As the name implies, longboards are longer than skateboards. Everyone knows how long a skateboard is generally, but how long is a longboard? Let’s take a look.
Longboards are typically between 32″ – 59″ long.
(81 – 149 cm)
Why are Longboards Longer than Skateboards?
Skateboard decks average a length of 28 – 33 inches long, or 71 – 84 cm long. Longboards on the other hand average lengths of 32 – 59 inches long, or 81 – 149 cm. Longboard decks can be twice as long as some skateboard decks which provides a much different riding experience.
Longboards were created out of a need for a board that’s easier for transportation or racing. Skateboards are much easier to perform tricks on, but riders looking for more stability for commuting or racing will find their needs met with a longboard setup. Essentially, if there was a Tony Hawk’s Pro Longboarder, there would be a lot of downhill racing and not many tricks.
What is a Good Longboard Length?
If you’re a shorter rider, a shorter board would be great for you – something around 34″ is perfect for short longboarders.
If you’re average height, a mid-size board would be perfect for your first board. Something around 40″ would be ideal, which you can see from our chart above. Mid-sized boards are perfect for an all-around riding style and make great beginner longboards for most people.
Taller and/or heavier riders will enjoy the longest of the longboards, and should go with something around 50″ if possible. This helps to provide riding stability you otherwise might not have on shorter decks.
Longer boards provide more stability for the rider than shorter boards, which also means that longer boards are less maneuverable than shorter boards, which is why we suggest a mid-sized board for somebody looking to start longboarding. Once you get the basics down you can decide if another riding discipline is right for you.
For additional information check out our extensive articles on different longboard types and styles.