Longboards For Beginners

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Longboards For Beginners

Naturally, there are a lot of best longboards for beginners, aren’t there? SO very hard to choose if you are a beginner – so you just want a really good, quality longboard that does what YOU need.

Here’s the current 3 best longboards for beginners:

Sector 9 Blue Wave Lookout dropthrough Complete Longboard Skateboard, 9.6-Inch x 42.0-Inch
Quest Super Cruiser Artisan Bamboo Longboard Skateboard (44-Inch)
Atom Drop-Through Longboard (41-Inch)

Things To Consider When Purchasing A Beginner Longboard

First of all, what age is the new rider? A 12 year old beginner longboarder and an 18 year old one would generally not be performing the same actions, so the style you choose is dependent on the age.

The second thing to consider is location. If you plan on riding somewhere with a lot of hills and slopes, a longboard geared towards downhill treks would work far better. While you could technically use any board for such locations, the ones not made for slopes will not work as good and will damage much quicker. On the other hand, if it’s all flat, the location would be ideal for a cruising board.

In a hurry? 

Some Of The Best Longboards For Beginners

1. Atom

Atom has a reputation for making quality longboards at an affordable price. If you are a beginner and are looking for the best cheap longboard – something you can learn on yet won’t cost you a fortune – I highly recommend the Atom Drop-Through Longboard (41-inch). It costs well under $100 and is constructed so that whoever is riding the longboard can move extremely easy. While it is generally made for cruising, that is exactly what beginners should be aiming to learn first. Why try something fancy when first you need to learn to cruise?

Let take a look at the current 4 top Atom longboards here:

#1. Atom Drop-Through Longboard (41-Inch)

#2. Atom Pintail Longboard

#3. Atom Drop Deck Longboard (41-Inch)

#4. Atom Pintail Super Carver Longboard

Is it not enough for you? 

2. Yocaher

Yocaher boards are built with creativity in mind, allowing new learners to try new things until they get a good feel for the sport. These longboards make it extremely easy to slide and turn – which is great if you are interested in carving. The Yocaher Professional Speed Drop Through is affordable and has some of the best bearings you will find on a stock board, meaning it is built for speed and durability.

Let take a look at the current 4 top Yocaher longboards here:

#1. Yocaher Professional Speed Drop Down Stained Complete Longboard

#2. Yocaher Punked Stained Pintail Complete Longboard Skateboard

#3. YOCAHER New Complete Longboard KICKTAIL 70’s shape skateboard w/ 71mm wheels

#4. YOCAHER Drop Through Complete Longboard Professional Speed Skateboard

Is it not enough for you? 

3. Sector 9

By far the most popular brand in the sport, it is a great option if you are a beginner. They aren’t the cheapest around but they will last, they are extremely stylish allowing you to show-off to your peers, and they will allow you to master the craft before moving on to a more advanced board. If you are looking at a Sector 9 board, I recommend getting the Sector 9 Natasha, a board made for speed. If you happen to be in a location with a lot of slopes, it is great as the Natasha is made for downhill riding.

Let take a look at the current 4 top Sector 9 longboards here:

#1. Sector 9 Blue Wave Lookout dropthrough Complete Longboard Skateboard, 9.6-Inch x 42.0-Inch

#2. Sector 9 Aperture Sidewinder Drop Through Downhill/Cruiser Freeride Complete Longboard 36″

#3. Sector 9 Drop-Thru Bamboo Lookout II Green Wave Complete Downhill Longboard Skateboard – 9.6″ x 42″

#4. Sector 9 Fractal Complete Skateboard, 9.0 x 36.0-Inch

Is it not enough for you? 

Beginner Longboarding Tips

  • Maintenance
    • One common mistake that rookie longboarders make is neglecting to take care of their board. Proper longboard maintenance can make your board last twice as long, if not longer, than being careless with it. The most important thing is to keep it away from water for long periods of time. Riding in the rain won’t exactly hurt it, but wipe it down when you’re done riding, and don’t store it outside, as you would expose it for long periods of time to the two most damaging aspects: sun and water.
  • Safety
    • Longboarding can be dangerous, as the boards often reach high speeds and if you are not yet used to controlling it, falling is a common outcome. Just ask any frequent rider out there and almost all will have some horror stories. While its recommend that you always use protective gear, it’s especially important for beginners.
  • Practice
    • Practice makes perfect. You’ve probably heard it a million times, but it’s as true as it gets when longboarding. Nobody is a natural at it, even if you have skateboarding experience. It takes practice to become great.
  • Don’t Be Afraid To Fall
    • I’m not telling you to fall on purpose, but you can’t be scared. Falling is part of riding, and it will make you a better rider if you aren’t scared. It will allow you to push your limits without fear of injury. In case of an injury, don’t quit. They are also part of riding, and as they say: you learn from your mistakes.

Tips On How To Ride A Longboard For Beginners

First, start off on a completely flat surface. Get a feel for the board. Notice what it does when you move your body weight left and right; notice when you lower and raise your body. Before moving on, make sure you are comfortable with the board.

Second, understand your stance. The way you stand on the board – such as foot location and foot direction – will affect the way the board rides. A great place to start is by having your feet shoulder-width apart. Then start to ride and practice balancing yourself on the board. Balance will determine how good of a rider you will be, at the start, and as a professional. If you want to downhill slope, start on a very slight slope that won’t go too fast and work your way up slowly. If you just want to cruise or carve, practicing pushing off with your foot and then balancing yourself when you are going slightly faster. You can also try to turn – start with slight turns and work your way up to higher angles.

Summary

Riding a longboard is pure fun. It’s a great way to spend your time outdoors instead of stuck inside facing a TV or computer screen. And it’s also a great way to meet new people and make new experiences. There are a few options for longboards for beginners, all with their own pros and cons. With any of the boards mentioned here, you can’t go wrong. They are all decently priced, from top manufacturers, and with extremely gorgeous decks. There is no wrong choice to be made, but it all depends on the rider and what they want to do.

There are a lot of cheap boards out there, but there’s only a few good cheap longboards. There is only one way to find out what those are.

 

About the Author

My name is Vincent Quinn, I live in the suburbs of Dallas Texas and I’ve recently retired and sold off my lawn mowing business. My wife and I have 3 kids that are all old enough to be out of our hair for now. Interesting stuff, I know, but I with so much time on my hands I’ve decided to share my industry knowledge online to give me a project to work on and and to try and help some people out. Enjoy!