There's an entire subculture here - including Lords Of Dogtown and hits like Avril Lavigne's Sk8ter Boi, which for some.
There’s an entire subculture here – including Lords Of Dogtown and hits like Avril Lavigne’s Sk8ter Boi, which for some is incentive enough.
Advantages: Points for biggest “cool” factor. With a true skateboard, you can do stunts and piss off “the man,” but a more cruisin’ longboard is perfect for badass commuters. Three aggressive pushes and you can go 25 feet, says our expert, Chris, at Boardsports.
Disadvantages: Not for the clumsy (ahem). Just try stepping onto a curb gracefully without knowing what an ollie is and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Can’t be used in the rain either – the bearings will rust.
Eco footprint: Most are made of seven to nine layers of non-certified Canadian rock maple and bound together with pretty toxic glue.
Costs: You can buy a junker from a big-box store for $50, but if you want to get serious, you’ll spend anywhere from $100 to $250 max.
Body boost: Balancing your bod in a half-squat position on a narrow board works your core and your quads. One leg will get exhausted from a day of pushing, but you should burn a good 350 cals per hour.
Retail tip: Look for longboards made of sustainable wood (like bamboo) and low-VOC glues and resins. Boardsports sells a few. FYI, shorter boards can weave around people more easily in high-traffic situations.