STYLE FEATURE: CRUISING
Cruising is the most common style of longboarding, and generally refers to a board that is used as a form of transportation. They are great for commuting to the office in big cities where traffic is congested, trips to the coffee shop, supermarket, or shopping mall. Cruising is also great for people who are learning to skate.
The length of a cruising board is determined by the riding environment. A longer board has more stability and is great for long distance commutes where there are few turns. A shorter board can turn sharper, making it great to get around pedestrians or college campuses.
Cruising boards will have a thickness from 1/2” to 5/8” and may have a slight amount of flex for comfort. Too much flex in a cruising board may cause fatigue, robbing energy when the rider pushes. Top mount boards are the most common, but drop through boards will lower the overall height of the deck. This reduces the amount of energy it takes to reach the ground with every push.
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Common shapes for cruising boards are pintails, round tails, and square tails. Cruising boards will typically be made entirely from maple and don’t necessarily need additional materials for strength. They may have top or bottom sheets made from exotic wood.