As the name implies, longboards are longer than skateboards. Everyone knows how long a skateboard is generally, but how long is a longboard? Let’s take a look.
Longboards are typically between 32″ – 59″ long.
(81 – 149 cm)
Why are longboards longer than skateboards?
Skateboard decks average a length of 28 – 33 inches long, or 71 – 84 cm long. The best longboard decks, on the other hand, are about 32 – 59 inches long on average ( or 81 – 149 cm for you non-Americans). Longboard decks can be twice as long as some skateboard decks which provides a much different riding experience.
Longboards were created out of needing a board that’s easier for transportation or racing. Skateboards are much easier to perform tricks on, but riders looking for more stability for commuting or racing will find their needs met with a longboard setup. Essentially, if there was a Tony Hawk’s Pro Longboarder, there would be a lot of downhill racing and not many tricks.
What length of longboard is best?
If you’re a shorter rider, a shorter board would be great for you – something around 34″ is perfect for short longboarders.
If you’re average height, a mid-size board would be perfect for your first board. Something around 40″ would be ideal, which you can see from our chart above. Mid-sized boards are perfect for an all-around riding style and make great beginner longboards for most people.
Taller and/or heavier riders will enjoy the longest of the longboards and should go with something around 50″ if possible. This helps to provide riding stability you otherwise might not have on shorter decks.
Longer boards provide more stability for the rider than shorter boards, which also means that longer boards are less maneuverable than shorter boards, which is why a mid-sized longboard is our suggestion for most people. Once you get the basics down you can decide if another riding discipline is right for you.
Is it easier to ride a longer or shorter longboard?
For additional information check out our extensive articles on different longboard types and styles.