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Styles and Disciplines

Longboarding has evolved a lot since it first comes on the scene in the 50's and 60's. There is now a broad range of different styles and disciplines in the sport which ensures there something for everyone. If you're looking to just relax and enjoy being outside or you're trying to push your limits and get your heart pumping and everything in-between, longboarding has something to offer. When reading through this list, you might even find that you're interested in multiple styles. You can take all of your interests and create a style all your own. Styles and disciplines are just labels that help you open your eyes to what's currently possible. In the end, these styles and disciplines don't matter...what you do in longboarding is what matters.

Below, you'll find a list of some of the most popular styles and disciplines of longboarding. Each style has a table with our recommended specs for your board. The only right answer in choosing a deck is to select one that you're happy with. Our recommendations come from our experience as longboarders and the continuous feedback we get from other skaters who live to longboard.

Cruising

Cruising Longboards

Cruising is the most laid back, easy going, style of riding a longboard. It's all about riding around enjoying yourself being outside, and feeling the wind in your hair. It's a great way to relax and clear your head. Typically cruisers come in two varieties, cruisers for long smooth rides with the occasional carve and mini cruisers for spicing up a little bit with sharper turns and carves.

Suggested Specs
Cruiser Mini Cruiser
Shape Pintail or Cutout Mini Cruiser
Concave Whatever is Comfortable Whatever is Comfortable
Truck Mount Drop Through Top Mount
Length 38 - 44" Less than 30"
Wheelbase Wider the Better 15 - 20"
Flexibility Softer Medium
Popular Cruiser Boards
Magneto Bamboo Cruiser Longboard
Bamboo Drop-Through Cruiser
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Magneto Hana Pintail Longboard
Hana Pintail Longboard Cruiser
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Magneto Mini Cruiser Board
Magneto Heartbeat Mini Cruiser
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Downhill

Downhill Longboards

This is not for the faint of heart, thrill seekers only! Riders often position themselves in an aerodynamic tuck to reduce drag and reach crazy speeds down steep hills. Riding at high speeds comes with a lot of risk and can get your heart pounding with adrenaline. Stability is the name of the game in downhill. The more stable your ride the more control you'll have and faster you'll go.

Suggested Specs
Downhill Board
Shape Directional or Cut Out
Concave W-Concave or Progressive
Truck Mount Top Mount
Length 35 - 40"
Wheelbase Wider the Better
Flexibility Stiff
Popular Downhill Boards
Carbon Fiber Downhill Longboard
Carbon Fiber Downhill Board
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Tesla Downhill Longboard
Tesla Maple Downhill Board
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Laguna Twin Longboard
Laguna Twin Drop-Through Longboard
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Carving

Carving Longboards

Also known as slalom, this style of riding is all about make quick sharp turns. Riders will use a pumping technique to continuously carve and propel themselves forward over flat ground. It is common to set up your own course at your local hill with obstacles to carve around. Total control over your board is the name of the game. You will need a board that can make quick turns with lots of wheel grip.

Suggested Specs
Carving Board
Shape Directional or Cut Out
Concave W-Concave or Progressive
Truck Mount Doesn't Matter
Length 35 - 40"
Wheelbase 26 - 31"
Flexibility Soft to Medium
Popular Carving Boards
Bamboo Drop Through Carver Longboard
Bamboo Drop-Through Carver
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Laguna Carver Longboard
Laguna Carver Longboard
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Tesla Downhill Longboard
Tesla Maple Downhill Board
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Dancing & Free Style

Dancing Longboards

These styles allow for your artistic and creative side. The styles are similar in their creativity but different in their execution. Dancing literally means that the rider is dancing along the deck, typically over flat and open ground. Moves are typically very fluid and smooth. Free Style incorporates more speed and tricks. Wheel slides, flip tricks and grabs are all very common in Free Style.

Suggested Specs
Dancing Free Style
Shape Dance Cut Out
Concave Shallow or Flat Progressive or W-Concave
Truck Mount Top Mount Drop Through
Length 44 - 48" 38 - 44"
Wheelbase 30 - 35" 32 - 36"
Flexibility Medium Medium
Popular Dancing & Free Style Boards
Magneto Bamboo Dancing Longboard
Bamboo Dancing Longboard
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Magneto Bamboo Cruiser Longboard
Bamboo Drop-Through Cruiser
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Hana Twin Longboard
Hana Twin Drop-Through Longboard
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