Q: What is Downhill Skateboarding?
A: The name Downhill Skateboarding describes this class perfectly. Competitors stand upright on longboards and ride in an aerodynamic “tuck” position at speeds in excess of 120 km/h (75 mph). Downhill Skateboarding is also known as “Speedboarding” and “Stand up”. The skater’s hands are used as outriggers to help them maintain balance and stability while cornering. Hard plastic pucks are attached to their gloves so they can place their hand on the pavement incurring only minimal friction. Braking is accomplished by either dragging one foot on the ground, or pitching the skateboard sideways in a controlled slide. Decks are typically 34”- 48” in length and constructed from materials including wood, carbon fiber, Kevlar, fiberglass, aluminum, titanium and structural foam. Racing trucks are typically CNC machined from aluminum billet. Wheels are made from advanced polyurethane formulas to provide low rolling resistance, vibration dampening, traction, and are typically between 70-90mm in diameter.