming dejected, however, they turned to crafting more boards with their own Sector 9 logo. Interest poured in easily for the nineballs, and after being evicted from the original Sector 9 house, they bought a factory, and boom. Company made.
Since then, Sector 9 has continuously released crisp, perfectly engineered boards, making them the world’s market leader for longboard sales and manufacturing. Versatile, unique, and reliable, Sector 9 has not let anyone down yet (and I don’t think they ever will – unless they quit or something, which they won’t, but you get it). Live & ride with Sector 9.
My favorite board of their’s right now is this Sector 9 Fractal complete. Check it out!
Elegance and specificity has defined Arbor Collective’s boards since the company started developing longboards in 1998. The company, which also sells snowboards and apparel, is dedicated to sustainability, performance, and satisfaction. At the core of their craft, Arbor believes in taking care of our planet by “returning roots”; this means that with every board sold, Arbor plants a tree to rebuild forests around the world. Their longboards, too, are ethical as they are crafted from recycled materials, like bamboo, koa wood, and old snowboards. Yet these boards are more than sustainable. Renowned for the seamless, stable way of their boards, Arbor Collective has been consistent with their classiness and perfectionism for the past twenty years.
Their collections are unique and artistically driven, suitable for all styles and preferences. The Arbor Zeppelin Cruiser, in particular, is divine for its perfect symmetry and complete sturdiness. The 70 mm wheels slide over rough terrains and uneven platforms to ensure that you can ride safely anywhere. No. Complaints.
Take a look at the Arbor Zeppelin Cruiser to see the excellence for yourself.
The 1980’s brought many great things to the world – one of which was the Globe company. Globe was started by the Hill brothers, three young Australian guys looking to turn their passion into a career. After being so successful in Australia, the Hills decided to expand to the United States in 1995. From there Globe skyrocketed even more, and they now distribute to over 100 countries. They produce so many longboards that it is quite hard to keep up with all of them, but this also means that they’ve probably got exactly what you are looking for, too. Globe is diverse, inventive, and edgy.
A favorite board by Globe is the Geminon Drop-Through. This board ruthlessly infuses stability and fun with a slight slope built in the deck that keeps it close to the ground, allowing you to roll safely. It truly is a solid board for all levels. Go Globe-trotting with the Geminon, am I right?
It is easy to cruise when you ride a Santa Cruz (yes, this is me trying to be punny.) Santa Cruz started in 1973 with easy skateboards that could be found at virtually every skating event in the 20th century. Being well-known made it a breeze for the company to start introducing longboards. Customer satisfaction has been astoundingly impressive for the longboards, leading them to the top of the industry. Santa Cruz longboards are proficient in everyday ride and durability. Great for beginners and more experienced riders, these longboards are reliable and sturdy. The wheels used on a standard Santa Cruz are larger than any other brands’ on the market, allowing them to be suitable for every foundation. The artistic design of these boards is unusual, too, as they are all exceptional and unparalleled to other brands.
A top-rated board from Santa Cruz is the Mahaka Rasta Fade Pintail. This board is excellent for beginners!
DB Longboards are simply unique. Their mission has always been to stray ever so slightly from the mainstream world of longboarding, generating boards that are original in every way. The company originated in 2003 in Dash Point, Washington, where they fondly nicknamed their boards, “Dashboards,” or “DB’s.” The founders used their altruistic love of the Pacific Northwest to craft the ideal board to take through the mountains, hills, and beaches of the coastal terrain.
Reviews have deemed DB as one of the most fun, intricately designed brands of 2017. The artistry on the boards is playfully eclectic – to the point that if you do not actually longboard, you still might want a board just to have in your home as a decoration. Weird, but oddly true. The company is also extremely eco-friendly, for they reuse every single scrap and cut in making new longboards. They pride themselves in producing zero landfill waste, and that, to me, is very important today.
My favorite DB Waves Longboard with its throwback graphics. It’s roomy, so you can walk the plank a bit and really explore the board.
The folks of Dusters California are no strangers to this field. The brand, whose mentality coincides with the freedom and focus of the ’60’s & ’70’s, has been committed to living vicariously through longboarding for 25 years. The Woodstock-counter-culture-colorful-California-living-fearlessness that is the ’60’s & ’70’s fuels Dusters with inspiration for board design and make. Dusters is proud to be a California-based company, so it is quite likely you’ll find elements of this lifestyle ingrained in their boards. Being natives to California also helps them solidify this vibe as they make their way to one of the leading longboard brands.
This season’s release is blissful, nostalgic yet fresh, sturdy, and speedy. My personal pick is Dusters Locos Wong Cruiser. For this stunning series of boards, Dusters California collaborated with one of most compelling visual arts groups in LA. It’s a work of art.
In 2008, the world was introduced to the company that is Gold Coast. The brand was started in Salt Lake City and quickly constructed outlets in California, Europe, Canada, and Australia. Their motto is: “Skate globally, act locally.” And they make it quite easily to do so. The company strives to tell the stories of every boarder, artist, and creator that they meet. They want nothing more than to devise an atmosphere of fun and creativity. Gold Coast boards are precision cut and cold pressed from bamboo or maple wood, crafted resourcefully to ensure a fun ride. Making boards from these materials has become increasingly popular as the wood allows for flexibility and lightness. Gold Coast lives for these functions.
I love Gold Coast Orbit Pintail, part of the brand’s Compadre Series. This board is destined to be your partner in crime for a quality time. High-function affordability is the backbone of this board.
Most people know Roxy by way of water and surf. This hugely successful women’s surf brand is the real deal sporting one of the most accomplished pro teams in women’s surfing. But of course, it was only natural that they bring their passion for cruising to dry land with their line of longboards. By the late 90’s, this global lifestyle brand was on a serious roll, bringing their unique brand of surf to the streets with a full range of cruiser skateboards and longboards to fit the active girl’s lifestyle.
If you like skulls with sugar, this Roxy longboard pick is obvious. Perfect for beginners just looking to get from point A to B, or just hanging with people that like skull stuff.
Founded by pro skaters Mike Hill, Chris Carter and Neil Blender, Habitat Skateboards creates minimalist, modern boards that have a strong fan base. This brand’s boards are perfect for everyday commuting and downhill gliding.The set themselves apart with a unique construction and design method using a 5-ply method for a lighter cruiser skateboard that can still take a thrashing. Simplistic and current, Habitat is a strong company that will not disappoint.
Staying true to their roots, Habitat also looks to pro skaters to develop their boards. The Silas Baxter-Neal Citadel Longboard was custom designed by pro skater Silas Baxter-Neal. You’ll love its bluntness and clear imagery. Overall, great board.
Lib Tech is a powerhouse. Like many other companies listed above, Lib Tech started with snowboards and then expanded to skateboards in 1977. Since then, the brand has been dedicated to the sport, ensuring that their products are stable, fun, and reliable. Lib Tech’s promise is that their boards will last longer than other brands, because their boards are constructed with Exo-Skeletech composition and molded with fiberglass material. The guys at Lib Tech often call their boards, “cockroaches,” due to their massive durability. Many professionals have labeled Lib Tech as the best in the industry, and it is quite hard to oppose that stance.
One of my favorite Lib Tech boards is the Jamie Wave. This board is so unique; I couldn’t not talk about it. Made of hardwood maple from Wisconsin with a dynamite design by Jamie Lynn, it might be too fresh to ride.
And that, my friends, is the end of an immaculate list. Choose any of these brands, and you will be happy, or explore more of our longboards and cruiser boards to find your edge.