Mini longboard come in all kinds of sizes. The term “short longboard” may sound like an oxymoron, but your domain name are a very capable and functional type of longboards. Why would you choose a short longboard over a mid-size or full-size one? What are the different types of short longboards that exist anyway? Which are some of the best short longboards out there?
In this post, I’ll try to provide some clear and straight answers to these questions. But first, what exactly is a short longboard? A mini longboard (like longboards in general) is a special type of skateboard. A longboard is generally considered short if it’s length is 33″ or shorter. Most short longboards fall in the 25″-33″ range. You may wonder what distinguishes a short longboard from a regular street skateboard. The following are some key differences:
Mini longboard have the traditional popsicle, double-kick shape, while mini longboard usually have distinct shapes (see below). Some short longboards are shaped like street boards but they are larger in size. Short longboards typically have reverse kingpin trucks that are bigger than regular skateboards (with some exceptions). These trucks are taller and better-suited for cruising and carving. Short longboards generally come with larger and softer wheels than those on street skateboards. Their deck and trucks are also designed to accommodate these bigger wheels while minimizing wheelbite.
These mini longboard are shaped like little surfboards. They are directional shaped, generally with a wide pointed nose and a slightly slimmer tail. The deck may be rounded, squared, diamond, or swallow-tailed. Mini-cruiser mini longboard usually have a functional kicktail for nimble maneuvering around obstacles in tight spaces and for easy ollying for hopping over curbs and cracks. Most mini-cruisers are topmount with responsive and turny trucks, and comparatively big wheels for the deck size for comfortable cruising over any terrain.