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Common Skateboard and Longboard Terms

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Well, the warm weather is back, and we are thrilled! It’s time to stow winter gear and hit the pavement. We’re talking about skateboarding and longboarding - the two sports that rule the sidewalks, curbs, and skateparks.

If this is the summer you’re planning to get into longboarding, we are here to help. The concept of a longboard is simple - big deck for cruising - but within the world of longboarding, there are many different preferences. As you navigate these differences, you’ll run into certain longboarding terms. In today’s blog, we are going to go over some common terms you will encounter during your research and purchase.

Pintail

This refers to the classic longboard shape - an elongated deck that’s pointed at both ends.

Durometer

As you might guess, this term refers to the durability, or hardness, of longboard wheels. Hardness goes up with the number. Most longboards fall between 70A and 90A. For reference, once you get up to 90A, you’re heading into skateboard wheel territory.

Camber

This refers to a convex longboard deck that bulges in the middle, which gives it less sag and more springback than flat board.

Flex

Short for flexibility, this refers to the deck’s ability to give under your weight. This term is necessary, because there is flex out there to suit every preference - from stiff boards made to hold steady at high speeds to bouncier, more flexible boards that make sidewalks far less painful.

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