Skateboarding, one of the most popular sports these days has derived from the sport of surfboarding. Although this sport is a recent introduction in list of sports but still there is no lack in its popularity. Besides being a sport for recreation and entertainment this sport has become a competitive individual and team sport. The most interesting fact about this sport is that one can do docking stunts and tricks with the help of a skateboard. So who wants a good deal of excuse in life for those this is an ideal sport. Moreover, there are different types of skateboards available in the market. These skateboards are specifically meant for doing specific types of stunts. But our point of discussion is the longboard skateboard. The longboard skateboards are inspired by the longboard surfboards. As the main idea of skateboarding derived from the surfboarding therefore it is obvious that most of the other ideas of skateboarding would derive from the surfboarding.
Although the longboards in many ways are similar to the ordinary skateboards but there are some significant differences between the two. The longboards are not meant much for flips or tricks, but it is more effective for cruising. The longboards are wider than a typical skateboard and often with a different shape. If you are experienced with a regular skateboard then on your first ride on a longboard you will be able to notice that the longboards are significantly different from the regular skateboards. Although the longboards are simply skateboards but are a lot longer than the regular size of the standard skateboards. These longboards are used primarily useful for downhill racing, running and errand, traveling around town and other such uses and are not that much useful for doing flips, tricks and stunts. The longboards are a lot heavier than the ordinary skateboards and are there are not that that much perfect for doing any type of skateboarding tricks. The ride on a longboard is much similar to surfing on the sea and so it is like surfing on the roads. The longboards are designed in such a way that they are better for bigger turns and faster carves as is done by the surfers on the surfboards. But the gear design of the longboards is similar to that of the skateboards.
But while riding a skateboard some safety precautions are very much essential. The first of the safety precautions that are essential are to wear gloves and a helmet. In case of downhill racing you may not noticed that the longboarders wear unique gloves to shield their hands. The knee, wrist and elbow padding are all the needful things for the better safety while skateboarding on a longboard. These things are given special focus because of the reason that although the skateboarding may seem to be a very easy task from outside but in reality the fact is that a ride on the skateboard can be as much dangerous as riding any other wheeled vehicle. Therefore, before riding on any skateboard the safety factors should be given proper attention.
Source by Margaret H. Keepter