How to Choose a Longboard

Two Methods:Choosing a Downhill BoardChoosing a Cruiser

Longboarding is a great way to pass time on the weekends, get around town, or just to have fun. The problem is choosing the right ones to fit your needs. There are many different types such as downhill, freeride, freestyle, cruising, and sliding.

Method 1
Choosing a Downhill Board

  1. 1
    Choose a deck. When choosing a downhill board, you need to look at a few things:
    • For downhill, the length should be between 38" and 42". This gives stability and a stable platform to stand on.
    • The shape doesn't entirely matter, but the best shape is a drop through mount where the trucks are mounted on the top on the board where a hole is cut in the board for the trucks to sit in. This gets the deck closer to the ground and allows for a smoother ride at high speeds. When going downhill, the board should be close to the ground as possible. This allows for maximum stability.
  2. 2
    Pick your trucks. The trucks are the part of the board that are mounted on the board and house the wheels. When going downhill, it is best to have a 44-48 degree basplate, meaning it turn more with the 48 degree over the 44. A good rule of thumb is not to have trucks under 180mm. Those are too small and will not be stable.
  3. 3
    Select your wheels. Wheels are measured in diameter and durometer or hardness. Most downhill wheels are 70mm+ and at least 78a durometer. The lower the durometer, the softer the wheel. Softer wheels have more grip. Most bearings work fine, but ceramic bearings last forever and are high performance.

Method 2
Choosing a Cruiser

  1. 1
    Choose a deck. Most cruiser decks are long and not very flexible. The pintail design is the most common. These are generally made of maple and about 40" long.
  2. 2
    Select the trucks. 160mm or higher trucks are best for cruising. They allow for high stability and sharp turns.
  3. 3
    Pick your wheels. Wheels should be larger than 65mm and about a 80a hardness. You can turn well and still be able to ride over cracks, bumps, and rocks.


  • You can buy a cheap board for about $100, but that will not come custom with the trucks and wheels you want. A good board can cost $200 or more, but they will last forever.
  • Most boards are made of maple, which is very strong and durable. Explore boards with other materials such as bamboo or fiberglass and carbon fiber.


  • Never try and bomb a big hill on your first time out. It takes practice.

  • Always wear a helmet when boarding. Also don't board on busy roads.

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