Does it ever feel like some longboarders are speaking another language? Have you ever heard a longboarding term and had no clue what it meant? We put together a helpful guide that defines some words and phrases you may hear within the community. Our longboarding terms dictionary is always evolving, so be sure to let us know in the comment section if we missed anything and we may consider adding it.
1. A numbered scale rating that measures the tolerance margin in a bearing. The scale only goes from 1 to 9 skipping even numbers.
1. A corrosion resistant anodic oxide layer on aluminum. It’s often used with precision trucks to give them color and a durable finish.
1. The rod (or rods in most precision trucks) passing through the hanger and the center of each wheel.
1. A trendy board type that allows the rider to stand comfortably on all of the deck. The shape is usually rectangular and not very intricate, hence the name brick.
2. Destroying something, rendering it useless, usually referring to a rider or a board. “I got bricked at Burke last year”
1. Piece of urethane used to provide turn resistance for a truck. Check our our best longboard bushings post.
1. The spot where the bushings meet the hanger. Can sometimes be completely flat, in this case it’ll be called a bushing floor.
1. Wheels that are ridiculously easy to slide. They’re buttery and controllable for low speed slides, but absolutely worthless for faster runs.
1. Bad pavement. Can mean loose gravel, pot holes, cracks through the rounds, very uneven pavement or the combination.
1. A part of a wheel that got ripped off
1. The most terrible thing that can happen to a wheel, having chunks of it falling off or deep cracks on them.
1. A method for board making where the boards are pressed at ambient temperature, this reduces the chances of a board coming out warped. The glue is slowly assimilated into the wood, resulting in a much studier build.
verb 1. To cold press a board
1. Very wide baseplate angle split popularized by the Venom team. It consists in running a 51° baseplate in the front and a 15° baseplate in the back.
1. A supportive piece of plastic (sometimes aluminum or some composite) designed to distribute weight on the urethane of a wheel. Where the bearings go in a wheel.
1. A measurement of the hardness of a material. In the context of skating, it refers to how hard the urethane is.
1. The second worst thing that can happen to a wheel. A flatspot is what happens when you slide perpendicular to the direction of travel and your wheels don’t rotate while sliding, leaving a part of the wheel flat.
2. When your wheels sound like helicopters you have a flatspot.
Past participle: a flatspotted wheel.
1. Forged trucks are made by repeatedly hitting a block of aluminum with a hydraulic hammer. Much stronger than cast trucks.
1. The part of the truck that “hangs” from the baseplate. It’s where the wheels are screwed on.
1. A method for board making where the boards are pressed at higher temperatures. The glue takes a shorter time to heal and the wood assimilates it faster, the main drawback is the possibility of warping.
2. To hot press a board
1. A urethane replacement for spherical bearings in the hanger. It eliminates slop without adding the restrictiveness of a spherical bearing.
1. A person who thinks to skate much better than he/she actually does.
“All he does is brag about his gear but he can barely skate” “What a kook”
1. Laguna Beach Danger Riders, a longboard team from California. It’s not short for longboard.
1. Wheels of questionable quality.
2. A popular longboard team.
Also similar: M4L, Midsvan.
1. Bad quality gear.
“Those trucks are kind of midsy”
1. A substance that gets sprayed in a wheel mold before the urethane is poured. Before wheels are broken in it will still have mold release, it’s the grippiest part of the wheel.
1. Pushing mongo. Using the front foot to push the deck, leaving only the back foot on the deck while pushing.
1. The third most terrible thing that can happen to a wheel. Uneven wear cause a wheel to acquire the shape of an “oval” instead of its regular circular profile, this makes wheels less grippy, the slide more uneven and the ride a lot more bumpy.
1. A precision truck is made by cutting a block of solid aluminum with a cnc. Precision trucks are much stronger and precise than regular cast trucks.
1. A machine used for board making.
1. The act of putting a board in a press and well, pressing it.
1. The top outlining edge of the board, normally where the griptape ends.
1. To rail a turn. Getting through a turn without having to shed off speed sliding.
1. Truck rake
Axles are not aligned with the turning axis, gives the trucks a divier feeling.
2. Board rake
A deck where the front of back pocket are not aligned, one of them sits lower than the other.
1. Riding left foot dominant
Opposite: goofy rider
2. Pushing with your back foot
Opposite: pushing mongo
1. Reverse kingpin geometry in a truck. On RKP trucks, the kingpin goes through the hanger so that one bushing is in front of it and the other behind it. Looks like a Randal.
1. To shed off speed
“He threw a fast predrift to scrub of some speed before that turn”
1. Used downhill wheels, can be usually bought from pros for cheap at events. Also called scrubbies.
1. The lord of gnar, chunder, way too pronounced drops and all things sketch. Channeling Skatan gives you extra steeze when riding.
1. The face you put on when pure concentration seeps to the surface and leaves nothing but a dumb expression on your face.
1. A bearing that can rotate in all directions. It can be installed in the pivot or the hanger. The spherical restricts movements in unwanted directions, eliminating slop.
1. Not having the same setup on your front truck as your back truck. Could be baseplate angle, hanger width, bushing combination or wheels duro.
1. Flow or ease while riding and performing tricks.
adjective1. Cool looking, well performed and/or effortless performance.
“He’s got a pretty good toeside game, his slides are so steezy”
1. Traditional kingpin geometry in a truck. On RKP trucks, both bushings are behind the hanger – if you look at it from the back you will see both bushing one on top of the other. Looks like an Independent.
1. Referring to a slide: a slide done by kicking out the board with your toes so your butt faces down the hill, much harder to learn than heelsides.
“I don’t really know how to do toesides, I just huck ‘em and hope for the best”
1. A truck that twists the resistance as opposed to compressing it like regular trucks.
Examples: revenge trucks, original trucks.
1. The axis around which the hanger rotates. On a regular RKP, the turn axis is defined from the center of the pivot to the center of the part of the kingpin in between both bushings.
1. A very popular bushing combination consisting of a 90a barrel (red) roadside and a 93a barrel (green) boardside.
1. Having an abnormality in a deck where the concave is off. The deck might be twisted or the concave might be uneven.
“That board is so warped half the wheels don’t even touch the ground”
1. What some street and park skaters call longboarding.
2. What some downhill skaters used to call cruising and freestyle.
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