What makes a long board a longboard
18 . 09 . 20
Until 1967, there was no such thing as a longboard. Then the shortboard revolution happened and all of a sudden what had previously been called “ a surfboard” became a longboard as surfing sub-divided. Fast-forward over a half a century and the taxonomy of surfboard shapes has increased even though surfboard dimensions remain within a relatively narrow range. However, the simplest classifications used are still so often “shortboard” and “longboard”. But, what makes a long board a longboard? Is it dimensions, or is the surfer’s approach to riding it? We sat down on the sand after a surf at Gwynver one September morning with multiple British and European longboard champion, author, filmmaker and WSL Longboard Tour commentator Sam Bleakley, to get his informed take on it.