Surfskating, Skateboarding, and Longboarding Compared

by | Dec 16, 2020 | Surfskating Basics

Skateboards are for tricks. Longboards are for cruising, downhill racing, or freeriding. Surfskates are for surfing the street.

Surfskating continues to enjoy a growing following of enthusiasts around the world.

Since the late 1990s, when the first surfskate hit the market, surfers and skateboarders alike have discovered how fun and addicting it is to surfskate.

Surfers love surfskates for surf training. But all board enthusiasts love the feel of surfing on land, which can only be fully experienced on a surfskate.

If you’re new to surfskating scene, you may wonder what the differences are between skateboards, longboards, and surfskates.




The primary purpose of a skateboard is to perform tricks. Skateboards are much shorter and have smaller wheels than either longboards or surfskates.

Most importantly, skateboard trucks allow for only one dimension of movement–back and forth on the kingpin access. This means they have much more limited range of motion than surfskate trucks.

Regular skateboards are also designed for cruising because they require constant pushing with your foot to maintain momentum.




Compared to skateboards, longboards typically are longer, they have bigger wheels, and their trucks provide a wider range of motion.

Longboards can be designed primarily for one of three styles of riding: cruising, downhill racing, and freeriding (doing tricks/dancing).

Compared to surfskates, most longboards are simply about cruising and speed. Because they don’t have the unique front truck that surfskates do, they can only carve on flat areas in larger arcs. They don’t give you that surfing feel.




What sets surfskates apart from skateboards and longboards is the special surfskate truck system.

Surfskate trucks add another dimension of motion to traditional longboard trucks. They allow the front truck to swivel from side to side, which gives riders an increased range of motion and the unique surfing feel.

The trucks on a surfskate make it possible to make tight, sharp, and smooth turns that can’t be replicated on a skateboard or longboard.

When you surfskate, you don’t have to push the ground with your foot like you do on a skateboard or longboard. In addition to giving you tighter carving, they also allow you to propel the board by pumping the nose side to side.

Why choose surfskating?


Surfskating is neither skateboarding nor longboarding. It is in a category and has a unique feel all its own.

If you’re a surfer, you’ll love the way a surfskate mimics the feel of surfing on land. In fact, you’ll probably want to use a surfskate for surf training.

If you’re a skateboarder or longboarder, surfskating offers a completely different feel and style of riding. It’s something you have to experience for yourself.

My video course for beginners, “Surfskating for Non-Surfers,” gives you step-by-step instructions in a live instruction format.

To choose the right surfskate for you and your riding style, get my free Surfskate Selector app now.