THE BEST LONGBOARDS FOR BEGINNERS - 6 EASY SUGGESTIONS

There's a whole load of choice on our longboard racks these days - it can be confusing deciding which one you want, especially if you're a beginner!

We've put together a quickfire list of easy suggestions to help you choose.

  1. Lush Freebyrd Lo-Pro
  2. Loaded Icarus
  3. Lush Legend X-Flex
  4. Arbor 37" Fish
  5. Landyachtz Switch
  6. Lush Mako Pintail

If you want to know more, here's a list of the questions we get asked the most by skaters like you!

Lush Freebyrd Lo-Pro

The most popular board in our shop right now, with good reason... the Lush Freebyrd represents seriously good value for money!

The deck

The Freebyrd is a rockered-drop-through - which makes it very low to the ground (more stable, easier to push), and very beginner-friendly. Pressed from Canadian maple, this is a quality board and no mistake. Comes with a die-cut griptape pattern and simple Lush Logo graphic top and bottom.

Wheels, Trucks, & Bearings

Like a lot of Lush boards, you can choose your component spec to suit your budget. The more you spend, the higher quality parts you get - but they're always aftermarket components by Sabre Trucks, bearings and hardware, and wheels by Cult Wheels.

How does it ride?

Ideally suited to total beginners, the low ride height of the Freebyrd is a great board to get started with. It's easy to master the basics of longboarding on: pushing, footbraking and sliding. A great board to start your longboard journey!

Reasons to get thisTry another board
  • Super low ride height
  • Easy to push, footbrake and slide
  • Quality Aftermarket Components
  • Choose your spec to suit your budget
  • Doesn't have the surfy vibe of a pintail
  • Not big enough for dancing and tricks
  • Doesn't have a lot of flex
  • No kicktails makes some tricks difficult

Loaded Icarus

Top-notch carver and cruising longboard from Loaded, this is about as sweet as longboards get!

The deck

Made in California, the Loaded Icarus is pressed from Bamboo and fibreglass into a refined 3-dimensional concave. You can choose your flex to suit your riding style, too!

Wheels, Trucks, & Bearings

We build these up into custom completes using Paris trucks, Cult Wheels and Sabre bearings - the finest components we can find in the shop. You can also buy the Icarus deck only if you want to put your own hardware on there.

How does it ride?

The Icarus is a premium longboard - it's built to carve and pump with ease. The diffreneces between this and a cheaper board are immediately obvious - it's light, flexy, repsonsive and comfortable. It is quite high off the gound thanks to the cambered profile, but if you're a pumper rather than a pusher that's not a problem.

Reasons to get thisTry another board
  • Premium deck quality - if you want the best, get a Loaded
  • Choose your flex pattern to suit your weight and riding style
  • Quality Aftermarket Components
  • Customisable spec to suit your budget
  • Quite a big board - this defintely isn't a mini-cruiser!!
  • High ride height can make pushing a bit of a stretch
  • Not cheap! But you get what you pay for...
  • No kicktails for dancing and tricks

Lush Legend X-Flex

Lush's dancing board is a great entry into dancing and freestyle longboarding.

The Deck

Pressed from Canadian Maple and Fibreglass, the Lush Legend features rocker, a mellow concave and some decent kicks. A symmetrical shape is perfect for flips and shuvits, and there is plenty of room for dancing footwork.

Wheels, Trucks, & Bearings

You can choose your build spec to suit your budget. These boards are built up with premium Sabre trucks and bearings, and rolling on Cult Wheels. Quality aftermarket gear whichever spec you go for!

How does it ride?

As a dancer, the Legend is quite a bit longer than the other boards on this list - but that extra space makes dancing tricks a lot easier. It makes a good cruiser, too - if you are ok with the length!

Reasons to get thisTry another board
  • Lush's X-Flex pressed into a subtle rocker feels great underfoot
  • Extra long for dancing and flatland tricks
  • Choose your build to suit your budget
  • Solid kicktails give a responsive ride
  • Lots of flex makes the Legend a great cruiser
  • It's long! Not so good if you need portability
  • Too flexy and resonsive for serious speed and downhill
  • Not the cheapest board going, but it's a quality bit of kit

Arbor Fish

A shorter pintail shape from Arbor, the Fish 37" is a great board if you are a smaller rider or are put off by the length of other longboards.

The Deck

Arbor decks are very nicely finished, and the Fish 37" is no exception to this. With a Koa topsheet and simple woodstain bottom finish, the Fish is a real looker. The narrower deck width is especially suited to smaller feet.

Wheels, Trucks, & Bearings

Built up with Arbor's own wheels and bearings, and Paris V2 150mm trucks, this is a great spec for the price. Aftermarket Paris trucks are well known for their great response and nice turn.

How does it ride?

Being a bit shorter than other longboards, especially pintails, the Fish is nice and responsive with a quick turn. It turns noticably better than a drop-through, and looks great doing it.

Reasons to get thisTry another board
  • Premium Arbor deck with a quality finish
  • Narrower deck suits smaller riders
  • Shorter length is easy to carry about
  • Quality aftermarket trucks - trucks are the really important bit!
  • This board is a bit small for a lot of skaters - the slim pintail shape doesn't help this.
  • No nose or tail for tricks
  • A bit unstable for going faster
  • Arbo's clear spray on grip is not very durable, and very difficult to re-grip
  • Higher ride-height than the drop-through options out there

Landyachtz Switch

The originators of the lowrider longboard, Landyachtz have made an awesome freeride longboard that doubles up as a long-distance cruiser.

The Deck

The Landyachtz Switch is LOW! Designed for downhill and freeride, its very stiff, and pressed into a "drop-down" shape. This makes it super easy to push and footbrake, and also etremely stable at high speeds. It does have a lot of concave which can be a bit much for a quick cruise to the shops though.

Wheels, Trucks, & Bearings

We can build the Switch up with whatever trucks and wheels you want, but we offer two custom setups to choose from built with Cult Wheels and Sabre Trucks. Just pick whatever suits your budget!

How does it ride?

The Switch is really designed for speed. It's very stiff and very stable. Its available in two lengths - 35" and 40". To be honest this is probably a bit aggressive and specialised for a lot of folk, but if you want the lowest board out there, this is the one.

Reasons to get thisTry another board
  • Super low ride height, from a top-quality skater owned brand.
  • Extremely stable at speed - no speed wobbles!
  • Very easy to push and footbrake, which are essential skills that every longboarder needs to learn.
  • Custom setups with quality aftermarket parts.
  • Its big. And heavy. Great for longer distances, but possibly a bit unweildy in tight situations.
  • Not the cheapest board going, but it is very solid and will probably last a lifetime.
  • Obviously no good for dancing or freestyle tricks.

Lush Mako Pintail

The Lush Mako is the best selling pintail on our shop racks right now, with good reason - you get a lot of board for not a lot of money!

The Deck

The Mako is a little fatter and more rounded than other pintails out there, which creates a lot more footspace. This is great if you are just setting out, and even creates the possibility of leanring a few dancing tricks. Not many pintails can do that!

Wheels, Trucks, & Bearings

Like other Lush boards, you can specify your setup to meet you budget. The "Pro" is probably the best value - killer Cult urethane, strong and turny Sabre Trucks, and fast-rolling Sabre built-in bearings. To see bearings with built-in spacers at this pricepoint is unique.

How does it ride?

The Mako is pretty much spot on as a cruiser for beginners. At 44", it's not too long, but long enough. There's a nice flex to the deck, not too much concave and the setups are responsive - all the ingredients you need for a great cruising longboard.

Reasons to get thisTry another board
  • Awesome value. This really is everything you need to get going, for not a lot of cash.
  • Fatter pintail shape gives enough room for learners, even a bit of dancing.
  • Flex and mellow concave is comfortable underfoot.
  • Choose a setup to suit your budget.
  • Did we mention that this board is awesome value?
  • It's a flexy pintail - so not ideal for going really fast on.
  • Not as low as a drop-through or a drop-down, but the traditional topmount turns a bit nicer.
  • Errr... that's about it!

How do I choose the right longboard?

The term "Longboarding" covers a huge range of different kinds of skateboarding. As such, there are a lot of different kinds of longboards out there, all optimised for different things, with a lot of features to choose from.

This can make it quite difficult to choose which board to get, so as well as the six quickfire suggestions above, we've distilled the basics of longboarding for beginners to digest and understand.

The more you understand about longboarding, the better suited your board will be to you when you buy it - and the more fun you'll have.

And that's what longboarding is about - fun!

What different kinds of longboards are there?

Longboards come in all shapes and sizes. The most common are pintails, drop-throughs, drop-downs and dancing longboards. Beyond this there are many other more specialised varieties, like downhill and freeride longboards, pumping/long-distance boards, oversized skateboards and more. These are more optimised for certain types of longboarding.

Want to understand different sizes of board? Check our guide on choosing the right size longboard deck.

Different Kinds of Longboard

Which longboard should I get?

If you're just starting out, then the simple choice is between a pintail or a drop-through. If you have skated before, then a longboard with a kicktail is worth a look. If you are getting into a certain style of longboarding, then get the most suitable - eg for dancing, get a dancer, for downhill, get a downhill deck.

What is a pintail longboard good for?

Pintails are timeless, surfy shaped longboards that are great for all kinds of cruising. Whilst perhaps not as functional as drop-throughs and drop-downs, they have that classic look that is synonymous with sidewalk surfing. Pintails are great for cruising around the streets in style!

Pintails are "top-mounted," in other words the trucks are mounted on the underside of the deck like a regular skateboard. As long as a pintail has a quality pair of trucks, it'll give a mellow, cruisy turn that feels much nicer than a drop through.

Pintails also have more deck space than a drop-through, which makes them a bit easier to stand on for total beginners.

The downside of a pintail is that it's higher than a drop-through - so less stable, and harder to push, brake and slide.

You can see our range of pintail longboards here.

Different Kinds of Longboard

Is a drop-through longboard good for beginners?

Drop-through boards are functionally the best for beginners. They are super-low to the ground, which makes them easy to push, footbrake and slide. Drop-through longboards are a great place to start longboarding, as they make it easy to learn all the basics of longboarding.

Compared to a pintail, a drop-through will not turn as nicely - although this is a very subjective thing and can be largely remedied with a quality pair of trucks.

Drop-throughs can have less deck space than pintails, which makes them less suitable for dancing and tricks.

Click here for our drop-through longboard selection.

Different Kinds of Longboard

What is the best longboard for dancing?

Dancing longboards are longer than other boards to allow room for footwork and dancing steps. They are often symmetrical, and have kicks at the nose and tail to make flips, manuals and shuvits easier. Dancing longboards sometimes have composite construction to make them lighter, tougher and stronger.

Check out our range of dancing completes here.

Different Kinds of Longboard

Should I get a cruiser board or a longboard?

If you are skating shorter distances and value portability, we'd recommend you look at cruiser boards rather than longboards. They are harder to skate, but the ability to ollie up and down kerbs and carry around a bit more easily makes them very suited to inner-city environments. For longer distances and a mellow, cruisier ride, a longboard is the way to go!

Click here for all our cruiser boards.

Different Kinds of Longboard