WHAT IS A CRUISER BOARD?
If you just found this page by googling "best longboard for beginners," this is the place to be! Cruiser boards are set up to do just that: cruise. Be it to work, the shops, college, or just roll around with city with your friends, there's a few options to choose from. We've broken things down into the major types of cruiser to make things a bit easier for you to digest. Read on to find something that suits your style...
FLEXY DROP THROUGH LONGBOARDS
With a low ride height, cutaway deck shape, flexy deck, bigger wheels and turny trucks, drop-throughs make ideal cruiser boards.
- Low height allows for an easy push and footbrake, and stability as things start to get faster
- Cutaway deck shape gives a longer, forgiving wheelbase, and allows bigger, faster wheels, and turny trucks, resulting in a setup that rolls over anything and turns well.
- Flexy deck allows you to "pump" through turns, generating forward movment without pushing. A flexy deck gives a fun, comfortable ride too!
CRUISER SKATEBOARDS / SKATE CRUISERS
If you have skated before, you probably want something with a tail for ollies and kickturns. If you've got the skills to ride one, Cruisers and Minicruisers are manouverable in tight spaces and can even deal with a bit of ramp and steet skating if you want.
Kicktail allows ollies and kickturns. Kerbs, drains, rough sections of pavement stop being obstacles and transform into things to fly off and over!
- A shorter wheelbase allows a quicker turn
- Smaller soft wheels sacrifice roll speed for less chance of wheelbite whilst keeping things light and simple
Another great place to start is the traditional longboard "Pintail" shape. Inspired by big-wave surfboards of days gone by, the pintail is a classic and stylish method of transport wherever the road is smooth enough. We find that they need to be relatively long compared to a lot of other longboards, as the shape defines quite a narrow standing platform.
- Longer wheelbase gives a mellow, relaxed and forgiving ride
- Classic lines keep things looking surfy and radical
- Big, soft wheels roll over cracks and lumps and keep momentum for less pushing
- Topmount deck creates a "surfier" turn due to the higher center of gravity and more leverage over the trucks