What is the difference between longboarding and shortboarding?

Longboards are designed with navigation and stability in mind and, as such, have a wide, curved contour, with thick rails to increase volume. Shortboards, on the other hand, are designed to offer speed and maneuverability, and tend to have a more pointed shape and also not as thick. As the name suggests, longboards are longer than their short-board counterparts. Long boards have rounder noses, while short boards have pointed tips.

This is because longboards are designed to ride on softer waves, unlike short boards, which need a pointed tip to be able to descend over a steep surface. Longboards date back to the founding of surfing in ancient Hawaii, where short boards are relatively new to surfing. I think longboarding is perfect for people who have a more relaxed approach and want the opportunity to catch more waves in a variety of conditions. Longboarding is the easiest way to learn how to surf and the best board for beginners, but it may not suit everyone's style.

Physically, longboards and short boards are different worlds, longboards can measure between 9 and 12 feet long, have a rounded nose and, traditionally, have a single fin, although 3-fin configurations are very common today, since they allow more radical turns and maneuvers, while maintaining incredible buoyancy and allowing incredible cruise lines on the wave. The nature of snowboarding evokes a more competitive and performance-based surfing style (see progressive), while longboarding tends to create a relaxed and relaxed culture. As for professional longboarding, the WSL has provisional plans to resume the men's and women's longboard tour in September. The heavy glass, individual fins and the long contours of longboards allow you to draw longer lines when cornering and place yourself at the optimal point of a wave.

Longboards draw very different lines that allow surfers to navigate smoothly on the surface of the waves and catch waves further away and with less effort than they would need for a short board. Longboarding and short snowboarding generate completely different approaches to surfing, creating endless debate. When surfers are labeled as “snowboarders” or “longboarders”, preconceived assumptions about each other arise. Long boards, on the other hand, allow you to kneel and paddle, something that can be very useful if the conditions are smaller and your back feels tense or weak.

In addition to the aesthetic differences, one of the most important differences between longboards and short boards is the actual style of surfing a wave and the type of waves in which they are crossed. If you want to make the transition from a longboard to a short board, these are also great transition boards, as they still offer a wide, round shape that gives you buoyancy, balance and rowing power. Having a quiver stacked of boards in different ways is usually reserved for the best in the world, but with a little knowledge, you can have a small selection of boards that will work in a wide variety of conditions and allow you to make the most of any waves that occur. Longer boards are better for beginners or for surfers who prefer the style and elegance of surfing a longboard.

Longboards are more tolerant and stable, allowing beginners the stability needed to learn how to maintain balance on a surfboard. Most longboards only have rounded tails or pumpkin tails because these are the right shapes for the type of waves that can be ripped on a longer platform.