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How To Buy a Longboard Complete
You've decided you need a longboard, but you don't know where to start? Don't worry, we've got you covered. There are a lot of different shapes and sizes out there in the longboard world, and it can seem like an endless sea of options. Once you know what you want the board to do, the decision will be much easier.
First, you should figure out what you will be using the board for. Depending on how you want to use it, some shapes and sizes may work better than others.
Is this your first board?
Stability is key when learning. For stability, look for a board with a wider deck and possibly something a little lower to the ground. Length depends mostly on your personal preference but keep in mind a wider stance is usually more comfortable at first so if you are taller, you may prefer a longer board.
Will you be commuting with this board?
Some commuters prefer a slightly shorter longboard since they are lighter and easier to carry if you need to jump on the bus or train. Consider the terrain as well. Are you dealing with crappy city streets? If so, a larger, softer wheel might be ideal.
Are you looking for a good carving / cruising board?
The ideal all-around longboard can cruise and carve and is perfect for the rider who wants a board that can do a little bit of everything. A flex-deck might be something to look into. These boards allow you to pump and carve and are extremely comfortable for every-day riding.
Are you looking to do some downhill?
If high speeds and downhill interest you, you want to look for a very sturdy, stiff board. Higher speeds require a board that can offer control and stability so avoid longer flex decks and also look for added concave to better grip your feet.
These quick tips above should give you a good place to start. If you are interested in more detailed information, check out the articles below.