The skateboard has evolved a lot over the last half century, the most major change being the transition to polyurethane wheels in the 1970s, which gave skaters significantly more control. As the sport of freestyle skateboarding progressed, board shapes changed, allowing riders to perform more advanced tricks. In addition to skateboards designed specifically for freestyle competitions and skate parks, longboards also became popular among skaters who use their boards to commute or race down steep hills at high speeds. A longboard can extend to lengths of 45-inches or more, and is typically equipped with larger wheels to reduce rolling resistance. Next time you’re in the market for a new skateboard or longboard, be sure to check out our options from Arbor, Element, Bahne and other awesome skate brands.