Longboards. We don’t know much, but we do know longboards here at Daddies Board Shop. We’ve been at it since 1995 and since then have won all kinds of sweet awards that give us excuses to show off. Most recently we were voted the 2013 Best Online Longboard Shop and Best Skate Shop by the readers of Concrete Wave Magazine.
Enough about us. Let’s talk about you…and your future in longboarding. First, some history.
Longboarding originates way back to the start of skateboarding when surfers were looking for a way to cruise the streets when the water was bad. While the roots are all the same and they both started as one together, longboarding and skateboarding developed along different paths. In recent years, longboarding has really seen a boom in not only participation but also development of products and events as well. The longboard community is unlike any other: it is a community full of people that want to be active together, want to have fun together, want to go places a little faster together and want to connect with each other in any way that they can. People that longboard are any age, any size, and have numerous levels of education. They can be 4 years old and still in pre-school, they can be flipping burgers at the local fast food spot, extracting teeth as a dentist or your mini van driving soccer mom. Doesn’t matter.
If getting your kicks out of going sideways in excess of 35 MPH or travelling to screaming hills to top out past 60 is your thing, then you can go right ahead and call yourself a freerider or a downhiller. Freeride and downhill skateboarders ride longboards that range from rigid but flexible to incredibly stiff and have mid-sized wheel bases handling both technical and speedy situations. More and more common these days is the incorporation of high end precision longboard trucks, a CNC manufactured version of the turning apparatus that works hand in hand with a set of spacers and washers to ensure a smooth slide while drifting or permitting an effortless rail to the inside line of an incredibly fast sweeper. The need for consistency and performance is what drives these riders to upgrade to these products just like car enthusiasts would add aftermarket parts to their cars. The growth and progression of longboarding as a whole has surfaced so many different manufacturing companies putting a lot of effort into the research and development of products like wheels and bearings to keep up with the demands of their constantly progressing customers. The result is an array of products for today’s longboarder to choose from that compliments just about any situation.
Now, we don’t expect everyone to be these crazy daredevils bombing big hills on a longboard. In fact, we quite like the world of cruising and carving that you see on beautiful back mountain roads, city streets, college and university campuses or anywhere else where there is some concrete and a need to get somewhere. The cruising and carving longboards of today are manufactured of high quality materials, most of the time incorporating materials like bamboo to give the boards a nice bouncy and comfortable feeling while rolling around the streets. There are not many things more therapeutic than grabbing your board and heading out the door in the middle of the night to just go on a soul cruise around the quiet streets of your neighborhood. We are happy to be carrying so many products designed specifically to put a smile on someone’s face while they are cruising.
There are many different brands out there to explore and get to know. Each one features a different flavor and it is okay if you find that you identify with one more than the other. Companies like Loaded, Sector 9 and Landyachtz manufacture everything from head to toe and are great places to start because they feature boards for every type of rider from the most experienced to the beginners that are just looking to have a little fun or do something new with their kid.
Here at Daddies Board Shop we take an extreme pride in offering the best customer service available to anyone. We stock our website full of good info to help you in journey towards finding longboard bliss. However, if you don’t find what you need on the website, don’t be shy. Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 503.281.5123. We’re here to help.