Any established skater can tell you that just about any board can be ride-able. Here we are focusing on the amazing, the innovative, the outlandish and the absolutely insane boards that are on the market. What you have here is a list of boards that are singular, unique and just never fail to satisfy.
This board on first appearance is your typical campus cruiser carving board. Bright sublimated graphics and clean swooping tail, it is slender yet has more than enough room for your feet to work. The tight placement of the mounting bolts means the nose can cut into turns and guide the board. All this simplicity all this elegance however is absolutely overshadowed when you start to look at the technology and material in this deck. Remember this deck is on the shelf with a 200$ MSRP and a 3 year warranty against manufacturer defects. Read the Norad longboard review for more details.
The first thing that will jump out at you is the hyper aggressive arch on the spine of this board, convex camber accents the gently concaved rails, giving the deck the appearance of a board ready to spring. The wheels, sit on trucks mounted at the very edged of the decks nose and tail, aggressive swept in rails meet the mounting points of the nose and tail, bringing to mind images of a drag pacer with its paws down to the ground gripping the pavement. Flipped on its back a simple graphic adorns its belly. The pricetag is $300 for a complete off the loaded website. Read the Vanguard review for more details.
There is absolutely nothing that is common about the Speedbone, or any Wefunk board for that matter. These boards are created by hand, by without argue one of the greatest board designers of all time, and to date they are also some of the rarest. This is the Bugatti Veyron of longboards, beyond that of all skateboards. Hand crafted each and every one is matched to its riders shoe size, weight, height, and ride preference.
This is a huge board, 60” by 10” and all comprised of 11ply birch. That is one big board, and visually it’s hard to get over while looking at it.
First produced by Flexdex in 1999, the Pro-60 was a best seller for Flexdex from 2000 to 2003. The board was decorated with a simple color string and a Flexdex logo. The board had wheel cut outs made just for the trucks and size wheels that came with it. The Flexdex line was and is today comprised of primarily near bullet proof composite materials, for a unique flex. The Pro-60 although was wood, was also known for one thing. See the Pro 60 review for more details!
The pivotal turning point for almost any longboarder is the realization that not only do they want to skate, but they want to skate with soul. To describe the attributes of a soulful skateboard we can think of nothing better than the 47” of 11 ply goodness that is the Gravity Hypercarve. The board is crafted to provide something to the rider, nose cutouts and tail cutouts. The nose is prominent past the wheel well scoops and the tail is fanned out. The board has been on the Gravity lineup, literally since the beginning. Nothing has changed on the board but the graphic. 47” of 11 ply goodness for under 150$ complete. See the Hyper-Carve review for more.
Roggs Customs started in 2004 and from the point of conception the boards, their designs and finish were top notch and nothing like boards coming out of other garage shops. These were not just boards, they were works of art from the start. Boutique level finishes were matched with intelligent board design and one of the boards that came out of this shop was the Junior Dancer which can be yours for 130$.
Landyachtz delivers one of the most, if not the most diverse lineup of any longboard company, never disposing of a design they sport over 30 unique and diverse boards ranging from hardcore downhill racing to casual sea wall cruising. Among the downhill boards is the Evo a hybrid drop deck well known to the downhill community. Landyachtz took this board hollowed out the entirety of the wood filled it with a lightweight foam and then wrapped the entirety of the wooden armature with a carbon fibre epoxy laminate. See the CEVO review for more info.
Pintails as a breed of longboard suffer from some inherent problems, wheelbite being the most severe but others including useless tails, thin noses, no room for your feet and a general feeling that you are riding a finely shaped 2x4. The Bigfish however as pintails go is in a class of very select pintails, those that were actually designed by a skater not a designer. Check out the Bigfish V-Lam review for more!
These days downhill racing is becoming a big segment of the longboarding market, back in the day it was just a TV spectacle or a backmountain speed demon adrenalin fix. Easily one of the very first boards to be discover that served themselves well for speedboarding was the Comet Voodoo. This was one of the very first boards to be purpose specific, designed, and built for speedboarding. This companies start in 1998 was specifically aimed at making fast, light and stable boards. Of this the Voodoo was just one and this one will cost you 250$ for a complete. Read the Voodoo review and find out more.
What more could there be to a short technical skate deck. Mirror a short board deck and there you go, right? Wrong, and this is where the Slider from Earthwing comes in. The combination of monofilament and a sick paint job gives the EW 35.5 the look of a carbon-fiber deck. Combine this with the crest of the winged EarthWing logo, center set on the bottom of the deck. The top of the board sports the block EarthWing logo just in front of the rear truck. The overall combination of the graphic and texture of the deck, while still function over form, works great. Read the 35.5 Slider review to find out more.