3. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SURFSKATE, SKATEBOARD AND LONGBOARD?
The main difference is the construction and functionality of the front truck and the fact that there is actually a different truck in the front and back. Surfskates are directional boards, meaning that they are ridden in one direction and that they have a nose and tail.
The front truck has an axle that does not only pivot and lean but that can be turned, allowing the rider to perform maneuvers as if he would be surfing a surfboard. Many surfer are using surfskates to train and improve their surfing on land. A surfskate can also be pushed and pumped, meaning that you can build speed standing with both feet on the board. It is not possible to mimic surfing maneuvers on a normal skateboard or longboard, also you cannot pump conventional boards.
Surfskates are also great skateboards for cruising. The soft and large wheels are made to do grippy carves and to run smooth in uneven terrain. While you can generate speed pumping the board it is also possible to push a surfskate like a conventional skateboard – all it takes is a little practice. Surfskates are great cruisers.
A surfskate is usually heavier than a conventional skateboard, however there are parts and setups which were particularly made with skateboard tricks in mind. So if for instance you would like to do an Ollie on a surfskate you might want to get a Carver Sun Ray or Carver Scape. These boards have a lighter Carver C5 Truck and very light Roundhouse Park wheels.
If you are into long distance or downhill skateboarding we would recommend to get a longboard – of course you can skate downhill on a surfskate but you would do carves rather than going straight. Long distance surfskating is possible but would be very exhausting.
The front truck has an axle that does not only pivot and lean but that can be turned, allowing the rider to perform maneuvers as if he would be surfing a surfboard. A surfskate can be pushed and pumped, meaning that you can build speed with both feet on the board.