There are two kinds of longboards, one is a longer style surfboard and the other is like a skateboard but longer Summit Board. This article will focus specifically on the skateboard type. A longboard is similar to a skateboard in many ways, but has some significant differences. A longboard is made for cruising and not as much for the flip tricks etc done in regular skateboarding, Be it as a means of transportation or as a form of entertainment most longboards are longer and wider than a typical skateboard and often times have very different shapes than a skateboard designed mostly to help with carving (like on a surfboard or snowboard).
Their original background comes from surfers putting trucks or roller skates on the bottom of waterskis, surfboards, etc to help them practice and keep them riding when there were no waves to surf. There are many reasons to get a longboard, whatever your reason is for getting one, exercise, transportation or just having fun, they are a great investment. For a relatively cheap price you can pick one up online in the convenient form of a complete longboard and without any more effort than opening a box you are ready to go.
So why get a longboard? To get started, because they are a great way to get some exercise. Longboarding is a very fun and relaxing way of getting some good cardio exercise and getting your blood pumping (and if you are looking at one for your kids or grandkids, you don’t even have to tell them that it’s good exercise!).
They are also a great way of relaxing, try riding one just to unwind, especially down your local bike trail or through a nice park. Longboards are also a very cheap and fairly quick form of transportation and are very environment friendly, not to mention how good you’ll look to all your friends as your ride your new longboard around. I will often ride my longboard to the store for a quick shopping run rather than riding if the store isn’t too far away. Longboarding is also a great way to relieve stress, leave behind the daily grind and just get outside and enjoy the fresh air for a minute, I frequently will go and ride my board out in the parking lot at work on a break if I need a chance to get out and unwind for a few minutes. Riding a longboard is also a great way to learn and / or improve your balance.