The Very Beginning
The urge of surfers to surf regularly without giving any break led the formation of skateboard to a little modification into longboard. This means that skateboards were already in use and later were modified into longboards for sea surfers. In order to understand the proper progression of longboarding, we will discuss all development eras one by one in detail.
Age of Downhill and Street Surfing
In 1963, the first exhibition of different models of skateboards were held in California. A TV show also covered this exhibition and played a significant role in the promotion of skateboarding. With the release of several skateboard models, surfers began to enjoy tricks and drills as well. They were happy to surf on the road as they didn’t need to wait for friendly waves anymore to enjoy surfing.
Fall of Popularity
More Improvement in the 1970s
Development in the 1980s
However, big sized polyurethane wheels and smaller deck of longboard made it quite easier and smoother for riders to enjoy cruising. The mini longboard with around 55cm to 76cm made it more comfortable for the riders to get control over the board. What made it more interesting was that it was easy to carry anywhere and keep in the locker safely. Students especially found this mini longboard travel-friendly and lightweight.
In 1990s the Great Improvement
This period can be called a revolutionary era of longboards. Sector 9 introduced the functional kingpin truck for the longboards that played a prominent role in the performanceupgradation. Kingpin trucks increase the maneuverability and responsiveness of the longboard. This feature also plays a significant role in making the board more controllable and stable.
Other than the advancement in longboard design, the period of 1990s is also important in respect to the awareness regarding longboards. During this era, many online communities were used as the forum to spread important information about latest models of longboards. These online community forums were also used to exchange the effective ideas of improvements in longboards. This is how the era of 1990s played a great role in the expansion of skateboarding and longboarding.
Diversity of Use
Aside from downhill and street cruising, longboards also turned out to be quite compatible for carving, freestyle riding and sliding. Professionals began using them for tricks and drills as well. The most popular tricks users attempt with longboards are called Ollie and Flip-kick. This is how longboards proved themselves to be the most multi-functional riding equipment.
Age of Mass Popularity
In this period, majority of students came to college riding their longboards because it was easy to carry indoors and ride the narrow paths inside the college. Many of them always loved to perform thrilling tricks in college to impress their friends. In fact, longboard races and maneuverability competitions were also held publically and in colleges to promote this sport.
Current Age of Longboarding
It won’t be wrong to say that this current age highlights the dramatic popularity and acceptance of longboards. Majority of youngsters use latest models of this riding equipment to enjoy road surfing and quick travelling to school and college. With every passing day, there is an increase in the riders resulting in rise in selling of longboards. Longboard industry has definitely became quite a business with upgraded marketing and elevated production.
Now this sport is not only restricted to the sport magazine but is also covered by renowned sport channels. In short, this activity has become quite a thing!
The advancement of longboards is like a long journey with short pauses. This activity has took many years to establish itself as a proper sport among youth and adults. Beginning its journey from 1950s, longboards have been through a lot of advancements and modifications to successfully reach the peak popularity in current age. From amusement to travelling, longboards have served riders in many ways.