It is not possible to deny the risks involved with skateboarding. Like all other extreme sports, skateboarding comes with several risks. Most of them can be avoided by wearing a helmet. But it still remains a question if the type of the board has anything to do with that. Often this question turns into a debate involving longboards and skateboards. We’re going to dig and explore a bit more on that in this article.
The Differences Between Longboards & Skateboards
Skateboards and longboards are very different from each other in terms of size and shape. There are also some other factors including speed and different features of the various parts. For example, an electric longboard comes with a battery pack and motor. So, they can cover further distance and also gain a much higher maximum speed.
Shapes & Length
When it comes to size and shape, longboards have a flat nose and tail. Skateboards have a curve in the very same areas. Those attributes make the skateboard very suitable for doing tricks.
Longboard, as the name implies, is long. They come in lengths up to 60 inches. Interestingly, you can also get a longboard which might be only 30 inches in length. Actually, the shape is the main deciding factor in this case.
Skateboards are often used in doing tricks, that’s why the decks are often made of flexible material. This flexibility further enhances the board’s capability to do tricks and flips and land correctly.
Longboard’s decks are made of thicker materials. They are not that flexible. But as longboards are often used in off-road skateboarding, this inflexibility is helpful in that.
Skateboards can’t reach as high speed as longboards. It is mostly used for doing tricks like grinding, kick flipping etc. Longboards can reach a very high speed. Some of them come with battery packs and motors. Those extra components can make the longboard go even faster.
Riding Experience And Ease
Longboards, thanks to their wider deck, can provide a very good experience. They are also easier to ride than skateboards. Skateboards are not designed for riding over a long distance. Longboards are designed to fulfil that exact goal.
When one rides a skateboard, he/she has to put down his/her legs on the street in order to break the speed or to ramp that up. But he/she doesn’t need to do that when riding skateboards. Shifting his centre of mass while riding the board is enough for gaining or reducing the speed. So, it is no wonder that longboards provide better control when riding them.
Regarding the risk involving Longboards and Skateboards
The infamy of the electric longboards is well-known. It is perhaps the most noticeable piece of information when one is trying to deep dive in this investigation. They say, Longboards are way more riskier than regular skateboards. Often this article is provided as the source of the very information. Here I’ll discuss some of the claims made in this very article.
Riding longboards is much riskier than riding normal skateboards, when it comes to head fractures. They say that as Longboards are often used off-road, the risk of injury increases disturbingly.
Longboards can also reach a peak speed which is unlike anything such as that of skateboards. So, it is easy to reach the conclusion that higher speed also brings more risks.
It is also mentioned in the article that longboard riders often don’t wear safety equipment such as helmets. They also mentioned that, as skateboarders don’t do so, they often avoid disastrous accidents by not having a similar tendency.
Question of Safety: Longboards Or Skateboards?
This brings us to the ultimate question and the focus point of this article. If we think solely from the standpoint of safety, are longboards much safer than skateboards? One might have reasons to have doubt. Because just now we have discussed and showed how longboards can be risky.
It is easy to miss the big picture. But it is essential to go back and have real good thoughts about points presented in this article one by one.
It is easy to have a head fracture from almost anything if you don’t wear a helmet. The decks of longboards are not made of flexible materials. So they provide stability when riding off-road. That’s why one can’t just fall face toward when riding a longboard.
The tendency of the longboarders to not to wear helmets is described as one of the main safety concerns. But this problem is very noticeable even among the skateboarders. Moreover, this thing has nothing to do with the type of the board one is using.
The speed of longboards is definitely a reason for concern. But it remains so if you don’t know what you are doing. When you have mastered riding a longboard, you can definitely use the wider deck to your advantage. Wider decks are more stable to ride on and hence, you can easily control the speed by moving the centre of mass of your body.
The longboards are often considered as risky due to some false assumptions. As we have busted them in our article, we can see that longboards are often actually the better option in terms of safety. But one should also keep in mind that a comfortable ride is often the first requisite for an accident-free ride.