How to Reshape a Longboard

by Philip Foster
Re-shape your conventional longboard and make a unique design.

Re-shape your conventional longboard and make a unique design.

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While certain longboarders like mellow rides down the sidewalks and side streets, others prefer a more adventurous approach. Extreme longboarders can reach speeds of over 30 mph on downward sloping racing courses. Unlike the twin tip design of the street skateboard, the longboard often features a concave tail with a flat nose, and its deck ranges between 30 and 42 inches in length. You can reshape your own longboard with a few tools.

Items you will need

  • Skate tool
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Utility knife
  • Carpenter's pencil
  • Jigsaw
Step 1

Lay your longboard on its side on a flat work table. Align the skate tool over one of the four nuts located on the underside of the longboard trucks. Loosen the corresponding bolt with the Phillips screwdriver.

Step 2

Repeat the with each of the remaining nuts and bolts to loosen the longboard trucks. Remove the trucks from the bottom of your longboard. Peel back the longboard's grip tape with a utility knife.

Step 3

Lay the longboard down flat on the work table to begin the reshaping process. Draw the outline of your new shape onto the top of the longboard. Cut along the pencil line with the blade of a jigsaw.

Step 4

Rub a piece of fine-grained sandpaper along the circumference of the longboard until the edges take on a rounded shape. Apply a new sheet of grip tape over the deck of your longboard. Cut along the outline of the longboard deck with a utility knife to remove the excess tape.

Step 5

Reattach the trucks to the underside of your longboard to complete the process. Ride the longboard around the neighborhood to test out your new setup. Utilize the jigsaw to make any necessary shape adjustments and smooth the edges once again.

About the Author

Philip Foster has been writing professionally since 2010. His work has been featured in the literary-arts magazine "The PEEL" and the weekly newspaper "The Mountain Xpress." Foster is an expert in various extreme sports. He cooked in a restaurant that offered organic and vegetarian cuisine for over three years. Foster received a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Appalachian State University.

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