Founded in Temple, Texas, theGrindLab is a company built around the longboarding community. Our goal is to introduce as many people as possible to the experience of longboarding. With that said, we don't claim to be experts at building or riding longboards. We ride for the fun of it and to us the technical aspects are important only because they can improve the rider's experience. We attend, film, and also host area events and sessions, and we welcome you to join us.
What Is A Longboard?
A longboard is a longer variant of a skateboard and is often faster because of wheel size. It's commonly used for cruising, downhill racing, slalom racing, sliding, and transport. Most boards measure 84 to 150 centimetres (33 to 59 in) in length while widths vary from 22.8 to 25.4 centimetres (9.0 to 10.0 in). There are several longboard shapes, such as pintails, swallowtails, flat-nose riders, drop-through decks, drop decks and boards with the same shape as a standard skateboard. Their greater weight and bulk makes them less suitable for many skateboarding tricks, but contributes to a fluid motion by providing more momentum. The longboard's design allows for big turns or quick short carves similar (in no way identical) to the motions of surfers or snowboarders.