It is a sport that is performed similar to a skateboard but on a bigger board. It is practiced on paved streets. It is a phenomenon that advanced strongly worldwide.
The term longboard comes from English and means long boards ?? ?? This sport is done with a board with wheels, bigger than a skateboard and in a different format.
It is a discipline that was born in California, similar to surfing but on áphalt, so, to practice, it is necessary to use a helmet. It is not only used as a means of transport but also to lower slopes.
On the board which is formatted, it offers more stability and moving on it is easier than in a traditional skateboard. Therefore, there is no age limit for this sport and you can play without prior knowledge.
What practice longboard riders are called ?? ?? And they tend to gather in groups to play? The streets downhill, are preferred for longboard by the momentum that gives the slope.
Longboard history, closely linked to skate
There is so much information on the internet about the history of the longboard.
To talk about the history of the longboard, it is very important to note, first, that it is a form of skateboarding; and second, it associates the skateboard with symmetrical axis fixed table and small wheels started to become so popular from the 90. A basic distinction would separate long boards and short boards.
The first version of skateboard called “sidewalk surfing” and was created by young and impatient tired of waiting the surfable waves surfers. The “sidewalk surfing” was a wooden board to which the axes of their skates with the aim of achieving similar to a surfboard feeling stuck, but on the pavement.
It will be in 1959 when they begin to sell the first skateboards, but they will not look anything like the current ones. In addition, they sold for parts. One of the first professional boards was made by Makaha while Gordon & Smith who made the first glass fiber on an Atom drop deck longboard 41-inch.
The products were too dangerous. The wheels and axles were not good enough and skateboarders suffered a period of stagnation that ended with the discovery of Urethane as the main material of new wheels. Now, it is much safer.
That’s when brands like Independent, Tracker, Gullwing and Bennett started making axles designed especially for skateboarding. This new “boom” or skate boom led to the development of the “first” disciplines, as were the slalom, freestyle or downhill, for example.
However, as Stacy Peralta says in the documentary Dogtownand the Z-Boys: “The skateboard of those days still did not have their own identity.”
In 1975, the Z-Boys made their first appearance. Venice Dogtown skaters who moved in their own personal style are hooligan or a street gang more than a skate- team contests. They are trying to imitate the movements of surfers as Larry Bertlemann and introduced many innovative tricks that never before had been made.
In addition, they were the first to practice this sport in pools which were empty (during a severe drought that occurred at that time), resulting in the mode of “pool skating”. The Z-Boys became hugely famous, especially Tony Alva, Jay Adams and Stacy Peralta. Thanks to the success that had the exploits of these guys, the Primeos skate parks in America were created. The first was built in Florida and later it created a new nationwide trend.
The first big separation between surfing and skateboarding was when Tony Alva made the first air in 1977. Later, Alan Gelfandinvented the “ollie” or air without hands. From here, the skateboard is developed on their own. At this point (1980), a new skate recoil occurs: insurance skateparks are too expensive and begin to demolish until they disappear almost everyone. Would follow years with little moments of the heyday of 1983 to 1991 … Finally, from 1993, it has resurfaced thanks to skateboarders like Tony Hawk.
That is, since the 90s, when the tables now call skates already popularize: symmetrical, concave, with smaller wheels and fixed axes and serve mostly to do tricks.
With so many possibilities, the skateboard is evolving in different ways: the carving born, the cruising and downhill, and each type requires a specific table with different characteristics. In fact, the longboard is a type of skateboard and its evolution is linked to these new forms that arise.
In recent years, its popularity has grown a lot and probably because the feeling that the transmit is much more similar to those first skateboards or “Sidewalks” much more faithful to what was the essence, the roots of this wonderful sport.