To put it into simple words, a longboard is a longer style of a street deck. The difference of a street deck and a longboard is that a street deck is used for ollies (jumping with the board), grinds (sliding the board sideways down a curb or rail) and kick-flips (spinning the board while jumping). while longboards are most commonly used for bombing, downhill racing, cursing, or just a means of transportation.
Due to its lengthier and widespread base, a longboard is steadier, creating the ride safer and more comfortable than on a short board. Numerous people prefer longboards to street decks for cruising just about anywhere.
The reason why it is called Longboarding and not skateboarding is because longboarding has progressed so much that it has its own different styles for which different shapes and sizes of boards are needed, therefore it has its own classification.
Each style brings about a different style of board. Other than regular skateboards, you’ll find mostly that longboards do not have a raised “nose” on the board which is necessary in normal skateboarding for performing various tricks; therefore longboards are geared more towards just cruising with your board instead of performing tricks. A longboard can come in a variety of shapes, depending on which style of riding each boarder desires. Some very long boards are strictly designed for speed and control, creating an intense but fairly simple experience for the person on top. This has become rather a competitive sport by the most popular use of longboarding which is downhill and sliding.
There are many reasons to get a longboard but the biggest reason to get a longboard is just to go out and have some fun. There is nothing like feeling the wind in your hair but like I would say “my beard”, your board under your feet and a nice hill to keep you and your longboard in motion. That being said, you have nothing more left than to get yourself a longboard and start riding the concrete wave.