Let’s face it, skateboarding really isn’t an activity where the genders need different types of equipment. Anybody can ride any sort of board and have fun doing it. However, this opinion changes when you start to look at the little things. You start to see the need for different types of boards as it becomes more apparent that different people have different needs, even in skateboarding. Read the article below if you want to learn what sort of longboards are good for girls.
Do girls really need different longboards? The argument for …
When it comes down to the color and style of the longboard, not at all. Those things are a matter of preference and only matter on the individual level. But when it comes to the shape and size of the longboard, I argue yes. Girls on average have smaller organs and bodies than guys. They tend to be shorter, weigh less, and have smaller feet.
The majority of longboards out there won’t be optimized for riding by them. And yes, I’m talking about the 44inch long, 10inch wide cruisers. They’ll be big, hard to control, and uncomfortable to ride.
What does small feet, short height, and less weight have to do with skating?
How does your foot size affect your skateboarding?
When you have smaller feet, you won’t be able to place your heel and toe on the edges of the longboard. If you can place your heel and toe on the rails, you can comfortably control how the skateboard leans and turns. When the board is too wide for your feet, your control over it is limited.
Not having enough control can make skating feel uncomfortable, uncontrollable, and wild even. Even with my big size 9.5 (US) feet, I have trouble on really wide boards and don’t feel like I’m in total control.
How does your height affect skating?
What about when you’re short? I think height is less impactful in skating. But generally speaking, height dictates how far apart your stance is. If you’re tall, you naturally have a wide stance. If you’re small, a narrower stance. Given people have similar stances on a board of a given length, it makes sense to think that a smaller person, with a narrower stance, will be more comfortable on a shorter board.
With most longboards designed around men’s height, it is natural for women who tend to be shorter, to feel uncomfortable on them.
So a rider can only comfortably stand with their feet apart so much. If you find yourself standing with a really wide, uncomfortable stance to control a board, then perhaps you should get a longboard that is smaller in height. Again, this can be a personal preference thing, but most riders enjoy boards that aren’t too long.
What about your weight?
What about your weight? Weight basically determines how much force and input you can put into the board to make it turn. If you don’t weigh much, you won’t be able to make the board turn a lot and it won’t be responsive to your inputs. If you weigh too much, you can make the board turn too much and it will feel very soft and squishy.
Bushings are what determine how easy or hard to turn your board is. They are the little plastic looking things in your truck that control the turning. They made from urethane an the squish and compress when you put weight on them.
If you’re just cruising around, bushings may not matter to you much. but that said, they can really change the way your board feels. If you want the perfect feel from your longboard it’s worth experimenting with the aftermarket bushing options tuned to your weight – I talk more about the bushings below.
Because again, bushings are built around male skaters, women who tend to weigh less may feel unconfident and may not enjoy the stock (90a) bushings on most longboards. They may find them too stiff.
Pro model longboards by women for examples …
And the evidence is there. 99% of all pro model longboards released by girl skaters are smaller than the average 10inch wide longboard. Usually, the explanation behind the boards goes something like this – “a narrower board makes it easier for a skater to move from edge to edge without shifting their feet too much”, followed by “the rider felt uncomfortable on large downhill boards”.
I’ve heavily featured downhill skateboard pro-models in the examples below. It is difficult to get an example of a pro-model from a girl from another discipline of skating.
Amanda Powell Riviera Pro models
Amanda Powell is one of the OG female skateboards. She actually had two pro models. The first one features in the picture below. It is called the Riviera Ursa Minor, with an alternative option called the Ursa Major (it simply had a different graphic). The Ursa minor is pictured below.
The Ursa Minor comes in at 38.44inches in length with a narrow width of 9inches. Its long length is thanks to the two kicktails it had – check out the picture below. The Ursa Minor designed for downhill & to be a do-everything board, though it has since been discontinued. If you’d like more information on it. you can find out more about it here on Amazon.com.
Amanda Powells other pro model was a double kick called the Mystic Amanda Powell Pro Model. It featured a graphic in a similar style to the Ursa Minor above. And like the Ursa Minor, it was also designed to be a do-everything board. It had two kicktails and a long 26inch wheelbase. It was 39.25inch long, with a narrow width of 9inches.
**cool tidbit if you didn’t know – Amanda Powell is one of the girl skaters in Red Hot Chilli Peppers Dark Necessities video.
Emily Pross Kebbek Pro models
Emily Pross is the most dominant, female downhill skateboard racer of all time. She wins every race she attends and pretty much has no competition as far as other girls are concerned. She’s scooped the women world championship 4 times now and has no sign of stopping. With her sights set on the open world title.
Emily Pross Mountain pro model
Like Amanda above, Emily also has two pro models. The first is the Emily Pross Mountain model and the second the Emily Pross City model. The Mountain has been designed for downhill skateboarding. It’s been built with 7plys of maple with 2 plys of fiberglass. It comes in at a length of 34.5inches with a width of 9.5inches at the widest point.
The Mountain is wider around the middle but is actually narrower where you stand and near the truck mounting points. Measuring less than 9inches in width. Check it out in the picture below. Though not the most beginner-friendly downhill skateboard, it is one of the best around. Find out more about it here on Amazon.com.
Emily Pross City pro model
If you’re looking for a fun city cruiser and want to support a female athlete, you can pick up the Emily Pross City Pro-model here on Amazon.com. It features a similar graphic to the Mountain model above. Unlike the Mountain model, it is a double kick skateboard. It’s been designed for vert, bowl skating, tech sliding and just cruising around. It comes in at 33in in length and 8.8inches in width.
Lilian Gutsch – Root Longboards Nymphaea pro model
In an interview with longboardmagazine.eu about her pro model board, Lilian talked about how she felt uncomfortable having to shift her feet on bigger boards. And how this wasn’t very nice to do at higher speeds – as too much shifting can lead to wobbles. She wanted a board where she could put pressure on either side without moving her feet too much.
Because she had small feet and a smaller stance, it obviously meant that she needed a smaller board that fit her size. In the end, her Root Longboards pro model ended up being 32inches in length and only 8.66inches in width. Very narrow and quite short. Lilian would also say that her deck was also a good option for kids – a statement I completely agree with.
How to pick a longboard for a girl? Buying guide
Alright, we’ve looked at one or two things already and have found evidence for why girls need decks suited for their needs. Now let’s check out what features actually make a longboard good for a girl.
What size longboard is best?
To get a good longboard for a girl, you need to pick one between 8.5inches to 9.5inches in width. If you have smaller feet, you can go for the narrower 8.5inch option. As I mentioned above, this will bring the rails (or edges of the longboard), closer to your toes and heels, making it easier to turn left or right and to balance on it. In short, giving you better control and balance on the longboard.
When it comes to length, anything between 30 to 36inches will be comfortable to skate. That said, the length isn’t such an important factor. If you think you can handle it, a 40inch board would be fine too. But I would recommend you stick to longboards between 30-36inches. In summary, you what a longboard between 30-36inches in length and 8.5-9.5inches in width.
Getting the right board for want you want to do …
Skating is very diverse. There are loads of different disciplines and all of them have boards built specifically for that type of riding. If you’re not careful, you might get the wrong board for the type of skating you want to do. This might make skating quite awkward and uncomfortable.
For example, if you get a trick skateboard for cruising around you won’t have a fun time. Skateboards are very narrow (usually about 8inches wide) and have really small wheels. In a skatepark where the surface is smooth, these wheels work well and roll smoothly. But they perform poorly on the road or sidewalk. They get caught in cracks, pebbles and can’t even roll over the smallest of bumps.
Big wheels, yes or no?
As a universal law, longboards with bigger wheels have a smoother ride. They can roll over cracks, pebbles, and even small rocks if they are big enough. You should aim to get a board that has wheels between 68 to 75mm in size. These wheels will provide a smooth ride and will be able to roll for a long time.
Click here if you want to learn more about longboard wheels.
Make sure you’re picking a high-quality complete
With the above said, you need to make sure you are picking up a high-quality complete that comes with good components. A high-quality longboard will ride smoothly and feel great underfoot. It will have good components that compliment each other – things like wheelbite, or rattle won’t be an issue. It will give you an excellent riding experience.
Though, I do think it’s ok to start out with a cheaper complete between $50-100. Not everyone has the money to spend $150+ on a longboard, especially if you aren’t sure you will like it as a hobby. Some people simply want to test the waters and see how it goes from there. It’s understandable.
Others simply can’t afford the more expensive completes altogether. So yes, I do think it’s ok to get a cheaper longboard. But, make sure you understand that a cheap longboard won’t ride all that well. It won’t be as smooth, feel as good, or ride as well as the more expensive options, especially if you buy one at the $50-100 price point.
In summary, you should aim to buy a high-quality longboard. If you can’t afford it and would simply like to test the waters, a $50-$100 will be a good start.
Tips to make longboards better suited for you
Get bushings for your weight
As I said earlier, bushings are the little “plastic looking” things in your truck that controls how you lean and turn. They also control how stable and smooth your trucks feel. If you want your board to ride smoothly and turn how you, you should get aftermarket bushings that are tuned into your weight.
Bushings control the lean and turn, based on how hard they are relative to your weight. Most trucks come with stock bushings around 90a. So if you’re a lightweight rider, these 90a bushings might make turning feel too difficult. If you’re a heavyweight rider, the 90a bushings might feel soft, making your trucks turn too quickly and too much.
Bushings can be a bit complicated. The bushing guide below is made by the company Venom bushings – who make aftermarket bushings. This guide is a good place to start and should help you pick what bushings you need. Choose the longboard bushings under the standard column for longboard and ignore the rest for now.
The chart shows which bushings you can pick for your weight. For example, for the 100lbs rider, pick either 81a bushings for your trucks or 78a bushings. The 81a bushings will have a tighter feel and make the board feel more stable. The 78a bushings will allow the trucks to turn more, but won’t have such a stable ride. Another example, the 101-120lbs can pick either 81a or 85a bushings.
You can pick the relevant combinations of Venom bushings here on Amazon.com.
Another bushing manufacturer to choose from is Riptide bushings. They have a very diverse line up of bushings, from very, very soft options, to more stiff ones. They are worth checking out. They have their own bushing chart that you should look through.
Finally, because bushing preferences and suggestions will vary between riders, I also recommend you can ask the riders over at #WhatgearshouldIbuy, or talk to riders in the Reddit r/longboarding daily general thread for bushings specific to your weight. When asking which bushings to get, you should mention your weight and what type of trucks you have.
What are some good longboards for girls?
High-quality cruiser (best option) – Loaded Boards Poke
Out of all the boards on my list, this is one of the best. It comes in a size and length that will be perfect for smaller riders and those with small feet. It is 34inches long and 9.125inches wide. It’s long enough to be called a longboard and wide enough for it to be comfortable when skating. But not too wide that it becomes uncomfortable to control.
The complete comes with high-quality components. It has Paris trucks, 70mm tall Orangatang wheels, and high-quality Loaded Jehu V2 bearings. These ensure that it has a smooth ride, with a nice feel when leaning and turning. The Paris trucks allow for an agile, but stable turn. They’re quite nice to skate and can have sort of have a surfy ride.
Finally, the Loaded Poke deck is both lightweight and flexible. Ensuring that the board isn’t too heavy when you have no choice but to carry it around. Whilst this is one of the longboards on my list, it is quite expensive. It costs just about $300. I think this might be an unreasonable price for a beginner skater but can make sense for someone experienced, or who will be using the longboard for a long time. Check it out here on Amazon.com.
Budget cruiser for younger riders – Whome 31in
Small and feisty, this complete is a great option for smaller riders and those on a budget. It costs less than $70 and comes in a good size. It’s only 31inches long and 8.25inches wide. This makes it especially perfect for younger riders who have smaller feet. It is a shrunk-down version of a bigger longboard, which I think is cool. I also think the color scheme and design are pretty attractive too.
Though because it is so affordable, it does feature areas where costs have been cut. It has low-quality trucks and its bearings aren’t the best. If you’re an experienced rider, you can instantly tell they aren’t too good, they won’t feel nice underfoot. But most beginners will be fine, and won’t mind riding them. They haven’t yet developed the feel to differentiate between high-quality and alright feeling trucks.
Altogether, the Whome isn’t too bad of an option, especially if it’s for a beginner skater or those on a budget. If you can afford it, I would recommend instead to go for the Fireball cruiser below. It is a bit more expensive (just over $100) but comes with higher-quality components. Check out the Whome cruiser here on Amazon.com.
High-end all-around board – Loaded Overland
Another Loaded board, the Loaded Overland is suited to riders who want a board created for all-around riding. If you want to be doing tricks, some freestyle maneuvers, or dancing, this could be a good option. It is small enough to be good enough for cruising around but has the necessary size for doing tricks too. It comes in at 37inches in length, with a width of 9.5inches. Though a bit on the wider side, this makes it better for doing cross-steps and other longboard dance things.
The Overland features high-quality components. It has 180mm, Paris trucks, and 69mm 83a Orangatang Kilmers. The trucks are wider than those on the Loaded Poke above, and they will provide a much smoother, stable turn thanks to this extra length. But they won’t be as quick to turn, or as agile. The deck is also super lightweight, so altogether, this deck doesn’t weight all that much.
The wheels are a bit small at 69mm. This makes them better for tricks and helps keep the overall weight of the board down. They’ll still be good for cruising but won’t handle big cracks and pebbles so well. Altogether, this is a great all-around board. However, it is quite expensive, costing over $300. I would recommend it if you plan on skating for a long time and want a durable board. It might not be the best option for the casual cruiser. Check it out the Loaded Overland here on Amazon.com.
Landyatchz Drop cat 33in – Affordable, high-end cruiser (good for heavier riders too)
With a price point around $200 and a maximum weight of 250lbs, the Landy drop cat is a good complete for people who want something high-quality and affordable. It is also sturdy, with a bit of flex, making it good for heavier riders. Finally, it has both drop-through mounting and rocker. This allows the actual standing platform to be very low to the ground. This makes the board stable, easy to push, and fun to ride.
Because it’s so low to the ground, you don’t need to reach too far to push. This also increases your stability, which translates into a smoother ride, with less twitch and wobble when you shift your feet. It also means that when you turn, the board isn’t as responsive and wants to turn smoothly/slowly instead of quickly and suddenly. This board will be a great beginner board, as well as a good option for riders of all abilities.
The big brother to this board is 38inches long and will be a better option for those looking for a more standing platform or a slower, more stable turn from the board. When it comes to components, the Drop cat has some great ones. Featuring Gen 6 bear trucks, Hawgs wheels, and Bear bearings. Find the Drop cat here on Amazon.com.
Budget cruiser – Sola
Similar in price to the Whome above, the Sola board comes in at an affordable price of about $70. Not only that, but it has a small size and unique mounting option that makes it easy to ride and stable. This unique mounting option is called drop-down mounting. It’s when the standing platform of the deck is lower than where the trucks are mounted.
This mounting option brings the rider closer to the ground and ensures for easier pushing, foot braking, and makes turning feel smoother and more controlled. The side view of the Sola longboard in the image below should highlight this. Whilst it might not seem to lower you that much, it does make quite the difference when you’re riding.
Similar to the Whome above, the components on this deck, especially the trucks, won’t be so good. They will ride ok and will provide a smooth ride, but they won’t be the best feeling. I recommend you upgrade them in the future if possible.
When it comes to size, the Sola is a bit larger at 38.75inches in length and 9.75inches in width. I think it will be a bit much for smaller, younger riders to handle easily. But it will be a good fit for bigger riders, although it is a bit wider than I would like. If you like a more traditional size longboard but still want something “girl-friendly”, this is a good choice. Check out the Sola drop-mount here on Amazon.com.
Great for younger riders (great value for money) – Fireball Supply Co. Cruiser
Coming it at 29.75inches in length and 8.75inches in width. This board is small enough to be a compact cruiser, but still wide enough to be comfortable for skating. Even though I have size 10 (US) feet, I was able to skate this deck for over 6miles without getting cramps or feeling uncomfortable. If you’re looking for a compact cruiser, this is certainly the one to go with.
Perhaps one of the best cruisers I have ever ridden. Pictured below is the black version, with a different graphic. There are 3 you can choose from, all have a unique design from different the artist and look amazing. I had the white version, but I think that may have been sold out! Only a hundred of each have been made, so make sure to pick one up before they disappear.
And when it comes to components, this complete doesn’t disappoint. It has high-quality Paris tkp trucks, Dragon bearings, and Fireball 60mm tall Tinder wheels. The Paris trucks provide a smooth turn, and despite my 150lbs weight, I couldn’t get them it to wheelbite. Finally, the wheels provide a surprisingly smooth ride. I thought being 60mm tall, they would reflect a bit more road vibration, but they were very cushy. They were soft but had a fast ride.
Altogether, one of the best completes you can get. Hard to believe it only goes for slightly more than $100. When it comes to value for money, this one is hard to beat. Find out more about it here on Amazon.com, and check out the other designs too.
Good for small kids – Landyachtz Dinghy
The cruiser that needs no introduction, the Landyachtz Dinghy is one of the best selling cruisers of all-time. If you’ve ever been looking for a cruiser or a mini-longboard, you’ve likely come across it. Though it is popular, I don’t think its small size makes it a good option for anyone other than young riders. It’s only 28inches long and 8inches wide. Even for a compact cruiser, this is too narrow.
To check out other longboards that are great for kids, click here.
If a board is too short and too narrow, it becomes uncomfortable to skate. A lot of my friends don’t like Dinghy much. And older beginners who start on the Dinghy often find themselves selling there boards not too soon after. But if you know what you want, the Dinghy is a good option.
Some older riders don’t mind it and love the small size. If you want something bigger, the Landyachtz Tugboat or the Fireball cruiser above would be good options too. Finally, for costing about $150, you don’t get a lot of value for money with the Dinghy. The Fireball Cruiser above is much better value for money. Check out the Landyachtz Dinghy here on Amazon.com.
Good for beginner downhill skaters – Loaded Tesseract
Are you looking to get into downhill skateboarding? The Loaded Tesseract is one of the best decks for it. It is both stiff, strong, lightweight, and durable. It comes with features that make it well suited to downhill skating. The W concave locks your feet in when you’re skating fast and doing slides and the rocker adds a little bit of stability which you need when you go faster than 30mph.
This deck has a unique construction. It is made of vertically laminated bamboo, fiberglass, and is reinforced with cork for some vibration absorption. It will help absorb the roughness to provide a smoother ride. Because they’re usually still, downhill decks are known for feeling rough and reflecting everything your rollover. The Loaded Cantellated Tesseract comes in at a length of 36inches with a width of 9.5inches.
This will be a good complete for anyone looking to get into downhill longboarding. It comes with 86a, Stimulus Orangatang wheels, which will be fast and easy to slide. Disappointingly, it comes with 50* Paris instead of the more stable 43* Paris. If you do get it, the first thing you should do is get the 43* Paris from a board shop. They will add a bit more stability and will make slides easier. Find out more about the Loaded Tesseract here on Amazon.com.
Also, check out Chela killing it on the Tesseract in the video below.
Value for money dancing board – Landyachtz Holofoil Stratus Faction
Looking to get into longboard dance and freestyle? The Landyachtz Stratus is the way to go. Not only is this board affordable, but it comes with high-quality components and solid construction. For comparison, Loaded, Krown, and Timber dance boards all go for over $300. The 2020 Stratus costs just a hair over $200, so is by far the most wallet-friendly option to get into dancing.
I’ve linked the 40inch version below. It will be best suited for all-around riding. You can dance, do freestyle tricks and even cruise on it with ease. That said if you purely want to dance, the 47inch version has a longer platform which will be better for dancing. Also because it is longer, you’ll be able to do longer, smoother carves on it.
When it comes to components, the Faction does pretty well. It comes with Bear trucks, Bear Spaceballs bearings, and Hawgs wheels. Check out the 40inch Stratus here on Amazon.com.
What do you think? Found a board you like?
If you do get a complete board from my list, please do change the bushings. If you’re a very lightweight rider, the change in bushings can help liven up the turning of the board. It will make your skating a whole lot more enjoyable, so it is worth trying.
If you’re undecided about what to pick, I highly recommend the Loaded Poke if you have the cash. The Whome would be a good option and the Drop Cat or Fireball cruiser as good in-between alternatives.