The pintail is a classic surfboard-inspired longboard shape. They usually have a wider center and slope into a point at the nose and tail. This style is ideal for someone who is looking for a longboard for cruising and carving. Pintails have a more fluid, surf-like ride when carving.
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Drop Through / Cut Out
Drop Through decks have a unique way of mounting trucks. Instead of attaching the baseplate to the bottom of the deck like most boards, the baseplate mounted on top of the deck and the kingpin is fed through the cut out. This style of deck has 2 cut-outs, each surrounded by a set of mounting holes, for the truck to drop through the deck. This feature is to lower the board, which makes for easier pushing. Another great feature of this style is it reduces wheel bite (the deck rubbing up against the wheels during a sharp turn). Drop Through is its own style of deck, but this method of mounting the trucks can be found in another style of deck, Drop Down.
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Drop Down decks are usually wider at the center, but are more narrow at the mounting holes. The mounting holes are always at the ends of the deck on the nose and tail. The standing platform is lower than the mounting holes, bringing it closer to the ground than most decks. This adds stability. A Drop Down is better for someone who is looking for a longboard for cruising, commuting, and long distance pushes.
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Double Drop decks are a combination both drop down and drop through decks. Thus "double drop". It features the lowered standing platform you get with drop downs, and the cut outs for mounting trucks. The main attraction of a double drop deck is it is great choice for pushing. It is great for cruising and commuting. You get more distance for less push with this style. Note that turning is not the best on a double drop, so fans of carving should go with a different style.
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Kicktail decks are usually closer to a pintail shape, but the tail is rounder and feature an kicktail. The kicktail is a upward bend at the back end of the deck. This style is ideal for cruising and carving. Great choice for someone who wants that surf-like style of skating. The kicktail is for popping the deck up.
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Double Kick decks feature 2 kicktails. This style of deck is more like a feature rather than a style of deck. You can find double kicks on cruisers and freestyle decks. The kicktails are not always symmetrical with each other, which allows for 2 different ways to ride the deck. In cases where both tails match, you can ride the board facing either direction.
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Downhill decks are designed with downhill skating in mind. Downhill skating involves higher speeds, quick precision thinking, and great control over your board. That is why downhill longboards can be a little more technical than other styles. They tend to be thicker, heavier and wider. They usually have a distinct nose and tail since downhill skating involves heading down a designated pathway. You can find drop through or drop down decks that are also downhill decks. Due to all the details put into downhill decks, we would only suggest getting a downhill deck if you plan on doing downhill skating. Note the heavier deck makes it harder to push on flatter surfaces, making this not ideal for casual cruising.
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The terms “freestyle” and “dancing” go hand in hand with each other. This is the creative style of longboard skating. Longboard dancing consists of side-stepping across the length of the board. Freestyle skating on a longboard is mostly flat ground tricks, involving flipping and controlling the board in air with your hands. These decks usually have a wider wheel base and narrow ends, which usually are double kicks. This style usually sway which is great for turning, but doesn't handle well under high speeds. This style is great for someone who wants to try some creative trucks and doesn't care about hitting high speeds.
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