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How to Choose Longboard Bearings:  A Buyer’s Guide

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Longboard bearing refer to the circular metal pieces that fit inside the lognboard wheels and make the wheels go round.  They are created using different parts and have a standard size of 8 mm (core), 7mm (width), and 22 mm (outer diameter) to ensure the compatibility between all wheels and all bearing brands.

Choosing longboard bearings can be as simple as buying ice cream from the store – so long as you know what it is you are looking for.  Factors such as speed, durability load capacity, surface finish, lubrication, materials and tolerance separate good longboard bearings from the bad one.  Hence, it is important to understand why some bearings can take more out of your pocket than you are willing to when other sets can be inexpensive.

What are Longboard Bearings Made Of?

Longboard Bearing Parts
Longboard bearings may look tiny, but they consist of incredibly complex components. They are usually composed of the following smaller parts:

Ball retainer. Also known as Delrin crown, this component keeps each ball bearing in place while allowing the casing to spin around it.

Bearing shield. A ring of medium size that covers the sides of the bearings and prevents dirt and debris from getting into the bearings.

C-ring. A thin ring that fits on the outside of the bearings and locks the shields in place.

Inner ring. A smaller metal ring that fits inside the outer ring.

Outer ring. A round metal exterior where all the other components fit into.

Rubber seal. A soft rubber ring located on the outside of the bearings that help shield the interior of the bearings against dirt and debris.

Steel balls. A set of steel or ceramic balls that rests in the ball retainer. As the most vital components, they allow the bearing casing to spin around them.

Longboard Bearing Materials

Steel. As the industry standard, steel bearings are both durable and economical. With this type of bearings, the overall quality of the steel, sealing, and interior ball bearings vary from one brand to another. Generally, the more costly a set of longboard bearings are, the greater their quality since they contain better sealing, higher-quality metals, and more inner ball bearings. Premium bearings will make you feel what makes them different from their cheaper counterparts when you come to a sudden stop on your longboard.

One downside to steel bearings, however, is that it tends to rust when exposed to moisture. Therefore, you must keep them well-oiled if you want them to last.

Ceramic. Ceramic longboard bearings are harder than steel, extremely smooth, resistant to heat, and produce very little friction at faster speeds. Unlike steel bearings, they deform less often, do not rust when exposed to moisture, and do not require as much maintenance. Add to that the fact that ceramic bearings offer exceptional precision performance, and you can expect them to be more expensive than standard steel bearings.

Titanium. Bearings made of titanium are lightweight, durable, and highly resistant to rust. They perform similar to steel bearings, but they can last longer due to this material’s strength and high resistance to corrosion. An important thing to remember is that titanium bearings also need lubrication in order to reduce excess friction.

What is the Longboard Bearing ABEC Scale?

Short for Annular Bearing Engineers’ Committee, an ABEC rating is the measurement used to rate the accuracy, tolerance, and physical limits of bearings. Tolerance measures how precisely the components of bearings fit together, as the more precise the fit between bearing parts, the smoother and more efficient bearings are at higher speeds.

Note that a higher ABEC rating does not necessarily equate to longboard bearings being faster. ABEC bearings are just one of the many aspects that you have to consider, and because there are several factors that play a role in selecting longboard bearings, an ABEC 9 from one brand may differ from an ABEC 9 from another.

The following are the usual ABEC ratings:

ABEC 1 – tend to be the most affordable, the least accurate, the most durable, and the crudest. Usually, the quality of steel used here is not very high.

ABEC 3 – generally inexpensive but do not roll very quickly or smoothly.

ABEC 5 – the standard for most types of longboarding. Bearings with this rating usually get you a reasonable amount of speed at an affordable price.

ABEC 7 – tend to be very fast, smooth, and expensive. Note that you run the risk of unnecessarily damaging them if you skate too hard or too aggressively.

ABEC 9+ – usually used by skaters with riding styles that go insanely fast. These longboard bearings will cost you a good fortune.

How to Clean Longboard Bearings

While longboard bearings generally require little maintenance and last a long time, each component of your longboard bearings should function properly in order for the bearings to perform at their best. In this connection, it is crucial that you clean your bearings regularly. Otherwise, dirt buildup will eventually stop your bearings and cause it to malfunction.

So, we have provided the following step-by-step longboard bearings care guide to help you clean your bearings.

Tools You Will Need

  • Your dirty longboard bearings
  • Lubricant
  • A piece of rag or towel
  • An alcohol-based cleaning solution
  • A container with a lid
  • Circlip pliers (if you have metal shield) or a knife blade (if you have rubber shields)
  • A well-ventilated area
  • Safety gloves (advised)
  • Time (more or less half an hour)


Take the bearings out
Unscrew the axle nuts and gently slide the wheel along the axle so that the bearing is released out of the wheel core. Prise the bearing out of the wheel and use the rag or towel to wipe down each bearing. Repeat the same for each wheel.

Remove the bearing shields
Once you get your bearings out of your wheels, remove the bearing shields using the knife blade or the circlip pliers. An ideal way to do this is by leveraging from the inside or outside of the shield so as not to bend it at an extreme angle. Take great care to avoid cutting yourself. Do the same for each bearing shield.

Soak and clean them
Place all the components you have removed in the container and fill it with an alcohol-based bearing cleaning solution. Give the container a good shake to get rid of the dirt and grime. Rinse them some more with clean solvent.

Dry and lubricate
Once you are satisfied with the cleanliness Dry your bearings off

How to Lubricate Longboard Bearings

Lubricating your bearings starts after cleaning.  In order to enjoy maximum performance of your longboards, be sure your bearings are completely dry before doing this activity.

Lubricating means regreasing or putting lube on your bearings with oil or grease. A few drops will do and spin the bearings with your fingers so that the lube is spread evenly.  Then put it back in the wheel, this can be tricky if the wheel holds the bearing tightly.  This basically sums up the lubricating activity.

This is not a DIY thing to do. Every skater must realize that using the wrong oil may do more damage to the bearings. It is highly recommended that you use skateboard bearing specific lubes like Powell Speed cream or similar light grease. Another recommended brand is “Speed cream” made by “bones bearings”.  They are specially designed to keep bearings last longer and greasy.  Light grease have low viscosity clear oil. 3-in-1 oil and mineral oil both work.  Just a couple of drops at the outside near the nut at the inner race, and a couple of drops at the inside near the truck shaft at the inner race.

If for some reasons you cannot have these specific lubricants, certain home products can do the replacement.  Motor oil or even cooking oil will work.

How about water to do the job? Water can actually be a lubricant but this does not mean it should ever be in a bearing. Unless you are cleaning your bearings and even then, have minimal amount of water contact. Water is one element that hastens rust formation and this can significantly damage the bearings. In contrary, this may not hold true for Ceramic bearings as they don’t develop rust due to moisture.  And this is also for the same reason that skating in the rain is avoided mainly due to water and moisture accumulation in the bearings.

Many customer reviews mention about the use of WD-40. It is a solvent, and not a lubricant. Solvents will dissolve at the plastic pieces inside the bearing that make it work. The downside on prolonged use of solvents will limit the life of your bearings.  Olive oil is not good, but is better than nothing, and is probably better than using a solvent.

Many realize that rain skating makes bearings 50% worse. And this is when WD-40 will come in very useful.  It may work well as a lubricant but it should never be used as lube normally. But when the bearing gets so rusted, this will be of great help. Indeed, WD-40 can only be used for destroyed bearings.

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How Much Is A Good, Sturdy Longboard Cost?

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It cannot be denied that price always plays a role when it comes to making a decision on whether or not we are going to purchase something that has caught our eye. Longboard skateboards are no exception in this case. In fact, even more advanced longboarders keep the price in mind when they are looking into buying a new longboard skateboard complete.

If you are a beginner skater, however, price is probably something that you will want to consider even more than advanced skaters do. After all, you are looking to buy your first ever longboard, and you would probably not want to spend too much on something that you are not certain you would end up liking in the long run. For this reason, you may be one of those newbies who oftentimes ask the question, “How much is a longboard?

Unfortunately, as much as we would love to give you an easy, direct answer, this question is a bit of a challenge for even the most experienced skateboards sales representative. This is because the answer depends on a lot of factors, such as what you want the longboard for, whether you already know how a longboard works, whether you can already do tricks, and so on. Your personal preference, riding style, and the goals that you would want to accomplish using the longboard are also factors that need to be taken into consideration.

While you can, of course, opt for a longboard that is as cheap as $50, you will probably regret it not long afterwards since quality may become an issue. More than that, buying a cheap longboard skateboard might also discourage you from pursuing active sports since cheap longboards are not known for offering very good riding experiences.

In general, good-quality longboards cost anywhere between $150 to $450 for a complete. But if you are a beginner to the longboarding sport, it is probably best that you purchase a complete longboard that is between the range of $60 to $250.

As previously stated, the following factors may prove to be helpful in making your first longboard choice:

1. The cost of the longboard by brand

Below is a quick rundown of the usual, promo-free cost of regular-sized longboards based on the brand name:

  • Quest Boards longboards – $60-$220
  • Landyachtz longboards – $170-$250
  • Sector 9 longboards – $140 – $225
  • Globe longboards – $150 – $230
  • Loaded longboards – $290 – $360
  • Arbor longboards – $150 – $210
  • Omen longboards – $160 – $250
  • Rayne longboards – $200 – $250

2. The size of the longboard

Longboards come in different shapes and sizes, from mini-cruisers that measure 32” or less to dancing longboards that measure more than 32” and are at the other end of the spectrum. In general, mini-cruisers are less inexpensive compared to dancing longboards since a lot more material goes more into the development of the latter.

3. The deck construction

The material used for the construction of the skateboard deck core also has an impact on the cost of a longboard. For instance, longboards that were constructed with bamboo are generally more expensive than boards made from all-wood. This may be because it is not just the materials that are being considered but also the technology and manufacturing process that was used.

4. Your choice of wheels

Longboards that are of decent quality and cost between $150-$250 normally come ready to ride already with good-quality wheels, such as Venom, Cloud Ride, and Seismic. However, if you wish to swap the wheels with another brand, it will typically add to the longboard’s cost.

5. Your choice of trucks

When choosing a complete longboard skateboard, one key component that affects its cost is the trucks. Most decent longboards come ready to ride with reputable truck brands such as Silver Trucks, Thunder Trucks, and Independent Trucks. However, if you wish to upgrade your trucks to higher-end brand-name ones, it will increase the cost of your longboard complete even more, probably between the range of $35-$55.

6. Your choice of bearings

Bearings are another critical aspect that you have to consider when it comes to the cost of a longboard. The standard bearings that oftentimes ship with your complete longboard skateboard may cost only $10. However, if you wish to invest in smooth, high-performance bearings, you will probably be made to shoulder an additional $60-$160.

Final Thoughts

A longboard is actually a form of investment for every rider, regardless of whether you are a beginner or a more advanced skater. Because of this, it is undoubtedly important to find out how much a longboard costs.

If you are new to the world of longboarding, you do not typically need to invest more than $250 for your very first longboard unless you are truly passionate about it and want something that is durable and high-performance for your evolution.

Keep in mind, however, that you can always have fun even with a reasonably inexpensive longboard so long as it suits your preferences and needs.

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How to Choose Longboard Wheels: A Buyer’s Guide

When it comes to longboarding, it is always vital to take your longboard wheels into consideration. Ascertaining which wheels would be most suitable for your longboard skateboard should be one of your priorities since the kinds of wheels that you will use will have a dramatic impact on the types of rides that you will get.

Longboard wheels are typically made of polyurethane and come in various shapes, sizes, colors, and durability levels to suit your longboarding preferences. Longboards often make use of larger, softer wheels to provide a smoother ride on rough terrains, as compared to traditional shortboard skateboards that use smaller and harder wheels.

With the wide array of longboard wheels available in the market today, we understand that it can be quite confusing and overwhelming to make a decision on which longboard wheels to purchase. So, we have provided this comprehensive buyer’s guide to help you in your decision-making.

Let’s dig right in.

Longboard Wheel Size

The first factor you have to take into consideration when it comes to buying a longboard is the size of your longboard wheels. Most longboard wheels have a diameter of between 64 mm to 80 mm, with 70 mm being a common size. The lower the number in millimeters, the smaller the wheels. Larger wheels generally accelerate more slowly, although they roll more easily on cracks and debris at higher top speed. On the other hand, smaller wheels may accelerate faster, but they roll at a slower top speed. If your objective is to commute quickly and smoothly, big wheels are a good choice.

More than just the size, however, you have to consider whether the wheels of your choosing will fit on your longboard setup without causing wheelbite. If your longboard deck has large cut outs, it should be compatible with any wheel size. On the other hand, if your longboard deck does not have cut outs, you may have to add a riser pad that measures at least ¼” in order to accommodate wheels that are larger than 65 mm.

On average, a wheel size of 54 mm to 59 mm works best for beginners and bigger skaters who ride vert ramps, bowls, the streets, and skate parks. Meanwhile, specialty riders who skate longboards, downhill, old-school boards, and dirt boards use a wheel size of 60 mm or more. If you are uncertain which wheel size works for you, keep in mind that your height and weight can affect the wheel size that will feel right for your board.

Longboard Wheel Shape

As far as choosing the right set of longboard wheels goes, the shape of your wheels also plays a key role in ensuring that you don’t slip off during a downhill race but instead, catch the perfect turns and advance.

Here are the basics of longboard and skateboard wheel shapes:

Square Edge

Wheels with square-shaped edges are known for their grip even through fast corners. Hence, if you are a longboarder whose style demands constant contact with the ground (e.g., slalom, downhill), square-edged wheels must be your weapons of choice. Although they can also be used for slides, they are less forgiving than round-edged wheels.

Round Edge

If you wish to try carving and sliding on your longboard sometime, be sure to use wheels with round edges. They give your wheels less friction on paved roads, thus facilitating easy sliding, cruising, and freeriding. However, round-edged wheels do not grip the pavement as hard during turns.

Beveled Edge

Wheels with beveled edges are neither flat nor round at the edges. Instead, they are cut at one angle on the side, which gives you a contact patch on the edge of your wheel. This can be very handy when taking turns while bombing hills.

Longboard Wheel Hardness

How hard longboard wheels are is typically measured using a durometer scale. Harder wheels are generally faster while softer wheels are generally slower, although with better grip. Longboards normally require larger, softer wheels to give riders greater stability on a longboard’s long and spacious deck.

Most companies use the Durometer A scale to measure longboard wheel hardness, although there are also others that use the Durometer B scale. The lower the number on either scale, the softer the wheels. Most longboard wheels have a hardness that fall between 75A to 90A.

The following are some of the basic guidelines on measuring the hardness of longboard wheels:

78A to 87A

Soft wheels that are good for rough terrains or for boards that require lots of grip in order to roll over bumps and cracks with ease. Wheels that fall under these durometer ratings are designed for longboarding, hills, cruising, and smooth rides.

88A to 95A

Wheels that are slightly harder and slightly faster. They have a little less grip as compared to wheels from the previous range, but the grip is still good. Wheels with these durometer ratings are designed for riding on the street and on rough surfaces.

96A to 99A

Wheels with durometer ratings under this range are considered an all-around good wheel because they are capable of performing well at high speed without sacrificing their grip. These wheels are a great choice for beginner longboarders who skate the streets, skate parks, pools, ramps, and other smooth surfaces.

One of the important reasons why you should take durometer into consideration when choosing longboard wheels is that the hardness of your longboard wheel set can affect slide characteristics. Harder wheels are more durable and tend to glide across surfaces, so they will generally not slow you down but instead, will help you ride better. Softer wheels, meanwhile, are much easier to operate at faster speeds.

Longboard Wheel Cores

Cores support longboard wheels in giving riders smoother rides, as they help maintain the circular integrity of the wheels. Wheels with big cores will more likely remain spinning when sliding sideways compared to wheels that do not have a core.

How the core is positioned in wheels makes a huge difference on how the wheels grip, slide, and wear down. In fact, there are three core placement categories that longboard wheels share in common:

Centerset core

Wheels with centerset cores have their cores placed in the middle of the wheels at an equal distance to their outer edges. This has the advantage of making the wheels flippable in the event that you want to adjust the characteristics of your ride. It also promotes a longer wheel lifespan, as your weight load spreads evenly across the width of the wheels.

It is important to take note, however, that a centerset core position is not an ideal choice for producing good slides or creating maximum grip.

Offset core

Wheels with offset cores have their cores placed somewhere between the centerset and the sideset (that is, the core is slightly set in from the inside part of the wheel). This blend of the two characteristics allows riders to enjoy the best of both worlds, as it promotes versatility, accommodates various riding styles, and provides a nice balance of traction.

If your goal is to maximize your longboard grip, you can choose to flip your wheels inside out. However, you ought to know that this setup makes the wheels more difficult to control once they start sliding.

Sideset core

Wheels with sideset cores have their cores placed to the inside area of the wheels. Because it allows little to no inner edge, this core placement has the least amount of grip, and this makes it easier to initiate slides without exerting too much force.

Take note, however, that this provides riders with the least amount of grip, thus making slides more difficult to control and wearing the wheels down more quickly than you might be ready for. Nevertheless, sideset-cored wheels are still fun to ride and great for beginners learning how to break traction on their longboards.

Longboard Wheel Core Material

While longboard wheel core properties does not vary as much, the material used for the core of longboard wheels does have an impact on the quality and type of rides that you will enjoy, as well as on the longevity of your wheels.

Here is a quick list of some of the most common wheel core properties:


Aluminum has greater mass, which makes it perfect if you want to experience faster rides. It is also a stiff material that enhances wheel traction and wears down your wheels in a more gradual manner. The downside to this, however, is that it can be expensive.


Plastic is slightly slower than aluminum but is also more lightweight. As one of the most inexpensive core material, it is most commonly used for longboard wheel core.


The urethane formula used for longboard wheels is also an important factor to consider. Not all 78A wheels, for example, perform the same way, and their urethane formula commands just as much about the way that the wheels perform.

Companies use different urethane wheel formulae, with each formula having varying degrees of grip, ability to slide, and durability. Anyone who has ridden clay or steel longboard wheels would vouch for urethane wheels considering that the latter have better grip, increased speed, and an improved riding quality overall.

The best method of determining whether the urethane formula used in the longboard wheel suits you is to try several types of formula and just get a feel for your preferences. Fortunately, many companies nowadays have categorized their formulae as either downhill or freeride to make it easier for riders to choose. Freeride formulae generally slide easier and faster, although they have lesser grip and lesser durability than their downhill counterparts.

Longboard Wheel Contact Patch

Contact patches refer to the area of the longboard wheels that make constant contact with the pavement. This is an important feature of longboard performance because the larger the contact patch of the longboard wheel, the more distributed your weight will become over your longboard. This reduces the urethane compression in your wheels, lowers rolling resistance, and ensures quicker rides.


Now that we have covered the basics behind longboard wheels, you should now be able to make an informed decision on what to look for when choosing the right longboard wheels for your ride. Just make sure to consider the factors we have discussed above to get the most enjoyable ride that suits your longboarding preferences.

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How to Longboard for Beginners: The Basics

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Contrary to popular belief, riding a longboard is not the same as riding a skateboard. While there are plenty of similarities, they are not exactly the same.

Aside from having a longboard skateboard, a good safety helmet, pads, and flat-bottomed shoes, it does not take much to learn how to skateboard on a longboard. However, it is important that you know the basics of longboarding before you go on your first longboard ride.

Let’s run through some of these fundamentals.

Longboards vs. Skateboards: The Differences

Technically, longboards are considered one type of skateboard. Both of them have a deck that is made of either wood or composite material, and both of them have wheels that are attached to the board using trucks.

But apart from the length, the primary difference between a skateboard and a longboard is that riders use longboards for carving hills and cruising streets, unlike skateboards, which are normally used for kicks, jumps, and tricks.

Longboards can be anywhere between 34 inches to 50 inches long and 7 inches to 10 inches wide, although they normally run around 42 inches long and 8.5 inches wide. Compare that to a skateboard, which normally measures 30 inches to 33 inches long and 8 inches wide, and you can see why longboards are called longboards.

Furthermore, unlike skateboards, longboards do not usually have a symmetrical head and tail. Instead, longboards come in different shapes to accommodate different riding styles.

Important Things Beginners Should Know

Riding a longboard is no easy feat. You will have to go through a lot of training and, in the process, suffer many injuries. However, with proper practice and safety precautions, you will be able to master the art of longboarding.

1. Pick up a longboard that meets your riding demands and preferences.

There is a wide array of longboard skateboards available in the market today, with each board having been designed for a specific purpose. So, if you are planning to buy a longboard, we advise that you think hard about what type of longboard you want.

While a longer board provides greater stability, it also comes short as far as turning ability goes. On the other hand, while a shorter board offers greater turning ability, it may also lack the degree of stability that you need. Hence, you have to consider what type of riding you want to do before you hit the board shop.

Based on our observations, longboarders generally want one of the following:

  • To get around;
  • To do downhill skating; or
  • To engage in some freestyle riding.

If you also desire the same, it is crucial to take note that you will need a different longboard for each of these purposes.

  • For getting around, also known as cruising around, you will typically just want a cruiser. Cruisers have a rounded tail and pointed nose, although there are also cruisers with more sharply pointed noses called pintails.
  • For downhill skating, which involves going very fast, you will want a speedboard or a top mount. Top mounts can be either symmetrical or asymmetrical, usually with a narrow head and a tail with a blunt end.
  • For freestyle riding, which involves downhill skating and showing off other skating skills, your top choice ought to be a drop through longboard. Drop through longboards have narrow heads and symmetrical tails.

Another thing that you have to also consider as a beginner longboarder is that the wheels of a longboard, which are made of urethane, are wider and smoother than the wheels of a skateboard. While wheels with square edges are best for cruising flat terrains or smooth and straight hills, beveled wheels are great for roads with plenty of twists and turns, and rounded wheels are good for sliding and carving.

2. Purchase reliable safety gears

Longboarding is an adventurous sport that can be quite risky for riders. Because you have to tackle bumps and obstacles while keeping your balance, it is vital that you wear protective gears before you take a ride in order to prevent significant injuries in case you fall from the board. Essential safety gears include helmets, elbow and knee pads, and longboarding shoes.

A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Longboard

1. Figure out your stance.


Are you a goofy rider or a regular rider?

This question basically entails determining your stance when you skate. If you skate with your left foot forward, with your right foot doing the kicking, it means that you are a regular rider. But if you skate with your right foot forward and kick using your left foot, it indicates that you are a goofy rider.

If you already know how to ride a skateboard, then you likely already know what stance feels comfortable to you. However, if you do not yet know or if you have not yet tried riding similar sports before, there are also two simple methods to find out which stance you have onboard a longboard. One is to ask someone you trust to push you from behind without prior warning. Another method includes sliding on a plain surface without wearing shoes.

Take note that your arms and knees are also important for when you balance while trying to move. So, don’t sweat about it if you find it difficult to balance even on a completely still longboard.

2. Find your footing.

The next step involves practicing your stance on a smooth, even surface. Stand on the center of your longboard deck so that you can get a feel of its springiness. Bend your knees, crouch down, and stand back up. Get accustomed to shuffling and moving your feet onboard without stepping off.

The placement of your feet will depend on how you ride. Most of the time, you will want to keep your feet on the space between the trucks, but at an angle that is a little wider than the width of your shoulders, such that your front foot points diagonally at a 45-degree angle and your back foot points out a few degrees.

If you wish to “bomb the hills” (i.e., longboard down hills fast), spread your feet wider. For greater speed, point your feet downhill. Put a good amount of your weight on your front foot when bombing hills in order to maintain control.

3. Push off.

To get moving on your board, simply push your back foot against the ground. You can either make just one big push or push a few more times if you desire greater speed.

After you get used to moving on a flat surface, you can already practice riding downhill. Just find a slight slope (instead of a steep drop) to get on your longboard. Avoid pushing on your first few tries. Rather, just let gravity pull you down.

Once you feel comfortable with each process, you can now try to do both. Try pushing once then riding down. Go faster only as you feel more and more comfortable.

4. Practice stopping on your longboard, too.

While getting your longboard moving is important, so is stopping properly. Otherwise, you might get injured.

If you are a beginner, you may find it easiest to stop by simply dragging your foot. This method is called footbreaking. Here, what you have to do is to simply drag your back foot on the pavement until you slowly come down to a halt. Keep your heel flat on the ground as you drag your foot.

Once you are comfortable doing this, you can also practice more advanced means of stopping on your longboard. A Coleman slide, for example, is a cool method you may want to try.

On the other hand, if you end up going too fast and lose control of your board, you will most likely have to bail by jumping off. It may sound reckless, but the idea here is to leap off the longboard and hit the ground running so that you can remain on your feet.

If you wish to practice this method of stopping, the first thing you can do is find a flat area where you can freely move without going too quickly and ending up hurting yourself if you stumble. This method will take practice, so be sure to wear your pads and roll slowly.

5. Carve and cruise.

Once you have learned how to get moving on your longboard and how to stop on your longboard, you also have to learn how to carve or make turns. Carving is typically done by shifting your weight from one side to another as you ride. You can try carving on your heel edge or toe edge. The deeper you carve, the more extreme the turns you will make.

To practice, try carving gently down a slope. Start by getting some forward momentum, then lean gently to one side to start turning. Carving can slow you down, so you will need to give a stronger push. Moderate your speed by carving from one side to another as you cruise. To increase your speed, you may also consider crouching down even lower and lowering your center of gravity.

As a newbie, you may instinctively feel like watching your feet as you practice cruising and carving. However, you should always keep your gaze fixed on the horizon since your board will go wherever your eyes go.

6. Hill carving

Once you feel comfortable already controlling your longboard on easy descents, you may want to improve even more by trying out something challenging, such as longboarding down a hill. Longboarding down a hill is similar to longboarding down a slope, only with greater speed. Because of this, stopping can be a little trickier, too. However, the fundamentals of longboarding techniques still apply.

Safety Precautions for Beginners

Regardless of your level of experience, bear in mind that safety gear is a must to prevent or at least minimize injuries. This includes wearing a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, hip pads, mouth guard, and closed leather or suede shoes for protection.

You might want to consider doing some warm up and doing a little stretching before starting on your longboard. Also, never attempt tricks that are out of your skill range. Above all, be aware of your surroundings, and watch out for bikes, cars, pedestrians, or other road traffic while you ride.

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Longboarding Lingo: Key Terms You Should Know

The language or lingo of longboarding can be confusing and overwhelming for many, especially for skaters who are new to the world of longboarding. There are plenty of terms and phrases that skaters use that do not exactly mean the same in regular conversations. This may make you feel like you have to continuously look them up just to keep up.

However, it does not have to remain this way. To help you become more familiar with the terms used in longboarding lingo, we have created a list of general longboarding lingo terms that longboard skateboarders use:


Concave refers to the curvatures in a longboard deck that make the skateboard a more comfortable ride. Although standard concaves run from rail to rail, thereby giving the skateboard deck a rounded platform that keeps riders in place, manufacturers have pioneered several new types in recent years that specialize in performing different functions.


Drop-through longboards have a skateboard deck that is mainly used for cruising setups. They are not as structurally strong as top-mounted boards, but they are flexier than the latter and are easier to perform slides with.


Durometer is a scale used to rate the hardness of urethanes and plastics, including longboarding wheels and bushings. Using this scale, the wheels for skateboards or longboards usually range from 75A to 101A, with 78A to 88A being the standard for soft wheels and 89A to 101A being the standard for hard wheels. On the other hand, the bushings for skateboards or longboards range from 78A to 98A, with 78A to 83A bushings being the standard for soft bushings, 84A to 90A being the standard for medium bushings, and 91A to 98A being the standard for hard bushings. Generally, soft bushings are considered to be more responsive, while hard bushings give more stability.


Longboard decks are often constructed with flex in order to make the deck more responsive even at slower speeds. In general, boards made from 5 to 7 layers of wood are considered to have a flexible construction.


Deemed by many to be one of the best inventions in skateboarding since the invention of the skateboard, kicktail refers to the upward curve in the tail or nose of a skateboard deck that can be used as a lever for performing tricks and increased maneuverability.

Mounting hole

Mounting holes are the holes on your longboard deck that come in sets of four and where trucks are mounted.


The nose refers to the front kicktail of your longboard skateboard. More often than not, it is slightly broader than the tail.


Ply refers to one layer of wood in a skateboard deck.


The tail refers to the back kicktail of of your longboard skateboard. More often than not, it is constructed to be more narrow than the nose.

Top mount

Top mount longboards have trucks mounted directly below the board, which makes the longboard more maneuverable and responsive.


The wheelbase determines the distance between the front truck and the back truck. Measured by the distance between the inner mounting holes, the wheelbase impacts not just the skateboard deck’s overall length but also the way it handles rides. In general, the shorter the wheelbase, the more responsive it is.

Wheel cutouts

Wheel cutouts are sections of a skateboard deck that are removed from the top of the wheels in order to make room for larger wheels.

Wheel wells

Wheel wells are recessed areas on the bottom of a skateboard deck and are located just above the wheels in order to prevent wheel bite and provide more wheel clearance.

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Different Types of Longboards

Longboarding is a type of adventurous skateboarding sport wherein athletes use longboards to compete.

Longboards come in different shapes and sizes, with each of them designed specifically for certain riding styles. Because of this, a rider may have to buy different types of complete longboard skateboards in order to enjoy different riding styles.

Let us take a look at the different types of longboard completes that are available on the market today.

1. Bamboo

Highly flexible, extremely lightweight, and economical, bamboo longboards are the preferred choice for skaters planning to go on a camping trip or a picnic. Super-quality bamboo longboards look cool, are completely organic, and help you enjoy a multitude of tricks as well as incredible riding experiences.

2. Carving

Used mainly for one of the most essential techniques, carving longboards have a unique shape that helps ensure that you can lean into turns from one angle to another and lay them down flawlessly. Their setup is similar to cruisers, but they are more fine-tuned and have more concave than the latter so as to keep your feet in place even when leaning in either direction.

3. Cruising

Cruiser longboards are where just about every rider starts. Ideal for crowded places, cruisers are considered by many to be a true masterpiece because they help guarantee memorable riding experiences onboard as you roll along and just enjoy the ride. Cruising boards have wider trucks and decks, which ensure exceptional stability and perfect balance.

More basic than any other longboard style, cruisers typically have a top-mounted profile, with the board sitting on top of the trucks. They also have a pintail shape and usually feature very smooth, large wheels that make rolling a lot easier.

At Quest Boards, for instance, we have the 27” x 8” Quest Fishtail Cruiser Board that was constructed from 7 layers of all-hardwood maple and offers an excellent and spacious platform for a sure and stable footing.

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4. Dancer

Dancer longboards are known for their length as well as for their spacious decks that give riders a stable platform to walk or “dance” on the board. Because of their size, dancer longboards may not be the most portable, but they feature some flex that makes them a great board for riding freestyle.

A good example of a dance board would be the 48” x 9” Quest Bold Arch. This complete  longboard is a dance board longboard that has a beautiful artisan deck made from 8-ply Hardwood Maple and provides a generous and resilient space for dancing and landing steep tricks.

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5. Downhill

With downhill longboards, speed is the name of the game. As their name suggests, downhill longboards are perfect for riding down the hills since they can easily survive the harshest of terrains. One of the most technically built boards on the market, downhill boards have unique shapes and curves that help keep the front foot firmly in place.

6. Drop down

Simply put, drop down longboards are boards with a foot platform that drops down. This gives the board the ability to ride ultra low to the ground and makes the longboard deck very stable. These types of skateboards are very easy to ride, so it does not come as a surprise that beginners and intermediate longboarders find this type of longboard a favorite.

Quest Boards, for example, has the 41” x 9” California Republic, which is fun to cruise on with its beautiful and solid skateboard deck construction.

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7. Drop through

By far the most common longboard skateboard available on the market today, drop through longboards are a great choice if you wish to perform a variety of solid skate tricks. The deck of a drop through longboard has holes in the nose and tail, which allows the board to ride low and stable. This type of board comes in stiff or flexible decks and is great for all types of skaters regardless of their skill level.

Quest Boards, for instance, has the 42” x 10”, Classic Island-style Sunset Mosaic longboard that was designed to take you back to a more relaxed time and give you extra room for greater comfort and long-lasting, epic fun.

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8. Double drop

Double drop longboards combine the best of both worlds since they feature longboard decks that drop down and drop through. This type of longboard is also very easy to ride, with a deck that rides super low to  the ground.

9. Electric longboards

At its very core, an electric longboard is a type of longboard that utilizes batteries for movement. They typically go up to 24 mph and are shock-absorbent over cracks and bumps.

10. Mini-cruiser

Mini-cruiser longboard skateboards may have a shorter deck, but they have soft, large wheels that allow riders to easily cruise onboard, without needing to worry about bumps and cracks on the road.

11. Top mount

Top mount longboards are so called because they use trucks that are mounted directly to the bottom of the skateboard deck. This gives the board greater leverage, as it enables the rider to to put their feet directly over the deck’s trucks and wheels.

Which Type of Longboard Should You Buy?

Choosing a longboard skateboard can be a tough job considering the density of skateboard longboards that are presently being sold on the market. However, you can make the task a lot easier and still be able to enjoy the best types of longboard skateboard for yourself by understanding what you are looking for in your longboard skateboard.