How To Travel With A Longboard: The Only Guide You Need

If you’ve ever been on a trip and come across the perfect longboarding spot, you know the feeling of longing that can arise. “If I’d only brought my board,” you think out loud. Of course, the reason you left your board at home is because you didn’t want to be tethered to a three-and-a-half-foot wooden anchor. But in truth, having a longboard when you want one is worth carrying one. If you’re just starting out in longboarding, you shouldn’t have a giant board anyway. There are great longboards for beginners aren’t too long. Don’t get it twisted. It’s not that the word longboard is a misnomer. No, some of them are definitely long. What people who have not traveled with one often fail to understand, though, is that they are not as cumbersome as they appear. You can bring your board with you on your journey, regardless of your means of transport. You will barely notice it until you set urethane to concrete, and then you will be thrilled that you brought it. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you trek with your setup in tow.

Backpack

When traveling with a longboard, it is wise to have a way to bind it down and stow it. Skateboard backpacks work great for street and park boards but, these are usually too small to be effective longboard bags. Recently though, a few manufacturers have begun to cater to this niche in their market. Backpacks with straps large enough to hold a longboard are available. Another tip is to simply pass a longboard through the shoulder straps of any backpack so that the bottom is facing your back. Once you put on the backpack, you will hardly notice the board. Just remember not to overstuff the backpack with gear, which makes riding and carving on a longboard much more difficult. Travel light to remain light on your board. travel with longboard

Transport

There are only so many ways of getting anywhere and, though each may seem more burdensome with a longboard, the truth is less daunting. Longboards are more common than ever, and carriers have made traveling with them simple. No matter the hurdles, riding fresh surfaces in new places is worth the added time it takes to tote a longboard.

Air Travel

In the modern age, air travel is by far the most complicated way to get anywhere. The long lines and the security is enough to give anyone pause, especially someone flying with a longboard. To make matters worse, carriers demand that travelers check longboards with their luggage — no carry-ons. So, you can’t even use it to see the sights on a layover. That said, it is almost always better to have a longboard when you get to your destination, regardless of where it is. The freedom of movement longboarding brings is best enjoyed in unique locales.

Trains and Buses

Ground-bound public transport is where having a longboard pays dividends. Lengthy layovers are common on wheeled transit, providing the perfect opportunity to peel some urethane trails. It affords the ability to see things in a short time that would have otherwise gone unseen, and you’ll make memories that might have been a terminal bore. Your arrival at your destination might not be the experience it would have, but you will never look at layovers the same way again. One thing to remember when traveling by public transportation is to bind your board securely to your pack. Bungee cords work great for this, because they come apart as easily as they go together, but rope will do in a pinch. When stowing a loose board, look to put it under your seat, and be sure to place it grip tape down so it doesn’t roll around on the floor.

Hiking and Hitching

Of course, traveling by mass transit need not be the only way one gets places. Properly set up, longboards are capable of being the mode of long-distance travel rather than the baggage. Large, soft longboarding wheels smooth out rough and uneven highway surfaces with ease, and quality bearings make for as much coasting as pushing. If we see more of a country on trains than on planes, we see it all on a longboard. Suddenly, a cross-country trip becomes a story to tell the grandkids.

Conclusion

If you are about to set out on a journey, and you’re thinking of making it an adventure, consider bringing a longboard along for the trip. Throwing it over the shoulders for carrying is as easy as hooking it up to a backpack, and it is a set of wheels when walking becomes monotonous. The things that are just out of range on layovers become experiences, and the unique terrains of destinations emerge as the whole point of travel, rather than the regret they are when we’re boardless. With a little forethought, your longboard will be that one travel companion that always spurs you to get moving, to see new things and to live a little.

Create a Cool Patterned Custom Longboard

Longboards are awesome for getting you where you need to go as well as riding for sport. Any longboard is good for cruising around town, and most are perfect for downhill and distance riding as well. If you are looking for a custom longboard from Whatever Skateboards we have plenty of great options from classic old school pintail longboards to modern downhill symmetrical top mounts and drop throughs and every type of cruiser to choose from.

Custom Thrill

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Experience the speed and thrill of a longboard on your own custom creation! Choose from hundreds of different graphics or upload your own into our customizer to create your perfect design. As if cruising down the street on a brand new board isn’t cool enough, imagine cruising on your very own creation. Having a custom longboard is the perfect way to not only ride in style, but also to attract attention to your riding skills. Post a photo of your fresh new custom design to your social media and draw in even more attention and compliments.

Create a Custom Longboard with Your Favorite Pattern

One of our personal favorite type of custom longboard is a patterned deck. With our online customizer you can choose from a variety of cool patterns. Whether your style is classic, bold, tropical, or eclectic, we can guarantee you’ll find pattern that you will dig on a custom longboard. If you’re feeling extra creative, you also have the option to upload your own patterns to use on your board. Create a pattern then see it come to life on your very own longboard! In tune with your geometric patterns, crystals, and fractals? Create a crazy design that will blow your mind :-O Spirals, hearts, tiger stripes, leopard print, and polka dots can add some spice any longboard. You can even pattern your name so everyone knows who that is your next clip. Having a custom longboard design you love is part of the creativity behind the perfect cruise.

Design Your Custom Longboard

Design Your Own Grip Tape and Get Noticed

Amp up your Board and Design Your Own Grip Tape

If you’re looking to amp up your ride, design your own grip tape for your skateboard for a cool and fun board. Whatever Skateboards allows you to create grip tape using your own designs or free graphics and text on the site. We make it easy and fun to design your own quality Jessup grip. Now when you’re cruising down down the street or riding the pipe, your design will be visible on both sides of your board. Attracting attention to your skating just got so much easier.

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Pick a Design

Personalizing your board with grip tape that incorporate your own uniquely personal features will not only add to the aesthetic appeal, it also allows you to personalize for a purpose. Whatever design you have in mind, it will look great on your very own grip tape. Company logo? Team name? Pizza? You can do it all on when you design your own grip tape. Let your creativity run wild and express yourself when creating your masterpiece. If you’re not sure what design to use, you can browse through our library of images and graphics to find inspiration and use on your grip tape.

Design for all Levels

Whether you are a pro or just getting started skating, an awesome set of wheels will set the stage for easy riding and killer tricks. A personalized grip tape design will make your board look cool, no matter what your level of skating is. Drawing attention to your skating will help you to grow in the skate world, so even if you are just starting out, having a rad board will help you move up.

Ready to get started? Head over to our site and get designing!

Design Your Own Grip Tape

Whatever Skateboards Review Published on ReviewLongboards.com

This past week a new review of our custom longboards website was posted by our friends over at ReviewLongboards.com where they’ve been doing tons of great reviews on a whole bunch of awesome skateboards, longboards and gear!

Great Detailed Reviews

ReviewLongboards has a ton of great reviews with a lot of good details on everything longboarding. From top brands to hardware including longboard wheels and longboard bearings, they’ve covered it all!

Whatever Skateboards Review

Check out our review on ReviewLongboards.com in their article titled Custom Longboards: An Overview of the Process.

Custom Longboards: An Overview of the Process

Top Five Reasons Custom Longboards Are Awesome

Longboarding is the merge between skateboarding and surfing. It resonates with that free spirit lifestyle of cruising and taking it easy. Being relatively new, longboarding has come a long way and has branched out to many styles like downhill riding, freeride and freestyle. Freestlye, which involves dancing, is just as enjoyable to try out as it is to watch. For more intense riding, there is freeride and downhill longboarding, which takes a lot of focus and skill. Moving at speeds over 30mph on a board really brings you into the moment! With custom longboards, you can choose the shape, trucks, and wheels that suit your longboarding style.

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Choosing the Right Shape Matters

Any longboard is good for cruising around town. I’ve seen people with longboards slightly larger than a skateboard, to ones that look like they bought a 5 foot plank of wood from Home Depot and attached some trucks and wheels to the ends. Whatever Skateboards doesn’t have one that large yet in the collection, but there is definitely a wide selection to choose from. We have direction boards, double sided, top mounts and drop through to choose from.

Custom Longboards Make a Great Gift

To all you longboarders out there, how stoked would you be if you received a custom longboard as a gift? Surprise a longboarder with a custom board, and you might just win over their heart.

The Creative Process

Taking the time to design a custom longboard is a part of a creative process. Longboarding is an art form, therefore crafting the board should be an art form too.

One And Only

Obviously, with a custom longboard, you will be the only one with that one of a kind longboard.

Style

When you ride, you got to ride in style. With a custom longboard, you get to put that personal touch into your very own board.

Design A Custom Longboard!

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