Surfskate x Longboard. It's not easy to find the board of your dreams when you're just starting out. With so much on offer, it's hard to make sense of it all. Today, we'd like to explain the key differences between a Surfskate and a Longboard. In video!
Surfskate or Longboard: my heart sways
Truck: Carving, Pumping and Stability
Tray: Flex or no Flex?
Thrust and acceleration
When a beginner rides a surfskate for the first time, the verdict is clear: it's very unstable!
Clearly,a longboard offers much greater stability and pushability, also thanks to the deck's proximity to the ground.
But surfskate 's instability is also its strength. It's the manoeuvrability of the articulated truck that makes it so interesting, and you quickly get used to placing your foot in the right place to push without getting scared.
Our advice: don't rely on first impressions, because you'll always get used to your board, whatever it is. After a few hours of practice, the "instability" effect wears off.
Once you've got the board in your hands (or feet), you start looking for speed, on a more or less steep slope, and here the longboard logically stands out for its stability and ability to take precise turns. You'll feel safer tackling speed, and that's only to be expected - it's longboarding's premier discipline.
Except that... Except that the Surfskate with articulated truck is an extraordinary tool for limiting speed when tackling a descent. In fact, thanks to the pivoting truck, you can easily make very short turns to control your speed, and over an even smaller area than with a longboard (half a road, for example). The Surfskate is therefore a real pleasure to ride as soon as you hit the slopes, even if the longboard remains the ultimate weapon for "real" speed, provided you learn how to powerslide!