Best of Santa Cruz Skateboards & Longboards reviews 2016


BY JOHN DOE, MAY 27, 2016 11:00 AM


Isn't it confusing to pick one good longboard when there're so many best longboard brands? Each of them again got so many longboards, cruisers, skateboards reaching out to the people's heart. For example; Santa Cruz longboard skateboards. How to identify the best Santa Cruz Skateboards? Need some help with the best Santa Cruz longboards reviews? You have come to the right place.

They bring you the Santa Cruz surfboards that are best in its own field - water. And now, they are ripping the land with some awesome Santa Cruz longboards. There are some wonderful Santa Cruz cruisers, skateboards as well as Santa Cruz downhill longboards to stun you. Check out our Santa Cruz longboards reviews here for the best and most favorite Santa Cruz longboard skateboards:

1. Santa Cruz Skate Land Shark Sk8 Powerply Complete Skateboard

2. Santa Cruz Skateboards Sugar Skull Shark Cruzer

3. Santa Cruz Retro Shark Land Shark Cruzer Longboard

4. Santa Cruz Longboard Complete Screaming Hand Micro Drop Down

5. Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta Drop Thru Cruzer Freeride Longboard

Santa Cruz Longboard Complete Screaming Hand Micro Drop Down

Santa Cruz Skate Land Shark Sk8 Powerply Complete Skateboard

Santa Cruz Skateboards Sugar Skull Shark Cruzer

Santa Cruz Retro Shark Land Shark Cruzer Longboard

Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta Drop Thru Cruzer Freeride Longboard

Weight

8 pounds.

1pound.

1pound.

7 pounds.

7.98 pounds

Material

9 plies of finest Maple wood.

7-ply of Maple wood with Land Shark graphics.

7-ply of premium Maple wood skull graphics.

1-ply of Maple with with Retro Shark artwork.

8-ply of Maple wood with Bright Rasta Lion graphics.

Dimensions

36.52 inch (L), 9.34 inch (W), 29 inch (WB).

27.7 inch (L), 8.8 inch (W) 16.5 inch (WB).

27.7 inch (L), 8.8 inch (W), 16.5 inch (WB).

27.7 inch (L), 8.8 inch (W), 16.5 inch (WB).

40 inch (L), 10 inch (W), 31 inch (WB).

Wheels

72mm 78a Road Rider wheels.

65mm 78a Road Rider wheels.

Soft 65mm 78a Road Rider Wheels.

Translucent red 65mm 78a Road Rider wheels.

75mm 78a Road Rider wheels.

Trucks

180mm Road Rider trucks.

Bullet B137 trucks.

Black Bullet B137 trucks.

Black Bullet B137 trucks.

180mm Road Rider trucks with low 60mm Axles.

Rating

Cell 11 / 1

Cell 11 / 2

Cell 11 / 3

Cell 11 / 4

Cell 11 / 5

Cell 11 / 6

Grip tape

Clear Santa Cruz grip tape.

Santa Cruz grip tape.

Sand spray on Santa Cruz grip tape.

Clear Santa Cruz griptape.

Black Santa Cruz grip tape.

Purpose

Perfect for cruising, carving, downhill riding and freeride.

Performing tricks, cruising, carving.

Cruising, carving, performing tricks.

Carving, cruising.

Cruising, carving, freeride, downhill riding.

Ideal for both beginner and expert riders.

Bearings

Santa Cruz bearings.

ABEC5 bearings.

ABEC5 bearings.

ABEC7 bearings.

ABEC9 Santa Cruz bearings.

Unique features

Symmetrical drop down board with top mounting.

Stable even at a high-speed.

Deck cut near the wheels to prevent wheel bites.

Small, eye-catchy with twin fins. Though skateboard, but performs like a longboard.

Comes with a bottle opener.

Cruiser skateboard with twin fins. Surfboard inspired design.

Dramatic graphics.

Bottle opener included.

Look inspired by surfboards with twin fins.

Cruiser.

Drop-down mounting with low center of gravity.

Bestseller No. 1
Santa Cruz Skate Land Shark Sk8 Powerply Complete Skateboard, 8.8 x 27.7 - Inches
165 Reviews
Santa Cruz Skate Land Shark Sk8 Powerply Complete Skateboard, 8.8 x 27.7 - Inches
  • Concave cruzer skateboard with eye-catching shark graphics
  • 7-ply deck; 65mm Road Rider 78a wheels
  • Versatile cruzer shape is ideal for tricks, hills, and more
  • Bullet B137 blue and white trucks
  • Sand spray grip; measures 27.7 x 8.8 inches
Bestseller No. 2
Santa Cruz Skate Land Shark Rasta Sk8 Complete Skate Boards, 8.8 x 27.7-Inch
79 Reviews
Santa Cruz Skate Land Shark Rasta Sk8 Complete Skate Boards, 8.8 x 27.7-Inch
  • Complete 8.8 by 27.7-inch skateboard with a flat Cruzer concave deck
  • 16.5-inch wheelbase; 2.7-inch nose; 4.3-inch kick tail
  • Bullet B137 trucks, Bullet hardware, and ABEC 5 Bearings
  • Road Rider 65-millimeter 78A wheels
  • Bottle opener in the bottom of the deck; clear spray-on grip
Bestseller No. 3
Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta Drop Thru Cruzer Freeride Longboard Deck Complete 40'
122 Reviews
Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta Drop Thru Cruzer Freeride Longboard Deck Complete 40"
  • Size: 10" X 40"
  • Construction: 9-ply Maple
  • Drop Down
  • Trucks: Road Rider 180
  • Wheels: OJ Thunder Juice 75mm/78a
Bestseller No. 4
SANTA CRUZ LONGBOARD Skateboard CALI PINTAIL CRUISER 9.58 X 39 California
6 Reviews
Bestseller No. 5
Santa Cruz Skateboards Sea God Cruz Control Lime Complete Skateboard - 9.9' x 37.97'
5 Reviews
Santa Cruz Skateboards Sea God Cruz Control Lime Complete Skateboard - 9.9" x 37.97"
  • Brand: Santa Cruz
  • Size: 9.96
  • No assembly required.
  • Ready to ride right out of the box.
Bestseller No. 6
SANTA CRUZ Longboard Complete STAINED SCREAMING HAND 9.2' X 41' DROP THRU
4 Reviews
Bestseller No. 7
Santa Cruz Strip Inlay 10x40 - Complete Longboard Skateboard
2 Reviews
Santa Cruz Strip Inlay 10x40 - Complete Longboard Skateboard
  • Brand: Santa Cruz
  • Dimensions: 40.0" L x 10.0" W
  • The Strip Inlay Kevlar Drop Thru Cruzer by Santa Cruz Skateboards features a revolutionary kevlar inlay in the deck. This means it is very strong while still achieving the benefits of a drop thru construction!
  • Road Rider 180 Trucks and Road Rider 72mm, 78a Wheels fit the board perfectly.
  • ***Wheel Colors May Vary*** - No assembly required. Ready to ride right out of the box!
Bestseller No. 8
Santa Cruz Impact Drop Down Cruzer Complete Skateboard, Assorted, 40in' L x 10in' W
2 Reviews
Santa Cruz Impact Drop Down Cruzer Complete Skateboard, Assorted, 40in" L x 10in" W
  • Completes are built with soft bushings
  • Bullet trucks and 90a OJ wheels
Bestseller No. 9
Ten Toes Board Emporium Zed Bamboo Longboard Skateboard Cruiser, 44', Aqua Fishtail
55 Reviews
Ten Toes Board Emporium Zed Bamboo Longboard Skateboard Cruiser, 44", Aqua Fishtail
  • 44-Inch artisan longboard made from beautiful bamboo, designed right here in loss angels for a strikingly vintage California look
  • Rugged and lightweight 7-Inch aluminum trucks
  • Reactive and smooth gliding reverse kingpin trucks with precision abec-7 bearing, PU casted Black bushing-90a
  • Bamboo and Maple hybrid board with bamboo deck and kick tail
  • Durable 70x51mm 85a PU wheels with rock finish
Bestseller No. 10
Santa Cruz Skateboards Lion God Drop-Thru Rasta Tie Dye Complete Skateboard - 10' x 40'
1 Reviews
Santa Cruz Skateboards Lion God Drop-Thru Rasta Tie Dye Complete Skateboard - 10" x 40"
  • SANTA CRUZ DROP-THRU LION GOD SKATEBOARD COMPLETE-10x40 RASTA TIE DYE

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Santa Cruz Skate Land Shark Sk8 Powerply Complete Skateboard

Don't be surprised if I tell you that now you can surf without water! It's true. The best surfboard manufacturer has taken longboarding to a whole new level with its Santa Cruz Skate Land Shark Sk8 Powerply Complete Skateboard featuring twin fins just like the surfboards. The amazing shark graphics let you experience surfing on land without ripping the waves. You can say, this Santa Cruz cruiser has advanced and now gliding the land instead of water.

The first and foremost feature that worth noticing is its brilliant structure and design; a 27.7-inch 7-ply wood deck with a 16.5-inch wheelbase. Not to forget, it got a 2.7-inch nose and 4.3-inch tail.

It got Bullet B137 trucks fitted close to the nose pushing it up while turning. If you rest your foot on the nose, you can easily lift the back wheels up. Apart it got 65mm 78a Rod Rider wheels which are undoubtedly soft and grippe. Together they ensure, you can slide, curve and perform tricks smoothly.

These Santa Cruz boards offer you all the features of a longboard in petite dimensions of a skateboard. Being smaller and lighter than a longboard, it is known as the best cruiser with great portability and a bottle opener! Now, that's what you call a multi-purpose ride!

The Good Stuff:

· It's eye-catchy with great graphics – definitely going to grab some attention.

· The 27-inch deck made of 7-ply of wood is sturdy and stable.

· Though a skateboard, but performs like a longboard.

· Slides and carves smoothly irrespective of the surface.

· Being smaller and lighter, it is easier and more convenient to carry around.

· Amazing for performing tricks.

· Economically priced.

Santa Cruz Skate Land Shark Sk8 Powerply Complete Skateboard

Santa Cruz Skate Land Shark Sk8 Powerply Complete Skateboard

The Bad Stuff:

· Not ideal for high-speed long downhill riding.

Santa Cruz Skateboards Sugar Skull Shark Cruzer

Santa Cruz Skateboards Sugar Skull Shark Cruzer 8.8 x 27.7-Inch Skateboard
28 Reviews
Santa Cruz Skateboards Sugar Skull Shark Cruzer 8.8 x 27.7-Inch Skateboard
  • Road Rider 68mm/78A wheels with 140 Bullet trucks
  • Cruzer Board
  • 8.8in x 27.7in

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Another amazing cruiser board from Santa Cruz's Land Shark collection is Santa Cruz Sugar Skull Shark Cruzer Skateboard. It got a twin fin that will make you a feel of surfing on the land. It is a real treat for those who love surfing!

All the parts of the Santa Cruz boards are made by the manufacturer itself ensuring high-quality. This Santa Cruz cruiser is completed with red 65mm 78a Road Rider wheels, ABEC5 bearings and black B137 Bullet trucks with angled risers, which guarantee you the best cruising experience ever. It is fast, stable and smooth. It is so compact and lightweight that you can easily stack it into your locker or backpack when not riding. The big bang is that it got an inlaid bottle opener… What else you need after a ride?

 Santa Cruz Skateboards Sugar Skull Shark Cruzer

Santa Cruz Skateboards Sugar Skull Shark Cruzer

It got a 27.7-inch deck constructed with maple wood with a clear Santa Cruz griptape sand sprayed on both the sides. It got a 2.6-inch nose and 4.3-inch tail along with a wheelbase of 16.5 inches. The skull graphic is enticing and adds a lot of thrill to your ride.

 Santa Cruz Skateboards Sugar Skull Shark Cruzer

Santa Cruz Skateboards Sugar Skull Shark Cruzer

The Good Stuff:

  • The thrilling skull graphic and the red color make it unique and exciting.
  • Santa Cruz manufactures every component of the board – ensuring high-quality.
  • Twin fins and nose give you the "surfer feel".
  • Compact size – 27.7-inch long, 8.8-inch wide with a wheelbase of 16.5 inches.
  • Lightweight – 1 pound.
  • Not less than any longboard – smooth, stable.
  • Sturdy construction with Maple wood.
  • Comes with a bottle opener.
  • Great for cruising.
  • Ideal for tyro.
  • Affordable.

The Bad Stuff:

  • The short tail doesn't make it ideal to perform ollies.

Santa Cruz Retro Shark Land Shark Cruzer Longboard

Santa Cruz Retro Shark Land Shark Cruzer Longboard

Santa Cruz Retro Shark Land Shark Cruzer Longboard

The most recent and popular addition that Santa Cruz made to its Land Shark series is the Santa Cruz Retro Land Shark Cruzer. Not just the deck, but each and every part used in this board is a Santa Cruz product. The manufacturer has just evolved more in this cruiser board.

The Retro Land Shark got a powerply constructed deck with a length of 27.7 inches and 8.8 inches width. It got a good wheelbase of 16.5 inches. The 4.3-inch twin fins and 2.6-inch nose add to its beauty and surf-like experience. The only difference is that you tear the land instead of the waves. Not to miss, the Retro Shark artwork makes it the bad boy of all cruisers. The lucid spray on Santa Cruz griptape doesn't even impede its aesthetic value.

Santa Cruz Retro Shark Land Shark Cruzer Longboard

Santa Cruz Retro Shark Land Shark Cruzer Longboard

It comes complete with black Bullet 137 trucks, clear red 65mm 78a Road Rider wheels, Santa Cruz ABEC7 bearings, wedged riser pads! In fact, it got a bottle opener in the deck. Now your Land Shark will open a soda bottle for you after a long tiring ride!

The Good Stuff:

· Retro shark artwork is truly beguiling.

· The sturdy 27.7-inch Santa Cruz decks come with a solid construction and clear sprayed on grip tape.

· Got a 2.6-inch nose and 4.3-inch twin fin – giving you a feel of riding a surfboard.

· All the parts are made in Santa Cruz factory – a promise of high quality.

· Comes with a bottle opener in the deck.

· Great for cruising and carving around.

· Ideal for beginners.

· No wheel bites.

· Smooth, stable and easy-to-ride.

The Bad Stuff:

· Not ideal for ollies.

· Some customers complained about the condition of the board shipped to them, but that appears to be a handful of stand-alone incidents.

Santa Cruz Longboard Complete Screaming Hand Micro Drop Down

Santa Cruz Longboard Complete Screaming Hand Micro Drop Down

Santa Cruz Longboard Complete Screaming Hand Micro Drop Down

Need a vent to channel out all your frustrations, stress and anger? Scream out loud… Even better, ride this Santa Cruz Drop Down longboard. It got an amazing artwork that speaks your mind; a hand reaching out and shrieking loud. This Santa Cruz cruiser is going to amaze both the newbie and high-speed lovers with its brilliant features.

It is a symmetrical drop down board with top mounting is perfect for downhill riding as well as freeride. No matter now great board looks like, but if you get a single wheel bite everything is ruined. Great that this Santa Cruz longboard would provide none as it is little cut away near the wheels. Further, it weighs only 8 pounds.

The 36.52-inch decks of these Santa Cruz downhill longboards are made of 9 plies of premium Maplewood. It got a good wheelbase of 29 inches. Being 9.34-inch wide, there is ample space for the rider to rest his foot. The platform drops down into radial concave that supports the rider's foot and comforts him. After all, it is important for the rider to be comfortable at first place to enjoy the entire ride.

Not just the deck, Santa Cruz has manufactured each and every hardware used in its boards with absolute precision. These Santa Cruz boards come fully equipped with 180mm Road Rider trucks, 72mm 78a Road Rider wheels, bearings and other hardware that contribute to its smooth and stable cruising experience.

The Good Stuff:

· Made of 9-plies of finest Maplewood – sturdy and long-lasting.

· Great graphics with a hand screaming out – takes all your negativity out.

· it is 36.52-inch long, 9.34-inch wide along with a wheelbase of 29 inches.

· All the hardware and component are from Santa Cruz factory.

· Ideal for all longboards, both beginners, and experts.

· Comes with back Santa Cruz griptape.

· Ideal for downhill riding and freeride.

· The symmetrical shaped Santa Cruz decks are cut around the wheels preventing wheel bites.

The Bad Stuff:

· None as of now.

Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta Drop Thru Cruzer Freeride Longboard

Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta Drop Thru Cruzer Freeride Longboard

Those who are crazy about longboards can never deny that Santa Cruz got the most impressive artwork that its contenders. If you are searching for a stylish ride to kick start longboarding with, then this Santa Cruz drop down longboard won't let you down. It is an excellent blend of great looks and style along with superlative performance.

Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta Drop Thru Cruzer Freeride Longboard got a 40-inch long deck constructed with 8 plies of Maplewood. It's wide wheelbase of 31-inch and 10-inch width along with drop-down mounting style, offers stability to the learning longboarders. However, if you are freaky about performance then you may still want for some more.

One must notice, that this Santa Cruz cruiser comes fitted with top-notch sturdy parts from the house of Santa Cruz itself. It got 75mm 78a Road Rider wheels which are soft and offers good grip. The 180mm Road Rider with low 60mm Axle and ABEC9 bearings with high-speed lubricants provide extreme stability and ease of riding at all high speeds.

The Good Stuff:

· The Rasta Lion God graphics in bright red, yellow and green is mesmerizing.

· Made of 8-ply Maple wood – extremely durable and sturdy.

· Got good flexibility.

· Being 7 pounds, it is convenient to carry when not riding.

· Low center of gravity and larger wheels that improves stability.

· Being soft, the wheels offer excellent grip at all speeds.

· Doesn't bob at high-speed.

· Comes with black grip tape with Rasta stripes that suits its artwork.

· Counted among the best longboards for riding downhill.

· Ideal for cruising, carving, freeride.

The Bad Stuff:

· Not ideal for performing tricks.

· Only a minority has complained about bubbles under the Santa Cruz griptape, which appears to be a manufacturing defect and doesn't influence the ride at all.

And The Winner Is..?

Every Santa Cruz board is unique with its own looks and features. Your needs define what ride you need. If you are looking for something lightweight but runs smoothly to cruise around and even perform tricks then Santa Cruz Skate Land Shark Sk8 Skateboard and Santa Cruz Skateboards Sugar Skull Shark Cruzer are perfect! They are colorful and inspired by Santa Cruz surfboards. However, if you want Santa Cruz Longboards to cruise around then Santa Cruz Retro Land Shark Cruzer is good. But if you look for something Santa Cruz Downhill Longboards then both Santa Cruz Screaming Hand Longboard and Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta Drop Thru Longboard are equally good. Though, not ideal for performing tricks still Lion God Rasta Longboard would win the race by half a mark for being an all-rounder and comfortable ride. So which one is your favorite ride?

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 Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta Drop Thru Cruzer Freeride Longboard

Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta Drop Thru Cruzer Freeride Longboard

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Santa Cruz Lion God Rasta Drop Thru Longboard is the best Atom Longboard

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