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Some of the factors that separate longboards from skateboards: Different truck design, much larger and soft wheels, aerodynamic shapes without tail / nose, minimum concave, athlete rides closer to the ground. These design differences play a major role on how you use them. Longboard's common use is for downhill and transport. So, they are designed for stability in high speeds and less friction. A Cruiser skateboard is more similar and some of its uses are the same. Other than the powerslides and curves down hills and a few traditional skateboard tricks you can perform on certain longboard setups, there is also the dancing discipline which has become fashionable.