Since the advent of the electric skateboard, every manufacturer has battled over time to develop the best sort. Ranging from laser tagged wheels, advanced wireless controllers, longer noses and tails, laser-guided precision, bigger wheels to increase speed output, lighter weights to allow easier mobility etc.
You can almost find any variety of electric boards that will best serve your skillset, whether you want to ride for fun, you want to practice, or you’re even an expert.
The Jackbobo E-Board is one of the most affordable skateboards you could find in the markets. It comes at a price so cheap it’s basically a giveaway for a skateboard with the specifications it has.
With an average weight of 5kg, you wouldn’t notice the weight difference if you walked around with it. The small weight makes it easier to move around without any hiccup.
This special piece comes in two different sizes, the smaller 27.5″ 250watts lithium battery-powered board or the slightly bigger 35.4″ board that comes in three different colours; black, orange or red. The electric board comes with a range of 10km(about 6.2 miles) when fully charged which is reasonable for a low-cost buy. This simple powerful piece of tech can accelerate at a speed of 6.2mph and reach a top speed of 12.4mph.
A great feature of this electric board is the fact that it can function as both an electric board with juice, or as a normal skateboard without its juice, making it easier to use no matter where you decide to take it to. The deck design gives it a cool touch, with its 7- layer ply maple wood decking, increasing its elasticity and toughness.
The board is sturdy as it can hold a weight of up to 220lbs(almost 100kg). It is fully equipped with two brake modes and two-speed modes specially adapted for beginners or even advanced skaters. So whatever skill level you are on, you sure can use his board as easily as you’d use any other. The Jackbobo electric skateboard is fitted with the reverse capability and that I can say is not easily found in the market and frankly, is a feature I find really attractive.
Its durable wheels absorb shock and provide a smooth ride. Take total control of your path and sync up the electronic skateboard with its wireless remote control made with functions to accelerate, decelerate, or engage the cruise control feature giving the rider the freedom to maintain any speed level without necessarily touching the throttle. Now, that’s bang!
Ready for this electric skateboard? Let’s have a look at its features
Jackbobo Electric Skateboard: Core Features
So far, I haven’t known any person who has found problems with the Jackbobo E-Board and for the few times I used it, I had so much love for it except it wasn’t more of my speed. But seeing the features yourself will probably help you make your decision. So here goes.
Quick Look At The Features
Max range of 10km
Top speed: 20km/h
2-speed modes and 2 brake modes
2200mAh Lithium battery
Battery charge time: 2 hours
Wireless remote control
Length: 27.5”(smaller size) and 35.4”(bigger size)
Wheel diameter: 2.9”
I’ve seen a lot of boards that their prices hit the roof, but the Jackbobo is among those that probably won’t put a dent in your pocket. It is highly affordable so it’s actually a board almost anyone can get at a budget. The Jackbobo E-Board is pocket friendly which means you can conveniently add it to your skateboard stash.
The Jackbobo E-Board was crafted to look exquisite and to withstand a lot of weight(220lbs precisely) and pressure. Its deck is made of 7-ply Maple wood with Hadley design. That’s not all; the board is really elastic and tough too. With its concave and kicktail, the rider is guaranteed an added control on the board which allows him to have more traction while riding.
Another feature that is great is how small the board is. It is small and lightweight which is a bonus. For a commuter, there are overcrowded places where your board cannot be ridden so the ideal thing to do is carry it. This task is a lot easier with lighter boards and the Jackbobo offers just that.
Max Range And Speed
I can’t say the Jackbobo E-Board has the best range or speed I’ve ever seen. It goes as fast as 20km/h and it’s maximum range is 10km which is not so great but is okay to work with.
The size of the board makes it easy to manoeuvre with little or no effort
Durable wheels absorb shock easily and provide a seamless ride
The board is lightweight which makes it easy to carry around
The new reverse capability of the board makes it stand out from most E-Boards
The price of the board is pocket friendly (it’s cheap)
The 10km range of the board and the 20km/h top speed is not high enough, especially for speed junkies
Jackbobo Electric Review Summary
Overall, the Jackbobo Electric skateboard is what I would call average. It is really sturdy so you don’t have to worry about it coming apart under you(maybe except you are over 100kg).
It is definitely not the best E-Board money can buy, but for the price, it is sold at, the best cannot really be expected.
Although, I am especially surprised at how much the Jackbobo can do because I have seen and ridden terrible boards that sold for more. And I am especially impressed by its reverse capability because even some of the best boards do not have that.
Granted, it is not in the big shots league but on average, I think it is very cool for a starter board and I would give it a thumbs up. So, if you check the specs and you are cool with what the board can offer you, you sure can give it a try.
You ask how hard it is to learn how to skateboard? That’s easy.
Push. Skate. Slip. Repeat.
Skateboarding is fun. It’s a great exercise and expands your social circle. It’s a great sport altogether. But like any sport, it’s not so easy to master. There are some factors that will play into defining how good you can get at skateboarding. How much you’re willing to put in the effort, your persistence, your age, your fitness, and your guts into how quickly you can master skateboarding.
Like all professional sports, you have to start at the beginning. There’s no skipping steps, no cutting lines, and no dodging ropes. You have to learn the basics and build to the more technical styles. You can imagine tripping on your own board and still attempting to do a kickflip. You’ll just hurt yourself. So it’s paramount you take it slow.
How To Learn How To Skateboard
1. Take It Slow
A lot of people by default, are impatient. When they want something, they want it to happen now. You can’t possibly move from learning balance on your board to attempting to do an ollie. You won’t progress that way. Start from the beginning. Nurture your progress. Take it step by step.
The thrill of landing your first trick might want to push you into trying more technical stunts and when you fail at pulling them off, there’s a chance frustration will set in. Some skills will take you time to learn, and without properly understanding the basics, you can’t possibly pull them off.
You want to first learn what stance you’re partial to, goofy or regular. That’s step one. Then you want to proceed to learn balance. This is a step by step guide you should follow as a beginner.
Set up your board on a place where it won’t move. On the grass maybe
Become attuned to your board. Get a feel of it. Try tilting forward, backward and sideways to sense how your board reacts
Look for a safe spot or location where you can ride comfortably. A place without obstacles so you can avoid accidents.
Try your balancing again. And be sure to have gotten a hang of it before you proceed to ride
Use one foot to give your board a nudge. See how you feel being in motion. Once you see you’re in complete control, repeat pushing the board.
Practice frequently on riding your board. As much as possible even up to weeks. Then you can start checking out basic tricks you can practice doing. When you can master that, you can move on to the harder tricks.
2. Learn How To Fall
Do not assume it’s going to be smooth sailing all through. You’re going to “eat shit” at some point. There’s no escaping it. In fact, it’s one of the things you have to learn how to do. It seems funny, right? But it’s necessary. You don’t want to sustain bad injuries when you fall. It’s wise to prepare yourself for it and prevent any damages.
Essentially, you must try not to fall on your face. That’s obvious. What’s recommended is that you either slide or you roll, depending on whether you’re wearing knee pads or not. If you’re wearing knee pads, it’s better you slide and rolling when you’re not.
3. The Proper Equipment Makes a Difference
Quality over quantity, always. Nothing will frustrate you more than a failing skateboard when you’re trying so hard to make progress. A cheap board is going to prove harder to master than a quality one. Every component of a skateboard is important. If one fails, it affects the general performance.
Apart from losing zeal to learn, riding a cheap skateboard can be dangerous to you. You never know when your wheels will give way and you end up hurting yourself. Try as much as you can not to go below average.
If you have to wait a while to be able to save up to buy a good and quality skateboard, then take that time. Do not allow haste ruin skateboarding for you. Having quality equipment motivates proper learning.
4. Skate With Others
There’s a lot you can achieve when you work with other people compared to when you work alone. Granted, you can make progress on your own, but having people coach you will prove more useful. In that, they can teach you to avoid the mistakes they made, the tips that for t m, and even advise you when you have questions. You can learn twice as fast that way.
As long as you’re nice and eager to learn, people will be willing to help you out. Skateboarding in groups is a lot more fun too. And a bit of fun never hurts.
Another benefit of skateboarding in a company is the morale you get from watching others do what you can not do. You would want to try your best, give your all to do what they are doing. But wisdom must be applied here because watching other peoples’ progress might push you to attempt something you are not ready for. You can cause serious damage to your board or severely hurt yourself. So know when to draw the line.
5. Make And Watch Videos
A lot of people are virtual learners. They assimilate faster when they watch videos. It’s advisable(if you can manage) to video yourself practising so you can watch later. That way, you can see firsthand the errors you’ve been making and work towards fixing the problem.
If it’s something you can’t seem to figure out on your own, you can always upload the videos and ask for insight from those more experienced than you. And remember that it doesn’t have to be just videos of yourself. You can get tutorial videos off the internet and it just might help you ride or stunt better. Keep at it until you see the changes you want, remember consistency is key.
7. Ask For Advice on The Web
We live in a world where we can contact millions of people, even those we have never met, in just one click. The internet is your friend, remember that. If you’ve hit a wall, you can always look for forums where skateboarding is discussed and throw your question to the house. There are a lot of people who want to feel useful and who has the knowledge to give you the answers you need. Quora is one of the great places to seek advise on skateboarding.
You also do not have to make written inquiries. You can send in videos of your yourself and ask people to watch and enlighten you on what you’re doing wrong and how you can make the necessary corrections. Make sure your video is of high enough quality and it shows the parts of your body that needs to be viewed and corrected.
Do not hesitate to seek advice from other people who have scaled through the wall you’re trying to pass. You don’t have to figure things out al on your own. Use the web today.
8. Age And Overall Fitness
At the beginning of this post, I made mention of how beneficial it is to start learning skateboarding early enough. The younger you are, the easier it is to learn. I don’t mean young, as in 8 years of age. Nah. While that is fine, anything below 30years is fine.
Being fit enough helps a lot too. You can not compare the progress between a beginner who works out and keeps fit to one who finds it burdensome to pick up a remote control. You don’t have to be the Rock first or John Cena, just don’t be lazy. It doesn’t matter your shape or size you can pull anything off if you set you to do mind to it. And an upside to skateboarding is that it’s a great way to burn calories. It’s a form of exercise so you can have fun and keep fit all at once.
As with most things, learning how to skateboard requires patience and determination. Just try not to skip steps. Master the basics and progressively move to the more technical stuff. Learn your stance, learn to balance, learn to ride, and then learn to do the gnarly tricks.
Good equipment is proportional to stress-free learning. Try not to economize so much that you buy death on wheels. Invest in your skateboard, why, because quality is paramount.
There is a world is skateboarding. Actively participate in that world and see how much more progress you amass. Be proud of whatever progress you make and don’t go overboard on attempting new tricks.
There are a lot of skateboarding tricks and one of the most common is the ollie. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that as a new skateboarder, you are wondering how long it generally takes to learn an ollie. The amount of time it takes to learn how to ollie is different for different people. For some, it takes months, years even and for some others, it takes a couple of days. These set of people are those we call naturals.
Depending on how much time and effort you put into practising, on average, it takes some people about two months to learn an ollie while moving and two weeks to learn it while stationary. A sure way to learn fast is to make sure you know and master the basics first before moving to ollieing.
If you want to be good at performing skateboarding tricks, it is important you know how to do the ollie because a lot of other tricks are based on it. Comprehending how to get ollieing right is a challenge for most beginners but it is very doable and there are ways to speed up your progress too. We’ll discuss that in this article as well as the reason why ollieing might be hard for you and also the difference between popping an ollie stationary and while moving.
Ollieing While moving
Ollieing while in motion is a bit than doing so while stationary but it is best for mastering the trick. The reason a lot of people conclude that this method is harder is mostly born from their fear of falling off a moving board.
Doing tricks generally is always comes after you have learned how to ride. Learning how to ride means you have gone over or greatly mastered your fear of falling. If you know how to ride, doing an ollie is not difficult as people will have you believe. This is because falling is inevitable while learning skating skills and the best way to fall is to fall while in motion. That way you can control how you land so you don’t hurt your ankle or anything.
The truth is, learning an ollie while in motion takes more guts, but pulling it off means you’re making progress, not just with landing tricks but with your general riding skills. Just keep practising and watching others pull it off. You’ll get better.
I wouldn’t advise a beginner to practice doing an ollie stationary. Of course, you will be able to lift your board off the ground, but you won’t have that extra pizzazz you need to make a trick go from basic to awesome.
Like I mentioned previously if you attempt pulling off an ollie while stationary and you fall, you are sure to get badly injured. If you are on the move, the impact of the fall won’t rest on a single part of your body, the weight of the fall will be distributed when you roll or slide on your knee pads.
How Often Should You Practice an Ollie?
There’s no limit to how much you can practice. In my opinion, the more the better. The trick is just knowing when to chill and let your muscles relax and adjust to memorize the motions. If you feel the pressure of learning is becoming too much, it’s probably wise to focus on practising something else to allow your . and muscle assimilate the little it has learnt. Just don’t get frustrated enough to quit. It might seem difficult, but just keep practising.
Mastering an ollie
The two most important parts to pulling off an ollie are getting the accurate movements and having total confidence that you can pull it off.
First, you want to perfect your balance. It is important you use your core, legs, feet, shoulders, and arms to balance. Doing an ollie is just about popping your talk and sliding your front foot. Do this while you’re on a soft surface so in case you fall, you won’t hurt as bad as if you fell on concrete.
Before you proceed to kick your tail, first stand on your board and jump up and land on it. That movement will make your body get accustomed to the feeling of jumping and landing on your board. Once you feel comfy with doing that while stationary, you can proceed to do it while on the move. Here is some step by step guide to perfecting your ollie.
Stand On The Board And Bend Your Knees.
Stand on your board with your front foot in the middle and your back foot at the back edge. Slightly bend your knees in preparation to jump while keeping your shoulders level with your feet. Make sure you maintain your balance or else pulling off the trick would be near impossible.
Jump Into The Air Engaging Your Front Foot First.
Once you’re balanced, stay on the balls of your feet and crouch. Once you have crouched down, the next thing is to spring back up to take your weight off the board and allow it to lift off from the ground. When you jump up, try to put more weight on your front foot first and then doing the same to your back foot.
Kick Down On The Rear Of Your Board As You Jump.
As soon as you feel your weight lift off the board, push down on the back of the board with your back foot. Do this so that you only lift the board and not your body.
Slide Your Front Foot As Soon As You Start To Jump.
With the same technique you’ve been using, slide your foot towards the top end of your board, just as you get your board up and kick it back down. As you slide your foot along it, the front of your board should thrust up. At this point, you should be at the highest point of your jump and your foot should be hitting the top of your board.
Yank Your Knees Up Towards Your Chest.
The height your board can reach is directly proportional to the height of your feet, so you’ll need to pull your knees upwards as you jump. Your ollie can only be as high as you can lift your feet.
Levelling Your Board.
After you slide your foot to lift your board the next thing is to level out your board. Once the front of your board reaches its highest point, push your foot forward into your board. This will cause the front of the board to lower down and will raise up the back, elevating the whole board into the air and causing it to straighten up.
Sticking A Proper Landing.
Landing properly is the important finish. Landing wrongly could cause you to get hurt and might also damage your board so you got to get it right. In order to avoid snapping your board in half, you need to maintain balance on your board.
On your descent, extend your feet and start to straighten your legs moving them over the wheels of the board. This will provide you balance and enable you to bend your knees ever so slightly so you can absorb some of the shocks.
Is it Hard to Learn An Ollie?
At this point, this question should be personal to you. If you have learnt the basics of skateboarding, then landing the ollie is not really hard. Doing the ollie is not something you could possibly get on your first try so it will take some practice and lots of determination.
Your learning this trick fast depends on how much time and effort you put into practising how to get it right. Your first day trying might be tough, just keep at it.
There is something about general sports and that is every one progresses at their own pace. Do not beat yourself up if there’s some other guy at the skate park who started out the same time as you and is now popping tricks here and there. He just learns faster than you and that is not at all your fault. Especially if you work as hard as him. Just give it your best and soon, you’ll get there.
Don’t practice 1 hour a day and expect to progress as fast as the guy who practices 3 hours every day. It just doesn’t work that way. And if learning the ollie is a battle for you, it might do you good to try out some easier tricks first.
Skateboarding is very famous among teenagers, kids, and adults as well. It is one of the most popular recreational sport out there and a lot of persons are really digging it. Skateboarding for kids is not so different from other age grades actually and a lot of children are interested in learning. But it is important to know that for your kid, there are precautions you must take to make sure they are safe when they go out to ride.
Skateboarding can lead to accidents and injuries if some measures are not taken to prevent them, and as a parent, that is more or less your duty.
So if your kid is interested in learning how to skateboard and you are concerned, stick with me for the rest of the article to find out if you should let them and how to keep them safe if they do go out there.
What Age Is Safe For Kids To Start Skateboarding?
Generally, the answer to this question is dependent on you and your kid. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, kids below the age of 5 should not skateboard. But when kids are interested in something, they are interested in learning how to do it. So if your kid wants to skateboard even at 2 years of age, they will definitely get the hang of it howbeit slowly.
Know that if your kid shows interest in skateboarding and they aren’t skating yet, it is on you. Chances are that you’re not sure of letting then get on a skateboard. Just have it in mind that with skateboarding, it is ‘the earlier the better’. The earlier your kid starts learning and practising, the better they’ll get at it as they grow up.
Proper Safety Gear
Before your kids go out to skate, it is important you inspect their board and their gears to make sure they are safe and intact. Remember, your kid is just a kid, and may not be as thorough as you the parent or guardian, so it’s important ‘you’ do the inspecting.
Make sure to check that their wheels are in place, the bearings are as it should be, and their deck is perfectly safe. When this is done, make sure they are wearing all the recommended safety gear to ensure their safety out in the skateboard park.
There are a number of gear your kid needs which must be provided and worn before riding.
A helmet is the most important of all safety. With the severity of issues, one can sustain from head injuries, it shows how important your kid needs a helmet. So get them a helmet that fits perfectly, designed specifically for skateboarding. Never let your child go skateboarding without wearing a helmet.
Wrist guards protect the wrist from sprains, scratches, and bruises during a fall. So, you get the gist.
Elbow pads and knee pads also protect your kid during falls to prevent serious injuries that may land them in the ER.
Provide them with googles to shield and protect their eyes.
Safe Places To Ride.
Skateboarding is a lot of fun and some of its beauty is in the daredevil acts some skateboarders give. While that is all fun, it is not for your kid. There are places you should never allow your kid to ride their boards because of the danger it presents to your kid.
Make sure you inspect whatever ground you want your kid to ride on. Be certain they are void of cracks, tree branches, and leaves. Those are hazardous to riders and worse still for children skateboarders.
Have these in mind when deciding where your kids should ride.
The street is a danger zone for kids to ride. So make sure they never ride in the streets.
Skateboarding in bad weather conditions can cause all kinds of accidents and be especially dangerous for kids. Riding in the rain, snow or icy ground is a bad idea. So whenever the weather is bad, keep your kid indoors.
Skate parks are safe for kids to ride. But when you take them there, make sure to obey all the rules and keep a watchful eye out before entering busy areas.
Only let them skateboard in places where there isn’t much crowd so they can have enough space to ride without colliding with other riders.
Keep your kid away from all traffic.
Like adults, kids will fall while learning how to skateboard. It is a part of the process. So the best way to avoid injuries is to teach the best ways to fall without hurting themselves. This should be one of the first things your kid should learn while practising skateboarding.
Here are some ideas on how to teach them how to be safe while riding.
Let them practice falling on soft surfaces.
teach them to land on the fleshy areas of their body instead of on their joints
Teach them the basic tricks before progressing to the more technical stuff.
Benefits Of Skateboarding For Kids.
Skateboarding provides a lot of benefits for your kid. Aside from the great sport that skateboarding is, it provides a load of advantages and numerous health benefits for everyone who engages in it.
So here are some benefits your kid gets from skateboarding.
Teaches Patience, Practice And Consequence.
Kids are known to have pretty short attention spans except they are truly interested in whatever they are engaged in. If your kid loves skateboarding, it is a great way to teach them the lessons of patience, practice, and consequence.
Skateboarding borders on taking calculated risks and doing so in a controlled environment. Your kid gets to learn how fast things can go bad if they don’t learn how to control their skateboards and navigate it properly. And this, they can only achieve with dedicated and constant practice.
They Make New Friends.
The skateboarding community is a pretty welcoming place where everyone is united because of their love for the sport. It is easy for your kid to expand their social circle and bond with other kids over something they all love.
Gives Them Room To Workout.
Skateboarding is a great way to keep fit. It requires the engagement of one’s entire body; excluding the legs and feet. Your kid employs a lot of physical movement when learning to skateboard especially when learning the more technical stuff.
A Great Way To Relieve Stress.
Believe it or not, children go though stress too. It might not be at the same magnitude as adults, but they get worked up too. And skateboarding is a great way to relax and let loose. It helps them get their minds off things since you need a level of concentration and focus to learn skateboarding.
It Teaches Them Perseverance And Physical Endurance.
In skateboarding, a vital lesson that is taught is how to get back up when you’re knocked off your feet. This is a great and important lesson to teach your kids and skateboarding is a great way to do so. It teaches your kid how to dust off and try again no matter how many times they are knocked to the ground.
It Is Fun
How can you describe skateboarding without mentioning how much fun it is? Kids are suckers for fun and skateboarding is just another healthy way to let them have it.
So there you have it. Teaching your kids how to skateboard isn’t the worst thing on earth. In fact, far from it. It might be one of the best things you let your kids do.
Skateboarding has a lot to offer your kid and if you do things right, they can learn without getting hurt.
Skateboarding is a lot of fun and a great way to catch some exercise. But how much risk is loaded up in that much fun? Is skateboarding dangerous? If yes, then how dangerous?
I have seen a lot of people who are fascinated by skateboarding but one thing or the other holds them back from wanting to learn. The predominant reason being the fear of endangering themselves. It is quite easy to fall in love with seeing pro skateboarders performing awesome tricks and wishing you could do the same. But you can’t just help imagining a hundred and one ways you could hurt yourself trying to do what they do. That is totally understandable and reasonable, in fact.
The truth is, like every other sport out there, without taking the proper precautions, danger is inevitable when skateboarding. But with the right attitude, equipment, and knowledge of safety, you can lower the risk level of any activity.
But while you consider the dangers involved in skateboarding, it also helps to balance it out by learning what the advantages are so you can weigh both and make an informed decision.
So, let’s get on with learning the risks involved in skateboarding and how you can actively stay safe.
Is Skateboarding Dangerous?
Skateboarding like every other sport has its risks. You can sustain minor injuries and well as major and severe ones. Some of them are:
Fractures, sprains, and strains to various parts of the body, like the legs, ankles, necks, arms, and trunk
Damages to the face, such as a fractured jaw or a broken nose and other brutal injuries.
Over the years, statistics have shown that skateboarding injuries like sprains, contusion, and fractures occur 74% of the time and the majority of skateboarding injuries are to the limbs, arms, and legs, while the head gets 20% of the injuries. About 3.1% of the injuries are major head wounds and a few of them result in a concussion. But a lot of these can be avoided if the rider is equipped with the right headgear.
Also, it is majorly advised that beginners always skate while fully equipped with safety gear. This is because those who are inexperienced are prone to sustaining injuries than professionals or average riders. Skateboarders who have some experience in riding are skilled in avoiding dangerous situations and have a better chance of managing themselves if an accident is imminent.
Moments When Skateboarding Is Most Risky.
If you know how to play it safe, you can skateboard all you want without sustaining any injuries or reduce the risk of getting injured. But there are situations where skateboarding is most dangerous. These are some of them:
Attempting risky tricks and stunts without proper basic skill set.
Skateboarding Safety Tips
Like everything else, skateboarding is in stages. There are basic things you must learn before progressing to the really technical stuff. While it is easy to get carried away in watching professionals do awesome tricks and wanting to try them out yourself, you must first start at the basics. Becoming a pro takes time.
Understand that progress comes with consistency and there are you might not be equipped to try. So don’t allow internal or external pressures to make you try stuff you are not ready to try.
Do not wear headsets or headphones. You might be getting a warning and will fail to hear it.
Keep fit as best as you can. The more you weigh, the harder your fall.
If you don’t care so much for yourself, be mindful of other skateboarders. Especially the younger skaters.
Prevent Injury By Wearing Protective Gear.
There are a lot of accidents and injuries that can be prevented when a skateboarder uses safety gear and proper equipment. It is on occasions where riders ignore using safety gear that skateboarding is dangerous. Depending on how good you are at skateboarding you can take the necessary precautions by buying and wearing a helmet, elbow and knee pads, and wrist guards.
For kids, protective gear is non-negotiable. Kids are prone to injuries because they often have underdeveloped or less active motor coordination. They are very vulnerable and are not always conscious of their environment or surroundings. Also, make sure you inspect your riding equipment before going out to ride.
Examine your board for jagged or sharp edges.
Be sure your trucks are in top condition.
Your grip should be replaced if it becomes slippery, hence you need to keep it in good condition.
Check your bearings to make sure they are not broken.
Be sure your wheels are attached to your trucks properly.
Make sure to wear approved shoes for skateboarding.
Wearing protective gear is not the most comfortable thing but it is necessary, especially if you’re a beginner or just about to learn some tricky skills. But in due time, you’ll get used to wearing them and they will feel natural. Remember, your safety matters and it is your responsibility to keep yourself safe.
Head injuries are among the worst you could get whether in skateboarding or any other sport. You could become severely traumatized due to head injuries, hence, a helmet is probably the most important safety gear you could put on.
Get yourself a helmet and take absolute care of it. If it gets broken or cracked, get a new one.
Elbow injuries are super painful, trust me. And you don’t have to experience that pain if you could just use an elbow pad. An elbow injury can cause you pain for years and years so it is best to avoid it altogether.
There are tips on how to fall down safely while skateboarding. But you might not be able to pull that off all the time. A good way to avoid getting injuries on your wrists is to protect them with wrist guards. Your wrist could get broken, scratched up and seriously bruised if you land a nasty fall. Do yourself a favour, get one for yourself and use it.
Using knee pads might be uncomfortable especially for a street skater but it is important you use one. Knee scrapes aren’t funny business.
Knee pads are known to reduce or limit movement while skateboarding which is a major reason most skateboarders don’t use them. But instead of discarding them totally, you can choose to get the softer ones you can place inside your pants. No matter how uncomfortable, I say you can always get used to anything if you use them often.
So, learn to take precautions. Keep your discomfort aside and learn to use a knee pad. They are pretty good to use when learning how to fall safely since one of those ways is by sliding on your knees.
Getting skateboarders to utilize safety is a major task. Some wear helmets because they look ‘cool’ wearing one. While that’s not a problem, it is better they know the reason why they must stay safe instead of choosing to wear gears for aesthetic purposes.
Always Wear Proper Clothing
While you can work with any shirt or no shirt at all, please avoid skating with skinny jeans. They are uncomfortable and they restrict movement. Wear pants that let you move easily and will offer some kind of cushion when and if you fall.
It is easy to bruise your heel if you wear shoes with thin soles. Shoes with higher and softer soles can easily absorb impact when you land tricks, so they are generally recommended.
Wearing the wrong shoes can limit your sense of control, numb your toes, and cause you some pretty bad heel injuries, which sucks. So before you go shoe shopping, find the ones that can offer you some ankle protection.
You can use socks to prevent blisters on your feet. Blisters might not seem like a big deal to you, but trust me, they hurt. Using breathable socks is advised because they cause no inconveniences, unlike cotton socks.
Use The Right Skateboard
Getting and using the right skateboard does a lot to keep you safe. Skateboards are not exactly cheap and getting one at the cheapest price you can find might not be a very good idea. Quality matters a lot when it comes to skateboards, and you get exactly what you pay for.
There are skateboards designed specifically for different riding techniques and different skill levels. So figure out what exactly you want to get out of skateboarding and buy the skateboard that best fits it and is of good quality.
Weather conditions present increased risks when skateboarding. When street skating, there are weathers that are really dangerous to ride in. It is generally advised to avoid skating during Winter and autumn because of the ice, snow, and rain depending on where you stay. So at times like that, it is better to skate in parks.
Skating in the rain makes surfaces very slippery and icy ground is very dangerous too. Fallen leaves and sticks are also another cause of danger for skateboarders because they can induce nasty falls. So, generally speaking, in weather conditions like this, it is better to avoid skating outdoors altogether especially if you are a beginner.
Skateboarding Is Not Dangerous.
If we begin with the premise that skateboarding is dangerous, then we can say the same for almost every sport out there. If you follow every safety rule and guideline, skateboarding isn’t dangerous.
If you think about it and if you follow researches, you will find out that people visit the doctors for domestic injuries a lot more than skateboarders do for skating injuries. I’m not saying that injuries don’t occur frequently in skateboarding, they just are not always serious injuries that could send people off to emergency rooms.
Just try as best as you can to use quality equipment and safety gear and also stay in shape. Try also to buy good and quality skateboards commensurate with your skillset. Follow these simple rules and you’ll be fine.
If you’re perusing this article right now, I’m only assuming you have learned the basics of skateboarding and you want to progress to the next stage; learning basic skateboarding tricks. There are technical skating tricks which I’ll only advise you try to learn much later and there are the basic ones you can easily get a hang of. And these easy beginner skateboard tricks will serve as a foundation for learning the more technical stuff.
If you want to get more out of your skateboarding in the long run, you have to take your learning step by step. Don’t attempt to cut lines to do too much too soon. Learn your Caveman before trying out the Ollie.
If your concern is appearing like too much of a learner, then you can learn some basic tricks which aren’t difficult to pull off and are sure as hell to make you look good. Keep reading to check out the list of 22 easy tricks you can master.
1. The Hippie Jump
If you’re looking for easy beginner skateboard tricks that will turn heads, the hippie jump is one in a long list that you should try out. In a previous post, I mentioned how you should rehearse the hippie jump before you think to learn the ollie. This is a particularly easy trick you can learn to get the feel of what it’s like to make a jump without popping your board deck.
Once you have gotten comfortable with moving on your skateboard, you can perfect this trick quickly. It’s simple. Give your deck a little push, jump up and land on your board. Once you have gotten the hang of that, the next to do is look for anything that will allow your board to pass underneath it while you jump over it.
Keep practicing over higher obstacles until you can not go any higher. If possible, employ the help of a friend or friends to help you out. And make sure to land properly on your board else you might risk the board bouncing and hitting you in an unpleasant place.
So generally, the steps are:
Push your board a little
Land on your board
Repeat the process, possibly over an obstacle till you can jump higher.
2. Nosebleed or Nose Stall
To execute the nose stall, you lean backwards on your board while applying pressure on it. The nose stall comprises an obstacle like a curb with a shelf or an edge. Basically, you just want to lock the nose of your board on to the obstacle and then get your nose to climb the curb. To do that, you have to apply pressure on your tail to get the nose lift enough to make the climb. Once you have achieved that, you lean on your right foot to maintain that position and then roll-off. As usual, keep trying this with higher obstacles until you get great at it.
Roll in the direction of any obstacle with a shelf
Lightly apply pressure to your tail
Bump your nose on the obstacle
Push your weight on your front foot
Lean on your tail and then roll back.
This is yet one of the easy beginner skateboard tricks to pull off. This trick involves holding the board in your hand and jumping in the air and landing on your board. It’s important you learn this trick because a lot of other tricks’ execution depends on it.
You want to start by jumping on your board from a little distance with a slight forward movement. What I mean is, running towards your board, not at great speed though, and jumping on your board. Hold the nose of your board with one hand run for a few steps and leap off the ground. While in the air, let go of your board and land on its deck. See, not that hard is it.
Hold the nose of your board with your hand
And a short distance and jump up with your back foot
Let go of your board and execute a perfect landing on it.
4. Nose Pick Up
In order o get this skill right, you are required to remove your back foot from the board while popping and rolling your board with your front foot. When you do this, the tail of your board will automatically pop up behind you and when it does, you need to grab your deck.
The easiest way to get the hang of this trick is to practice it while stationary. It’s not a difficult task to try and grab your deck when pulling off this trick because when your skateboard comes up, it’ll be at a vertical position behind your leg. So all you need to do is reach behind you and grab it.
Easy peasy. Here’s a short recap:
Get a bit of momentum by pushing forward a little.
Press the nose of your board with your front foot.
Reach behind you and grab your board.
5. Ollie Pick Up
To land this easy skill, there are just little steps to take. The ollie pick up is one of the easy ones. All you need to do is get a little forward movement, pop your tail a little, put your two feet on the ground just after you have popped your board and grab it.
If you’re wary about doing this trick at a go, you can try taking it slow. Try just popping your board and letting it go. When you’ve got that on lockdown, you can try grabbing it. When you pop your board correctly, it should just fly upwards and when it does it, it should be easy to pick up. Once you’ve gotten a hold of the nose, try jumping back on your board. That’s a bomb drop and it’s another great trick you could learn.
Ride in a forward direction and gently pop your tail.
Put your feet on the ground.
Grab your board.
6. Bomb Drop or Acid Drop
If you understood the ollie pick up, then this trick is not so different from it and neither should it be difficult for you. And if you are in the market for easy beginner skateboard tricks you can pull off, try learning the bomb drop. Virtually, you grab the nose of your board with your front hand, give your board a little swing and jump on it with both feet.
While you stick your landing, it is important you land on the bolts of the board. This is because landing in the middle with such force might snap your deck in two. Like I made clear in the previous trick, the bomb drop goes pretty well with the ollie pick up. They’re a pretty cool combo to get you going.
Grab the nose of your board and take a few steps.
Swing your board a little.
Land on your board with both feet.
7. Wall Bounce
If you need something that will impress your skateboarding pals, this is a great trick to use. Though it’s a cool trick, it kinda requires confidence to pull it off and while a lot of guts. If you don’t think you can pull it off, you probably won’t so you can just decide to skip this number altogether. But if you feel up to the task, then let’s move along.
To land this trick, you need to pop your tail a bit and make your board leap forward. When you do this, your board will naturally move upward and the wheels should bounce off the wall. If you can just get the timing right, you might just be able to land this trick.
Roll(not speed) towards a wall.
At the precise time, pop the tail of your board and jump off the board.
Wait for the board to bounce back and jump back on it.
This trick is generally performed on staircases but for the sake of your beginner status, it’ll be best to start off learning on a curb. When you can land the trick on a curb, you can progress to staircases with at least two steps.
The trick is all about adding some pressure on your tail and riding off a staircase. As you approach the stairs, bend your knees a bit and add some pressure on your tail. This trick requires some mental strength so you might want to stop thinking of the stairs as a drop but as just another surface. Maintain your balance always and try not to lean forward. Let the board guide you and you’ll do fine.
9. Tic Tac
Just another easy trick for him to learn. All you need to do is push your front wheels from side to side while gaining speed by pushing with your knees. Oh come on, it’s not that terrible.
With this trick, you’ll get a lot more familiar with your board and learning how to move your board with your body’s movement. I think it’s worthy to be called a trick. You could try it.
10. Fakie Kick Turn
This trick is so easy, I don’t think it’s even necessary to add a video. But for the sake of visual learners, I decided to add it. All you have to do to land this trick is to ride and make a 180 degrees turn, moving your shoulders and head first and letting the rest of your body join the ride.
Get your board rolling backward
Turn your shoulders and head and push your tail gently.
Turn your body in a 180-degree angle and your board should follow.
11. Kick Turn on a Ramp
This is a basic trick that will earn you some street cred at skate parks. This trick goes two ways: backside and frontside. But for the sake of its easiness, you should probably start off with the backside. Once you have gotten a hang of it, you can move on to try the frontside kick turns.
Start by applying a bit of pressure on your tail. This will lift your front wheels up. Then when you start to ride up to the ramp, slowly begin to turn your shoulders and head, your entire body will.
Don’t add so much pressure on your tail or lean too much into the ramp when you make your turn if not, your board might move forward without you.
Climb up the ramp.
Turn your shoulders and head and press your tail gently.
Turn your entire body.
Mastering the ‘boneless’ is a door to mastering a lot more tricks. Don’t fret, it’s an easy one and you can easily pull it off with a little practice. But if you’ve got a bad back, you might wanna skip this one.
This trick requires you to rightly grab the outer side of the board and stepping off with your front foot. Then jumping up and get right back on your board.
13. Rail Stand
The rail stand is one of those tricks that appear scary at first look but in reality, is actually easy to pull off. This trick is a four-step process so you have to pay attention enough to get them.
A rail stand or primo stand is when you stand on the side of your board. To land this trick, place your feet over the bolt of your board. Adjust your front foot so that it kinda hangs off the board and move your back foot so it also hangs off the board a bit. Keep your body balanced and centred and your shoulders parallel to the board.
Then when you have assumed this position, there are two things you need to do simultaneously. Use the toes of your front foot to push down on the heel side of your board while you jump a little in order to lift your back foot up. Then use your back foot to stop the board’s rotation and set your front foot on the rail.
To get out of the rail stand, just do a slight hop, pushing the board in the direction you want it to go and landing on your bolts. That’s it.
The biebelheimer is another cool way to get on your board. It looks really impressive and the good news is, it’s pretty easy and doesn’t require a lot of skill. You basically just need to throw your board down and jump on it. But the tricky part here is, you need to throw the board with the grip side facing down, wait for it to flip back and then jump on it.
To get the hang of it, you could just try throwing the board and see how it responds. Do this a couple of times before you decide to add the jumping and landing to the mix.
It is another easy beginner skateboard tricks you could try
This trick is great for combining with other tricks so it is a good one for you to learn. At first try, it’s not as easy as most of the tricks we have talked about here, but with consistent practicing and determination, I’m positive you can be a master at it.
You need to be already good at riding your board before going for this trick. It’s all about balance so you need to be comfortable on your wheels.
Basically, you put your front foot on your front bolts then place your other foot on the tail. Add a bit of pressure on the back tail and ever so slightly, bend your knee. Keep your back knee straight through this and keep moving.
16. Staple Gun
Okay. Staple gun. Not for the faint-hearted. It’s one of my personal favourites actually and is pretty cool if you can pull it off. Majorly, this trick is done on a ramp, but you can actually also do it on a curb. Practising on a curb is a lot easier though.
So, you want to roll towards a curb. When you get close, pop an ollie while leaving your back foot on the ground. Get your board to the top of the curb whilst keeping your front foot close to the bolts, leaving thay foot at an angle of at 45°. This will leave you in a kind of split and when that happens, pull your front leg back and also pull your back foot then place it back on your board.
17. Step off Under Flip
This trick is also one of the cool ones. To pin this down, you need to jump off your board, walk a couple of steps then flip your board by placing a foot under the board. You have to be on the move as it is not a stationary trick. Once you have flipped your skateboard over, jump back on it.
18. Mike Vallely Shove It
Skateboarding legend Mike Vallely came up with this trick, hence it was named after him. If you have learned how to do the ollie shove it, this is kinda like a spinoff. Don’t fret, this trick isn’t risky as much because your board will be sliding on the ground. So here’s the deal. Slide on your board, jump off of it and jump back on. That’s it.
19. Shove It
This here is an honourable mention. It’s a bit more difficult that most tricks we have talked about so far but I felt like mentioning it because it is one of the most sort after tricks for most beginners. And it’s a good way to challenge yourself especially before going on to practice doing the ollie.
20. Strawberry Milkshake
This is another one to your archive of mastered tricks. It’s pretty easy and looks really impressive but do not confuse or mistake it for the no comply. The trick involves jumping off your board, scooping it around and jumping back on. At first, you might choose to take it slow. With your front foot, step off your board, pop your tail and then step back on again. Keep doing this at increased speed and voila, you’re a pro.
21. Bean Plant
The bean plant is not very different from the caveman. Basically, you want to be on the move. Take off your foot from your board and pop your tail. Get a hold of your nose with your hand, let go and jump right back on your board.
22. No Comply
Last on our list of beginner tricks is the no comply. It’s a great trick and I think you should learn it as well. Luckily, it’s one of the easy ones.
Twist your shoulders backwards and step your front foot off your board.
At a 180 degree, pop your deck using tour back foot.
Jump right back on your board.
So there you have it. 22 pretty cool, pretty awesome and easy beginner skateboard tricks you could shine with. I really hope you don’t just read all of this and keep them locked up in your head. I need you to go out there and practice. Fail at them and then practice some more so you can become a guru at them.
There are not impossible tricks to land. I know some are more tasking to learn than some, but what are we without challenges? So give yourself the push you need and get skateboarding.
I first rode a penny board 27-inch cruiser when I visited Australia a couple of years ago, and although I’ve been interested in the very art of skateboarding for the greater part of two decades, I truly enjoyed riding the penny board.
It had a simple design, yet it was so smooth and comfortable. It was perfect for downhill riding and glides through surfaces smoothly. The wheels are soft, with a standard bearing, and could do a few tricks, especially carving. The colours are really appealing and the boards are super flexible.
I only wished the board came with a grip tape that would have made landing tricks (like the Ollie) possible. But notwithstanding, is the penny board worth being a skateboarder’s choice?
The Penny 27-inch cruiser complete skateboard: What’s the deal?
The Penny board, or Penny Australia as it was first known, was first made in Australia. They come majorly in two sizes: 22 inches and 27 inches boards but there’s also a longer board of the penny family, the 36 inches penny board commonly called the penny longboard.
These penny boards come in countless styles and colours that give them distinguishing identities. With wheel diameter measuring 59mm, this penny board 27″ cruiser is adapted for smooth riding.
Complementing the 59mm wheels is an ABEC 7 bearing which gives the board a seamless feel when riding.
The decking on the board is made with either plastic or maple material, so it is extra flexible. With a 27″ length, it is easy to carry around without having to bump into people in transit. The board comes in a weight that is approximately 2kg and this makes it really lightweight.
The board comes fully assembled inside its box, so you don’t have to worry about putting it together by yourself. All you have to do is buy and get ready to ride straight away. How does that sound?
The Penny board 27″ is relatively stable because of its length, and riding it is similar to riding a longboard. It is ideal for late teenagers, affords more control and can be on the road for a long distance without hiccups.
The Penny board 27″ cruiser decks are made from maple or plastic materials, designed to give the structure of the deck a combination of strength and flexibility.
What makes this board stand-out is its size. With its 27 inch length, it is bigger than the 12 inch Penny board and also wider. At 7.5 inches in width, it cannot be compared to the smaller board of 6-inch width. This causes the Penny 27 inch cruiser to have a wider platform, making it more stable.
ABEC 7 premium bearings, fitted with big tensile bolts. These help to hold the wheels in place and gives in a non-frictional feel when being ridden. Although while this is great, you have to know that bearings degrade really fast and will have to be upgraded when they do.
Penny trucks are made entirely from cast aluminium. The purpose of the trucks is to connect the board’s wheels and bearings to the deck. The trucks are composed of two parts; baseplate, which is screwed to the top part of the deck, and the hanger, which the axle runs through.
The trucks are about 4inches wide which makes them capable of sharp carves. Also, because of its trucks, the board is a lot more stable when it is going in a straight line.
Penny board wheels are made from polyurethane materials, with a plastic core. The wheels on the 27- inch Penny boards have a diameter of 59mm (2.323 inches), making it fit for a string of riding skills. It is also well adapted for downhilling.
Wheel hardness (durometer)
The hardness of penny wheels, known as the durometer rating is an important element of the penny boards design. Measuring on a scale of 65A to 100A, all penny wheels are rated at 83A, making it convenient to cruise.
What’s More To Know?
The board is not the cheapest of course. But I really think it is affordable considering how good it is. An adult can almost easily afford it and teenagers can easily save up for it. It’ll also make a great gift for a loved one who knows their boards.
The board is extremely lightweight. Weighing in at 2.49kg, it can be easily carried around without much hassle. If you have a large enough backpack, it could fit into it which is very convenient when you are mobile.
One of the most popular reasons that people have when they choose penny boards is that they are not heavy. They are small and they are very light.
What We Like And What We Don’t
Definition of convenience for every user
Because they are small, they are easy to carry around (portable)
Easy to navigate in crowded places
The board is very durable
Not suitable for performing tricks
It is easy to lose stability at high speed especially when you’re not on a straight line
Penny boards are one of the best boards, for beginners and experts alike because you can easily take it around and cruise even in places with a large number of people. And because of their size, it is quite easy to avoid obstacles.
This particular penny board is made for cruising, and though it is bigger than the 22 inches board, it might still be too small for some really big individuals. In that case, a longboard is much recommended.
If you are looking for a board that is built specifically for commuting, then you might want to pick out the penny board.
However, if you want to take on more skating challenges, like throw in a few tricks as well as commute, then the longboard is perfect for you. But if that is not your thing, you should totally get the penny board.
Skateboarding has evolved over the years. Once upon a time, a skateboard was just a wooden board, a set of wheels, and a pair of trucks. Some people will call anything that resembles it a skateboard when it fact there are some differences. On the one hand, longboards are larger, they do not have kick tails, and they are oftentimes confused for cruisers. While skateboards, on the other hand, are totally different from cruisers and longboards.
The three boards have significant differences. Cruisers are used for short commutes and they are portable, skateboards are for landing technical tricks, and longboards are riding long distances. Even though their parts may look similar, they were designed for completely different purposes.
Skateboards are stiffer than more flexible longboards
Longboards usually have invited trucks
Length: longboards 36″ and above, skateboards 30″-32″, and cruisers between 25″ and 30″
Wheel size: longboards are 60mm and above, cruisers are between 55mm and 65mm, skateboards are between 50mm and 60mm
Longboards and cruisers have softer wheels
Cruisers: short distances, longboards: long distances and downhill, skateboards: technical tricks
Cruisers, skateboards, and longboards all have different shapes
Longboards and cruisers have more momentum than skateboards
Longboards and cruisers can ride rough surfaces
This article is not to convince you to pick any one of these three but to present you with their attributes to enable you to make a choice for yourself. Before you decide, make sure you know exactly what you want when choosing a board. Take into account your need, where you live, the nature of your road, do you want speed or tricks, etc. When you have answered these questions, you can then proceed to make your decision.
Regular skateboards (like this double trick skateboard) are mainly built to perform technical tricks. The length varies from 30″ to 32″ and their width from 7″ to 9″. Street skaters usually prefer narrow decks while vert and bowl skaters prefer wider decks. The shape is quite different from cruisers and longboards. A skateboard has a nose and kick tails which are used for flipping and jumping the decks.
Classic skateboards are designed for popping ollies, doing flips, grinding ledges, and sliding boards over rails. This is where the main difference between skateboards and both longboards and cruisers lie.
Unlike longboards and cruisers, skateboards are not meant for transportation. Even though they were not made for that, they could actually be used for it if you have the right wheels. But unlike cruisers and longboards, it requires a lot more effort.
Among the three board options mentioned here, longboards (like this special edition one) are the tallest and they have different sizes. They also have different purposes and come in shapes that compliment that purpose. Longboards are built to ride long distances and also do some extreme stuff like downhilling (racing downhill). Longboards are the fastest among all three and they are perfect for carving.
Longboards can easily handle rocky and rough roads unlike the classic skateboard and they offer the smoothest ride. They are heavier which makes them difficult or inconvenient to carry around.
Compared to cruisers and skateboards, longboards have slower acceleration and because of their size, they are not as responsive but they allow for greater speed.
Longboards have different types of trucks as compared to cruisers and skateboards. Their trucks are wider because the boards are wider. Their trucks also have more height, this is to prevent the board from coming into contact with the wheels.
Similar to cruisers, they have big soft wheels which usually starts at 70mm. Bigger wheels most times means more comfortable rides which make longboards great for riding on rough terrains.
Longboards are made for different purposes and their shapes reflect that. On longboards, drop decks are usually lower in the middle than they are at the ends of the board. This helps the rider stay balanced throughout the ride. Longboarding beginners are always advised to use drop decks.
Longboards are more expensive than skateboards and cruisers but they last longer because they are not used for doing more technical stuff. If you have to choose a longboard, make sure to choose the right type. There are boards designed for carving, long-distance riding, and riding downhill so identify which type you want before getting it.
Cruiserboards (like this Retro one) are made primarily for commuting. They are easy to just ride around and also convenient to carry from place to place. Generally, cruisers have flat surfaces but there are some cruisers that have some concave and elevated tail. This makes it possible to hop on and off curbs and also to correct the board quickly.
You can find cruisers in different shapes and sizes. They are lighter than longboards and taller than regular skateboards. They provide comfort and balance and they support quick acceleration.
Unlike longboards, cruisers aren’t meant for downhilling and are not very suitable for carving. Their wheels are also smaller than that of a longboard’s but bigger than that of regular skateboards. The wheel size is between 55mm to 65mm. They usually also have softer wheels to ride on rough terrains or roads.
Cruisers do not have a universal shape. This makes it a bit difficult to recognise a cruiser when it is seen. They are not designed to land technical tricks like the ollie or curb grinding. You will find that some cruisers have wheel wells to fight wheel bite and some of them have extended riser pads to handle this same problem.
Like I said before, they come in different shapes and the one you choose depends on your preference. Their length is between 25″ and 37″. If you are a beginner and you want to go for a cruiser board, make sure you get something that helps maintain your balance.
Shape – Key Differences
Regular skateboards have the shape of a popsicle and they have an angled tail and nose to pop the deck. They have concaves which enable them to do technical tricks. There are some cruisers that have a little bit of concave but they are mostly more mellow when compared to skateboards. Some cruisers also have a tail which helps the rider jump up and down curbs while some are flat.
Longboards do not feature a tail or nose with an angle. Sometimes you’ll find a few that have a bit of concave where some are flat completely. They are longer than the other boards which makes them much more stable.
Trucks – Key Differences
The trucks all have certain similarities: they all have bushings, hangars, baseplates, and kingpins. The difference lies in their construction. Longboards have reversed trucks. This means that they are inverted, i.e. the trucks are put together the other way around which allows for more maneuverability.
Longboards trucks are usually wider than the rest to match the width of its board which is usually between 150mm and 180mm axles. Their bushings are also much softer than that of regular skateboards which make carving and turning easier. Downhill longboards are quite different. They need stiffer bushings to prevent the board from becoming unstable when going at high speeds.
Longboards also have reversed or inverted kingpins sometimes. This allows for more stability and they are quite slower than cruiser/skateboard trucks. The downside is they do not allow for technical tricks.
Size – Key Differences
Cruisers go from 25″ to 37″ in length. Skateboards are usually a bit bigger and wider than cruisers. They are between 30″ and 32″ in length and the width ranges between 7″ and 9″. Longboards, on the other hand, are way bigger. Some longboards are as long as surfboards and they are between 33″ and 59″ in length and the width varies between 9″ to 10″.
Responsiveness and Flexibility
Longboards do not feel the same as cruisers and skateboards do. They are usually very flexible which makes it easy to carve and make bigger turns without becoming unstable. It’s easy to ride over cracks and small bumps without feeling it but that is not the same for skateboards.
Skateboards are more responsive but are infinitely stiffer and have less momentum than longboards. Riding into cracks and bumps can throw you off your board and cause an injury. If you go cruising on your skateboard, it gets really uncomfortable after a short while. You’ll feel discomfort in your feet and you will sweat a lot.
Which One Should You Go With?
If you want to do technical stuff, you should pick a regular skateboard. It is harder to learn to ride a skateboard but if you can get the hang of it, you can ride everything(cruisers and longboards inclusive).
If your goal is to visit skateparks, jump off and on a few curbs, do an ollie or get a kickflip down, then you don’t have to think so much. The skateboard is what you need. It will not be the easiest journey, but learning how to ride the skateboard will be a reward in itself.
Longboards are good for travelling long distances. They can take for miles without much effort on your part. So if you need to ride long distances, a longboard will work for you. It is not recommended you use them for cities or crowded places because it gets really hard to reduce your speed once it’s on the move.
Cruisers are meant to take you from point A to B when the distance is not long. Cruisers are very portable and they are great for community short distances. If you need to ride the bus, you will find it easy to hold on to it and because it doesn’t take up much space, you can just put it in your backpack. If you’re on campus and you’re looking for an easy, more convenient way to commute, go for the cruiser. Their maneuverability and size make it easy to avoid people, cars and any type of obstacles.
If you stay in an area where there lots of bumps, inclines and hills, you have to go easy with your speed because cruisers become unstable when going too quickly.
Should You Choose One Over the Other?
I cannot categorically say that one board is better than the other because they all have different functions and uses. They are all designed for specific purposes so you can’t really make a comparison.
Longboards are great for travelling long distances and allow for great speed with so much effort from the rider. Some longboards are built for steep hills and extreme speeds while some are great for long relaxing rides.
Cruisers are in between a longboard and a classic skateboard. With some cruisers, you can do a couple of tricks while still giving you a comfortable ride even on rough surfaces. They are easy to carry around and great for commuting short distances.
Longboards, skateboards, and cruisers are all great to ride. They’re fun in their own way and provide a great activity for riders. Though their materials and construction vary, they are all made of similar components. Their riding techniques are also the same except for the longboard where the feet is positioned differently because of the board’s shape.
Final Thoughts on Skateboard vs Longboard vs Cruiser
If you are a beginner and you wish to get one of these boards, I would recommend you don’t purchase them off the internet especially as it is your first time. It helps to see all the different boards as they are in real life than in a picture. You also get to feel the texture of the board and test it before making a choice.
Visit any shop around you that sells them and tell them your budget. Most of the guys who work there know their stuff and in a great place to give you advice.
If you decide to get one online, test it out on your carpet first so that in case you have to return it, the board will remain clean. And also make sure your shoes are clean.
Also, get yourself a helmet and knee pads while you’re at it. Learning to ride most times will involve falling and it is best you are well protected.