How to Choose the Length of a Longboard

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While short skateboards are used primarily for tricks, longboard skateboards are ideal for getting around town. Ranging in length from 34 inches to over 5 feet, longboards give a smooth stable ride. Choose the length of your longboard based on its intended purpose. Your height and weight do not affect your choice of longboard length.

Urban Commuting

  • Choose a longboard of 40 inches or under to maximize maneuverability for crowded urban or campus commuting. Longboards in the range of 34 to 40 inches are a good compromise between maneuverability and stability.

Moderate Downhill Stability

  • The longer the board, the more stable it will feel for high speeds and downhills. For transportation in uncrowded areas, in which handling on hills and at speed is more important than being able to turn quickly, choose a longboard between 40 and 46 inches long.

Maximum Downhill Performance

  • Select a longboard between 46 and 60 inches long for maximum downhill performance. Longboards of this length are best suited for racing and doing surfer-style tricks such as cross step and hang ten. Longboards in this range are not agile enough for commuting in crowded areas.

Hybrid Longboard Skateboards

  • A skateboard between 28 and 34 inches is a hybrid that is quick enough for slalom and certain tricks, but still usable for commuting. Although hybrids are not stable enough for steep hills, the agility can be useful in very crowded areas.

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