Longboards have become the go-to toys for kids who want to take on a challenging sport, and there are plenty of longboarders out there who are keen to showcase their skills to a bigger audience.
So, we asked some of the best skateboarders around the world about why they are the biggest stars on the boards.
Longboarder Darryl K. Smith has been the most recognisable face on skateboards ever since his breakout in 2012.
A skateboarder who is also a successful musician and a motivational speaker, Smith has become a staple of the longboard community.
In 2014 he became the first person in history to win the Longboard World Championship, becoming only the second person to win it in two different disciplines.
But his success is more than just the result of his longboard skills, and it also reflects the passion and love of skateboarding that the longboarding community has for him.
“Darryl is just a great guy and I know he loves the sport.
I know there’s not many people like him in skateboarding,” said Adam Smith, a longboard champion who is now based in the UK.
“I know he’s a very loyal skateboard user and he’s very into what he does and he loves being on the board.
He’s got a passion for the sport and I love that he’s able to do that on his own terms.
I’m proud to be part of his family and I think that’s really special for me.”
In 2017, Smith became the youngest rider to ever win the long board world championship, beating out the likes of Jason Fussell, Luke Kuehnle and Ben Gartland.
He is also one of the most popular longboard videos on YouTube, and his latest video is the most viewed on YouTube.
“The whole longboarding thing, it’s been a big thing for me.
I’ve been doing it since I was five years old and it’s really hard to explain.
I think skateboarding is my passion and I really like the way I’m able to express myself in it and the way people respond to it,” he said.
“It’s really fun to skate, it gives you a sense of freedom, and I enjoy doing it.”
He said he felt it was important to highlight the positives of longboarding and skateboarding in general, as longboarding was not always the most fun experience.
“People need to understand that the skateboard is not all fun, there are some things you just can’t do,” he added.
“Longboarding has given me the opportunity to show the world how to do things better, but it also means that skateboarding will never be the same again.”
Longboarding legend David “Doc” Brown is one of skateboard’s biggest names.
Brown has won numerous awards, including being the first man to ever hold the World Longboard Championships, and he has also been featured in a number of film and television documentaries.
Brown was born in Canada and moved to America in 1978.
After spending three years in Los Angeles, he returned to Canada to become the first skater to win a world longboard championship in 1984.
“There’s no one who can match the kind of longevity of my career,” Brown said.
He has won four championships in a row, and has been featured on numerous skateboarding magazines and on the popular TV series ‘Pogo’ which was filmed in Canada.
Brown is known for his iconic style, and in 2014 he received the prestigious World Longboarding Award for his contributions to skateboarding.
“Doc is a legend and I just think skateboards are a reflection of who you are and how you live your life,” said Smith.
“He’s just a really passionate guy who loves skateboarding and he doesn’t give a crap about being recognised for it.
He just loves skateboards and the people who love skateboarding.”
In 2015, Australian longboard star Chris Hutt became the fourth person to hold the world long board championship after winning the 2014 World Longboards Championships.
He was also a two-time Olympian and is currently a member of the British Olympic Team.
“Chris has been a long-time favourite in skateboards, having won the World Championship two years ago and also a couple of World Championships before that.
His style of longboards has always been something special,” said David Smith.
Hutt has been known for some of his most popular videos, which include ‘Skateboarders’, ‘Knee Pain’, and ‘The World’s Greatest Rink’.
“It was a really exciting time for Chris because he won the longboards championships in the US and the UK and then in Australia.
He had a really great year and had a good year in both of those places,” said Hutt.
“His longboards videos are so much fun, and people really respond to them, and Chris has such a great sense of humour. I love