When you think of skateboarding you may have one traditional idea in your mind – that of a wooden plank atop a set of four wheels and someone balancing with varying degrees of success on top. This is correct to some extent, but nowadays there are many different ways of boarding along roads and streets, through parks and down hills, and the boards you can buy are quite different. Skateboarding invokes quite a nostalgic image of a pastime people used to enjoy before video games and social media, yet it has come back in a huge way since we have become increasingly aware of the global climate crisis and a need to find more sustainable ways to travel. Now there are three quite different ways to fly around the streets atop a board, rather than only the traditional skateboard.
So what’s the difference between shortboards, longboards and cruisers?
The main difference between shortboards, longboards and cruisers is what they are used for and it’s important to bear this in mind when considering all their other differences.
Longboards are used for relaxed riding or going bigger distances. So someone commuting to work on their skateboard, for instance, may have a longboard if they have chosen the most effective form of transport.
Shortboards, or skateboards, tend to be used for technical tricks. If you see people in a skate park with ramps and obstacles, they will probably be using a skateboard/shortboard.
Cruisers are different again. They are easy to carry around and often used for short journeys. Someone might use it for a quick five-minute skate to the train station then pick it up and carry it with them for the rest of their journey.
Size: Widths tend to vary from 7" to 9" and the length from 28" to 32".
Longboards are the longest of the three boards, although they can come in different sizes.
Size: Usually between 25" and 34" in length, although it can vary.