Skateboarding has come a long way since the early days of clay and steel wheels. Then, there were only a couple options for those intrepid souls who wanted to fly on concrete.
These days there are many different types of skateboards, though each one is suitable only for its intended purposes.
The evolution of the sport happened naturally, with each successive generation putting their own stamp on what skateboarding would become.
The 70s saw precision bearings and urethane wheels enter the mix. In the 1980s, the large kicktail helped us ollie higher, and street skating resulted. In the 1990s, the street skateboard became homogenized into its current form.
This period also had the appearance of various skateboard brands such as Element, Plan B, Zero or Blind. Whatever skateboard you choose, remember to select one from the best skateboard brands to have great experience.
Also in the 90s, some surfers and snowboarders brought skateboarding back to its roots with the invention of the longboard.
Longboarding itself has evolved into several niches, each with their own independent subcultures.
Board shapes change like skateboarding itself, on whims and with the winds of whatever skaters decide is cool.
Types Of Skateboards
The modern street board, sometimes called the popsicle, has evolved into its homogenous look over time. In the beginning of street skating, board shapes varied wildly. But, as tricks became more standardized, the shapes of the boards followed suit.
Modern street boards can be prohibitively expensive, but new riders may want to check out this list of the best skateboards.
Typically, a street board is about 33 inches long and from 7.5 inches to 8.75 inches wide.
Truck widths match board widths, and wheels are typically smaller and harder than in other types of skateboards. With these boards, form follows function, and everything else is secondary.
Skating was huge in the 1980s, and the wild original deck shapes from that era are seeing a resurgence in the 21st century. Turns out that the old schoolers didn’t stop skating, they just do it in secret locations like hidden backyard pools.
Classic skateboards from that time can sell for big bucks on auction sites, and reissue boards have been a popular collector’s item for some time now.
hey guys it's me Johnny this is Thomas all right and we got to play a game of skate he just gave me this old school skateboard how old is it 30 years 30 years so like that something around that it's 30 years old and you skated that right yeah yeah he's when he started skateboarding he started to skate with things like that skate parks like that we have this huge Lebanon raised a raised path we have this huge razor paths it's almost 2 1 or 2 inches and plastic plastic trucks I don't know whatever we got to play a game of skate and dad with some some samba wheels 65 millimeters yeah they probably run out of business or whatever so yeah we're gonna play a game of skate regular skateboard versus old school skateboard hey no champ oh I start first letter on a front side one-eighty Wow No yes yes it is so hard I'm not even kidding like so much respect for all the people that used to skate dad old school skateboards kind of stuff yes ah well I'm already on T uh I feel so stupid it is alright I gotta be out like it is so hard on this old school skateboard is this so hard what he just said he's going to take it I'm skating with the losers trucks on earth and it's not funny at all so yeah we got to count down okay one more try one more try I lost and the winner is Thomas sue Thomas is the winner he's the winner of this game it is insanely hard to skate an ultra skateboard I just didn't expect it to be that hard I knew it was wasn't gonna be easy but it was super hard and these trucks were super loose and I super lost oh good game good game okay thank you guys for watching hit the like button if you like this video and oh he also has Instagram it's gonna be right here Instagram wanna check it out check it out he has his own skate shop so check it out thank you guys so much good bye today we're here with Jason Park and Johnny Geiger and today we're doing a what ground game escape where anything on the flat ground counts and we're doing ten letters telling out
A square tail is typical, and widths can go over 9 inches. A nose may be present, but it is not required. These riders attack terrain with fury; they don’t often do flip tricks.
Wheels are normally bigger and softer than street setups. Trucks will be wider to match the wider deck, so turns require a bit more force to pull off.
Cruisers are generally made for transportation and just fun kicking around town.
They typically have a useful tail, but no kick nose. The shapes of cruisers can vary wildly, from the littlest Penny boards to boards that fit into the longboard category.
On average, though, they are typically about the same length as a street skateboard, though usually wider.
guys welcome to a skate shop as you can see there's a wall full of boards a thing full of sunglasses a human behind the counter clothing the name lots of shoes it's a beautiful place to be in one of my favorites locations in existence not this specific one even of this this is one of my favorites so I take you back already but skate shops are one of my favorite places to be and today we are picking out a cruiser board there perfect cruise aboard and it's not for me it's actually for my friend Casey Bechtler why because I'm an idiot I left his cruiser board at a skate park yesterday after he let me borrow it out of the kindness of his heart so I'm the surprise him with a brand new set up so with the cruiser board Casey has a skinnier board Casey had a skinnier board so we're picking out the equipment right now and I've actually already decided we had to go with smaller trucks and these are the only trucks they had in size 7 right yeah but you're making this sound like you did all this and you did I was basically saying like yeah yeah we should get this right I didn't even know this no like oh yeah of course of course of course there's pretty much that the whole entire time so what else do we decide we decided I guess the big AJ so that's what he had all right I personally go with the smaller ones because I like to have loosey-goosey trucks but so we went with double riser pads to you know make sure what are these things bearings most people will call them skate jump bearings but they're shape jump that's age is that a feeling people actually say I swear probably nine times out of 10 its skate John I love snake on it that's that's it no so the reason we got longer hardware is because the riser pads are a little longer so since they go through here here and the board you need these to be longer there's gonna be a lot of penis jokes about what I'm doing with my hands yeah I love penis jokes dear Casey sorry foster bored hopefully this and last night's kiss will make up for it subscribe John Hill non Casey's dumb Johnson on the way out a poster of my friends Brian here you still destroyed quarters Shh okay okay is anyone here thank you hey familiar poster quick message about the equipment that you just saw me buy at the skate shop it ended up being around a hundred and thirty-five dollars with everything except for the skateboard deck itself which is also usually another $50 so the price of a cruiser board is typically the same as a skateboard and when deciding that there's a lot more leniency to buying a cruiser board because you're not trying to do tricks with it usually you're trying to just cruise so that's why you have bigger wheels so that it can just roll smoothly if you want to see the instructions on how to buy a normal skateboard I will put Andy's trucks video in the description below where he talks about how to pick your first skateboard if it is your first skateboard when you go into a skate shop most likely the person working will know exactly what to get you and what you will need so don't be afraid to ask and don't be afraid to not know they're used to that they're used to new customers more often than customers who know what they're talking about so don't be nervous going to a skate shop and just ask away ask all the questions then also click the video below if you want to check out more detail about picking your first skateboard because it's very closely related to picking a cruiser board I'll also link a video I made about Cruiser boards I go more in depth if you want to check that out down below baby hey guys I'm actually to Starbucks right now working away but I did get a chance to go to shred quarters a little earlier and actually skateboard so here some of that footage [Music] [Music] my hair Casey I'm gonna miss you the most tomorrow jerk I'm coming for you coming your way the better guys like oh good the sky looks right now I'm not looking at the camera I'm being responsible just hold the camera and assuming that you can see the sky the way that I can let me show you how much I hate my old address I live right up this road like literally a block but it's a one-way now let's see how long it takes me to get there going around which is what I have to do every single time fast forward I yeah okay I feel very weird being one of those people who are like this is my old place let's go hang out with everyone I'm not gonna go in there but somebody did ask me to revisits my old place so here it is believe it or not this is a three storey building two people live here the bottom one is just a lot of the bottom floor and what I had was literally the entire second floor the entire third floor a balcony and part of the first floor for half of what my rent is in California that was the biggest shock of moving being like oh my god I'm spending twice as much for one third of the room there was a question on Twitter somebody asked me that I wanted to address before I get to the RCS it was a question by Aaron Velez asking what makes you wake up every morning with the motivation to get things done every day and tell Sara I said hello there's plenty of things but at the end of the day it's the fact that I can do what I do thinking that I never could do it so when I figured out a way to live a life closer to the one that I want to live I realized that the harder that I worked and the more that I focused the closer I would get to that life and then eventually I got that life and I realized better versions of the life that I thought I would never have and from there it's just been so ball effects I also realized that on this earth a lot of people won't get the opportunities that I get and not just people in this country but people all over the world won't get a lot of opportunities that a lot of you guys have a lot that I have and I feel like I need to take advantage of the fact that I can at the end of the day it's just our responsibility to be happy that's all I should really strive for but there's a part of me that can't really stop trying to build and see what I am capable of because I keep learning more and more that I have the capability to do more than I've been doing I have to constantly remind myself that at any moment I can relax a little more I can just chill I can enjoy things more but I am caught up right now in trying to grow and that's okay too I think the idea is to focus on what makes you happy overall and try to make sure that you have more of that in your life as often as possible the successes that I want are just on the horizon they're right there I can tell that the work will get to what I want it to get to I'm already very satisfied and happy with what I have but it is exciting to push forward and see what else I can do how long to leave leave you in my member movie it for it's all oh how you have how could I have feel good isn't it just incredible outside it's so beautiful but you know what's so much better than any of that this place now unfortunately I've adopted some of the vegan ways recently but this is the place that has the grilled cheese donut and I did try it last I was here and it was delicious but what's even better is somehow they have vegan options here they have a vegan cheese so a filled cheese place has vegan options in Kentucky but it is the case so I still get to enjoy this is not man I just think it's delicious in a cool a beer and thanks again for watching you beautiful magnificent creatures I appreciate all the love and support and also an extra shout out to the people who have been supporting my professional model wheels I'm a professional model board I've been getting tagged almost every day with someone who bought something and just received one of my pro equipment and applause my mind every single time but going into concrete skate shop earlier and seeing my boards on the wall seeing my wheels in the cabinet of him saying that he's been selling them is like the craziest feeling so for anyone who goes to the skate shop and buys it for anyone who buys it online so much love I appreciate all of the support it's crazy it is like always unbelievable and being it's its nest Cincinnati I literally just said since the nasty on accident and that's where the people call here but of course being in home base just reminds me of how cool it is because I'm in the Shred quarters seeing all the new product which you might have seen by now I'll also link I'm linking everything down below so just keep watching the YouTube videos I'll link down below the new release that revive just had where they gave me another pro board and saying that it's just crazy in person and it means the world to anyone and revive for supporting me for and also this is my last day in Cincinnati Ohio for a while and leaving right in the morning to go to New York City to hang out with Sara DJ and a bunch of other people that I can't wait to spend time with and there's a lot happening within the next month but the videos of course would just be skating fun and just I'll be showing you everything along the way it's gonna be quite the adventure but lots more adventures here and lots of big announcements coming in the next 2 or 3 days so just stay tuned and stay tuned for tomorrow's video aka every single weekday I'll put a video - stay tuned guys take care love you so much progress daily and keep killing [Music]
Cruisers may sound like they are meant to go slow, but that is far from the case. A high-quality cruiser fitted with big, longboard-type wheels and decent bearings can attain incredible, even dangerous speeds.
Cruisers are usually intended for carving as more than for outright speed, though, and looks are more important to the typical cruiser rider than most other skaters.
Modern longboards have their roots in the early 1990s, when a small group of friends formed Sector 9, the first longboard company.
The first prototypes were simply shaped-down snowboards, but as interest grew, the company began to make different types of boards.
Pintail longboards are meant for cruising, and can be as long as 44 inches.
long board this is short board what is the difference between this and this well basically this one is long so this is another episode of verse where we take to entirely opinion istic if that's even a word things and we talk about them and then you guys fight in the comments about what's better or worse or what do you guys think well this board is obviously a long board and this board is a short board and essentially what it is is like this board right here is more of a trick skateboard it's short and it's more able to be flipped around and you can do tricks on it easier and then this board has these giant soft wheels and it's more of like a cruiser board so what are you doing this board you like cruise kind of just skate around the city like this you probably can't hear it like super well but you can the wheels are nice and soft like one push on this cruiser board and you're just just straight cruising see that Cruiser board style longboard surfer style but then I get on this board and it's just a different a different feel a different style the sport is obviously more for tricks I'm probably not going to do that on that board it can be done you can do tricks on a longboard but definitely not as easy essentially that's the difference between a long board and a short board now a lot of people I feel like are going to college and they start out with this kind of a board and they go I want something that's going to get me from this class over here to that class over here and I'm going to like be comfortable on it roll nice and smooth that's kind of the purpose of these you can just take one nice big push and just roll really far and it's nice and smooth not a lot of effort involved and that's kind of what these are good for the problem with that you're not really going to be like hauling up curbs and doing tricks and various things like that so with that in mind once you want to like step up to the next level you might be good to go to a board like this it might be good to have both of these boards so you start out learning to ride on this and get really comfortable there just step one skateboarding made simple learning to ride turn various things like that and then you go to a board like this once you really get good on a board like this you can go from point A to point B and do tricks along the way and it's super fun go down curbs pop up curbs ride cruise it's it's tons of fun it's actually becomes a little bit more fun in my opinion to ride this than this but if you have only learned how to ride this this is still fun and it's still cool but it's just not quite as cool as like rolling from Class A to class be doing like tre flips on the way like let's just be honest you want to bust a mean triplet and have all the girls in the school being like hey Matt Caleb who's sick that's my opinion on short board versus long board so here's my check on the longboard not bad eh not bad just gonna gotta push backwards and just plan it sister style this very like surfer surfer accent cichlid stuck but takes a lot of energy this part is it's so big man shouting act like I'm a professional longboard - money - money anyway there seems to be a bit of controversy in the world as to what's cooler riding along boards for riding a short board and I kind of like don't want to pick these two things against each other like why do we have to argue between longboarders and short boarders when we can all just agree that we like riding skateboards with wheels and kind of go from there I think more longboarders should learn to ride this kind of board just so they can do tricks and they can feel the feeling of landing a tre flip just like the amazing feeling of like oh so much fun it's so much fun this is also fun you know skateboarding is just about having fun that's really all it is but yeah shoutout to revised skateboards you guys should definitely go there pick up a short board if you've gotten really good at riding that might be time to pick up one of these guys and learn some tricks skateboarding made simple vol.1 will get you there we want to teach a lot of people how to skate that means some longboarders will start writing this and vice versa and why not so let's take it down do some tricks definitely check out skateboarding made simple it's available in all these platforms iBooks Braille skateboarding comm and Google Play it's the most comprehensive video we've ever made and it teaches skateboarding better than anything else out there you won't be disappointed you
There are top-mount boards that can reach incredible speeds going downhill.
Other downhill shapes include the drop-through deck and the drop-down deck, both of which are designed to get the rider lower to the ground for stability.
The Roll Away
It is up to each of us to figure out the answers for our questions, such as “What kind of skating I want to do?”....
And then seek out the best components we can find that help us develop our own style.
As a street skater, the popsicle stick speaks to me in ways the others do not.
You may elect to go with one of the others, but remember that the things you can do on more outlandish shapes diminish drastically.
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Keep in mind that anyone on a skateboard out there is your brother or sister. It’s not what you ride; it’s that you ride.
here are 10 things that every beginner skateboarder should know how to do well now the things on this list aren't necessarily trick rather they're things that you should perfect when you first start skateboarding because a lot of times when someone starts keyboarding they go and buy a skateboard and they immediately start trying trick and in my opinion this is going to make learning tricks a lot harder and if you actually spend some time getting to know your board and feeling comfortable on it so at worst here are a few things that will just help you when you're cruising down the street and at best hopefully once you perfect these it should help your confidence and control with your skateboard so if you already good at skateboarding and you're confident on your board you can go ahead and skip this one because it's more towards for beginners first up we have pushing now everyone knows what pushing is it's a very simple concept but I've had quite a few people ask me to do a tutorial on pushing so there's only a few main concepts that you want to have down when you're learning how to push really well but I would say that the most important one is getting your weight distribution down basically you want to keep all of your weight on your front foot near the center of the board you want to get very comfortable with this so much so that you can easily stand and balance on your front foot and the only time that your weight should slightly shift to your other foot because when you're actually putting it down to push just keep in mind that you don't ever want to transfer all of your weight to the pushing foot because it's going to be a lot harder to keep your momentum and to keep the board going straight next up is picking up your board now there are plenty of ways to pick up your board some of which I've showed in my previous videos but they can all come in handy whether it be to stop really fast or just to pick up your board without having to bend over all the time now I know I'm a super old man if I had to bend over every time I wanted to pick up my board I'd probably die so learning how to pick up your board it's just the easiest and most efficient way to go about things plus there's a slight bit of board control and coordination that's learned from this for number three we have throwing down your board this is the best way to get speed really fast without having to start from a dead stop this one is a pretty simple concept but I've seen a few beginners have trouble getting the coordination between throwing the board down and jumping on it but the good thing about this one is it's easy enough to start while standing still and then slowly taking a few steps into it and eventually bringing it up to where you can run and jump into it one could get this one down you'll probably notice that you're using it every single time you go to get on your skateboard just make sure that when you throw it down you're throwing it slightly ahead of your front foot and then stepping forward onto the board next up we have one of the most important things to learn when you're going to be cruising around getting up curbs now this trick is just an ollie the only difference is you're going up a curb instead of doing it on flat so the worst thing about cruising around could be that once you hit a curb you have to stop get off your board put it on to the curb and then continue skating and the best way to do this is to learn the six-inch ollie up the curb I won't get into an in-depth all the tutorial here but I'll put a link to my how to ollie video but essentially just watch that try and learn how to ollie and then you can practice while standing still next to a curb and I would say if you're having trouble getting the height for this try an ollie and get your nose onto the curb first and then pulling your back trucks up after that anyway in my opinion getting a perps is one of the most useful things you can learn now we'll give it all up to Kirby if you couldn't ride back down one riding off the curb is super easy but it's also super important for if you want to be riding around without inter now this one's obviously easier than Alling up the curb because you don't have to ollie all you have to know for this one is how to lift up your wheels just a slight bit and keep your weight centered over the bolts just make sure you have enough speed to clear the curb and then all it takes is a little bit of confidence this is something that you should be so comfortable with that you don't even think about it when you're cruising next up we have getting over cracks now this doesn't have to be just sitting over cracks it can be rough terrain or rocks or anything really but when you're rolling down the sidewalk and you see a crack best to know how to get over it rather than just run into it and fall so I've gone over a few ways to do this stylish lee in my old videos like the Chinese Ollie and Ollie but really all you need to know for this is how to lift off the weight of your front trucks and then slightly jump off your back foot also you have to make sure you have enough speed to get over the crack so essentially while you're rolling towards an object right before you're going to hit it you lift your front wheels over it and then as your back wheels are coming into contact with it you slightly lift off on your back foot so that the board has room to pop over it and then you put your feet back down and keep riding next up we have riding fast this is an aspect to skateboarding that is almost entirely Kapital tape pretty much anyone can stand on a skateboard while it rolls but really being comfortable going fast whether it be by pushing or bombing a hill mark the level of comfort with your board it's really going to start showing you're improving [Music] another important reason to be comfortable while riding fast is to eliminate the chance that you'll get speed wobbles when you're bombing a hill coming up next we have a kick turn now I've already gone over a kick turn as a trick in a previous video but right now I'm talking about the more practical use of when you have to kick turns fast either avoid an obstacle or turn really sharp so sometimes you don't really have any other choice than to make a really quick 90-degree turn and pretty much the only way to do this is to pivot on your tail which is called a kick turn this can be extremely useful when an object or an obstacle comes out of nowhere and you have to really quickly avoid it or if just for whatever reason you need to make a really fast turn around a corner the key to this one is keeping your back foot in the pocket of the tail and shifting your weight back to that foot while swinging your arms in a direction and lifting up the nose this is the one that should help with your balance and with your board control at number eight we have riding switch when you progress to a little bit more of an intermediate or advanced stage of skateboarding learning how to ride switch is a really invaluable tool and I bring it up as something that you should learn as a beginner because it's something that can definitely feel awkward at first but the more you do it the more confident you'll be with it pushing switch is something I never tried to learn until recently so I'm still really bad at it but if I could go back to when I was first learning how to skateboard it's something that I would have spent at least a little bit more time and effort on also on the plus side if you're a beginner who pushes Mongo this can help you out learning how to push switch which I talked about in my previous video about pushing Mongo next up we have stopping just like with picking up your board there's plenty of different ways to do this which pretty much achieve the same effect but the important thing here is being comfortable so that you don't jump off your board and hurt yourself so whether it be by jumping off doing the nose pickup or doing a power slide the main thing here is being aware of how to stop in a safe and controlled way of course just jumping off your board is going to be the easiest way but if you're going really fast and you're going to jump off the main thing you want to watch out for is that when you jump off you jump ahead of your board and keep running rather than jumping off to the side and just kind of crumpling over like all those haul of minute videos so I know a lot of the things on this list may be like pretty obvious things to know as a skateboarder but I wanted to show the kind of double use for each of the things on this list not only will all these things help you in your day to day skating whether it be riding down the street or trying tricks but the underlying principles behind each of these are that when you're learning these really easy things you're slowly building up your confidence and your board control which in turn will hopefully make you a better skater so go out bombs and hills all the ups and curves maybe fall a few times but most of all make sure that you're having fun so I hope that this video helped you I'd like to thank you for watching and you can like and subscribe if you want