Sometimes skaters wants to do something different than the usual “trying tricks and record them” stuff. And one of those innovations is cruising. This is for skaters who want to ride really fast through ramps, skateparks and streets, and without touching any surfaces while doing it. Cruising is often used as a means of transportation, and skaters that want something between longboarding and skateboarding choose this style.
There is a board that works better for this type of skateboarding, cruiser skateboards. Cruisers are very different from longboards, which are used for long distances, cruisers are portable and used for short paths. Cruisers have a length between 25’’ and 37’’ with wheels size between 55mm and 65mm, which is softer than the ones used for regular skateboards.
The cruisers can be very comfortable for rolling without making too much effort. Most of the cruisers are flat, nevertheless there are some with elevated tail, allowing to hop on and off curbs and correct the board more efficiently, inspired by the old models of the 70s. It may sound obvious but it is better to remember that cruisers are made for cruising, not for downhill or carving (eventhough you can carve a little).
Eventhough cruising is not extreme like vert or street skateboarding it is a big part of skateboarding culture, adapted and made to appreciate the road. Maybe you don’t have a cruiser because you’re a fan of street skateboarding and doing tricks, but don't fret, any board can be use for cruising if you want to. And god dammit, you should use it for cruising because what’s better than moving from place to place using your board.