Shape: Symmetrical, Directional, Asymmetrical
Longboards are commonly seen with
symmetrical, directional, or asymmetrical shapes. These are seen through
every style of skating, including cruising, carving, freeriding, dancing, and downhill.
Symmetrical boards are the same on both ends. They can be ridden either way and don't have a front or back. These are popular with riders who skate "switch".
Directional boards have a designated front and back. In fine tuned downhill boards, this can allow the nose to have control in the from and stability in the rear.
Asymmetrical boards don't have a consistent shape. The are seen in freeriding to add extra foot support for slides.
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