What Are The Best Longboards For Beginners ?

First of all, before purchasing one of those longboards for beginners, I invite you to take into considerations all the recommendations stated below: What makes an excellent beginner longboard ?

There are 4 recommendations that you should not ignore!

1. The board has to be stable during your rides which will give more confidence at the beginning.

2. The longboard has to be large and long enough so that you will feel comfortable. It’s important to have this criteria because it will accelerate your learning process.

3. One of the first thing you want to look at is how durable the longboard is going to be. Especially when you’re a beginner, you want to find a longboard that will endure all the shocks and damages that you will cause during your riding sessions. Soft wheels and smooth bearing will help accelerate your learning (process) and you’ll gain experience faster.

4. You want to look for a longboard that is reasonably cheap because it would be not worth it to buy an expense one since you don’t have enough experience. You’re not going see much of a difference.

Tips For Beginner Longboarders

Learning the basics first!

For some of you, it seems to be obvious but many people are inpatient and want to ride as the one you see on Youtube riding at an unbelievable speed! Get inspired! I’ll advise you to watch videos, movies and to read longboard magazines on how to longboard. You can start right away with the video we have posted below. Ride with your friends that might be interested, it would be a good way to improve your skills by sharing your knowledge.

Purchases safety equipments

 I strongly advise you to wear an helmet especially as you’re a beginner longboarder. Learning to longboard involves fast speeds, trials and erros. Indeed, there are hundreds of cool helmets out there and it’s always recommended to buy one from a reputable merchant to ensure its reliability. I’ll probably do an article about it in the near future. It’s also wise to look into getting knee pads, elbow pads or wrist guards. Consequently, you’ll feel more confident when you’re going to be riding and you’ll be more tempted to do tricks and so on. Wrist guards will help protect you from breaking your wrists if you happen to fall on them.

 

44″ QUEST Bamboo Super Cruiser Longbaord

This longboard is the most popular and affordable longboard for all the cruisers who are willing to ride for their first time. Thanks to its multi-ply hardwood maple and its beautiful artisan bamboo deck, this super cruiser longboard is very smooth while riding and gives you a flowy feeling and a very precise turning point response. Its material is shaped to perform and to last for a while. However, you may want to consider that the longboard is stiff, but will become more flexible as you use it.

SPECIFICATIONS |

Style: 44″ Artisan Bamboo Longboard

Deck: 7 Ply Super Flex Bamboo and Hardwood Maple Deck

Trucks: 7-inch aluminum trucks

Bearings: ABEC 7 bearings

Atom Drop-Through Longboard

ATOM is a company that is renowned for making excellent beginner longboards and the 91047 drop though is one the best. ATOM proposes different colors (click for more details) and sizes (36, 38 and 41 inches) for its drop-through longboard. The deck is very low from the ground which mean that it has a low center of gravity. If you’re a beginner, you will certainly appreciate this longboard because of its stability. If you’re interested in downhill rides, long distance riding or just kicking around campus, this drop-through longboard is an excellent choice. Futhermore, the deck is composed of a full maple laminate deck and disposed of a high quality 80S grip tape for maximum traction. It includes also an ABEC 9 bearings with high-speed lubricant.

SPECIFICATIONS |

  • Style: 36″, 38″, 41″ Drop-Through Longboard and High quality 80S grip tape.
  • Deck: Full maple laminate deck.
  • Trucks: Reverse King Pin (RKP) longboard trucks (245mm axles).
  • Bearings: ABEC 9 bearings with high-speed lubricant.
  • Wheels: Wide-Lip 70x51mm super high rebound (SHR) urethane wheels.

KROWN MAPLE PINTAIL LONGBOARD

The classic pintail longboard is made out of Canadian maple which is considered as very sturdy. However, this material is significantly heavier than bamboo or birch for instance. with 6-inch silver trucks (that are very agile) and small black 65mm 78A wheels, this board is clearly designed for cruising and carving. Thanks to its characteristics, the pintail board is easy to ride and control. The spacious deck has turned it one of the most stable longboard for beginners. Furthermore, Krown offers many different colors, drawings and patterns to suit your preferences.

SPECIFICATIONS |

  • Style: 43″ Maple Pintail Longboard
  • Deck: Full maple deck + black grip tape
  • Trucks6″ Silver Trucks
  • Bearings: ABEC-7
  • Wheels: Black 65mm 78a wheels

Rimable Drop-through Longboard

Rimable offers several 44” longboards and different patterns and colors at very low prices. The particularity of this board is that it has a low deck height which makes it very stable and easy to turn. Depending on your weight, the deck is pretty flexible however this board is best suitable for those weighting 180 lbs (82 kg) or less. Not only that, the edges of the longboard are flexible which makes the board extremely smooth while riding over bumps on the sidewalk or various road hazards. You should know that this board is not ideal for sliding as it has a large contact patch and beveled edges. Make sure to buy speed rings and skate tools with this board so that you can adjust the flexibility.

SPECIFICATIONS |

  • Style: 44″ Maple drop-through longboard
  • Deck: Full maple laminated deck + black grip tape
  • Trucks: Drop-through 7 inches aluminium truck
  • Bearings: ABEC-11
  • Wheels: 70*51mm Pu wheels with 85A hardness

ATom Pintail Longboard (39″)

If you’re a beginner and looking for a cruising longboard, you should definitely go this Atom Pintail longboard. Indeed, it has all the characteristics and features for a person looking for a longboard: The board has wheels that are wide enough to ensure stability while you riding at higher speeds. ATOM proposes 3 types of this model with different colors and patterns (check those changes in the click button “see price on amazon”). In addition, the wheels aren’t big  enough (65mm) to cruise wherever you want. You might want to change those in the future. This beginner longboard is 39 inches long and it is sufficiently large to have control over with. Last but not least, the board dimensions are as follow: 39.0″ L by 9.4″ W, 6″ H and weights 7.3 pounds.

SPECIFICATIONS |

  • Style: 39″ atom pintail longboard
  • Deck: 39″ maple laminate drop through deck
  • Trucks: 8.5″ Aluminum Trucks
  • Bearings: ABEC 5
  • Wheels: 65mm rock hard wheels

Ten Toes | Emporium Zed Bamboo Longboard 

This board is a 44 inches’ artisan longboard made of bamboo and maple. It has  a strikingly vintage California look as well. Thanks to its design, Ten Toes has built an anti wheelbite*. This longboard has ABEC-7 bearings that is ideal for high speed and riding accuracy. It’s known to be stable as it has 8 ply Canadian bamboo deck. With a shock absorbent 70mm polyurethane wheels, I’ll guaranty you an amazing smooth riding experience. 6 stylish colors and patterns are also available to suit your preferences. The spacious kicktail is excellent for urban maneuverability and flawless street coasting . If you’re interested in cruising longboards, check out the best cruising longboards more information. *A wheelbite occurs when the wheel rubs the bottom of the deck in turns and causing the longboard to stop suddenly

SPECIFICATIONS |

  • Style: 44″ bamboo and maple hybrid cruising longboard 
  • Deck: 44″ bambo deck and kick tail
  • TrucksRugged and lightweight 7″ aluminum trucks
  • BearingsABEC-7 
  • Wheels: Durable 70x51mm 85A PU wheels

Volador 42″ Freeride Longboard

First of all, this beginner longboard is targeted for the ones who are looking for freeride and downhill purposes. With a solid construction of 8-ply hard maple, the Volador 42” Freeride longboard is unsurpassed in strength. It has a solid camber deck that absorbs shock and offers a comfortable long ride. Built with super rebound wheels, the board rides as good as it looks. You will be definitely surprised by its responsiveness and turning performance. You can ignore small bumps with 70mm high rebound urethane wheels. Equipped with ABEC-7 precision bearings, the board will surprise you how long it goes with an easy paddle. Volador offers a dozen of different patterns and colors of this kind.

SPECIFICATIONS |

  • Style: 42″ Volador drop-through camber longboard
  • DeckMulti-ply hardwood maple camber deck
  • Trucks: Drop-through 7-inch aluminum trucks
  • BearingsGenuine ABEC 7 
  • Wheels: 70mm diameter | 51mm wide

CONCLUSION

Following the recommendations stated at the beginning of the articles, longboarding can be enjoyable right away! As you have seen all those beginner longboards have different specificities, some of longboards are more for cruising, freestyle or downhill purposes. Also, you can certainly be sure that all the longboards selected here are durable, stable, large enough and very affordable in price.

In addition, if you’re already an intermediate longboarder and want to go to the next level and try more advanced longboards: here is a full review of the best longboard brands on the market: check that out!