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What Is The Difference Between A Skateboard And A Long Board

By Tony Ferraro

Can you imagine a small board with four wheels that you are able to ride on? Your first thought would probably be a skateboard. Skateboards are growing in popularity and you may see kids or teenagers using them around their neighborhoods, or even watch them do stunts and tricks. Nevertheless, there is also the interesting Long board, which looks very similar to a Skateboard however it is a bit longer in length. Even though these two boards look very similar they are used for different purposes.

Both Skateboard and Long board came out around the same time in the 1960s when surfboarding was popular. Rather than surfing the waves at the beach, you use these boards on the streets.

Almost everyone should be familiar on how a skateboard looks like. You see them in games, commercials, posters and sports event. They are made out of plywood coated with poly urethane and a set of 2 wheels at both front and back. The bottom of the boards are usually covered with skateboard designer labels and stickers while the top are covered fine sand paper to give you a better grip when handling the skateboard.

There are many different functions of skateboards such as: grinding on a stair handle, going over a ramp with only the front wheel set, or flipping the board midair. The trick list is nearly limitless. However, its the poly urethane coating that really helps to protect the board while tricks are performed and in addition, the sand paper surface gives an extra grip to help control the skateboard while performing a trick.

Believe it or not, the wheels of the skateboards also make a quite a difference. The bigger the diameter, the faster the board will go. Nevertheless, this will in return limit the turning rate speed. Furthermore, softer wheels help to create a smoother ride on rough surfaces such as when skateboarding on an asphalt surface, but the acceleration still will drop. Harder wheels do make it easier to accelerate faster but you will be able to feel every bump on the surface you are skateboarding upon.

Long boards have a completely different purpose compared to that of a skateboard. The nature of long boards is closer to the original goal of skateboarding, which is quite similar to surfboarding when the waves are low side. Long boards are not designed for tricks but are instead used for leisurely sporting, for example, you can ride down the path while taking in the scenery. Speed and appearance are not the main focus of the long boards. Enjoyment is the purpose, you just want to enjoy the wind blowing through your hair and take your time when long boarding.

You can also go further when long boarding when compared to skateboarding. Long boards are much more comfortable. Skateboards can only be used on roads where the surfaces are not too rough or bumpy. If the roads are too rough, skateboarders will experience a hard time keeping themselves on balance. When comparing the skateboard and long board, the diameter of the long board is wider so they can handle the harsh roads more effectively than skateboards. It is also neat to take note that long boards have been used as transporting devices as well.

So when you see someone riding on a board with wheels, you should experience no problems deciphering if it is a trick skateboard or a surfing long board.

Find your nearest Skateboard Shop near you, and choose the best long board skateboard for your needs.

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