Is Santa Cruz longboard is a good brand? (Updated for 2019)

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Intro

In our skateboarding community, most skateboarders should hear the name, Santa Cruz. It has a reputable name over four decades and they also make high-quality skateboards.

If you are new to the brand, then you can rest assured about Santa Cruz’s quality. Their decks are very tough and have plenty of creative designs. The deck price is quite reasonable (from $40 to $140) for both beginners and professionals.

Today, let’s discover together why  Santa Cruz longboards are one of the best longboard for beginners today!

Review

Santa Cruz’s longboards

Santa Cruz’s longboards

A bit of history

Here are the top reasons Santa Cruz’s longboards and skateboards are so great:

It has passionate team members who care for the community needs and focus on manufacturing. Established in 1973, Richard Novak, Dough Haut and Jay Shuirman are the pioneers of Santa Cruz.

Aside from the business, Richard Novak, the founder, also commented that Santa Cruz is not about money but rather about the love for skateboards. With that vision, Santa Cruz’s iconic logo is the screaming hand, which shows the team’s hardcore spirit for skateboarding.

Over 40 years in the business, Santa Cruz has joined the NHS Inc. family to strengthen its position in the market. Today, NHS Inc. has become a multimillion-dollar company, owning over 13 famous skateboard brands as well.

I was impressed by knowing Santa Cruz is one of the oldest brands in NHS Inc portfolio. As time goes by, the community still continue supporting the brand with such enthusiasm.

Deck

Deck

Deck

Now let’s take a look at the deck quality!

My thoughts for both Santa Cruz longboards and skateboards are fully satisfied. The decks usually consist between 7 to 9 plies maple wood. This gives you a reliable skateboard to have fun over many years to come.

If you love skateboarding, you will love your dear skateboard (longboard). Therefore, I can promise you that the deck won’t easily chip over time, even you perform complex tricks.

There are many types of decks and shapes to consider here, such as:

  • W-concave
  • Concave with kicktail
  • Concave with pintail
  • Concave with shark tail
  • Camber Flex with the drop-down shape

So depending on your style and needs, just have fun with the browsing experience. This is a reputable brand we are talking, you don’t have to worry about the materials and components. You can feel relaxed while picking the best design that matches you.

Test these deck out for yourself on the street!

Designs, artworks, and paintings

Designs, artworks, and paintings

Designs, artworks, and paintings

How cool do you think of Santa Cruz’s art design?

As for me, I really enjoy and appreciate the colorful paintings. Not only the color mixes are attractive to everyone eyes, but also super high detailed.  Since they have lots of creative artists, you should take your time to browse through every style.

I can guarantee that each style and design worth your time! I have to admit losing a couple of hours browsing on the pages.

It feels like I was visiting an art museum!

If you are a funny and outgoing person, why not try some of the cartoon design? They have the iconic screaming hand, ninja turtles, monsters, scary faces, slimeballs, etc.

Make sure to pick the right color mixes that you feel right too!

Or you prefer something dark, wicked, and reserved, just take a look at some Guzman, Winkowski, and Dressen styles. Black is the main theme which goes well with skeletons and skulls artwork.

Your imagination is the limit, so don’t hesitate to check them out!

cruiser decks

cruiser decks

Ok, let’s check out the best-selling cruiser decks that most people love!

I have done some research on NHS store and found out these cool decks get lots of sales. There is no doubt that both the Santa Cruz icon and Ninja Turtle designs are on top sales. Yet Roskpp Face and Sugar Skull are pretty close too.

You can get these deck from $100 for the older designs, up to $164 for the new release one. You have the option to customize or having the standard build-in as follow:

  • ABEC 3 to 7 bearings
  • Krux trucks
  • 78A-60 mm Slimeballs wheels
  • Slimline rails

If you prefer fresh skateboard and not very fond of longboards, here are some interesting styles!

As you can see with these designs, they are professional made deck!

The deck material is even tougher with North American maple wood. I really like the wood finish too, they keep the paintings intact in case I like to shred and slide frequently.

The color mixes are brilliant and give you an energetic feeling at first glance. It seems like there is a soul inside each deck. Yes, the very soul of the artist as they transfer their passion on to the painting.

For these new deck, you also have the choice to customize with additional components. Or just getting the deck since you already have some spare parts at home. It is very stylish to build your own deck too!

These decks are available between $55 to $61, so don’t wait too long though. There are many people out there would like to have their hands on these bad boys.

Also, there are many things to discover in the Santa Cruz store too! Keep on reading!

Other features

What is more?

The NHS store offers other merchandises as well such as cool T-shirts, components, stickers, etc. Feel free to check them out too!

All of the skateboard parts are under warranty of NHS Inc. Trust me on this, I bought several decks from NHS and still don’t have any defects issue over the years. You have all the power to personalize your very dear buddy.

There won’t be any identical skateboard (or longboard) when people buy from Santa Cruz. Usually, people will get an additional sticker or picking a better set of wheels for speed.

This is why I love about the freedom to customize. You can control the cost for each skateboard according to your budget. Then the company will ship the complete skateboard to your doorstep.

That is all for now, I hope to see you again on another topic!

Are Powell-Peralta Skateboards A Good Brand For Beginner Adults?

Powell-Peralta

Intro

Powell-Peralta has always been one of the most famous companies that are known to provide high-quality skateboards. With a long history and throughout exposure to the market, Powell-Peralta products cover a wide variety of different users and skating styles.

And to help you in deciding whether you should choose their products, we’re prompted to give you legit reviews about their product. Find out if they’re good enough to be your first skateboards.

Are Powell-Peralta Skateboards good?

Powell-Peralta Skateboards

Powell-Peralta Skateboards

The history

The company started joining the skateboard market in 1978 and has made its way to the top leading brands. Their products are known for having impressive craftsmanship while maintaining a relatively inexpensive pricing policy.

Powell-Peralta boards, as described by Steve Caballero, are “flawless, best skateboard for beginners”.

The quality

With a strict production chain, Powell-Peralta products offer smoother rides compared to most other manufacturers. This is largely due to the well-manufactured bearings and wheels that they feature in their product. The high-quality boards will ensure you have the best experiences with your skating.

Notable features

Deck

The company’s “Flight” board lineup features lighter and stronger decks that exceed most other brands. Using the advanced technology of reinforced fiber structures on their boards, Powell-Peralta ensures that their products are extremely sturdy against the normal breakages. On top of that, the epoxy infused feature creates a durable color layer that doesn’t fade away easily.

Trucks

Most of Powell-Peralta skateboard trucks are made from high-quality aluminum and steel to ensure their durability as well as smooth experiences. Combining with the well-constructed decks, their skateboards is capable of withstanding heavyweights of 200 pounds and even more.

Bearings

The company manufactures all kinds of bearings with different materials, from the flexible ceramic bearings to the rigid steel bearings. All of them come with impressive functionalities as well as longevity.

Wheels

With a wide range of different wheels, Powell-Peralta ensures that their customers can have access to the most suitable wheels for their skating purposes.

How to choose skateboard for beginner adults?

skateboard for beginner adults

skateboard for beginner adults

Now you’ve known which brand to trust, then it’s time to start choosing the right skateboard judging on your preferences. Here are our useful tips on selecting the right board for a beginner:

Deck

The first thing you’ll need to look into is the deck, and particularly, its width, length, and the materials.

If you look carefully, you will find that most skateboards will have a small sticker that indicates its width. For most cases, the choice of width comes down to the matter of personal preferences. Some might like the stable feeling of a broader deck, others might find thinner ones more comfortable. Just keep in mind that a wider board is more difficult to spin on the air due to their larger sizes. On the other hand, a wider board makes for a better landing spot.

For the length, the typical deck that you find at your local store would have the approximate length from 28 to 32 inches. Though it’s often referred to as an important factor by skilled skateboarders, you won’t likely have to worry about this if you’re still a beginner. Just make sure your boards fall into the standard dimensions.

Skateboard deck materials are not very diverse; in fact, you can count them using the fingers on your hand. Maple wood is the most widely-used material due to its impressive durability and flexibility. However, boards that are made from maple woods can be quite stiff compared to other types.

Bamboo decks are becoming more and more popular due to their bendy nature. This allows for better responsiveness on your skateboard, making it easier to perform tricks. Still, they’re not as durable as maple wood decks. And finally, the most advanced skateboard decks use carbon fiber providing both durabilities as well as the bendy level that skateboarders require. But then again, they will cost you a little more.

Apart from all the factors that we’ve mentioned, you should also choose a board with the graphic that you like. Make sure the ink is properly printed on your board so it won’t likely to fade away.

Trucks

Trucks

Trucks

For the trucks, you need to make sure that they fit on the board. You can test it first by placing the truck horizontally following the width of the deck. If the axis doesn’t stick out too much (usually under 0.5 inches) then you’re good to go.

The reason being that if you choose trucks with the longer axis, then they’ll feel less secured and can be wobble sometimes. Not to mention that with big trucks, you’ll have giant wheels sticking out whenever you do a kickflip. And that would make things a lot harder.

Bottom lines, your trucks width should match with that of your deck.

Wheels

Wheels

Wheels

Things can get quite complicated when talking about skateboard wheels since there are so many types of wheels with different designs on them. But for beginner’s sake, we’ll be introducing only the type that we would recommend you to use.

For most beginner skateboarders, a hard wheel with a diameter of 52mm and a durometer over 90A will be suitable for most of your activities. From my experiences, I think that is the perfect size for most skateboards. It’s big enough to perform well on most terrains and not too small to hit every single rock.

Bearings

Bearings

Bearings

The bearings are small but essential components on your skateboards. They come with two common types, the standard metal bearings, and the better-quality ceramic ones. Again, the choices are yours to make since the two are both good for beginners.

Just keep in mind that ceramic bearings will make your wheels go faster. And they’ll also cost a little bit more.

Grip tape

It’s one of the most important components on the skateboards but is usually mistaken with the deck. When buying your first skateboard, you’ll have to add a layer of grip tape on the surface to make sure they stick to your feet while skating.

From my experiences, it’s best to choose the stickiest tapes that you can find since it’ll help you a lot in practice. And don’t care too much about your shoes being teared up, just accept it as a part of skateboarding.

Thanks for reading and we’ll see you in our future posts.