LONGBOARDING or concrete surfing is a specialised kind of skateboarding.
It was created by skateboarders who wanted to make skateboarding faster and introduce the feel of surfing and snowboarding in skateboarding.
The board on which long boarding is done is called a long board.
These boards are longer than normal skateboards, the wheels are larger and softer than the wheels on a normal skateboard.
Riders love to use longboards because it is easy to attain high speed and control down hill. Turning or “carving” is easier while riding a longboard.
Downhill racing, cruising and slalom racing is becoming a popular sport in Australia. There is a down hill race on the old Noosa Range Road today.
Longboards are not suitable for doing all the tricks performed by a normal size skateboard in a skate bowl.
This is because these boards are heavier and larger.
They are designed to travel downhill fast.
Longboarding came in to existence as a land alternate for the surfers when there were no waves and are used for a cheap form of transport. Longboarders usually wear helmets and gloves for protection.
For more information get on to the Australian Skateboard Racing Association at www.skateboardracing.org.au/.