Posted July 1, 2021 in Skateboards by Salena Retsos
Skateboarding has come a long way over the years, and has evolved into two mainstays: Skateboards and Longboards. Skateboarding is at the heart of skate culture. It’s about progression and pushing the creative limits of skating your environment. Longboarding was born from the roots of skateboarding in surf culture. Whether you’re carving through the streets or bombing hills, longboards are a smoother, faster ride.
The traditional popsicle shaped skateboards can be broken down into 5 main styles of skating: Freestyle, Street, Park, Pool and Vert.
Freestyle Skateboarding is the oldest style of technical skating. Rodney Mullen, the king of freestyle, pioneered its progression in skateboarding. The style of freestyle skating is centered around super technical flip tricks and your relationship with the board. The footwork is meant to be fluid with a focus on aesthetic tricks.
Freestyle Skateboard Features:
Street Skateboarding is born and raised in the streets. It takes the technical flip tricks of Freestyle skating and throws them down stair sets. Street skating is about progression and technical creativity in an urban environment like ledges, handrails, gaps, drainage ditches, and anything you can think of skating.
Street Skateboard Features:
Park Skateboarding was developed to give skateboarders a home. With most cities and towns not cool with street skating, skate parks are meant to provide skate-able features for local skateboarders to progress and learn on. Skate parks are a hub of skate culture.
Park Skateboard Features:
Pool Skateboarding is the original backyard skate style. Pool or bowl skating is about transition, skating from flat to vertical. Skating pool is about ripping as fast as you can around an in-ground cement pool or bowl and airing out on your board.
Pool Skateboard Features:
Vert Skateboarding is another form of transition skating that incorporates more technical tricks and big air maneuvers. Unlike pool skating where there’s a focus on carving cement walls, in vert you skate ramps. Vert skating is is about performing technical aerial flip tricks and rotations at high speeds.
Vert Skateboard Features:
Evolving out of surf culture, Longboards offer skaters a smoother, faster ride. The three main types available on Shred are: Cruiser, Carving/Commuter, and Freeride/Downhill.
Cruiser Longboards are the most versatile longboard style. With short stable shapes that you can skate in the park or in the streets. This beginner friendly board is a perfect starter. Cruiser longboards are unique because they feature a kicktail and a slight nose kick to give you the maneuverability of a skateboard, but the feel and ride of a longboard in a compact setup.
Cruiser Longboard Features:
Carving/Commuter Longboarding are the surfboards of the road. Carve your way around town on a stable, user friendly longboard. These boards are the quintessential style when you think of longboards. With a convex shape and more flex in the deck you have a forgiving and responsive longboard.
Carving/Commuter Longboard Features:
Freeride/Downhill Longboarding is the most advanced and dangerous form of longboarding. It’s all about tearing down hills and around turns as fast as you can. These boards are designed with dropped or drop through decks and deeper concacve to hold your feet and keep you stable at high speeds.
Freeride/Downhill Longboard Features:
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