Getting Involved in Board Sports

Getting Involved in Board Sports

The days of board-based sports being limited to just skateboards are over. The popularity of that original activity has given rise to several deviations that use the same principles combined with their own unique skills and board types. Wakeboarding replaces streets with water and zips riders along waves for big air and tricks. And longboarding takes the skateboard and turns it into high-speed platform. All any of these popular sports require is some basic safety gear, a fashionable pair of eye protection like some Electric sunglasses and a specialized board.

Not much has changed about the standard skateboard over the years. Most models still retain the classic shape and size, featuring a flat hardwood board with upward curves at the front and back for kicking the board up and helping perform tricks and jumps. But recently certain manufacturers have taken those design cues to extremes to create boards tailored to tricksters. Chocolate decks employ extreme curvatures at the front and back ends of the board to get way more pop out of the deck than normal boards provide. This allows riders to easily get big air even from a standstill. The number of objects they can ollie over or grind on is increased dramatically. Plus since big air comes with hard landings Chocolate uses multiple layers of maple wood to form a deck that’s virtually indestructible.

If the classic skateboard is the starting point for all board designs the longboard cruizers just took the idea and stretched it way out. Longboards are essentially very long skateboards that are lower to the ground. The wheels are mounted at the ends of the board and stick way out creating the long, wide stance. It also allows the deck to lean to extremes for tight high-speed cornering and added stability. Longboards are meant to go fast. Everything about their design is about keeping the wheels on the ground and going as fast as possible without stopping.

Wakeboards take the biggest step away from skateboarding since snowboards. These fiberglass boards are light and durable for gliding over water and handling the largest waves. Like with snowboards a wakeboarder secures their feet to the board with bindings for added control. Since bindings are an added expense on top of the board most beginning riders will do well to purchase a package containing all the startup equipment. For instance a CWB wakeboard and bindings packaged together will often come far cheaper than buying everything separately, and it will keep a uniform design for a matching look. It’s the easiest, cheapest way to experience the most unique board sport to leave the roads in a long time.