The Advantages of a Heavy Longboard

by Iam Jaebi

Longboards are a type of surfboard and skateboard that are much longer than the traditional board. Longboard surfboards measure 9 feet or more in length, while longboard skateboards measure up to 5 feet but can vary in size. Both longboard skateboards and surfboards have advantages over smaller versions. Knowing the advantages of longboards makes choosing the right one easier based on your needs and experience level.

Adequate Support

Longboard skateboards can be found with a variety of rigidity, which is an important consideration for riders who weigh more than 200 pounds. Heavier longboards have a thicker plank and provide stronger support for larger riders. As a result, the wear and tear on the heavier board lowers. While a heavier longboard provides more support, it makes for a less lively ride, as there is very little snap and flexibility in the board's plank.

Suitable for Beginners

Longboard surfboards are ideal for beginning surfers because they provide a smoother ride. Since there is more space, beginning riders have an easier time remaining in contact with a longboard and can spend more time standing up while surfing. Generally, longboards move slower on the waves than shorter boards, which provides a suitable environment for newer surfers to get the hang of catching waves. For riders who prefer a smoother, more graceful surf, longboards are a better option, regardless of experience level.

Fast and Rugged

Longboard skateboards are naturally heavier, which makes them acquire forward momentum far easier than shorter boards. While normal-sized skateboards are ideal for performing radical maneuvers, longboards are ideal for cruising over longer distances. The heavier longboard also picks up speed faster, which is an advantage for riders who prefer high speeds. In addition, longboard skateboards have a wider plan and larger wheels, which make riding over rough, urban terrain easier.

Maneuverability on the Water

Longboard surfboards offer riders plenty of space to perform on-board maneuvers like nose riding and cross stepping. The most suitable waves for longboards are long and gentle because the length of the board helps it catch waves easier, while those who prefer to do a lot of shredding, or surf in choppier conditions, should look at shorter boards. Longboards float better than short boards and have a higher buoyancy, making them ideal for heavier, taller surfers.

About the Author

Iam Jaebi has been writing since 2000. His short story, "The Alchemist," reached over 250,000 readers and his work has appeared online in Thaumotrope and Nanoism. His novel, "The Guardians," was released in 2010 by Imagenat Entertainment. Jaebi is also a business writer specializing in company naming, concept designs and technical writing. He graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering.

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