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From skateboard to longboard – developing a trend

Skaters have long been part of the cityscape in every major town. Recently, however, people are increasingly seeing people cruising through the streets on their longboards. It’s true: The Longboard is all the rage. To assume that this is a new development or that the longboard has emerged from the skateboard would be premature. In fact, many things speak for the opposite.

From the water to the asphalt – the first longboards

A widespread version of the history of the longboard and skating ever leads back to the late 50s. The surfers on the southern coast of California were bored with sunshine and bad waves, which caused them to go surfing. And because distress makes creative and boredom creative, someone came up with the idea of bringing the surfing fun to the streets. Without further ado, were rolls of roller skates screwed under an old surfboard, and there it was: the first longboard.

What was born out of necessity quickly became a trend? Soon, many surfers on their longboards populated the beach promenades of places like

  • Santa Monica or
  • Venice.

The new sport quickly spread to the East and West coasts of the United States and has attracted many fans in Canada and Europe since the 1960s.

Even today, the shape of some models points to the beginnings of longboarding: the popular “Pintail,” an asymmetrical longboard with a forward-facing tip, strongly resembles a classic surfboard.

Time of originof origin
late 50sSouth coast of California

The triumph of the skateboard – the longboard almost falls into oblivion

The step from the longboard to the skateboard was only a small compared to the innovation that it had meant to switch from the water to the asphalt.
They began to experiment with the possibilities of the boards and found that they were suitable not only for cruising but also for various tricks and jumps. This resulted in new requirements, which were met with bulging ends, called “tail” and “nose,” lighter decks and shorter wheelbase: the skateboard was born.

Tip! There are voices that assert independent roots of the skating from surfing and longboarding. According to them, already in the 30s of the last century, children were rolling under the boards and the improvised sports equipment with a handlebars, which usually broke off quickly. All that remained were early skateboards, which perhaps inspired the surfers of the 50s to make longboards out of their surfboards.

Whether the skateboards have evolved from the longboards or rather the other way around a shoe from it: sure is so much that in the early 60’s an unprecedented triumphal procession of the skateboard started, in the course of which the Longboard almost completely from the public picture surface disappeared. But although the longboarders were never as enthusiastic as the s.katers with their spectacular stunts, the sport lived on. Particularly in Europe, individual disciplines of longboarding such as “downhill” have always been popular and have also been promoted accordingly.

Advantages and disadvantages of the longboards

  • different versions
  • for various tricks
  • not cheap

Back to the roots – the longboard is back!

Today there are more and more longboards on the street, and there are good reasons for this. More and more surfboard enthusiasts are thinking about the origins of their hobbies and decide on board with which they can drive relaxed, fast and controlled. If it is even less suitable for daring jumps less than the skateboard, then some tricks such as the “Ollie” are also easily feasible with the longboard. Other stunts, such as the “hippie jump” (skipping an obstacle from the driving board followed by a landing on the board), have been specially developed for the Longboard. Also, over the course of nearly 60 years of longboarding, a variety of specific techniques have emerged with names such as

  • “Slide”
  • “Carving”
  • “Dancing”
  • “Long distance Pumping” or
  • “Freestyle.”

developed. So the longboard in the versatility of the skateboard in hardly anything. That the “dancing” has its origin in the “boardwalk,” a technique of the waves, the reader is hardly surprising.

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