Longboard sizes: How do you know what size longboard to get?
How do you determine what size longboard to get? This is a common question among beginner longboard riders. As you may have noticed, there are many various shapes and sizes of longboards to pick from. There are a few things to consider when purchasing a new longboard. In this essay, I’ll go over the most important factors to consider when choosing a longboard size.
There is a lot of information available on different longboard styles and sizes. So, in the image below, I’ve summed it up for you. Remember that the information supplied is intended to serve as a broad guideline; each longboard rider must determine what works best for him or her.
How do you know what size longboard to get?
Before we go into the specifics of the longboard size to choose, let’s explain what we mean by longboard size. When it comes to size, there are two factors to consider. For example, here’s a picture of one of my boards:
Longboard length – this refers to how long your board is. The length of a longboard can range from 22 to 50 inches.
Longboard width – the variation in longboard width is not that great; it normally ranges from 7 to 10 inches depending on the board.
So, how do you figure out the longboard size to get? You should evaluate the following two main criteria:
Which longboarding style do you prefer or plan to try?
Let’s start with the most basic requirement: your height. Although some may claim that your height has no bearing on whatever longboard you should choose, I disagree. There are a couple of reasons behind this. To begin with, being a tall man or woman means that your weight center is higher than someone who is shorter. It means that it is easier for a short person to maintain equilibrium than it is for a taller person. When you’re standing on a longboard, you can really feel it. I’m 6 feet 3 inches tall, so I have to work hard to skate shorter longboards. So, if you’re tall, you’ll need a more solid board to balance everything out, especially if you’re just starting out. Longer longboards are also more stable than shorter longboards.
Second, if you are a tall rider, your feet will most likely be longer or larger than those of other riders. This is where the longboard’s width comes in handy. You must ensure that your feet are comfortably resting on the longboard. It will be difficult to move the longboard if the board is too narrow for your feet. Additionally, there is a greater chance that you will accidently touch the ground with your feet when turning, resulting in a fall.
I realize that the preceding appears to be a post for tall people alone, but if you are on the shorter side, congratulations; you can virtually ride whatever longboard you want without any consideration. Taller riders, on the other hand, must consider a few factors before choosing a longboard.
Your preferred longboarding style
The second criteria for deciding what size longboard to get is what kind of style do you prefer. Do you fantasize about flying through the air and bombing hills? Doing stunts and dancing on your longboard? Or are you just looking for a relaxing cruise along the beach?
This is what will basically dictate what size longboard to go for. There are four main longboarding styles which define the longboard length:
Cruising is all about getting from point A to point B or just having a more relaxed ride. The length of a cruiser’s longboard ranges from 28 to 46 inches. If you’re of medium height, a board with a length of 32 to 42 inches is ideal. If you’re really tall, though, aim for 38 inches or more.
Downhill is for you if you prefer high speeds and need to feel excitement pour through your veins. Downhill board length usually varies from 35 inches to 43 inches. As with cruising, if you are on a taller side, don’t go with the shortest downhill boards.
Freestyle and Freeride boards are usually between 38 and 42 inches long. They are designed this way because these riding styles need both maneuverability for tricks and stability for going in pretty high speeds.
Enjoy the ride
That’s all I have for now; I hope this post has helped you find the best longboard for you and that you enjoy the ride as much as we do. If you have any questions or would want to speak with us, please use the contact form.
Enjoy the ride!