a typical longboard is 44" long, 9.5" wide with a 28" wheelbase, has 70X45mm 80a wheels, is bent upward (camber) and is flexible with a 5 ply maple deck with fiberglass cloth epoxied onto the deck under the griptape, has a rear kicktail but no nose, has 180mm reverse-kingpin trucks with soft that bushings that allow a 7' turning radius
1. Speedboarding - The goal here is speed, so boards are designed with stability in mind. They tend to have a rigid deck which is lowered significantly. They have large wheels and large trucks as well.
2. Cruising - The goal here is a smooth easy ride. These longboards are designed to be responsive and stable at low speeds. The decks usually have quite a bit of flex in them and are still long like a speedboard. They tend to have slightly harder wheels than a speedboard but still relatively the same size. They are very smooth and easy to ride because they bend as you carve, sticking you to your board as you corner quickly.
3. Sliding - These boards are designed for sliding. They are usually fairly short and have kicktails on the front and the back. They have small hard wheels that slide very easily.
4. Carving - These boards are designed to carve really tight and fast. They have a shorter wheelbase than a cruiser and turn a lot faster too. They have wide soft wheels for maximum traction. People usually use these boards in slalmom races.
Many boards are also designed with 2 or more longboarding styles in mind. It is even becoming quite popular in many areas as it is a great mode of transportation.
Boarder Dude 2 - Gnarly! I'm not a speed guy though. I like to just carve it up and ride nice long smooth hills. I also like to slide.
Boarder Dude 1 - Sweet man! I have a wicked sliding setup myself. I'm just learning to do 360's.
Boarder Dude 2 - Nice. I've got the 360's down to a science. Let's go tear up a hill right now.
Boarder Dude 1 - Totally!
Boarder Dude 2 - I love longboarding.
Boarder Dude 1 - I also love longboarding.
HOWEVER - it is more the state of mind.
Longboarding is about the soul, expression and The Glide. Where shortboarders beat each other for the waves and perform aggresive moves to carve up the water, you will almost certainly find a longboarder behind them, contemplating their surroundings, taking in the view and with a huge grin on their face.
Add another longboarder and you have a friend with a common goal; glide, float, dance and shimy on the board using your board and your body together - swap stories of shortboarders scattering in your wake and the time you soul arched hanging ten for 20 seconds at Jeffries..
Longboarding is the original soul of original surf culture.
longboarder- nice day bro, I just went out, bombed some hills, i hit 40 km on this one hill, then i did some cross steps and carves. wicked chill day dude.
Longboarder: That's very nice man. I just enjoyed the warm rays and calming breeze on the way over here on my longboard.
Friends: What!? Oh My God. You have a Longboard! I wish I was as amazing as you. You complete this world, my king! *Friend weeps*