Longboarding is pretty similar to skateboarding, although the boards are much longer at about 24 to 80 inches. The sprot of longboarding was borne out of surfers wanting to do something similar on dry land when the surf conditions weren’t great. Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best cities for longboarding – although of course these picks are great for skateboarders too! The major benefit of longboards as opposed to skateboards is that they are bit more durable and better for cruising long distances and community, whereas skateboards are better for tricks and stunts and short distances. Before you get reading check out this inspirational short longboarding video:
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Malmo is considered one of the world’s top destinations for longboarders, particularly in summer where they have a lot of sunshine for something like 17 hours of the day. There are a long of smooth concrete surfaces, which are perfect for longboarders, and it’s home to Sweden’s skateboard scene too so you can meet likeminded people.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is sunny city with an epic surf culture, so there’ll be no shortage of other longboarders for you to hook up with. There’s also a vibrant skater scene, and several impressive skateparks so you can combine longboarding with some skateboarding too.
Seoul, South Korea
South Korea is known for its skater scene and urban underground grunge culture. It’s also know for its modern architecture complete with plenty of spots for urban skating and longboarding. Get to know the crazy exciting city of Seoul, capital of South Korea, on four wheels and meet uber cool locals along the way who share your enthusiasm for this sport.
San Francisco, United States
San Francisco is filled with hills and hairpin bend roads right in an urban setting. If road longboarding over long distances is your thing then San Fran is your city. Plus, the city is buzzing with hipsters and tech geeks so you’ll be able to mingle with loads of other like-minded individuals getting around from A to B on a skateboard or a longboard.